Creativity is making marvellous out of the discarded.
To Up-cycle is to reuse something in a creative way. – To refashion something. During and after times of war, people were very poor. Clothes made from feed sacks and swings made from old car tyres are something we all are familiar with. Up-cycling is not a new concept. It is something from the past that became fashion again, and because of the positive impact it has on the environment , more people who are concerned about mother earth are doing there part for recycling as well as up-cycling. I love to up-cycle. So this lovely comfortable jersey went from oversized, to fitted and feminine, and can be worn with skirts and jeans.
From oversized to fitted and feminine
Identify that jersey and take it straight to the sewing room.
Draw in the lines for centre front with tailors chalk and cut open. (be fearless – its is only an old jersey)
Cut all the extras off. Make it shorter and leave enough space for the hem.
Overlock al the edges. (try not to stretch the edges while doing that)
With a thick needle and crochet thread in the same colour as the jersey, we will fix this.
Make short tacking stitches on the edge of the jersey all the way in the front and around the neckline.
If you have a mannequin to work on – it is much easier.
Pull (ease) it evenly tighter until you get the neckline smooth and it fits nicely around the body.
Use your steam iron to steam it carefully until you see the pleats disappear.
Make sure your ease thread is secured at the beginning and the end.
Time for crochet
First you need to make double crochet stitch around the edge and then you can do any stitch and make the edge as you wish.
I covered the overlock stitch with an extra crochet stitch in a different shade of purple.
The buttons I used was odd ones I found in my button bottle – all of them are silver but no one matches each other.
Now that your front and neckline is secured, you can do the alterations to get it from oversized to fitted.
The hem can be done with small hand stitches or if the jersey is thick enough, you can use a zig zag stitch on your machine.
I know you have one or maybe 5 oversized jerseys in your cupboard that is no good to wear anymore and you look terrible in it as well – so don’t you think it is time to up-cycle them?
It is more fun than you think and gives more satisfaction than you can dream of.