Friday, December 27, 2013

Denim Jacket v2

This jacket is more or less the culmination of my projects to re-use denim and my basic pattern making. It is double breasted, with a separate lapel made from a lighter coloured denim, french seam fronts and a two piece fitted sleeve. It is fully lined with pieces from a cut up cotton shirt.

Friday, October 18, 2013


The latest staple of my wardrobe I've designed/made by recycling. They're all made with old tracksuits, ribbing and a few odd bits of jersey. If you can get a large pair of tracksuit bottoms, particularly one without outer side seams, when opened up each leg is large enough to make the front or back panel. It's based on a modification of my basic T-shirt pattern, sleeves lengthened, added front pocket in some cases. Hoods are not hard to do, two matching pieces of the right shape stitched around the collar in much the same way as a normal collar band would be. Ribbing for cuffs and hem can be obtained from a variety of source garments, or if you don't have any, sufficiently stretchy jersey will do. All hand-prints by me. 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

T-Shirt Bonanza!

So in the last few weeks I've been making making recycled T-shirts, often printing on them. As with denim, everyone has around a bunch of T-shirts and other jersey fabrics that aren't wanted, and you can often get very large tees at charity shops for only a couple of pounds (prices will vary, at some point I may post a guide to how to charity shop for donor garments). Of course, it's best to get large garments without designs on (unless the design is one you like and want to keep!).

Generally I like to get a block colour front for the front and back and stripes or other patterns on the sleeves if I'm printing. Otherwise stripes can also be good for the body. For the body, it's easiest to use a large plain tee or dress. Since sleeves and other detailing are smaller, you can use blouses or skirts, which often have cooler patterns anyway. If not, any interesting fabric is great! Each T-shirt was hand made by me to my own drafted pattern, all screen-prints were designed by me and screen printed by hand. Explanatory notes or text clarifications included.

Body- Cut up dress, Sleeves- T-shirt

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Recycled denim jackets

Three examples of one of my first designs. Denim is great to work with because it's fairly each to stitch together multiple pieces in odd configurations until they actually fit your pattern pieces. I also happen to like a patchwork denim look. Plus, it's genuine patches of nice worn denim.

This was made from a few small items, the arms are most of the fabric from a small pair of jeans, lower front and back are from a couple of pairs of denim shorts and the corduroy yoke and stripe were cut from a couple of old skirts I got off my sister, as was the little pocket on the left upper arm. On the back you can clearly see the unfaded area where back pockets were. The strips up the middle are a waistband I unpicked and ironed flat. I think the weirdly faded result is good. Collar is a stand-up one piece. Overall not my best construction work but I was pleased with the design.

Welcome to the Redress blog!

Hello reader!

I'm Mat. Welcome to my new blog. I've been making my own clothes for a while now, and recently have been recycling and upcycling old clothes to make completely new garments. This blog is going to be a place for me to show my work, and hopefully encourage others to try doing the same. I hope to post some tutorials and guides in the near future!