Upcycled skirts

These 2 skirts were added together to make the one shown in the final picture.

I cut the blue skirt off just under the zip and took the embroidery off the purple skirt, put them together & added trimmings.  Both were very unfashionable but had lovely features that deserved a second life.  The purple skirt was provided by Horsham Oxfam Shop & the finished skirt will be displayed in their window this week along with other examples of upcycled clothes.

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Transition Horsham Stitch Up

Here are some photos of the last Stitch Up. It was great fun & I’m sure it will be fun on 24th July.

Hope to see you at the Friends Meeting House, Worthing Road, Horsham  24th July 10 til 1.

Stitch Up

Transition Horsham are organising a Stitch Up morning.

The idea is that you can acquire some basic textile skills or get help with a project or just come along & stitch.     The emphasis is on transforming your clothes so you want to wear them again. 

The Horsham Oxfam shop is going to be hosting a “Transition” window showing how clothes can be transformed. They will also have some interesting stuff inside to help you along .

It’s happenning on Saturday 24th July from 10 til 1 at the Friend’s Meeting House on Worthing Road & there’ll be tea & coffee & probably cake.

The last one was great fun & I hope you’ll be able to come along and join us this time.

Take a look at www.Transitionhorsham.org.uk for this and more activities.

In the week leading up to Stitch Up I’ll be posting lots of photos of transformed clothes so please come back then & take a look.

Clothes Challenge

I can’t remember where I read it, but someone said that there are already enough clothes in the world to last  for the next 10 years.  I can well believe it when I look inside my wardrobe.

If I had to make this cupboard full of clothes last that long I would certainly be bored with them and I’d probably look rather raggy before I reached the end. Maybe I’d be allowed to use other people’s cast offs too?

No new clothes for 10 years challenge? Not yet, I’m afraid.  Still, I do want to do something about my consumption, so I’ve joined Self Stitched September ( www.sewzowhatdoyouknow.blogspot.com ) organised by Zoe, who also organised the Me Made May challenge. 

Making your own clothes and remaking charity shop finds is a lot slower than buying in shops (at least when I do it) so that should help me cut consumption.  It’s also very hard for me to throw away anything I’ve sewed myself , so I’ll be trying to make the best of what I’ve already made.

I hope to display the Self Stitched September Button soon but I have to work out how to do it.  Meantime, take a look at the link above and click on the Self Stitched September Button there to find out what this is all about. 

I’m also challenging myself to buy no more brand new clothes or fabric until the end of September so I’ll have to use my stash & charity shop finds to make any new clothes. 

Is this enough?  I don’t think so, but it’s a start.  Meanwhile I’ll be researching what might be a sustainable level of clothing for one person and posting the results here. If anyone can suggest research sources I’d be glad to hear from you.

Bag from a sweater

The original sweater

I got this cashmere sweater from a charity shop.  It had a tiny hole in it which was easily mended,  but the colour doesn’t suit me if it gets too close to my face. I’m a bit pink already but I love this colour & wanted to do something with the lovely soft sweater. So…

I sewed up the bottom and tied the sleeves together.

The finished bag

The back of the sweater naturally falls over the front & the button is just to weight it down a bit.

Sorry about the photo background, I should have put it on something white. 

It’s a pretty & really easy bag & I’m going to make more.

Man’s shirt to woman’s blouse

This shirt belonged to my other half .  It was made of lovely cotton fabric but the collar and cuffs were very worn.  Usually I save things like that for patchwork but decided to have a go at turning it into a blouse for me with as little taking apart as possible.

I shortened the sleeves from the top and took in the sides, shaping them slightly as I went.  I also shotened the body & made slits at the bottom so it would look better when worn over skirts & trousers. 

I cut the collar off  & cut the cuffs to half size.  I added 1960s lace to the collar stand & cuffs to hide the fact that I couldn’t turn in the edges.

The shape still wasn’t right so I added a bust dart.  This raised the length of the shirt a bit so I tucked the back to match the length & added shell buttons to make it a feature.  The front & cuffs now have shell buttons too.

Do I wear it? Yes.  I really like it.  Would I do it again? Yes I would.

The skirt is needlecord made using Simplicity 3881.  The only alteration was to lengthen the straight bit to get my knees covered. Back view.