I’ve been going to thrift stores and vintage clothing stores for years. I love that I can buy something, in many cases new, for very little cash. Plus, with my sewing skills I can easily take a garment that might not fit right and give it a custom fit. Or, change it up completely for a truly one-of-a-kind look. Back in the day we didn’t call it upcycling but well, I don’t know what we called it. It was just an enormous about of fun!
My girlfriends and I would skip class, I mean after school we would head to our local thrift shop and raid the racks, fill our carts with all sorts of wonderful treasures. We’d hurry to one home or the other and then make up all sorts of grand creations.
Speaking of thrift stores. Did you ever see the movie Pretty in Pink with Molly Ringwald? Well, I got to say what she did to that gorgeous pink vintage prom dress was truly a sewing travesty. I always thought the end result was tragic.
All she needed to do was remove the tulle from the front of the skirt, nip in the sides of the dress to make it more like a wiggle dress, get a fur wrap with some killer heels, and rhinestone bling and there you go.
Or, make the top sleeveless and make the neckline a ‘V’ or scoop, crop the top and keep the skirt full and pair it with elbow length custom dyed gloves, plus a vintage stole. I think my girlfriends and I had 72 different ways we would have made that dress crazy beautiful.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had my fair share of upcycling disasters where nothing was salvageable except to use as dust rags. All I’m saying is sometimes less is more.
Upcycling is also a great way to learn construction of ready-to-wear and it is great for all levels of seamstresses who love to experiment and build their wardrobe.Do you upcycle? Do you go to thrift stores? Have any delicious upcycling stories to tell? Let me know in the comments section below!