What's Upcycle

An exploration in which fashion meets upcycling.

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I love the impact of turning something unassuming into something amazing. When I saw this fabric sample book at a Zerolandfill Seattle event I knew I needed to create something wearable. However, I knew it would be a smaller piece considering there wasn’t much fabric. I immediately recalled a pair of patchwork pants that I made previously and figured they could use a matching vest.

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My first sewing and upcycling project was born of a friend’s request. My friend’s uncle passed away and they wanted to surprise their cousin with a sentimental gift. While brainstorming, I mentioned t-shirt quilts and absentmindedly said they were easy to make – despite not having actual sewing experience. Before I knew it, I’d volunteered to turn eight large button-down shirts and into two small shirt quilts.

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I hated Dean Koontz’s book Dragon Tears. So… I decided to upcycle these tainted pages and my general discomfort into something beautiful – paper flowers. While I learned the basis of making paper flowers from a YouTube video, here’s how I upcycled this bad book into a floral fabrication…
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In 2017, I planned to participate in Seattle Chance Fashion’s Alternative & Clubwear fashion show but miscommunications led to forfeiting my slot in their show. I halted all production on my garments and went on hiatus. Now I’m finishing my collection through collaborative work with my talented circle of friends.

The first piece is an Upcycled Denim Trench Dress. I wanted to take something familiarity of a denim jacket and twist your expectations. I became fixated with the idea of a trench dress but figured a denim trench dress would be too simple (hah!). It seemed natural to elevate the trench dress using patchwork and then my love of houndstooth print took over.
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