Showing posts with label old clothes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label old clothes. Show all posts

Sunday, 22 September 2013

DIY Sewing Project

Generally I am a very organised person but at the same time as a contradiction I also am a collector. There were times when I moved flats as often every 6 months and as I packed discovered clothes I forgot I had I couldn't bring myself to throw them away as I hoped I would still wear them. I don't fool myself anymore and what I started doing recently is what I haven't worn for a while gets taken up to my studio where creativity happens,things get altered. Some of them I simply keep for their fabric others get recycled into something new and wearable, not always turning out how I imagined but more often than not I become a very happy owner of a 'new' piece of clothing without spending a penny. In moments like these I thank myself for being such a collector!

This is what I've done to a sweater that just didn't do it for me anymore:

I wanted to make a mini skirt warm enough to wear in those cold months to come. I measured how long I wanted it to be then cut.

I finished the raw edge with a zigzag stitch to prevent it from fraying. I then measured my waist and cut the right amount of thick black elastic. I joined the edges and stitched to create a band.

 I then pinned the skirt onto the elastic band and stitched with a zigzag stitched around, I did it twice to make it super strong. I used zigzag stitch as it is much stronger and suitable for a stretchy fabric which it was.

And ready!

In colder months I really love to wear arm warmers and I I have them in various colours, most of them made from sleeves of old sweaters and this is what I've done with the sleeves here too.

Just need to make a casing and insert a thin piece of elastic so that my arm warmers will stay in place when I wear them^_^

What about you, do you tend to keep your unworn clothes for years and years promising yourself that you would wear them summer, this fall..? Or do you recycle them like I now do? I would love to see what you come up with.