Sewing Tip: My first Upcycle

I had recently experienced a sewing slump. In my effort to make custom pants, sad to say, I failed TODAY! But I’m closer than I was yesterday.

I took a break to do laundry and discovered a dress that no longer interested me that I picked up from Goodwill.

In the style below but Black Floral


Then it hit me. Why don’t I try to make something new! Although, this is all the buzz within the DIY world I had never upcycled a garment before.

I thought it would be a bit extreme to take it back to Goodwill. Can you really recycle a recycle????????


So here is my first attempt


I took the dress and cut out the elastic waist band. This was super simple


OMG there was so much more fabric to work with than I had imagined. I started thinking about all the other garments I could find at the GoodW Boutique.

Note: while shopping for garments to up cycling always buy elastic or items that gather. There will be so much fabric to uncover in a garment of this type.


This will save so much money. Fabric is getting expensive.



Okay back to the Upcycle

After all the fabric was revealed I took out my self drafted skirt block pattern. I’ve used this pattern time and time again.


I gathered a 9″ black zipper

( I put zippers in everything) for real

I just purchased an assortment of zippers from VOGUE FABRICS

You should really pick these up!


and the mayhem began


What I produced was beautiful. A self drafted pencil skirt.


I even added pockets


What do you think of:
Saving money on fabric ?

Shopping at Goodwill ?

Projects to up cycle ?

I’d love to hear from you.


Oh I almost forgot to mention I still have the top of the dress to redesign. This is going to be a fun, new and economical skill to add to my sewing library.


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