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July 12, 2011

upcycled sweater to skirt, site for blogging artists and artistic inspiration...

Good Morning! Wishing you a most Happy Tuesday!

So...I had this thin sweater top. IT's actually purple and black however my camera decided throughout many pictures that it was more blue than purple. 

I bought this top several years ago. I thought it was cute and I could wear it with leggings. It is made from a very thin, inexpensive, sweater-type blend material. A little too cool for winter and a little too warm for summer. Since the bottom of the top has a tighter weave, it "poofs" right around my hips, tummy, bottom area making me look a little pregnant when I am wearing it and the horizontal stripes did not help either. My solution was to just put it back in my closet until I figured out something to do with it.

I pulled out this top the other day and thought I would either make it in to something else or I needed to send it to our local thrift store. The neckline has potential for anther top and I saw a skirt when I turned the top upside down.

Skirt it is! I was not sure that this fabric would even hold up if I cut it, let alone tried sewing it with my serger. I cut it a couple stripes below the neckline and ran the raw edge through my serger. It came out really cool. The serged edge looked lacey and it left an edge similar to a rolled hem look, except with serger loops hanging off the edge. The knit black bottom of the top became the waistband of the skirt!

what I learned from this upcylced project:
1. turn items upside down to get another perspective
2. cheap knit/sweater type material + serger = interesting rippled raw edge
(I'll post if this edge does not hold up)

Here's the finished skirt. I took this picture in a mirror and it did not come out that good but you can get the idea:

So in about 20 minutes, I created this cute little skirt that looks great with a black tank top! 
I kept the the neckline for something else and thought of making some fabric flowers with the leftover striped material. 

Calling all blogging artists:
There is a new blog dedicated to all kinds of artists. It seems to be a place where artists can list their blogs under up to three art categories! It's called artsee bloggers. A place to connect and find other art blogs. What a great idea!
Today's Shout-Out:

Today I want to share Amanda Trought's website Inspiration, Art & Creativity. Amanda is an inspirational, creative mixed media artist. She is currently doing 365 Days of Colour-Flower of the Day . She started the 365 days on June 1st and posts a beautiful picture of  a flower that she has either photographed or painted. Within her daily posts she adds several inspirational quotes or messages. Amanda's blog really motivates me. She is a beautiful, inspiring woman. 

~Have a great day~ 


li said...

Brilliant :) I would never have thought to turn any item of clothing upside down, or try and figure out something else to do with it. I need to go look over my closet!

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

You are just so creative ~ I love to turn my paintings upside down to see where I go next and thanks for the link to yet another site for artists ~ hugs and namaste, artmusedog (carol)

tina said...

Really cute skirt! Tres chic and uber clever! :)

Amanda Trought said...

This is a great idea, thanks for the shout out! I think I'll take a look around and see what can be upcycled...:) I have already been using my son's old school uniform trousers as canvas, they are surprisingly versatile. Stay blessed.!

~Rasz~ said...

This really was a fun and fast little project! What a great idea Amanda! I have lots of denim from my boy's outgrown jeans. I wonder if that would work?