It might look like an outdated sweater to you, but Jennifer Felizardo, designer of Phlipped Fashions, sees a fall skirt with a ribbon sash.
She recycles fashions. Her favorite fabric stores? Thrift shops including Goodwill and the Salvation Army.
Felizardo, who graduated from The Art Institute of York, looks at Pinterest, fashion magazines and celebrity award shows for inspiration.
Sometimes it’s as simple as cutting off the sleeves to a blouse or changing the buttons on a pair of pants. Other times, Felizardo needs weeks to complete the looks she wants.
“The piece that has taken the longest so far took me a month,” she said. “It was a purple dress that I had in my fashion show in this past May.”
She started with one vision, then decided to turn the piece into a halter-mini dress with ruffles.
It’s an adding and subtracting process that requires a little more than a sewing machine. As far as what’s in her fashion toolbox, she said she always keeps some add-ons in her work space.
“Scrap fabrics I always save,” Felizardo said “I have plenty of ribbon, buttons, zippers.”
That’s Felizardo’s philosophy: Save fabrics, birth fashions.
To find out more about Phlipped Fashions, visit www.phlippedfashions.com.
About the location
In the spirit of turning trash into treasure, we chose a location that had a similar sentiment about re-using. We shot this fashion spread at the York County Resource Recovery Center, 2651 Blackbridge Road in Manchester Township. The plant converts municipal solid waste into energy. To learn more about the York County Resource Recovery Center, visit
Meet our model
Name: Hannah Copenheaver
Lives in: North Codorus Township
Job: Trade specialist, World Trade Center Harrisburg
Go-to work outfit: A classic, colorful dress with wedges. (Copenheaver said she looks for comfortable and cute pieces.)
Most worn fall accessory: Heeled suede boots.
Favorite place to shop: Banana Republic for work and H&M for play.
When was the last time she used a needle and thread? When her boyfriend needed his dress pants hemmed a few months ago.