Recycling small amounts of yarn

If  fashion books  and  hundreds of old movies  are my constant source of inspiration to find the right shape of things I design, sometimes the scarcity of financial resources  guides me in choosing how to realize them, or even determines the entire creative process. In short, I have to use what’s at my disposal. Knitting make relatively easy to make new things this way, recycling  yarns or mixing small amounts of  different colours left from previously knitted items to make works more interesting or lively for instance.

But knitting is not the only way to make new clothes recycling. I’ve never really considered that point, but recently revising my wardrobe I noticed that in years I’ve sewn many different things recycling. I’ve started many years ago, turning inside out an old coat to make a new one (the first I’ve ever designed the pattern). Then I’ve cut man’s jeans to pieces to make bags, turned Indian scarves into shirts and blouses, used imitation-suede (the kind used for sofas…) to make jackets, transformed the fabric left from trousers in new miniskirts,  used small fabric’s pieces to sew corsets and what left from shirts to make scarves…

As a matter of fact, though sewing is usually considered as something that got to do with large pieces of new fabric, there’s a lot to do with what’s left …

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A jeans bag made from man's jeans

Se libri di moda e centinaia di vecchi film sono una costante fonte d’ispirazione per dare la giusta forma alle cose che disegno, talvolta è la scarsità di mezzi finanziari a guidarmi nella scelta del come realizzarli, o a condizionare addirittura tutto il processo creativo. Insomma devo  utilizzare quello che già ho a disposizione. Lavorare a maglia rende relativamente facile il produrre nuovi capi in questo modo, riciclando i filati o mischiandone anche piccole quantità di diversi colori, magari avanzate da vecchi lavori, per rendere un nuovo capo più interessante e vivace ad esempio.

Ma lavorare a maglia non è il solo modo per  produrre nuovi abiti riciclando. Non avevo mai ragionato su questo, ma recentemente rivisitando il mio guardaroba ho notato che negli anni ho messo insieme molte cose in questo modo. Ho iniziato molti anni fa rivoltando un vecchio cappotto per farne uno nuovo (il primo di cui abbia mai disegnato il cartamodello). Poi ho fatto letteralmente a pezzi diversi jeans da uomo per farne delle borse, trasformato dei foulard indiani in camice e bluse, usato stoffa da divani simile al camoscio per farne delle giacche, rimodellato la stoffa avanzata dal taglio di pantaloni per farne delle minigonne, riutilizzato piccoli pezzi di stoffa per farne dei corsetti o gli avanzi di camice per farne delle sciarpe… Insomma, anche se di solito si pensa che cucire degli abiti abbia a che fare soprattutto con grandi tagli di tessuto intonso, molto si può fare con quel che resta…

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About Ella V

I love old movies, rock music, books, art... I'm intrested in politics. I adore cats. I knit...

4 responses »

  1. knitterarian says:

    Nice blog you’ve got here😉

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  3. hasin says:

    Expressing in 2 Languages,Nice Write up…

  4. kryanarie says:

    I can really relate to using crafts to save money. I believe that’s why I’ve become so obsessed recently: I can make new things for cheaper than buying them.
    Sorry to hear Italy is having such a recession.
    Your blog is wonderful and you write in English very well.

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