Tag Archives: Upcycled Clothing

Coat Rivet Challenge

  Sewing leather wrecks your hands. But what are you supposed to do when you find yet another second hand leather coat that fits you perfectly, except of course for the perpetual problem of the sleeves being too short? You … Continue reading

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Coat-Poem in Progress

I am post-first-draft of a new novel, and my children have had only two normal weeks of school (meaning four days per week) in almost 2 ½ months, since the beginning of December due to illness, power outage, ferry shut-down, … Continue reading

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Chinese Dress

I’ve always thought red brocade Chinese dresses were beautiful, but they’re made for hipless women about 30 cm. shorter than I am. I found one second-hand for two dollars, and cut it straight up the back, inserting a kind of … Continue reading

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Harris Tweed Biker Bitch

Here is the most recent revision, only two jackets stuck together this time: a 1980’s padded-shoulder blob version of a biker jacket with only ¾ length sleeves, and a classic men’s Harris Tweed. The difficult, and it turned out, best … Continue reading

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Talon Coat

  This is a coat I made from five second-hand coats that cost me about 60 dollars: a purple and orange brocade, a fox fur, two red-orange leather, and a mustard leather. When I cut up the fur coat, I … Continue reading

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Beaded Leather Obi

This is the project, finally completed, which gave me a sewing injury I’ve been nursing since the fall. I’d come across an old canvas corset – a man’s corset, my husband thinks – that I’d picked up twenty years ago … Continue reading

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Black and Blue Leather Second-hand Rose Dress

Much is made of the supposed eroticism of leather as a material. I wasn’t attracted to it for this reason, but more for its long half-life, and mostly after seeing some pictures of the Fulani tribes of Africa. Some of … Continue reading

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Red Velvet Waterfall Scarf

As a person who tends to think too much, (and sometimes about cancer) it’s nice to find something to do that relieves this – working with my hands in this case, doing something not terribly important. I only have to … Continue reading

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Rusty Old Pirate Coat

  I am a “men’s medium,” yet also a an “extra-large girl.” Being tall, I was getting sick of wearing men’s coats, so I decided to start revising women’s. This is the first. It’s psychologically hard to cut leather, because … Continue reading

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