Upcycling, also known as creative reuse, is the process of transforming by-products, waste materials, useless, or unwanted products into new materials or products of better quality and environmental value.

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Today I was asked if I buy fabric and the answer is simple yes but mostly in the form of waste clothing or odd bits of left overs fabrics. I don’t actively buy lengths of new fabric as I find that there is enough fabric to be used in simple recycling clothing. New fabric for me is the same as buying new clothes - why produce more when you can use what you already have?

The skirt was cut into stripe to make the frills and edged with black lace. The dress was an old dress that I found rather boring. I cut the hem to asymmetrical and added the frills - simple as 🖤

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Summer is ending and sometimes whites just don’t stay white or if you buy in charity shops sometimes I find white clothing has got grubby and past its best. These items can easily be revived buy dyeing them either by machine or by hand simply with a bucket.

I dyed the white dress pink and then cut of the bottom added a frill and some excess fabric from the original dress. I cut the trim of the oink mesh skirt and added it to the dress to add weight and a touch of drama 💖

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The blouse was in poor condition with ripped button holes, however the actual silk fabric was strong and highly embroidered.

The dress was too big for me and the shape unflattering - time for a change…


Tulle dress made by combining a top that I hand dyed from white to pink and then recycling a tulle skirt.

Tulle dress made by combining a top that I hand dyed from white to pink and then recycling a tulle skirt.


This dress was given an update by dying a silk chiffon 1940’s wedding dress and then shortening it.

This dress was given an update by dying a silk chiffon 1940’s wedding dress and then shortening it.


Cotton and lace dress made by mixing a vintage Austrian blouse and a french cotton petticoat.

Cotton and lace dress made by mixing a vintage Austrian blouse and a french cotton petticoat.


Asymmetric maxi dress made using lengths of off-cuts.

Asymmetric maxi dress made using lengths of off-cuts.


Drop waisted tulle and satin dress with black lace trim created by updating a camisole and old petticoat.

Drop waisted tulle and satin dress with black lace trim created by updating a camisole and old petticoat.


Hand dyed lace table cloth and lengths of lace added to a vintage t-shirt to create a dress - ribbon tie on the waist so it can more or less fitted.

Hand dyed lace table cloth and lengths of lace added to a vintage t-shirt to create a dress - ribbon tie on the waist so it can more or less fitted.


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A dress made from a 1930s piano shawl and a silk camisole.

A dress made from a 1930s piano shawl and a silk camisole.


Jeans made to fit buy adding a seam down the centre back of each leg.

Jeans made to fit buy adding a seam down the centre back of each leg.


Take a blouse and two old skirts, add dome dye and made into a dress.

Take a blouse and two old skirts, add dome dye and made into a dress.


Recycled skirt and blouse together to make a perfect holiday dress.

Recycled skirt and blouse together to make a perfect holiday dress.


Jersey and tulle dress made by combining a tulle skirt and old t-shirt.

Jersey and tulle dress made by combining a tulle skirt and old t-shirt.


Jersey and fringe dress made by recycling a 1960 fringe dress and reattaching the skirt to a t-shirt. The top of the dress had rotted bu the skirt part was in a great condition.

Jersey and fringe dress made by recycling a 1960 fringe dress and reattaching the skirt to a t-shirt. The top of the dress had rotted bu the skirt part was in a great condition.


This handkerchief hem dress was made by combining two t-shirts and a skirt.

This handkerchief hem dress was made by combining two t-shirts and a skirt.


Hand dyed tunic and hand lace dress. Combining a crochet tunic and an old lace table cloth. Both were dyed using the same pink dye.

Hand dyed tunic and hand lace dress. Combining a crochet tunic and an old lace table cloth. Both were dyed using the same pink dye.


`All lace and fabric colours hand dyed and then joined together to make a dress.

`All lace and fabric colours hand dyed and then joined together to make a dress.


Cotton and lace dress made using an old lace top from a charity shop and then using a skirt and some excess fabric to make a tiered skirt.

Cotton and lace dress made using an old lace top from a charity shop and then using a skirt and some excess fabric to make a tiered skirt.


Lace skirt added to a lace t-shirt and hand dyed.

Lace skirt added to a lace t-shirt and hand dyed.


Asymmetric dress using hem off-cuts.

Asymmetric dress using hem off-cuts.


Jeans recycled by using bleach and spray painting back in colour.

Jeans recycled by using bleach and spray painting back in colour.


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Afghanistan dress recycled by removing the top of the dress and a T-shirt.

Afghanistan dress recycled by removing the top of the dress and a T-shirt.


Skirt and blouse sewn together to make a dress.

Skirt and blouse sewn together to make a dress.


Dip dyed maxi dress. Dying this is super fun!

Dip dyed maxi dress. Dying this is super fun!


Jeans made from recycling two old pairs add front and back seams.

Jeans made from recycling two old pairs add front and back seams.