Usually when we refashion we talk about upcycling. Taking something and turning it into something better. Six years ago I bought a top for a wedding I was attending in the summer. It was a pretty lavender layered look with a shiny camisole covered by a gauzy silk overshirt with fluttery-sort-of-cap sleeves. Not sure what you call them. After the event I put it in my pile of stuff to be dry-cleaned. A year later I opened the dry cleaning bags to get something else and noticed that the front of the shirt had a burn mark on it. A year later is much too late to take it back for a refund or some sort of repair, if possible, so I was stuck with it.
Some coworkers of mine had gotten a yoyo maker from Clover that they showed me. Then I saw someone in an elevator that had gauzy fabric yoyos with beads in the center for flowers on an embellished cardigan. I decided to cut up the silk overshirt and make yoyos. As horrified as this made one of my coworkers, the shirt as is was doing me no good. With the yoyos I could use them as embellishment on something. The shirt in (mostly) before condition is below. Just imagine the front isn't cut away.
So what do you think? Upcycle? Downcycle? Sidecycle maybe?