sunshine
althea
Sweet Peta

The concept of recycling or upcycling fascinates me. I am so excited that it is in vogue and not just something you do because you have no other choice. The challenge of repurposing items gives me a real thrill.

With that in mind, I have started on a new project with the working title of 20 Frocks. My goal is to make 20 girls’ dresses from recyled, vintage or scrap fabric by 7 September. This goal lines up with the date of the BrisStyle Eco Bazaar where I will have a stall. What better way to demonstrate “Eco” than to make new things from fabric that is just lying around. All frocks will be based on the same pattern and will have adaptations to suit the fabric and my mood!!

Here are my first three frocks. They each have a name, a story and a heart and the remaining 17 will as well. These stories will be told on the swing tags that I will attach to the frocks.

Let me introduce Sunshine Georgina, Althea’s Tea Party and Sweet Peta.

  • Sunshine Georgina is made from a vintage gingham table cloth gifted to my by a client who came to a cushion workshop. (She had decluttered her linen cupboard and passed the proceeds onto me.)
  • Althea’s Tea Party is made from a pair of sleep pants that I bought but never wore as they were a strange fit. Even the lace across the yoke is from the sleep pants.
  • Sweet Peta has been crafted from a bundle of off-cuts I bought at a church mega garage sale for $2.00. It has been in my fabric store for ages. I crocheted the flowers and straps to match from crochet cotton left from a blanket.

Well three frocks down and 17 to go!!! Four weeks!!! Love a timeline!!! I have already sorted a pile of possibilities for the next few dresses complete with suggested names. But chances are, if I run out ideas for names towards the end, I might be looking for your help!!

Julie