Monday, 18 March 2019

Geordy Goth Creations: Upcycled Cardigan

Last month, I opted for an upcycling sewing project, as I was watching a Youtube video about the fashion industry,  and its environmental impacts on a global scale.  I learnt for fabric production requires 200 tonnes of water to produce 1 of tonne fabric and 8,000 toxic chemicals are used in the dying process. Even after the intensive production, over 235 million garment articles end up in in a landfill, generating 26.2 million of CO2 within the UK. The most atrocious part is the clothing is recyclable. 

Another factor is the human cost of the clothing industry, which was highlighted after the tragic Rana Plaza factory incident; where 1,130 tragically lost their lives. It showed how unscrupulous manufacturers were using depraved practices subjugating workers to horrid conditions such, as long hours, poor and dangerous working conditions and the use of child labour all for very little pay ( Batelier 2018). 

I aim to do more upcycling projects, rather than just sewing from scratch or purchasing new fabrics.  

I found this cardigan in a charity shop during a  thrifting expedition. I  loved the cardigans details like, the small pockets, just adorable, it had 3/4 sleeves, the scooped neckline, amazing condition,   and all for the princely price of a pound. I had to have the cardigan and a perfect basic transform into a gothic granny/ Victorian Liberian style garment, I'm into this style at the moment.   

I decided to tart the cardigan using some triple ruffle lace, I purchased years ago, from eBay, it was ten yards for £4. I used me straight  1/4 quilting sewing foot for from my Amazon 30 sewing feet all for £10 collection. I just took my time and manipulated the lace to fit the stretch cardigan.


The lace looked great, but  I wanted to add some velvet trim to add extra interest. I used an edge stitch sewing foot ( I think it also called a stitch in the ditch sewing foot) for the trim, another from the 30 piece collection of sewing feet.

The final reveal.
 Even if you can't use a sewing machine you always hand sew. 


Batelier, M. (2018). The Textile Issue – London Textile Forum 2018: What, Why, How and When?. Available: Last accessed 06/03.2019.

Saturday, 2 March 2019

DIY: Bathrom Accessories

I bought these items a few weeks ago to place into my bathroom, sorry, forgot to take photos of the whole process.

I bought this from Hobby craft to use as a hand towel holder. It cost £2.50

I also bought this from the works to keep my making-up/ cleansing cloths, since I'm trying to reduce my use of single use items. 

I had this paper I picked up from either Paperchase or Hobby Craft for 50p a roll. I loved this pattern. 

I traced around the shapes of the objects and used PVA glue on paper to stick them down on the surface. Once dry, I added a solution of watered down vanish to the top for extra protection. I originally, painted the box with acrylic paint, but the final finish looked crap. 

I opted for Wilko's satin spray paint, I didn't prime just spray painted directly onto the items.  I also purchased some resin roses for £1.50 from the Works, One the best places for bargain craft crap, if you're in the UK.  While waiting for everything to dry,  I listened to Cemetery Confessions podcast (the early release for Patron supporters). 

The roses have a sticky back sticker,  and I placed it into position. I love the final results it an easy cheap DIY project and great for us lazy crafters. In total it cost less than £7 for everything.

The final reveal

Life Update.

Hi, it's been a very long hiatus, not to say the least. Since my last post, a lot happened in October. I had a death in the family ...