Remeber the Trashion show I am going to be in? I made another outfit for it, only this time it is for the “trash” category. That means it needs to be made from things that normally would be thrown away and are not traditional fabrics. For this challenge, I got to make my first recycled materials corset.
Would you have guessed I made this corset using juice pouches, weed barrier cloth, and zip ties?? Well, I did!
I used Butterick pattern 5935 Corset view A *affliliate link*. It walked me right through the process (in conjunction with the Basics of Corset Making book). And you know what? It wasn’t that difficult!
I discovered a few things while making this very unique garment for my teen. First is, juice pouches (especially when cut open and sewed together) rip easily. Which brings me to my second discovery: I should have followed the pattern that directed me to sew bias tape all around the border to connect the lining and outer layers. I veered from the pattern and stitched the coset and lining right sides together, so I had to turn the straps (which were very narrow and stiff). I ended up ripping one small spot that I stitched to repair on the left shoulder. I am thankful it wasn’t worse.
I did use bias tape on the bottom, and really like the effect.
I am combining this with a skirt that I made out of packing foam. I am really excited about it!
I’d say this is one of my favorite upcycles so far.
What have YOU upcycled today?