Do you love adding a personal touch to your handmade wardrobe? I really do. One of my favorite things to do when I was younger (mostly after college when I lived in New York City), was to go thrifting for clothing, then add embroidery and applique to it! I loved it so much, that I decided to build a small business selling recycled and upcycled clothing and accessories. I opened a little Etsy shoppe called Pink Graffiti, and sold accessories, sweaters, even leg warmers made from old sweater sleeves!! It is currently closed, but if you wanted to see some of the One-Of-A-Kind items that I sold, you can check out Pink Graffiti here :: lesleyanne.etsy.com.
When I was in college, I found a bolt of this gorgeous floral fabric on sale at some random fabric shop in Detroit – I immediately fell in love with the bright colors, but the fabric was very translucent. It sat in my stash for a long time before I found the perfect BRIGHT purple sweater in a thrift shop, and created this upcycled treasure to sell in my shop!
I was so excited about this piece, that I wrote a tutorial on my old blog – which you can find the post, here.
I hope this can give you some inspiration to take some of your old pieces of clothing that maybe you don’t want to wear anymore, or are thinking of donating, and give them new life!