You need to see 'Clothes' as 'Material', unpick the original sewing and you have a blank canvas to work from, right?
I recently bought a denim waistcoat from Topshop - and I didnt like the price! not one bit! but I really wanted my daughter to have one too. So this will be my first project.
Where to start...
|Remove the legs, leave enough room at the top to make a skirt? shorts? or bag?|
|Remove both legs|
|Use an unpicker to unpick the seems|
|I did this whilst watching Tv and took me around 30-45 minutes - so you could do this faster|
|This is what you should be left with, I have kept the original seams to save on more sewing|
|Draw around an item of clothing that fits, I was lucky enough to have a waistcoat but its just as easy to use a shirt and fold in the sleeves|
Cut out your template.
|Hem the edges, I have pinned mine first|
|Sew the hem|
|Use pins to keep the lining in place, fold over the linen to act like a hem and sew|
Well, My daughter was impressed, and even if she just uses it for dress up its better then sending it to landfill!
The waistcoat took me around 3-4 hours to complete.
I had some more material left over from the jeans, so heres what I made, each item took less then 30minutes to make.
|Beans bags (filled with rice and lentils) we set up a bowl and had to get the bags in the target! great fun|
|I used the top of the jeans to make my daughter a little handbag, add some ribbon and pretty things.|
|A coin purse from just cutting the pocket out|
|If you wanted you could add some fringing|
What have you made to recycle, upcycle your old denim jeans? Please leave a comment, and even links to your upcycled items.