Tuesday, 25 January 2011

T-shirt to necklace - DIY fashion for Project Restyle

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This year I'm getting involved in A Beautiful Mess' Project Restyle, so all the credit for inspiration here must go to her.

Project Restyle is a just-for-fun creative group focused on ReStyling damaged, unwanted or unusable goods into fresh, beautiful pieces.  The ide is to create weekly projects to give life to used items.

Project ReStyle Guidelines
1. You must use unwanted, damaged or unusable vintage or used items to ReStyle. One of the big purposes of the group is that it encourages green living and is budget friendly. You can use items from your own closet/attic that you no longer love, thrifted finds or hand-me-downs.
2. Take a Before & After photo of your ReStyled project. It's that simple!
3. Share your creative work on your blogs and in our Flickr Group. If you don't have a Flickr account, it's free to join. We'll be choosing favorites each week to share on our blogs, so you'll want to be sure to join the fun.
4. You can create fashion, home decor or gift items. There are no limits on what types of items you can ReStyle! Be creative and make items you know you can really use!

Ok, so for my first project, I decided to go really foolproof and emulate the tshirt to necklace idea...

Before...                                                                                                                         ...After.

Inspiration: If Urban Outfitters can do it, so can I!

But it was utterly fool proof and quick, and you could do a lot in terms of adapting/working up the idea. Think using different colours of cloth, beads, corsages, bracelets etc.

Step One: Take an old top, no matter if its got snags or stains. Cut off the hem and sleeves if there are any, you dont need them.

Step Two: Keep cutting strips across, so you have loops of material. The width is up to you, whether you want thick, thin, regular or varied. I went for regular-ish strips about a centimetre wide.

Step three: Arrange all your loops so they hang nicely, keeping aside two or three. If they should break at the hem, just tie them back together, no worries. Put all the knots at the top to keep it neatish, unless a scraggy look is what you're going for.

Step 4: Taking the loops you kept aside, cut them so they're strips. Then wrap them around the top of the necklace, keeping all the other loops as arranged and hiding the knots.

Simples. This one was just a prototype really, I think I might redo it with better quality material, maybe in a different colour. I think it worked out pretty well for something so ridiculously easy though!

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