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Fashionistas teach kids to redesign old clothes

FASHION 101 —€” Hopeful Arts Members Gabby Zeagler, left, and Jade Smith, second from right, teach siblings Marissa and Mason Flickinger how to update and transform their old clothes. The teens tought the "Recycled Fashion" class at the El Dorado Hills Boys and Girls Club Friday. Photo by Stacie Smith.
FASHION 101 —€” Hopeful Arts Members Gabby Zeagler, left, and Jade Smith, second from right, teach siblings Marissa and Mason Flickinger how to update and transform their old clothes. The teens tought the "Recycled Fashion" class at the El Dorado Hills Boys and Girls Club Friday. Photo by Stacie Smith.

FASHION 101 —€” Hopeful Arts Members Gabby Zeagler, left, and Jade Smith, second from right, teach siblings Marissa and Mason Flickinger how to update and transform their old clothes. The teens taught the "Recycled Fashion" class at the El Dorado Hills Boys and Girls Club Friday. Photo by Stacie Smith.

Hopeful Arts fashionistas brought their flair for design to the El Dorado Hills Boys and Girls Club Friday.

The challenge: Update those old clothes so they look hip and stylish. More than 20 kids participated, happily consulting with Hopeful Arts teachers Jade Smith, 14, and Gabby Zeagler, 15, while Jade’s mom Stacie Smith sewed.

A consignment shop in El Dorado Hills, along with donations from Smith’s neighborhood and Cedar Springs Waldorf School, provided the kids with nearly endless options. And the “Recycled Fashion” class proved even boys had interest in high style, according to Stacie.

“There were probably more boys than girls,” she said. “That was one thing we were lacking … boys clothes. We need boys shirts.”

A trip to Target provided more options for boys and, Stacie said, the boys got very creative and used some of the girls’ clothes. She said she hopes to collect more boys clothes before the next two classes at the El Dorado Hills Boys and Girls Club on Dec. 3 and 10.

WELL DONE — Marissa and Mason Flickinger show off their fashion projects at the "Recycled Fashion" class. Photo by Stacie Smith.

Hopeful Arts, a teen-driven group created to bring the arts to children, is supported by the El Dorado Hills Community Vision Inc., a non-profit organization.

If anyone has donations contact Jade or Stacie at (916) 941-3773.

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