Upcycled Textile Shirt with Leslie Brier
Saturday, August 17, 2019
10:00 am – 4:30 pm, ½ hour lunch break
Leslie wore one of these creations to teach another of her class here at Artistic Artifacts, and immediately created a demand! Using simple sewing skills, suitable even for beginners, you will piece together your own one of a kind altered art to wear. This is a wonderful way to upcycle worn or outgrown clothing, or use thrift store finds, or repurpose family heirloom linens such as doilies and embroidered handkerchiefs. Create a one of a kind garment that will garner compliments wherever you go!
Supplies to Bring:
• 1 loose shirt to serve as your base. This should be oversized in cut/style, yet still fitted to your size.
• 3 or 4 additional shirts, cotton or poly/cotton that match or contrast your base shirt. These textiles will be cut and patched to your base, so remember that children’s or men’s clothes, even cotton sleepwear, are suitable for use (e.g., consider taking advantage of tiered cotton skirts).
• vintage textiles for embellishing: hankies, doilies, etc.
• Notions: scissors, pins, sewing needle for hand stitching, thread to match your base shirt color.
sewing machine, in good working order with all necessary cords and accessories (one classroom machine will be available to share if you do not own a machine)
About the Instructor:
Leslie Brier is a mixed media artist and freelance graphic designer. She loves to hunt through thrift stores and salvage yards to find items that have been cast off because they are no longer considered beautiful or useful, and give them a new identity. She lives in Fredericksburg, VA with her husband and two children. Visit Leslie on Facebook
[Several Upcycled Textile Shirt photographs by Sylvan Brier]