The Norwich Fashion Jam team met Vicky months ago showcasing her exciting upcycled wares at The Forum and encouraging people to throw away less and reuse more.
Naturally, we knew Vicky was a prime candidate to take part in the Norwich Fashion Jam challenge, so we were very excited when she signed up! Vicky runs an amazing blog all about her exciting adventures in upcycling and sustainable living, aptly named 'Vicky Myers Creations', which you can check out here.
Vicky loves rummaging in charity shops to find things to upcycle and she's going to share some of her secrets with you all! Over to you, Vicky...
Hi – do you love the treasure in charity shops as I much as I do?? They are full of the most amazing clothes, made of fantastic fabric. I have a bit of passion for converting former clothes into bags, small, large, clutch, messenger style... Using former clothes means you can have fun playing with designs and ideas with it out it costing the earth.
A skirt is full of fabric just waiting to utilised. Especially former pleated tweed skirts – keep the pleats to give a hint of its former life.
Or unpick the pleats and felt the wool fabric in your washing machine (just wash on your machine's maximum temperature any hand-wash wool item and it should felt). You will be amazed at how much fabric you will gain.
Have fun playing with different types of fabrics.
Or what about a man's jacket?? These make great messenger bags – save the hardware from a bag (from the charity shop) reuse for your straps, and pair up with a shirt for the lining. Messenger bags are simple to make, you can follow an existing bag for size.
Create a simple case for your tablet with a former pair of jeans – make your mark and stand out.
Are you inspired yet to have a play? Not quite sure where to start? There are lots of tutorials on line or over on my blog so head to your local charity shop, find some scissors and a sewing machine and have a go!