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An Amazing Way To Upcycle Two Old Shirts

An Amazing Way To Upcycle Two Old Shirts

Fix Up Look Shop by CLIC Sargent

By chance I recently stumbled into a CLIC Sargent charity shop. I don’t think I’d ever been in one before but it is fast becoming one of my new favourite shopping destinations! It was full of amazing bargains and a really exciting range of upcycled items. I couldn’t wait to get home and research who was designing these fabulous things. I came across an amazing lady called Ruth Strugnell and I knew I had to get in touch…

Ruth was a manager of a CLIC Sargent shop on Gloucester Road in Bristol and she took it upon herself to start reviving some of the unbought items, these items started selling like hotcakes and Fix up Look Sharp grew and grew. You can read more about it here.

I got in touch to see if Ruth could share some of her tips on how to upcycle, and she sent across this fab half and half shirt! So if you’ve got two shirts you’re about to throw away – here’s what you can do.

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Half and Half Shirts

  1. Take one denim and one plaid shirt of similar sizes (it doesn’t matter if they’re a little out).

Step 1

  1. From the bottom, start unpicking the pockets on each shirt but don’t remove them completely – just flap them over and pin them down.

Step 2

  1. Starting underneath the armpits, cut the shirts from side-to-side. You’ll cut through where the pockets used to be, leaving you with two halves of each shirt.

Step 3

  1. Line up the edges of your corresponding halves, and pin them together to resemble a single shirt.

Step 4

  1. Sew the two halves together, inside-out, ideally using an overlocker to keep everything neat and tidy.

Step 5

  1. To the ironing board! Give your shirt a press, encouraging the seam to lie flat.

Step 6

  1. Topstitch the seam down.

Step 7

  1. Lay your pockets flat, back in place, and stitch them down.

Step 8

  1. Snip off any overhanging threads.

Step 9

  1. Bingo! You and a friend can hit the town in your snazzy, reversed half-and-half shirts.

Step 10
If you haven’t got time to make one (or two) for yourself remember you can head over to a CLIC Sargent Charity shop to pick one up!

CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families. They provide clinical, practical, financial and emotional support to help them cope with cancer and get the most out of life. Find out more here.

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  • Hi Charlie Ross,
    Its a great idea. I use all recycled clothes from chairity shops for my ethical fashion business, and CLIC Sargent is where I’ve found many good ones! Its wonderful to hear of charity shop managers actually refashioning the garments.

    Its a pity Ruths pictures dont show clearly at the beginning what she is trying to do. I’m experienced, but I cant see exactly what she’s doing from the photos. Maybe I’ll tell her how the seperate pieces need laying out on the table and described before photos and instructions for sewing, for each step.

  • […] One of my favourite labels in Bristol is Fix Up Look Sharp. Not only does it reference a great track, it also takes old neglected clothes, makes them fabulous then donates the profits to childrens’ cancer charity Clic Sargent. (We love Fix up Look Sharp here at Offset Warehouse, check out this blog post they did for us a few months ago: An Amazing Way To Upcycle Two Old Shirts!) […]

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