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Great thread!
I love both knitting and sewing, and for both I like to use sustainable material: good organic wool, organic cotton or give-away clothing to repurpose.

From two dress shirts (belonged to the husband of my piano teacher, who manages to poke holes into the shirt elbows) I made two classic boxer shorts for my husband:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/two_tango/49247046446/in/dateposted-public/ (can't get an embedded pic for this one)

And some woven cotton tops she no longer uses (and once had sewn up herself) got converted into grocery bags.
Here you can see one of the original tops and one of the resulting bags.


I also make bags with donated jeans, or I convert biggish adult jeans to little boy jeans for my youngest son.
I am sure there is a lot more I did with donated garments, but boxers and bags are the things I most often do.
People know that I reuse garments and other fabric and save it for me - sometimes too much!
 
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There is another project I wanted to show you because it really turned out cute.
A pair of corduroy pants ended up as a hat this summer (for a theme-based summer camp):


And I forgot to mention that I make most underwear for the family, not only boxers.
The panties for the rest is made out of old T-shirts.
 
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I originally made this post under the 'making your own clothes' thread but feel it is more appropriate here.  (I have asked the mod to delete this post on that thread, to avoid duplication).

I like adapting clothes (obtained cheaply at charity shops/jumble sales so mistakes are not costly!) e.g. where I like the material but not the end product.

I transformed a long maxi skirt into a shorter skirt with a matching top....even had a little material over to make a matching necklace!  The straps were from some scraps I had.





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As there were questions how to get started with sewing, here is my own story:

I took a sewing class in the year before going to uni (a gift from my grand aunt). I have learned valuable basics back then, a long time before the internet.

Then for a long time I did no sewing. I restarted with "real" patterns for clothing, somewhat frustrating as my bodysize and shape is not considered in the patterns from the big companies (I am too small and slim). This got better when indie pattern-makers offered a bigger range of sizes.
And when I changed my lifestyle to being (still) more sustainable, I started with repurposing clothes. What gave me a lot of courage was this book:
https://www.amazon.de/war-einmal-ein-Hosenbein-gebrauchten/dp/3258600090

I am not sure if you can access the "look into the book" feature from outside Germany. Well, that book deals about how to repurpose all kinds of garments: jeans, pants, blouses, skirts, tablecoths etc. to make pyjamas, children skirts, aprons, bags, pillows etc. It gives basics on sewing and pattern-making. I had a lot of fun starting to draft patterns on newspaper.
And when the fabric was gifted it is even easier to try out cutting and sewing.

Maybe there are similar books in English?
 
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Amy Francis wrote:
I like adapting clothes (obtained cheaply at charity shops/jumble sales so mistakes are not costly!) e.g. where I like the material but not the end product.


I think I have a piece of used clothing in my fabric bins of that same print because I liked it too! If not that exact one, so close I can't tell it apart without digging it out and comparing it. Good taste in prints!! :D and lovely upcycle work! :)

 
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Pearl Sutton wrote:

Amy Francis wrote:
I like adapting clothes (obtained cheaply at charity shops/jumble sales so mistakes are not costly!) e.g. where I like the material but not the end product.


I think I have a piece of used clothing in my fabric bins of that same print because I liked it too! If not that exact one, so close I can't tell it apart without digging it out and comparing it. Good taste in prints!! :D and lovely upcycle work! :)



Yes it was a fairly familiar print a few years ago - maybe Monsoon?  I am also a fan of your creations; you come across as an interesting person!  I love eccentrics (I am one too, e.g. ex hippy and still celebrating colours!)  I take much delight in what makes us individuals rather than favouring conformity and living in dullsville!

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Y'all may recall I made a pair of warm leggings out of a size 3x men's sweater a couple of years ago.


I made them to wear under my snow pants, and they are excellent for that. This winter I have been feeling cold, and I put them on in the house, OH MY, I'm addicted. I put a pair of sweats over them to keep them somewhat clean. Whoo! I need more of these, they are too comfy, I won't take them off to wash :D
I went to a thrift store yesterday and paid 25 cents each for two size 2 or 3X men's sweaters, both really heavy 100% cotton.

This idea is REALLY working well, I think y'all need to try it if you get cold.  
 
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This summer I'm building our home, and I always need more pockets when I work. I was at a thrift store and I saw this vest, it has 11 pockets!!



I need more big pockets, and all of those pockets are on the front and that vest (which is too big for me, which means good air flow on hot days) was dragging toward the front due to weight of pocket crap. So I added more pockets on the back. It's hard to see exactly how it works, so I marked them out on this picture:



At top is two deep pockets, they hold things like a hammer or channel locks really well, and are easy to get things out of, they work like a back scabbard for a sword. The bottom pocket is one huge pocket that runs the whole width and holds things like a T square really easily. There are a couple of smaller pockets on top of that one, for smaller tools.

This is what it looks like without the markings, it came out well. That fabric is one of the sturdiest cloths I have ever tripped over, I have about 5 yards of it stashed, I wish I had a 20 yard bolt of it, it's really sturdy, as well as lightweight, and flexes and sews easily. I make shopping bags etc out of it, and have not managed to rip one yet, despite putting all KINDS of things in them (like power tools....) It's my favorite, and i expect it will hold up well.


 
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