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Nicola Vincent -- Devon

I like to describe my Upcycling & Refashioning as:

Textiles

Wearables

For:

I use:

  • Dresses/Skirts

  • Men's Shirts/Refashion
  • Bags/Totes

  • Contemporary

  • Sweatshirts
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Nicola Vincent

Exmouth, Devon

 

 

The Mad Sheep Co.

 

Facebook: The Mad Sheep Co.

Nicola's Creations & Interview  10/3/20

How long have you been Upcycling/Refashioning/Recreating Clothing from thrifted textiles?  
Since March 2020

How long have you been sewing?
My Nan taught me to sew as a child and then I had a few classes at school but since then I’ve been learning via YouTube

How did you get started in Upcycling/Refashioning?
During lockdown I had more time on my hands and headspace to think about possibilities.

Why do you Upcycle/Refashion/Recreate clothing from thrifted textiles?
I have a lot of children’s clothes that my daughters have grown out of and started off making them into various types of bags as keepsakes. Then when I got the bug I moved onto my own wardrobe either mending, altering or increasing the size of items and in some cases deconstructing them and making them into new dresses!

What type of clothing do you like to create and why?
I like to make clothes for me as I can make them fit well (until my shape changes which seems to happen quite a bit at the moment!) I have also been given a few items by friends to work on and have enjoyed that too, especially seeing their response at the finished article!

What is your favorite textile to Upcycle/Refashion/Recreate from? and why?
I like working with t-shirt fabric when making bags as I use iron-on interfacing making it easier to work with but when making clothes I probably prefer something a little less stretchy. I have recently bought an overlocker and I’m slowly getting into using that which helps a lot - I do feel I need a couple more YouTube lessons to get the most out of this though.

What was your favorite project?
My favourite project was blending 2 men’s shirts into a dress as it was something completely new to me and I felt really free to experiment and practice different techniques.

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Thank You Nicola for sharing your creations with us!

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Amanda Barnard -- Norfolk

I like to describe my Upcycling & Refashioning as:

Textiles

Wearables

For:

I use:

  • Denim Jacket Art

  • Fabric Jacket Art

  • Applique

  • Hippie/Boho

  • Marvel Characters

  • Comic Strip Revival

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Amanda Barnard

Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

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Amagems Upcycled

 

Facebook: Amagems Upcycled

Amanda's Creations & Interview  9/6/20

How long have you been Upcycling/Refashioning/Recreating Clothing from thrifted textiles? 

Approximately 3 year

How long have you been sewing?

Approximately 3 years. Most of my work is done by hand.

How and why did you get started in Upcycling/Refashioning?

I used to make jewellery, and I  saw that people were making necklaces from textiles. This fascinated me, so I tried it. Then more and more ideas appeared that I could try. Then I was hooked.

Why do you Upcycle/Refashion/Recreate clothing from thrifted textiles?

I love to see how something that someone has discarded can be turned into something so unique, plus it saves textiles from landfill.

What type of clothing do you like to create and why?

I love to make beautiful, unique denim jackets. I see them as a blank canvas to create wearable art.

What is your favorite textile to Upcycle/Refashion/Recreate from? and why?

I love to work with denim.

What was your favorite project?

That’s a difficult question-it changes depending on my mood!

Thank You Amanda for sharing your creations with us!

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Laura Gibbons --

Gloucestershire

Textiles

Wearables

For:

I use:

I like to describe my Upcycling & Refashioning as:

  • Dresses

  • Romper
  • Hair Scrunchies

  • Blouses

  • Mending (Socks)
  • Romantic
  • Contemporary

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Laura Gibbons

Gloucestershire


Green Circle Textiles

 

Depop Store: @laurag0806
 

Instagram: Green Circle Textiles

Laura's Creations & Interview  9/7/20

How long have you been Upcycling/Refashioning/Recreating Clothing from thrifted textiles?

I started my garment making journey properly about 1 year ago. Before that, I had beginner sewing skills and would make small textiles like bags and pencil cases. I've always wanted to take the leap and make my own clothes and this year I jumped!

How long have you been sewing?

I have been sewing for as long as I can remember, but I think from about the age of 10. I learnt to use a sewing machine in school and basic skills like making a patchwork cushion. I continued making small things like this until this year where I expanded my skills to include garment making.

How did you get started in Upcycling /Refashioning?

I've always dreamed of making my own clothes. But I think I really wanted to pursue it this year to increase my own sustainability. I decided to pledge not to buy any new clothing (I occasionally but a second hand item, but rarely), as I knew that I had a bad habit of fast fashion. I wanted to simplify my wardrobe and embrace my own style and I am able to make things exactly the way I want them to be which is great as I am very picky.

Why do you Upcycle/Refashion/Recreate clothing from thrifted textiles?

There is so much waste in the fashion industry that there is plenty of second hand and reclaimed fabrics to use. It's often a cheaper alternative, and on the occasion I find something I can use in a charity shop my money spent often goes to a good cause. I enjoy the challenge of turning one thing into something entirely different and using what materials I have to hand before buying anything.

What type of clothing do you like to create and why?

I like making dresses as I enjoy wearing them the most! Nothing feels better than to get a lot of use out of something you've made for yourself.

What is your favorite textile to Upcycle /Refashion/Recreate from? and why?

I love using polycotton bedding because you can often find cute prints, it's a nice weight for dress making and it's a large amount of material for a low cost. I like that I am saving the plastic fibres from waste too! If I ever were to buy brand new textiles I'd only use natural fibres. But it makes me happy to know less plastic is being wasted and can be reused endlessly until the fabric comes to the end of its life.

What was your favorite project?

I recently made the ruffle sleeve top by peppermint magazine. I loved the bedding I used and I am pleased with the evolution of my sewing skills with this project. Unfortunately it is too big for me but that only means I get to share my skills and gift this lovely blouse to someone close to me who I know will cherish it and get a lot of use from it!

Thank You Laura for sharing your creations with us!

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Terry Lloyd --Wiltshire

I like to describe my Upcycling & Refashioning as:

Clothing

Garden

Textiles For Wearables

Textiles For Decorative

Non-Textiles For Garden

I use:

  • Blouses

  • Colour
  • Coordinates

  • Casual

  • Classy
  • Whimsical

  • Garden Art
  • Cushions
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Terry Lloyd

Swindon, Wiltshire

 

 


Facebook: Terry Lloyd
 

Terry's Creations & Interview  12/14/20

How long have you been Upcycling/Refashioning/Recreating Clothing from thrifted textiles?

About 8 years

How long have you been sewing?

55+ years

How did you get started in Upcycling /Refashioning?

I was in a charity shop and saw a beautiful, large size skirt. I thought the fabric would look fantastic in a blouse, and it did

Why do you Upcycle/Refashion/Recreate clothing from thrifted textiles?

It is a great way to garner beautiful fabric for a good price. Satisfaction to turn something discarded into something beautiful

What type of clothing do you like to create and why?

A must for me is to feel comfortable in what I wear, feel good in, and enjoy wearing. So easy fit tops, with unrestricting sleeves, that can be layered up/down, to account for our variable weather. To me nothing looks better than a casual,but classy top, paired with a smart pair of trousers/jeans.

What is your favorite textile to Upcycle /Refashion/Recreate from? and why?

Soft polyester. It sews up easily, drapes well, crease resistant, and launders well.

What was your favorite project?

Making arm warmers, cowl neck style scarf, to go with my my blouses/tops, slouchy cardies, which enables me to wear my favourite tops year round.

I like to describe my Upcycling/Refashioning style as:

Colour coordinated, casual and classy. All the "C's" I just realised ‼️

Terry's Garden Decor Upcycles

Thank You Terry for sharing your creations with us!

Please Note: All Answers and Photos are Submitted by the Artist. Permission to use any information or photos must be requested from the individual themselves.