My sister bought the blouse on the left above from a retro warehouse sale of second hand clothing. She didn’t try it on at the time. When trying it on later, she found that the fit was unusual and generally unflattering so didn’t end up wearing it much at all. It sat in her wardrobe for a while until I saw it. I liked the fabric print and saw the potential for an upcycling project.
The day after my last dentistry rural placement was our Graduation Ball. I wanted to sew my own dress for the ball which meant I had to complete it weeks before (rather than days before like my last gown :P) as I wouldn’t have my sewing machine in rural SA.
I knew I wanted a two-piece outfit with a midi skirt. After looking on Pinterest for inspiration I came to the decision to sew a box pleat midi skirt and tulip open back cropped top.
I found the fabric for the skirt at my local Salvos op-shop. I think it was a table cloth or bed spread/throw? It was a heavyweight white fabric with a raised woven design of flowers and leaves. (I don’t have a ‘before’ picture of the skirt fabric as I was in a hurry to finish the outfit) The top was made from double face satin from Spotlight in an ivory/pale pink shade. Continue reading “Two-piece ball dress: up-cycled midi skirt & cropped top.”→
After watching this video by April/Coolirpa (one of my sewing and upcycling idols), where April takes two dresses from the thrift store and converts them into a new formal ball gown, I was inspired to upcycle/sew my own ball gown for my annual dental student association Grand Dental Ball.
Today I am sharing another upcycled sewing project! Again, apologies for the photo quality as this was another project that I made before this blog.
This size 16 dress was bought from Salvos for less than $6. I liked the printed pattern and with it being a larger sized item of clothing, I had more fabric to work with.
When op-shopping I like to look through everything, even things not in my size. I look at the fabric quality and print when browsing. I try on all items that vaguely catch my eye because sometimes a piece that seems okay-ish on a hanger will look different when worn, and vice versa. This often means I have a huge pile of clothes to try on. And when trying things on, I can better visualise how I can alter or upcycle it.
It was only when I tried on this oversized dress did I get the idea to make it into a two piece cropped t-shirt and skirt.
Buying clothes from op-shops or thrift stores not only supports communities or charities by raising funds through selling second hand goods and clothing, but also has a positive environmental impact through recycling and by reducing waste. And of course, it is kinder to your wallet!
I do love a good op-shop browse and have tried my hand at upcycled fashion.
I followed a tutorial by Nicole from The Felted Fox which I had bookmarked for ages.
She uses the fabric from a large or extra-large men’s dress shirt to make a convertible wrap crop top that can be worn in 3 different styles. I found a similar blue and white striped men’s shirt from my local Savlos for a few dollars. Continue reading “Men’s dress shirt to crop top.”→