This week I am flipping 15 uses on its head and finding different bits of rubbish that could all be used to make one thing. I’m starting off with upcycled fashion and to begin with I’ve chosen dresses. So instead of thinking what do I do with all this (insert rubbish you have copious amounts of) be thinking I want (insert hearts desire) so what can I make it from. I’ve found a brilliant collection of dresses made from other fabrics, papers and some more unusual finds.
The most suitable way of making an attractive but comfortable dress is to delve into old and tired fabrics to create new life
1. I love the skirt on this made entirely from old ties. There are plenty of these languishing in charity shops and your dads wardrobe, make use of them.
2. There are plenty of army surplus or fake camouflage to get you hands on, just depends if you want to sport the army look or not. *note probably not good for running in.
3. A classic item that is always getting chucked out is denim, so keep its life cycle going with a cute summer dress
4. Patch work is the original of upcycled fabric crafts, using spare bits of fabric or cuttings off old items to create a whole new one. Normally reserved for bed spreads I think I dress would look equally cool
5. Men shirts are another charity shop staple and should be used more often to create new things
Plenty of it so use it though I see these all for statement pieces rather then general ware, though depends on your fashion
1. Books are a joy but there are endless amounts piling up in our homes, create your own masterpiece with a show stopping dress.
2. Maps are beautiful and would make a brilliant design for a dress
3. Fashion magazines display the best of designers skills but they themselves could be transformed into brilliant dress designs
4. The easiest paper to get hold of and the most flexible but watch out for tears
5. Strips of cardboard packaging, in this case cereal boxes, could make a fun dress and it appears to have more structure to the other paper ideas making it probably the most viable design. I like the belt to make it look more natural
Bizarre ideas but ones that could definitely work as a statement piece. I would advice a fabric lining for all of these to maintain modest and comfort
1. Plastic rather then paper this time. Fused grocery bags in different colours could make a simple dress. Once the plastic bags are fused together they can be worked just like fabric
2. A collection of bottle caps, metal wire and tin plating creates this strange piece though can’t imagine it being a very comfortable experience. How would you sit down?!
3. I like this one made from lids and tops. Its like a colourful flapper dress but once again I can’t imagine its comfy to sit down in and a light slip would be needed underneath unless your super racey.
4. This police line dress looks amazing but where would you get such materials, I’m sure the bobby’s wouldn’t be too pleased if you started snaffaling their tape
5. Using packaging of any kind looks fun and quirky but make sure they are all washed out thoroughly or you’ll start to smell like a rubbish tip
So would you dare to go for the outrageous dresses or stick to the plain and simple fabric ones?