Un-See-Through

June 5, 2014

During hot summer days I prefer light fabrics. I think clothes are the best sun block! Some clothes however have an unwanted quality to show a bit too much in the sunlight. Here’s my solution for very thin harem pants (from Rishikesh, India). Special thanks to my colleague for the photo!

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A bought this unfitting shirt from a recycling center just because of the fabric: black with metallic threads. Cut the shirt under arms and hand stiched the elastic to the waist already on holiday location.

002 (Medium)And the location… Two years ago St. Petersburg looked like this through my lenses.

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April 8, 2014

I wanted to make the neckline of a shirt from sale smaller. I added extra fabric from a preloved shirt I never actually wore but liked the colours and patterns.

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Here’s how I did it.

ImageMake a pattern placing paper on top of the (light turquoise) shirt and draw how much more fabric you want to add. You can free hand the whole thing or just one half and then fold fabrics and paper to center and use symmetry. Remember to add seam allowance. Cut the paper. Pin the pattern on top of the (brown) shirt and cut the fabric.

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Place the fabric on the shirt wrong sides facing you. Fold both vertically in half first to find center and start to pin from the middle. Check the right side before sewing. The beading in the brown shirt was not in the middle to begin with so I went with “close enough”.

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Sew with zigzag. As you may see my machine’s stitch is not very reliable but will do.

 

 

Pullover pants, vol.2

April 4, 2014

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They are most comfortable and warm even on a chilly morning! And I need a little colour to cheer up.

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Tested with painting and dancing. These work better than the first version because the pullover is smaller and the waist fitted.

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Starting point: a preloved pullover.

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In action to make a fitted waist: pinning the hem part of a preloved rather sturdy t-shirt to the pullover hem. This time I cut the neckline off before sewing rather than just shutting it with stitches.

Denim shorts with stars

September 22, 2013

Nail polishes seem to accumulate along the years. Some of them are way past their due date, sticky and non-functional. But still I can’t just throw them away so here’s a project to get rid of them. (Need more projects for that, though).

First task was to cut out the legs of the preloved jeans. I used the legs to test polish colours on denim.

A plastic lid became a stencil for this easy mathematical shape. It’s a good idea to do the painting outside because of the stench.

The finished product is machine washable in low temperature turned inside out.

Rain cloud bag

July 18, 2013

This bag was a gift for a little girl and is perfect for the weather recently. The cloud and the rainbow handle are made of a t-shirt.

The lining of the bag is conveniently the lining of the trousers. I was inspired by the glass beading. Everything except the rain drops is machine sewn.

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The bottom is round.

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Here are the recycled items: old broken trousers and a t-shirt.

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What a lovely homemade blouse which I got from my Granny years and years ago. The colours, the pattern and the quality are great but the shape is not. It’s been waiting in my storage for an idea.

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Match it with a corset belt (or a fitted vest) and you’re off the hook.

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Ma-Handband

August 10, 2009

Here it is! The first item ready for the blog. It’s a 100% recycled accessory, so I’ll call it trashkind. Materials: underwear I never use, thread from trash and selfmade sequins. Special thanks to a wonderful trashion inspirer Outsapop, whose blog got me punching the glitter out of an instant mashed potatoes package. Have to keep punching!

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