Recyling and upcycling. A striped jersey dress AKA “Ow, my eyes”

One of the first things I posted on here was the Drape Drape Asymmetrical Top. Apart from the binding, it’s a pretty quick, non-fiddly sew.

Drape Drape topIn retrospect, I might have cut it a bit too large but nevermind, I loved it and wore it to bits. About a year ago, I used up the rest of that striped jersey and made this dress.

Jersey Dress


After the love affair for that dress faded, I ended up upcycling the two and ending up with this.

Upcycled Jersey Dress


I was going to crop this so you couldn’t tell I was barefoot but it looked all wrong. I don’t wear shoes when I’m off duty. It makes it easier for me to step on nettles and upturned plugs and things.

Upcycled Jersey Dress

Seriously, nettles? Every year I forget they even exist and end up hopping round trying to remember what a dock leaf looks like so I can stop the stinging. Nettles. What kind of country has friendly spiders and vicious flora? My Australian brain struggles with this every year. Nettles, they’re like immobile spiders.

Upcycled Jersey Dress


Since the top part/bodice came from the dress above, the only tricky bit was finding a way to make the remaining fabric stretch to the skirt piece. I gave up on the idea of having the stripes going in any kind of harmonious direction and just let it happen. The only thing I wanted was an asymmetrical V at the front, like a yoke.  Of all the things I’ve made, this is one of the things I wear the most. I works in warmer weather, with tights, I don’t have to iron it or hand wash it or even iron it. And I think I’ve made it clear that I HATE IRONING.

Word  press tells me, via a little trophy icon, that this is my 2 year anniversary of keeping this blog. The Drape Drape top was the very first thing I wrote about in 2012, in the summer of 2013 I posted this mini dress and now, in 2014, there’s this.

Jack was impressed with the commitment to black and white stripes. Or shocked. Or maybe just hungry….


About Vanessa

Sewing and assorted nonsense. For reasons that escape me, I left the sunshine and beaches of Australia for the crisps and glitter of London in 2001. I now live in the middle of some kind of feline drop-in centre in East London battling for space to make costumes and clothes. Over on twitter and instagram as @smittenness Email over here ------>
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6 Responses to Recyling and upcycling. A striped jersey dress AKA “Ow, my eyes”

  1. macinic says:

    Nice upcyling! I love the divergent stripes in your skirt – and B&W will always be a classic – and I SO don’t understand dangerous flora 😉

  2. Great dress! Brilliant use of the other two garments. I love the cross-stripe on the skirt.

  3. CGCouture says:

    I’m not sure what a nettle is, but we have plenty of stickers here too–sandburrs, puncture vines, cockleburrs, thistles…ouch! All just waiting for an unsuspecting foot or a few stray threads on the hem of your pants.

    This dress is awesome! I love the seaming, the print, a complete win. 🙂

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