Up Cycled Poncho
Americans generate roughly nine billion pounds of used clothing annually, representing six percent of household waste destined for landfills – hardly a sustainable practice.
For this project we took creative action to reduce that carbon footprint by exploring ways of restyling, reusing or upcycling found fashions. We sourced and shopped for pre-owned garments, and then deconstructed, draped and reconstructed them by adding or subtracting elements. Utilizing both apparel and textile design approaches, students transformed common clothing into textured, layered, dimensional and sophisticated fashion. Techniques explored included fabric sewing and hand manipulation techniques, such as pleating, gathering, smocking and tucking; surface embellishment techniques such as applique, beading, quilting and embroidery; and textile design techniques such as dye removal, basic block printing, and fabric painting.
To research up-cycing and repair in the garment industry, I organized a tour of Patagonia's repair facility in Reno, Nevada. It is the largest garmet repair facility in the United States
Various garments were sourced from local thrift stores. The 3 pieces used for the project, a rain jacket, and two wool sweaters, cost a total of $10.98
Washing and dye removal
Carefully removing stitches and hardwear.
Utilizing found elements from the various garments to construct a new useful and beautiful piece of clothing.
Drawstrings located on the shoulders allow for the garment to be pulled away from hands when increased dexterity is desired.
Technical waterproof shell fabric is used on hood and shoulders to protect against rain. Felted wool is used over the body for increased warmth and wind protection.