The Upcycled Closet is chock full of unique designs for women and girls. There are dresses, skirts, and tunics ranging in size from small to plus. Each garment is made from an assortment of other garments–shirts, dresses, skirts–salvaged from garage sales and thrift stores. This is a wonderfully creative way to reduce waste by saving still usable materials and keep them from the scrap heap. Some of the designs remind me of ones my mother made for me when I was young. My mother was a master seamstress who kept me well dressed on a shoestring by making all my clothes, sometimes piecing them from remnants of fabrics she bought by the pound in L.A.s garment district.
Paulette, the creative energy behind the The Upcycled Closet, has been sewing for over 50 years. She started upcycling clothes as a necessity when her children were young. But it became a calling in 2011 when a niece requested a recycled dress for her daughter, to be made from outgrown t-shirts. And the rest, as they say, is history. All of the recycled clothing Paulette uses is checked for holes and stains, and is washed prior to use.
These are a couple of my favorites from current offerings. But you should click over to The Upcycled Closet to check out everything for yourself.
The Upcycled Closet is also in Handmade Lookup.