Monday, January 30, 2012

Handmade, upcycled & revamped wardrobe

To start this post, I'd like to say that I'm a big believer in giving a 2nd life to clothes, for sentimental reasons or not (let's face it, it's sometimes hard to say goodbye to a favorite t-shirt or grandma's knit sweater). And even if the piece of clothing may seem beyond repair, there's always something to salvage (an embroidery, a crocheted neckline, buttons...etc). But I must admit that I just like transforming things into something new & different.

Here's a felted heart that I bought during the holiday season. It was sold as a Christmas ornament, I just thought it would make a great (oversized) brooch. So I just added a kilt pin on the back:

I also found this fun "Mambo" yarn from Martha Stewart. It comes in various colors but always with a contrasting thread. I chose the black & white one and decided to make a simple 3 layer textile necklace which looks a bit African inspired to me ;).

And to finish, here's "la piece de resistance": my old worn out pair of pants turned into a skirt and with some "butterfly & paisley" appliques cut from some fabric I have. I first iron fixed the pieces in place (and covered a few holes but nobody needs to know, right?) then I stitched the edges of the appliques. It has a slight rugged look but it's fine with me. One thing's for sure: I like my new skirt better than my old pants ;)!




I'd like to apologize for the mediocre quality of the pictures that were taken with my cell phone and on my coffee table (the beige background being my carpet)...But you got the idea(s).



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