A little fashion adventure at the Broomfield Museum Depot

Brandi Shigley and Hazel Shigley
My beautiful Grandma Shigley 1911-2012

Last summer, I became a little obsessed with the history of the town that I live in (Broomfield, Colorado). As a child, I came to Broomfield often and stayed with my Grandma Shigley. While at Grandma’s, we would bake, sew, play cards, play dice, go to McDonalds and play BINGO with the seniors. My Grandma was such an inspiration to me and I give her a lot of the credit for my interest in fashion as I sat alongside her while she was designing, crocheting, and sewing clothes for a doll that we made that was my “mini me.”

On my journey to learn more about the history of Broomfield, I meandered into the Broomfield Museum Depot, the old train station built in the early 1900’s when Broomfield had only 175 people in it. It has since been moved, literally, picked up and moved completely in tact to it’s new location just a mile from where it sat next to the tracks.

I fell in love with the journey that this once little town has gone through, a journey growing up that I have gone through as I became a young woman with the influence of my Grandma.

I got into a conversation with one of the women who works at the museum and the idea to do a mini fashion camp at the museum was born. The idea was approved and 10 months later, BOOM!

Brandi Shigley teaches upcycled fashion

I was gathered with a small group of mom’s and their children, teaching how to reconstruct old t-shirts.

Brandi Shigley shows the Broomfield Museum Depot how to reconstruct t-shirts.

Showing how to do a no-sew technique to make a shirt smaller.

Mother and daughter create their new designs. It was so fun talking to these two getting a glimpse into their lives.

 

This mom brought her two sons and daughter. The boys were into it for a little bit and helped accessorize their little sister.

 

This little cutie wearing her new robe, bracelet and headband (with the help from her mom and brothers)

Even museum tour guide Tom got involved!

Tom makes a pin!

All in all, it was such a wonderful way to spend an afternoon! Thank you so much for having me and for bringing my passion of Broomfield and my passion for fashion camp together. It was truly a joyful day!

Brandi Shigley at the Broomfield Museum depot
Brandi Shigley at the Broomfield Museum depot

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