Trash to Dolly Treasure
|The body of Christie's dress is made from the sheer nylon of my mom's old nightgown!|
|Fabric taken from the same nightgown!|
If the fabric is polyester or rayon and not very pretty, you can use the material to do a test run (or toile) of the final garment. You can also recuperate the lace then use the rest of the fabric for draping or trying out a new patterns. Sometimes I cut medallions or tiny rosettes out of the lace of a nightgown to applique onto another fabric. Old lingerie will also provide you with enough elastic lace for dolly delicates. And to be honest, instead of being obliged to buy 50cm of fabric in Paris, I sometimes buy a cheap pair of panties or a scarf.
|The Diane von Furstenburg dress was made from an inexpensive pair of panties!|
Socks are a great source for stretch fashion. Wool or chunky winter socks make for great sweaters like the outfit (made from men's tube socks) I made for Conner, one of Jano's (hiyadolly.com) Little Darling dolls . Her dress is made from a red and white tube sock and her cocoon coat from an old wool cap!
|Tube sock dress & a wool cap cocoon coat!|
Pssstt...Men's silky evening socks make great slinky cocktail dresses for Barbie and her friends!
|Use the wrong side of a worn tube sock to replicate texture.|
Old Garments, New Life
|The dolly Max Mara mini jumpsuit was cut from a moth hole ridden sweater!|
|An old Tshirt is cut down, dyed and reworked into a streetwear for Loic.|
The wide sash (self fabric) type belts are the best. There's usually enough fabric for a top, a skirt and sometimes even a pair of pants.
|Remember this dress. It was made from a gold lame cloth belt!|
|Zak's "leather outfit was made out of material taken from a vinyl belt.|
Next to socks, wool caps are the next great source for knits because there's more of it in a single item. What I like best is how you can work it so the ribbing falls at the hem of the garment! But even without the ribbing, it still makes a great dress or sweater. (Pssst....don't have any knit caps? Head to the Dollar store! One cap is good for several items.)
Happy Saint Patrick's Day to All!!!
|A scrap from a student textile project scavenged from the garbage, the fabric was manipulated & refashioned into a dress.|
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