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DIY FASHION: See It Here... Buy It Here... Sell It Here...

Are you tired of looking and dressing like evryone else???


WHAT IS D.I.Y.?       Not as easy to answer as you might think.
If you poll one hundred DIYers on the subject of a definition, you'll get a hundred different answers.
This of course is what makes it popular... It has the potential to be all things for all people.

It is generally a catch all term for various forms of cottage industry or craft type clothing. Diy projects are usually hand made fashion clothing of original design. For example a diy t shirt may be made in a one-of-a-kind (sometimes referred to as OOAK) or limited edition, made of mixed fabric often using as the source popular fashion clothes altered by deconstructing and then reconstructing the original, altering the style and adding ribbons, zippers and trim.

Do it yourself fashion is further distinguished from mass produced clothing by its use of patches and embellishments to create one of a kind articles.Designs heavily based in the music industry are popular with the marked influence of punk fashion. The most radical versions are favored by the younger set while other less eclectic styles are worn by the older crowd. Disliking commercialism, many things are added by the individual crafter "by-hand". Because of the high emphasis on being an individual, creative people of all sorts try different ideas to make their fashion stand out from the crowd. Independant artists usually take great pride in their work, emphasizing wearability and their unique construction pattern. Many vend their line as both wholesale and retail, and also make custom creations upon request.

DIY comes in many flavors, and the various offshoots try hard to distance themselves from each other. Of course this means a site like ours will end up with a wide selection of DIYclothing, and apparel that will appeal to one group may not appeal to another.

       No problem...There are millions of people in the world... Be it 80s fashion, diy Indie, Lolita / Harajuku / Kawaii (cute), celebrity fashion, Scene Kids, Cyber, fishnet & roller derby, gothic clothes, punk clothes, band shirts, clothing reconstruction, Industrial fashion, corsets, club wear or alternative; in dresses, shirts, leggings, skirts or jeans, hopefully a venue like will allow all of those people to find the DIY Fashion that fits their personality and life style. If you know someone (or ARE someone) who has a different take on the idea, we welcome that input. Associate designers who wish to vend their wares can do so through our "Associate Designers" page. And if you would like to add some information to clarify our definition of DIY Fashion, or even tell us some of your DIY fashion ideas, we welcome that too.

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