Clothes Upcycling 101
When it comes to clothes upcycling (a.k.a. refashioning, recycling, remodelling), to make beautiful final clothing projects that you'll love and actually wear, you need to know a few things.
Fashion upcycler Mariana Kirova, previously bridal and alteration professional, and creative owner behind the scene, loves to share experience and projects so you learning the essentials faster and enjoy creating beautiful sustainable clothing yourself.
It's the new wave for home sewists, creatives, and pro fashion designers to explore how to make clothing in a new, more sustainable way reusing already existing clothes. The best part? It is available to anyone who wants to make and create! And often for next to nothing. Just by using your sewing skills.
Of course, you can upcycle and create unique clothing by using only hand-sewing techniques. However, machine sewing has the potential to get you to that next level of creativity.
Get on top of those machine and other sewing basics, thus enjoy clothes upcycling more, with the help of our sewing essentials below.
Design Hacks For Clothes Upcycling
In clothes upcycling you will find one of the greatest variety of projects - from taking the initial garment apart and using the resulting fabric with a pattern to never-thought creative ways and techniques.
Our successful formula for making beautiful styles is a mixture of old design fundamentals combined with suitable upcycling technique and a dash of redesign brilliance.
Remember, the best is to start from wherever skill level you are at the moment, and to build up your creative and design skills over time, step-by-step.
And if you think you are not a creative type, then listen to this episode of our podcast The Art Of Refashioning. It will help you decide whether creativity is your 'thing' :)
Below you will learn about design basics, upcycling techniques, tips and hacks that will boost your clothes upcycling skills up.
Learn Online With Mariana
We love to meet passionate creatives of any age who want to step up to the next level of the learning process.
Make sure to subscribe with any of the freebies here. It will get you started and keep you in the loop for the new exciting things coming out this year!
Here is what some of our previous students have said for our online solutions so far...
Our online students have shared...
"Excellent value... very practical and affordable solution!"
I have just purchased the Learn To Sew course and am very excited.
It looks great and is excellent value for what is available on it. I have done a couple of sewing classes and though great while in the class it is always the way that when at home I can't remember something and this course will eliminate that as it will always be available to me.
Thank you Mariana for providing a very practical and affordable solution!
KIM G. // Felt crafter & sewist
Local Workshops On Clothes Upcycling
In addition, if happens you are local in Perth, Western Australia, then you might want to sign up for our local workshops here.
So, when time comes we will send you a note on our new event, talk or hands-on workshop.
Our previous workshops' participants have shared...
"I learned a lot how I could reuse or rework my clothing"
This is the best workshop I've ever attended, thoroughly enjoyed the day!
I now can develop and wear something that I've never thought about before. It was very inspirational, to keep on rethinking and reworking unused clothing, to applying it to my grandchildren clothes.
RINI M. // Sewist & aspiring clothing upcycler