Posts Tagged ‘upcycled’

Can’t decide if I should keep going with this one or not. Here’s the front:

And the back, both with the burnout velvet additions basted in place:

The problem is the cami is so small it won’t even fit on my mannequin, so it’s not going to photograph very well. Hmmmm… this one may not make it into the collection.

You can do so many things with it, in addition to knitting, of course. For example, I was  working on a new camisole and really  wanted something to complement the pale green and orange color scheme. So I searched the etsy listings for green and orange yarn and found “Mr. McGregor’s Garden” by frommyartoyours.

Perfection! Just the right colors, plus I loved the fact that it’s so animal friendly and uses faux cashmere, something I’d never heard of.  It arrived a few days later and was even better than I expected — very soft and lush, perfect for embellishing lingerie. So here’s the work in progress, with various elements still needing to be attached.

The yarn trim isn’t knitted, it’s sewn on and beaded, so it looks almost like a necklace.

Finally, just for fun, I made a funky little bracelet with the same yarn.


All this and there’s still lots more yarn to work with! Thank you, frommyarttoyours!!!

Question: Is anyone really going to wear a partially see-through top?

Answer: I guess we have to wait and see.

This one’s nearly done, so it should debut at etsy in a day or two. It’ll be interesting to see the reaction. This fabric is so sheer it’s almost invisible. Perfect for anyone who doesn’t mind having the whole  world seeing their “bidness.” But that’s the beauty part of living in LA — there are people here who have built entire careers on letting it all hang out, as we used to say.

I bought the little shell top at an estate sale, and am adding the beaded flower fabric. This particular combination seemed to work best, out of the eighteen or so different possibilities I tried. Seriously! Upcycling isn’t as easy as it looks. Or maybe I’m  doing it wrong. But who cares? When you finally get all the elements in place it’s so gratifying that all those “Ewwww, that’s not working” steps along the way are forgotten. Sort of.

That’s not something I say very often — at least about my own images. But this one came out very nicely. Unfortunately, I have no idea why or what I did, so it may never happen again.

Yes, the mystery piece is nearly done. The first image shows most of the fabric in place. In the second and third, I was trying to decide if it looked better with pale or navy blue trim. In the end, I used them both.

The next post should show the finished (pretty much) piece. Still can’t decide on using the overall closures in front. They look great. But … it means cutting two holes in the front for the metal buttons. Yikes! Maybe something a little less permanent would be better.

a work in progress — but what?