SIGNUP - FREE Membership and 1 FREE Sewing Lesson
| FAQ | Login
Platinum Sponsor
Fabulous Fit
Fabulous Fit

Tips & Techniques > Recycling fabric

Viewed 5509 times
Posted by: Julia Graham

About Julia Graham star
Member since: 4/12/02
Reviews: 50 (tips: 2)
Skill level:Intermediate
Favored by: 29 people
Report a problem with this review
Posted on: 2/7/03 8:34 PM
Review Rating: Helpful by 4 people   Very Helpful by 8 people   
I just reviewed Vogue 7369, and mentioned that I had made the garment out of two thrift-store garments, a skirt from Talbots and a dress from Laura Ashley. Georgene suggested I mention this here. Because the garments were high quality to begin with, the fabrics were still in good condition -- even used, they were better than a stiffer, cheaper fabric would have been new. I didn't buy these garments with an eye to cutting them up immediately, but I have actually done that. A full skirt or full-skirted dress can yield enough fabric for a shirt, or a differently-styled skirt or dress. Look for larger sizes. I sometimes buy the fabric for my "wearable muslins" this way -- especially KNITS. Even with the internet I have a lot of trouble finding substantial and interesting knits. Now that close-to-the-body styles are in, it's possible to buy an 80's tunic (like from LLBean or Lands' End) and use the nice fabric to make something smaller. It's fun in a treasure-hunty kind of way. For knits, look in the men's section too.

<< Previous    Next >>

Add Tip/Technique    Read All Tip/Techniques

Login to Add a Comment    
sewinbaby said... (4/3/03 9:37 PM) Reply
I once made a denimn dress out of a pair of my husbands jeans he could no longer wear. Turned out Cute with a little bit of another fabric around hem, sleaves and neckline
Tessa said... (3/13/03 6:06 PM) Reply
I haven't done this much with fabric, but I have bought suede and leather jackets and coats to make mitts out of. I've also acquired lots of buttons this way!
Geena_Vee said... (2/10/03 3:24 PM) Reply
I do this all the time, too. I look for good quality fabric in the larger sizes section. Wrap skirts in plus sizes work well for many garments. I recently found one made out of a beautiful lightweight suede. Look for great buttons and other hardware, too.
mugsisme said... (2/10/03 3:26 AM) Reply
Great idea. One more reason for me to go shopping.
Dale C said... (2/9/03 7:08 PM) Reply
Good idea. Sometimes I recycle old jeans and clothing for craft projects and accents on garments, but never a whole garment.
kittykate said... (2/8/03 11:50 PM) Reply
I'm glad you wrote this up as a tip. I recently made a skirt for my daughter Simplicity 7191 out of a couple of pairs of jeans that my husband had worn/grown out of (he declines to remember), and the denim fabric had all the nice wear to it, instead of buying new fabric and distressing it. If I run out of our own jeans, they're about a buck a pair at the local thrift store.
adv. search»
pattern | machine | member
Online Class
Serging Ahead with your 5 Thread Serger
Serging Ahead with your 5 Thread Serger

Class Details

Online Class
Leather 101
Leather 101

Class Details

Sewing Workshop San Francisco Coat Pattern

Sewing Workshop San Francisco Coat Pattern

Pattern Details
Petite Plus 605 Pattern

Petite Plus 605 Pattern

Pattern Details

Conditions of Use | Posting Guidelines | Privacy Policy | Shipping Rates | Returns & Refunds | Contact Us | About | New To PR | Advertising

Copyright © 2016® , OSATech, Inc. All rights reserved.