Category Archives: Clothing

Recycled fashion – dresses that won’t cost the earth

A little round up of some of my favourite wonderful dresses made from recycled fabric.  These are simply amazing pieces of dressmaking …. I’d wear every one of them, given half a chance!

The fabric for this dress is made up of scrap pieces sewn together ... what a glorious confection. I can't even begin to tell you how much I want it!


Jolis Paons made this dress using phonebook paper – pleated, stuck, sewed, and glued – all by hand (via

This divine wedding dress by Quiet House (Etsy) is natural linen and antique lace. Just love that fifties style ....

Gary Harvey Denim Dress: 42 pairs of jeans, cut up and and reconstructed to create a tiered ball dress with a corset waist. To die for


A mix of beautiful salvaged beading, Indian silk, metallics and chiffons. Sari-like draping over one shoulder mixes with a 1950s Bollywood feel by AmoursansAnguish (Etsy)


Slate blue dupioni silk dress with green silk edges, as featured in Altered Couture

Moonflower Skirt

I finished my Moonflower skirt a couple of weeks back, and finally the sun came out and I got the chance to wear it!

It’s made from recycled fabrics – the suede waistband from an old jacket, and the skirt is two different green chiffons, the cloth woven together and embroidered over.  It’s taken such a long time – over 50 hours of work in this piece of slow cloth – but I am so pleased with the result. Recycled fashion? Wearable art? What do you think of my little handmade skirt?

I’m no supermodel, but I’m quite pleased with these photos (the skirt looks good 😉 ), so thanks to my DH for doing me the favour 🙂

And for a close-up …. I love the texture of the woven-in flowers, and I’m hoping that the scalloped edges will fray out gradually to make it more of a fringe.

I’m hoping we get lots more sunshine, because I want to wear this a lot this summer! (And I think it’ll look even better once I get some tan on my legs).