• 2018 Upcycling Challenge

    Maggie Mayfield

    When I found this linen dress at the thrift store I first noticed the beautiful embroidery! The dress was a size too small and I’m not a fan of the halter style on me. No problem! I knew I could upcycle it into something my style and wanted do something fun with that amazing embroidery. While ripping the seams I realized I wouldn’t get much usable fabric from the halter top, so I browsed my pattern stash for a project that would use smaller pattern pieces. I decided on McCalls 7572 and the deep V-neck was the perfect spot to feature the embroidery. I love the contrast of the gorgeous…

  • 2018 Upcycling Challenge

    Maggie Mayfield

    I was floored when I found this linen dress and jacket set at the thrift store for $1.99. The print is so fun but the dress was shapeless and the jacket had full on 80’s shoulder pads. I had already made a Phoenix Blouse by Hey June Handmade and decided that pattern would be perfect for this fabric as well. I used Candice’s tip to rip the seams to get the most usable fabric but it was still too slim for the pattern pieces. I ended up hacking the pattern to eliminate the gathers under the yoke and it fit! I chose a cut of new fabric in paprika linen…

  • 2018 Upcycling Challenge

    Maggie Mayfield

    While browsing a thrift store, the color of this garment caught my eye. I was so pleased to see it is a linen blend. Hey June Handmade had just released the Phoenix Top and the top on the pattern cover featured an overlay on the yoke. I was inspired to recreate it and standing in the thrift store I instantly knew this fabric was perfect for the job! The original garment featured tiny pintucks which I very carefully removed with my seam ripper. It took ALOT of pressing to get that fabric flat again! I used a cut of new white eyelet for the yoke overlay and absolutely love how…

  • 2018 Upcycling Challenge

    Maggie Mayfield

    I am lucky enough to live in an area with AMAZING thrift shops! It is not at all unusual for me to find garments in high quality fabric, often on the clearance rack! Can you believe this 100% silk dress was marked down to $1.99! I used Candice’s tip to rip the seams and the fabric was just wide enough for a True Bias Ogden Cami. The pink floral is a cut of fabric from my mother’s stash. It became a full-wrap skirt with a flounce using Simplicity 8606. I love the tone on tone pinks in this outfit.  

  • 2018 Upcycling Challenge

    Heather Hamblin

    Upcycling a men’s dress shirt, it’s been done before & lots of cute dresses have come of it but I decided to challenge my use of a dress shirt, trying to eliminate the word dress from the equation, & started outlining a jacket. I utilized as many of the tailored shirt’s features as I could to finish the look. From putting the pocket on the inside, to keeping the buttons for closure. I reworked the collar & stripe fabric to make a cute jacket I envisioned my daughter wearing with a flowy top & jeans. THEN my daughter tried it on & said she wanted a dress with it. Leave…

  • 2018 Upcycling Challenge

    Sherri Herrera

    I almost decided I was too busy for this, but Cassy from Pearberry Lane gave a little nudge and then the deadline was extended! So this was a great opportunity to re-purpose a dress that I made for myself, but ended up not loving at all. I kept the skirt, but re-made the ruffle along the bottom to be 2 layers and a bit fuller. Then I used the Simple Life Lexi Strappy Dress pattern and some chambray for the bodice. My daughter suggested a small bow and I have to say, it was a great idea. It gave a small touch of colour that pulled the whole look together.…

  • 2018 Upcycling Challenge

    Wendy Jacobs

    I have had so much fun with this challenge. My husband saw the things I was making and wanted to get in on it so he gave me a pair of his pants that were stained beyond repair and asked me to turn them into something new. I added a thrifted lace-back shirt and some beautiful Michael Miller cotton fabric that I was lucky enough to find at a local fabric store. The mens pants made up the hat, the bodice of the dress, and the shorts. The lace-backed shirt was used as an overlay on the bodice and hat.   SaveSave

  • 2018 Upcycling Challenge

    Colleen Lohrenz

    Sewing for our grandson, Jack, is my favorite activity and his mom, our daughter, works as a recycling manager in North Carolina. We visited them for Jack’s first birthday and found some old T-shirts at The Cheshire Cat Antique in Raleigh. OLD GARMENT: XL men’s T-shirt selected by Jack’s mom from a rack at The Cheshire Cat Antiques in Raleigh, NC. PATTERN:  Brindille & Twig Harem Coverall hacked to position the gorilla face at the right spot – right on Jack’s tummy! NEW FABRIC: I added a black and white coordinate from RockerByeDestash with animal tracks on it and a black and white striped ribbing from Jumping June Textiles. RESULT:…

  • 2018 Upcycling Challenge

    Colleen Lohrenz

    Sewing for our grandson, Jack, is my favorite activity and his mom, our daughter, works as a recycling manager in North Carolina. Her husband is a graduate of North Carolina State University – The Wolfpack. OLD GARMENT: Candace Ayala’s Upcycling Blog hints helped me to look for “just fabric” and “details” at the local thrift store, The Etcetera Shop. I found men’s sweat pants. They were in very good condition, soft, and had a great looking red coverstich detail on the back yoke and side seams. PATTERN:  The black blotches on the before photo are covering the actual pattern pieces I laid out – I understand it’s not correct to…

  • 2018 Upcycling Challenge

    Colleen Lohrenz

    My husband and I live in Texas, but we have a small wheat farm in Kansas. When we travel to Kansas, I only have a vintage Dressmaker sewing machine that my sister-in-law found at a thrift store for $20. If I want to sew at the farm, I sew with this machine; it’s a workhorse but has limited features. Last month we were there and I was looking for a project. Sewing for our grandson, Jack, is my favorite activity and his mom, our daughter, works as a recycling manager in North Carolina. I had seen some of Liesel’s projects and it just seemed to be the right time to…