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Nicola Vincent -- Devon

I like to describe my Upcycling & Refashioning as:




I use:

  • Dresses/Skirts

  • Men's Shirts/Refashion
  • Bags/Totes

  • Contemporary

  • Sweatshirts

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.


Thank You Nicola for sharing your creations with us!

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Nicola Vincent