What do you refashion men’s shirts into? Refashioning clothes into a Kamino

Did someone mention a challenge which involves refashioning clothes? I can’t resist taking part in the local social enterprise New-u‘s request to refashion men’s shirts into something suitable for the catwalk. New-U are hosting a clothing swap event, encouraging people to appreciate preloved clothing. The fashion industry is the second-biggest consumer of water, producing 20 … Read more

Skirt into a top #refashion

As the school summer holidays continue my desire to sew, to have space in my sanctuary of a sewing room has become ever stronger. When I spotted a gorgeous Monsoon skirt in a charity shop (op shop for American readers) I was immediately drawn to the fabric, an impulse purchase was made with the aspiration that … Read more

DIY Dress refashion into a kamino top #restylingexchange2018

A few weeks back I signed up to take part in #restylingexchange being run by AmyNicoleStudio and Pilar Bear:- “Our hopes for this year’s restyling exchange is to get even more participants, raise awareness for refashioning and being sustainable in our sewing practice” My immediate thoughts were what fun to take part in a global … Read more

Suit jacket refashioned into a A line skirt

This year Portia’s annual refashion competition is suits. As usual, I have left it to the very last minute to enter (closes tomorrow!). There really are some amazing recreations of suits on her inspirational Pinterest board. Tempted to make a fitted dress I changed my mind when I turned this jacket inside out and saw the … Read more

Earth Day Blog Hop – Adapt & Repair Clothes

I’m excited to be taking part in an Earth Day Blog Hop organized by Lulu & Celeste. One of my motivations for blogging is to inspire and encourage people to upcycle, to sew with garments & fabrics which have been passed on by their previous owners. As a family I try and buy our clothes … Read more

10+ Free Patterns for Recycled Bags

The theme for this years Zero Waste week is reuse, why not refashion clothes into bags – I love the challenge and creativity involved in this. It costs little, have a go:) Here are my top 10 plus tutorials for upcycling clothes into bags. Loving this sweater bag from Renegade Seamstress – Taking less than … Read more

Upcycled Skirt and broach

This week I have been inspired by Kids Clothes Week. This great project encourages you to sew for one hour a day for seven days – I’ve made one of the seven!!   I am delighted with my upcycling project – one rather large skirt altered to fit my daughter. I trimmed off from both sides … Read more