Last year I decided to try to buy no clothes over winter and to upcycle and use my fabric stash to make as many things as possible. I wanted to see if I would feel I was missing out and to see if I could make being sustainable fun. I found that I really enjoyed it and found it a very relaxing way to spend my spare time. It’s a time of year where the weather and short days mean more time inside and I found it a real pleasure to have some projects on the go.
This year I hope to continue with the upcycling but I would like some new things too. I’ve decided that as far as possible I will find second hand things to upcycle and make my own. Then there’s always the things I just like the look of that need nothing more than a wash.
This week I did both, I upcycled a jacket and splashed out a whole £20 on some new-to-me things.
had hung in a wardrobe for a lot of years, it must have been worn two or three times at most. I didn’t like it, not only was it boring to look at, it also had a scratchy collar.
I have always thought that something could be done with it but couldn’t decide what.
Then last week I made a velvet evening bag (mentioned in my last post), I completed it this week:
and it crossed my mind that I could add a velvet collar to that jacket, so it would no longer be scratchy and then I could embellish it to make it a little less plain:
By this time, I was getting into the embellishing and I didn’t want to stop; so after adding new buttons, I decided to make some felt ‘buttons’ to put down the front:
I then added some blanket stitch to the pockets and buttonhole stitch to the buttonholes and it was finished:
I think I might actually wear it now.
Next up, here’s what I got with that £20 I spent:
The leather bag is in excellent condition, the fringed knitted jacket is a perfect fit (lucky because I didn’t try it on in the charity shop, I usually take pot luck!) and the skirt is ankle length and a perfect fit, which was just as I’d hoped.
Considering how far £20 would get me in consumer land I was very happy with what I found:
I went to the dentist this week after a tooth cracked and she told me I need a crown, the cost is just short of £500, just as well I spend so little on my wardrobe!
Have a great weekend.