HeatherGlista

handmade garments | refashioned materials

Somerville, Massachusetts 18 Sales On Etsy since 2017

5 out of 5 stars (6)

HeatherGlista

handmade garments | refashioned materials

Somerville, Massachusetts | 18 Sales

Heather Glista

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Heather Glista

Announcement    Welcome! Here you'll find one-of-a-kind clothing and accessories handmade from recycled textiles as well as a small selection of vintage items way too cute to cut.

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Last updated on Sep 15, 2019

Welcome! Here you'll find one-of-a-kind clothing and accessories handmade from recycled textiles as well as a small selection of vintage items way too cute to cut.

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About HeatherGlista

Sales 18
On Etsy since 2017

Not Leaving Well Enough Alone Since 2017

A life-long seamstress, I started making things out of other things in 2004 when I spotted a dowdy pleated button-front skirt sporting a wild tropical fish print in a thrift store. Once I turned that skirt into a Hawaiian shirt, I was hooked. Clothes became fabric! Making things out of other things became my primary means of creative expression.

Each garment I make is one-of-a-kind. I work mostly with wool, cashmere, and silk, though other fibers sneak in, particularly if they’re striped. I adore pockets. Many of my garments have at least one, if not more. I will sometimes nest pockets, so that you can have a warm place for your hands separate from your stuff. I use a combination of hand and machine sewing to balance durability and old-world charm. My process is both methodical and improvisational; the materials have as much say as I do.

These are clothes made from other clothes; they have history! In some, you’ll find evidence of wear. These imperfections do not affect the overall structure of the garment. Instead, they add to the unique character of each piece. A hole becomes an opportunity for embellishment. A flaw becomes a draw. Mass produced clothing is transformed into one-of-a-kind treasures.

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  • Heather Glista

    Owner, Artist

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Last updated on Sep 13, 2018
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Care instructions

Wash sparingly, but when you do: machine wash cold, using the lowest agitation available on your washer, reshape & dry flat (out of direct sunlight, if your piece is eco-printed).

Iron with steam, if desired; avoid pressing directly on velvet or vintage trims, should your piece have them.

Wool can continue to felt when washed in a machine. If you want to be absolutely sure that no additional shrinking occurs hand washing is recommended, taking care to avoid changes in temperature in the wash and rinse water.

Custom and personalized orders

Due to the variability of my materials, I do not do custom or personalized orders remotely. I do try to make a range of styles, colors, and sizes. If there's something you'd like to see me experiment with, please contact me. I value your feedback!