Category Archives: Altered Clothing

The Diptych Project – Featured moi! & an unexpected win over at SYTYC! (A good day!)

Before I head out to the Britmums conference a quick update:

I was featured in the Diptch Project this week – exciting and an honour! So go check it out here

The Diptych Project

The Diptych Project

and I woke up to a lovely, lovely email telling me that I came first in the Upcycle challenge over at So You Think You’re Crafty competition. Blog post and tutorial to follow…

Upcycle Dress

I was SO shocked. It was a tight win as this week the entries were AMAZING.


Do check out my personal favourites:

Jessica at Cutesy Crafts

Haley at Welcome to the Mouse House


What a lovely day

naomi x


Altered Hoodie Top ~ Appliqué Style

I am exploring this world of altering clothes. Amazing. 

I found this hoodie in my favourite supermarket in their bargain bins. It has a large motif reminiscent of the Olympics. At £1.99 it was a steal and I was sure I could cover over the pattern.

I am new to appliqué and slowly discovering the tricks and techniques. I’ve worked out the bonda web and I’m now experimenting with stitches. My machine has an appliqué setting which I used for this top.


If you have any items of clothing that would benefit from a little appliqué love or you just want to spruce something up,  join me:

→ item to appliqué
→ sewing machine or your fair hands, needle and thread
→ bonda web
→ fabric
→ iron
→ box of maltesers

Measure out the fabric you need and the shape you wish to appliqué.


Cut out bonda web the same size as your fabric pieces.

Iron the rough side of the bonda web to your fabric shape. Once it has adhered peel off the backing


Iron the shape onto the main piece of fabric and stitch closely around the edge.


Keep banda webbing and stitching the pieces together until voilà


Hee hee, excuse the cheesy rose. I don’t know what came over me!

Do, do, please do, give me appliqué tips…can you use different stitches? The zigzag seems just a bit cumbersome. And my biggest fear is the fraying.  Quelle horreur!

I’ll keep you posted on any other appliqué projects.


Altered Trousers

I have owned these pair of warm brown  wool mix trousers since 2002. Yep, 11 years! They have a fetching late 90’s wide leg look. To be honest they never fitted perfectly but they were a steal in a discount shop sale. And warm. In winter you can never be too warm. I recently dragged them out from the back of my wardrobe and wore them to work. I dressed quickly in the cold chilly air and didn’t second glance in the mirror..until I got home. Ghastly. They were about to be confined to my scrap fabric box when my maman reminded me that I was going to practice altering clothes~perfect opportunity. 


So here is a wee tutorial in case you have a decade old pair of trousers that could benefit from some love and an upcycle to 2013!

Lay out your trousers and over the top lay your favourite fitting trousers. Draw around these. I actually used Minou’s crayola pens as they’re washable and showed up nicely!


Either draw yourself a hem line or sew a little to the edge of your pen line. Try on for fit and make any alterations needed.

Cut off excess fabric.


Voilà. Yep, it really is that straightforward. I managed to get these done in Minou’s quiet time after lunch so they are a quick project. 



I must hunt through the rest of my wardrobe now. 


Do tell me about your alterations…