Monday, September 20, 2010

Tuesday's Tute: Upcycling Fun!

Upcycled clothing is so very trendy. And, quite easy. All you need is a pile of shirts that coordinate and a tunic pattern and you can easily cut and sew your way to your own trendy tunic.

1. Deconstruct your shirts. I use one shirt for the main bodice/neckline.
Cut it at the empire waist.
Cut off the sleeves as close to the seam as I can.

2. Lay a shirt out so that you can lay a sleeve pattern on top using the factory hem as the sleeve hem. I lay mine on the fold since my pattern is created for a fold. Cut 2 Sleeves.

3. Lay your front/back tunic pattern on a flat surface.
Lay your shirt bodice on top of your pattern.
Cut and piece the remaining (skirt like) part of tunic. Make sure you cut your pieces big enough to allow for seam allowances to piece them together. You needn't be precise.
For this tunic I used factory hems for it's hem edge. For other tunics I intend to serge the edge and/or leave it raw.
I made mine in a vertical fashion, but you can also do horizontal or horizontal with an angle. Or a little of both....
4. Sew in your sleeves.
5. Piece together your one of a kind tunic.
We just purchased 40 knit shirts at our local Goodwill for .99 ea. We have enough shirts for fall dresses for my daughter, a tunic for me, and a few to sell at a fall craft festival or two. Not to mention some to create one of a kind upcycles for others. Yes, that's right, if you're not up to making one, I'll make it for you.
Simply email me and will talk options.
Please share your upcycled creations with us on our flickr group.
Happy Sewing!

1 comment:

  1. oooo I like that, wish i could sew clothes... you found some great shirts and soooo cheap! and that tunic is pretty, looks like something from a catalog! excellant work!


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