Sunday, March 4, 2018

Upcycling Shirts

Upcycling Shirts

At the Art Barn  recently, a course was offered about upcycling shirts called 'Fashion Sewing with Stitch + Eco Designs' by Darcy Wanuk . I took it and I am so glad I did. What great fun it was with Darcy giving us mind expanding ideas for sewing. Her eye for design was exciting to see in action as she worked with each one of us individually. I would highly recommend Darcy's courses. Please check out Darcy's site Darcy Wanuk .

Hand Dyed Fabric in Clothing

Since that day, I have upcycled two additional shirts but added my own hand dyed fabric as accents.
For those of you who hand dye fabric, paint on fabric or collect interesting fabrics, I thought you might be interested to see what I did. 

Upcycle Shirt 1

Back of the shirt with some hand painted pansy fabric.

Front details.

Sleeve detail.

Upcycle Shirt 2

Auditioning fabrics
Note the fabric with the lamp post, which I originally thought was going to be my main added fabric, actually didn't make it into the shirt. I felt quite disappointed at this, but in the end it just didn't fit in. 
By the way the lamppost scene is in Gibson's, BC. I did some sketching when I taught a 'Painting with Dyes Workshop' at Carola's Quilt Shop a few years ago. The Sunshine Coast of BC is a very scenic place. 

Hand painted fabrics that were rejected for this project.
Decisions had to be made somewhere. I wish Darcy had been there to help me!
Cutting the square fabric in half!!!
For the front and for the back I needed long pieces so I cut the mostly square fabric in half and after auditioning several colours, pieced it back together with the mauve shirt fabric I had from cutting the lower sleeve off.  I have only one very small piece of this fabric left.
Making a long piece of fabric.

Shortening the sleeve and adding some hand dyed fabric as a facing.
Back Inset.

Front details including tab and button to pocket.

I know it's fun to sew hand painted fabrics in quilts and such but I hope you like this idea and give it a try.


Win Dinn, Artist said...

Wowza, Eileen - I LOVE these shirts, and can see that you'll be utilizing that lamppost fabric sometime soon in another one. These are magical, and with so many possibilities I don't see how you'll be able to stop.

Mellowood Gallery said...

A fascinating look at recycling. Thanks for sharing Eileen

Laura Leeder said...

I loved the first recycled shirt you did with you fabric art and the second is just as delightful! Another great way to incorporate your art for all to enjoy Eileen. Thanks for sharing!

Mary said...

What a wonderful way to enjoy your art. I love the first shirt and the second is quite striking also. I am so glad I found your blog.