Inspired by an image is saw on Pinterest, I just had to make this t-shirt for Scout. Something to wear on a ‘bad hair day’. Using Adobe Illustrator to create the design, I just printed it onto Iron-on Transfer Paper and ironed it on of course.
Lets hope it passes the washing machine test or it’ll be a messy messy hair t-shirt mess. Gosh! Even writing that was messy.
In November last year I went along to an Upcycling Workshop organised by TRAID, the charity working to stop clothes from being thrown away. They aim to increase clothes reuse across the UK and reduce waste, carbon emissions and consumption. They fund international development projects to improve conditions and working practices in the textile industry. They also educate people about the impacts of textiles on the environment and people’s lives, and how we can make more sustainable choices.
To be honest, I didn’t go along for any ethical reasons, I just wanted some sewing advice, but the workshop had a big impact on me and made me realise the necessity of my challenge, in a society where disposable fashion has become the norm. We ignore the poor working conditions, the unfair wages, the unreasonable hours, the child labour and the lack of benefits for the workers in the sweatshops that make our clothes. But I can now proudly say that I have taken a step in the right direction to making more sustainable choices.
Surprisingly I was the only one at the workshop who knew what upcycling meant. So I arrived prepared with a bright yellow floral shirt dress that I didn’t wear much anymore because it wasn’t really flattering on me. I was drawn to the fabric and I still find it adorable so I thought I’d make my shirt dress into a much smaller, much cuter, much more complimentary dress for Scout.
Annoyingly I didn’t take any pictures of the dress before I started hacking it to pieces, but here is a shockingly bad photo of it at the point where I thought “Oh! I should have taken some photos”.
With some great advice and heaps of encouragement I managed to create a delightful dress for Scout with a matching headband that I just finished making today.
I still have some fabric left over which I’ll save for a future project. Waste not, want not!
You may have gathered by now, that I really like grey. I like it for myself, I like it for my children and I like for my home. I know not everyone would choose to dress their children in grey, but I think it’s stylish and guess what, I’m even partial to a little black.
This little blue grey tunic was adapted from the heidiandfinn girlie little blouse pattern, it’s the kind of thing that I would wear myself, in fact that’s what I’ll do, I’ll make one for myself (grey or black?).
This A-Line dress was made from a NewLook pattern, I find that the patterns from the ‘big four’ pattern companies can be a bit dated, but the basic patterns are ok when you choose the right fabric.
I really liked the botanic print and the bright colours of this fabric from Ikea, and because its upholstery fabric it is a good weight of cotton for a winter A-line dress.
I made up the design for this top as I went along. I love the way the frills on the shoulders gives it a floaty and feminine touch. I was quite tempted to turn it into a dress, with a bustle at the back, maybe next time.