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Grey & Burgundy

Grey & Burgundy

Materials: burgundy fabric: $3/yard in the sale bin at the fabric store shirt: $5 Pants: $20 This outfit is an upcycled bottom coupled with a sewed together top. For the pants, I cut a trip in the leg up the front middle of both legs. I then serged in the burgundy fabric which was a remnant I got at Discount Fabrics for $3/yard. Unfortunately, … Read entire article »

Pink Dress

Pink Dress

Unfortunately, I have been forgetting to take photos of what I’ve been starting with so it really doesn’t help much in terms of comparison. Fortunately, Old Navy had this shot of the dress on line. Of course, the model doesn’t have my proportions — so figure shorter and more voluptuous! One of the things I liked about this dress which was … Read entire article »

Purple Denim

Purple Denim

Materials: Denim: had it sitting around for years and hadn’t used it shirt: $5 Pants: $20 Starting at my favorite store for buying fire safe clothing, Old Navy, I picked up this purple shirt for $5 on sale. Then I combined that with my standard yoga pants and tank cami available at Old Navy as well as this super fun double sided purple denim … Read entire article »

Butterfly Hippie

Butterfly Hippie

This costume was an experiment in working with non stretch cottons doing patchwork. The experience was educational, but overall, somewhat frustrating working with these fabrics as I don’t prefer the drape, stiffness and lack of stretch though the technique was certainly a useful process for lots of future costumes. The headband was created with a butterfly cut from the fabric … Read entire article »

Yellow T-Shirt

Yellow T-Shirt

As usual, I started with a $5 Old Navy top. And, as usual, I forgot to take a photo before I started cutting it up. The technique here was pretty simple.  I cut out the shapes, cut the slits where the new fabric would be serged in, appliqued them to the clothing, serged the yellow panels in and voila!  Interfacing … Read entire article »

Magenta Butterfly

Magenta Butterfly

This started out as a $5 top in the bargain bin at Old Navy coupled with a matching magenta shelf cami and a pair of yoga pants. I had the thread and it was through the applique in this costume that I learned about the need for interfacing and the important role it plays when working with stretch fabrics and … Read entire article »

Brown Denim

Brown Denim

In a sense, this is the upcycle that really got me serious about upcycling. And, this was before I started documenting the process at all thus no before photos. But I did find this old photo wearing the top. It began with this tank top that simply didn’t fit me well. The top is different from my usual tanks … Read entire article »

Green Fairy

Green Fairy

This is the first (of hopefully many) serged costume I made and I didn’t use a regular sewing machine at all, though I did hand sew the rosette in the middle of the shirt onto the rest of it. The costume is designed to be worn in layers over a black shirt and pair of yoga pants for easy … Read entire article »

Pink & Purple Serged

Pink & Purple Serged

This outfit was the second serged only costume I created. I wanted to do something with brighter colors for dancing that would be easy to make. The pants were simple. I cut the seam on the side of the leg and serged in equal size pieces of fabric. At the top I put some extra fabric to make a faux … Read entire article »