Argyle Reimagined - A study in upcycling using piecing techniques

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2018-01-01
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Mehta, Archana
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The purpose of this project was to upcycle and transform discarded garments using techniques of cutting, piecing, and ironing incorporated in patchwork quilts. The main challenge was to design seam lines in the jacket that enabled pattern pieces to fit in the discarded garment panels, while creating a flattering fit, line, and silhouette on the female form. I used strip piecing and chain piecing techniques to cut and sew a zigzag diamond pattern. These techniques are perfect for upcycling because the fabric is just cut into strips of various widths. As this eliminates the need to fit new shapes into existing shapes for the purpose of upcycling, it enables effective use of fabric. The seams in the jacket connected with the seams in the zigzag patches to make piecing easier and to control fit. The resulting jacket does not resemble a traditional pieced and patched garment or an upcycled garment.

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