Tuesday, January 24, 2012


This is how I start to upcycle a garment. I've cut the skirt off the main top part, put it on the dress form, then I start pinning pieces to it and draping lace, collars, trims or whatever. I look at it from time to time. Here I've piled more fabrics and trims around the base. Yesterday I studied this as I was sewing other garments and today I'm ready to go into the studio and start making decisions of what I really want to use to redesign this top. Some of the natural or white pieces may get dyed. I am thinking of keeping everything in natural beige, ecru, linen colors. I will probably change the buttons but that comes last. First I have to get the body of the garment together then the embellishments. If you recreate garments how do you work?


Joanne Huffman said...

I love seeing this. It makes me want to dive into my fabrics and embellishments.

farmlady said...

This is beautiful... right up my "magnolia pearl" alley, but with your own artistic flare.
Thanks for talking about your process. It's always interesting to listen to an artist talk about how they create.
I LOVE this style. I'm way too conservative. I need to throw some lace onto an old sweater and just let it happen.
Thanks for the motivation.