WASTE NOT, WANT NOT – UPCYCLING
This week we are looking at upcycling, and how we can bring new life or add personality to our wardrobe. But what is upcycling?
Upcycling is simply reusing or transforming an item into something new or of better quality – ‘upping’ its value. Whether it’s giving your old jeans a new lease of life or customising a new pair to suit your personality, upcycling reduces the need for new raw materials and encourages creativity. Sometimes your clothes just need a little TLC – so before you bid adieu to your unworn or unwanted jeans, try your hand at a new skill!
This month we’ve collaborated with Rebecca Torres-Sherrington, founder of @designxstitch, who has been working her magic on our Libby jeans!
“I love colour and with the style of denim I wanted to add something that fitted in with that relaxed 90’s vibe. I’ve never embroidered on denim before, really enjoyed the process and defo will add that fabric to my list of things to stitch on.” – Instagram - @designxstitch
Design x Stitch
I’m a designer by day and a thread embroidery junkie by night! I took up my childhood hobby of cross stitching and embroidery last year and I haven’t looked back since.
My love of colour, shapes and a love for creativity has given me the bug to make beautiful bespoke pieces for friends, family and soon to be customers through my Etsy shop (which is coming soon!)
I was asked by the lovely folk at Monkee Genes if I would have a go at up-cycling their ‘Libby’ Jean, which of course I jumped at.
Below is a brief step by step guide of how I created this design on Monkee Genes Libby style, but first you need to consider the overall look you’re going for. Does your design require it to be thick and chunky threads or yarns or are you going for a delicate, minimal look and what fabric are you stitching on?
- Dig out your denim!
- Get creative!
- Grab the needle and thread
- Start Stitching
To check out more of @designxstitch head to her Instagram page (Etsy shop coming soon!), and don’t forget to tag us in any of your own upcycling creations!
This is the first of a few collaborations that we have lined up this summer, in the hope to encourage and inspire our customers to reduce your waste and make your wardrobe your own!