April 07, 2012


Here are a couple of super simple dresses that I upcycled.

This one was an XXL man's shirt that I got at a church rummage sale. It looked new and the material felt nice. I intended to make something for the boys with it, but then changed my mind.


I cut off the sleeves, pinned the sides to remove excess fabric and serged all the way up to the armhole, then finished the armhole. I love how it turned out, because it can be worn in all seasons, with sandals or boots, with or without a belt. Very versatile! The pocket was on the chest originally, I moved it and added a strip of satin ricrac just for a little feminine touch.

This one was a blouse I got at the thrift store, and I had planned to make something for Ms G with it, but also changed my mind - think twice, cut once ;)

I did the same I did for the other dress, but this blouse had 3/4 length sleeves, which I put away for some other project. The problem with upcycling is the fine line between hoarding and "making provision for the future"..... ahem.

What about you? Did you ever upcycle a garment?



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