With some hand dyed fabric that I got from Colorways By Vicki Welsh, I made some patchwork. Cutting the patchwork into a circle with a die cutter, I made the patchwork into an applique. I got the circle sewn on. I realized that the area was a bit thick with the original embroidery on the shirt and the pieced applique. Cutting away the backing seemed like the obvious choice. So I started cutting. After I got it neatly cut away, I saw something: OOPS! I had cut through the patchwork too. (Yes I know I should get the funny looking applique scissors with the duckbill blade.) Time for a regroup. Hmm, okay fusible applique over the oops to cover it. Then it needed a bit of something so I did a bit of thread painting on the applique pieces.
Here is how it looks.
|I have not mastered the "selfie" photo|
I mentioned other shirts. Here are another I have recycled this way only with handwoven fabric.
This green one had a logo, but no pocket. I really like a shirt pocket. Why not add one? And for the wild muse, how about putting it at an angle?
The funny part is that the pocket is not obvious unless I have something in it. One friend said "I didn't realize it was a pocket" when I pulled a piece of paper out of it.
Do you ever embellish your clothes to upcycle them or even to just change them?
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