Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Fabricista Challenge Week #1 - Recycle

This is week one of the Fabricista Challenge at Fabric Mart Fabrics blog.   This is the challenge:

Make a garment out of recycled materials or materials that would have otherwise been thrown away, such as scraps from your sewing room or grocery bags. You can reconstruct a garment to make it more fashion forward and utilize unconventional items to add accessories and embellishments. Be creative!

This is my submission:

I rummaged through all of the "give away" clothes and found treasure!  I love when menswear fabrics and details are used in women's fashion and with this challenge I had the pleasure of gathering from the boys and making it girly for a girl.  I used old ugly aesthetically challenged culottes (yep, wool culottes), an old jumper I had from the early 90's and some worn out men's dress shirts (yes, I cut out the stains) and came out with a high-waisted 6 gore skirt with a men's dress shirt placket inset at the bottom.  I used every last bit of the jumper and was able to refashion the  "v" waistband from the culottes reusing the original stitching, lining and buttons.  And of course an outfit isn't complete without accessories….upcycled pumps using a shirt sleeve and shirt buttons and a "dress shirt" for the sweetest accessory of all….my dog Jack.

Here's what I started with:

And here's what I made:

Hem Detail

And here are the shoes and the sweetest accessory ever....Jack!

Head on over to Fabric Mart's blog and check out the other entries (there are some really good ones!) and vote.


  1. Love that skirt and the fact that you took those shirts and recreated it is great. And your shoes really make the outfit! Plus your pup sure looks sporty as well. Good luck!

  2. Such a cute refashion and I love the dog!!!