Tag: Upcycling

Organizing Fabric Scraps with…Fabric Scraps: Genius!

Fabric scraps always stand in the way of me and supreme organization. What exactly do you do with the little guys? You can’t throw them out because the second you do, you’ll find the perfect project for them. Saving them all becomes a pain too, because the pile of scraps grows every day. The fabulous…

Don't You Love that Moment When You Finish a Project?

A few weeks back I put up a blog post about adding some embroidery to hide some stains on a $7 dress that I had purchased. At the time of the post, I showed a detail of the flower embroidery that I used to cleverly hide the marks that I could not remove, and I…

Upcycling Clothes: From 50 Cents to Wow!

We have a new designer on our team, Megan Sabourin, and I am so excited to have her talent on board. Megan studied at Pratt in New York City and she has deep experience in designing look books for the fashion world. But that’s not all. New Stitch graphic designer Megan Sabourin in her gorgeous restyled…

I just finished my upcycled hand-embroidered $7 dress!

A few newsletters ago, I blogged that I had purchased a really cute cream, mod-style '60s dress for $7, but it had some marks on it that could not be removed. I decided to embroider the dress with small flowers to cover up the marks, and penciled in a pattern to follow with embroidery floss.…

Using Embroidery to Embellish and Upcycle an Off-the-Rack Dress

A few weeks ago, I wrote about an embroidered jacket that was a wearable work in progress. The artist traced the pattern of the embroidery and then slowly worked on the jacket, which she also wore in her travels. Because the tracing was light and the pattern abstract, she could wear it even though it…

How to Add Lace Embellishment to an Upcycled Garment

Last week, I wrote about upcycling a dress that I found for $7 at a discount store. It has a fabulous, mod silhouette and a '60s style textured fabric. Because the dress was too small, I took it apart at the side seams and drafted an insert from black velvet. Then I found some scalloped…

Turning a $7 Dress into a $700 Dress

I do love a bargain, especially when I find something on the sale rack that I feel in love with when it was full price. I used the cream dress as my template for enlarging the black dress. I drafted the pattern by rubbing off the difference between the two side seams of the black…

Find Your Best Sewing Supplies in Your Closet

I have been taking classes at Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC for over a decade now, and I always say that I will be one of those octogenerarian fashion plates tottering around the school. I love to learn, but I also love the inspiration that I get from students who have their fingers right…

Upcycling as Motivation to Clean Out

Here's something I'm not good at: cleaning out and getting rid of things. To be successful at it, I need to be in a mood where I can put my emotions aside and get down to business. But those moods are few and far between, and typically I shy away from cleaning out. I wonder…