Recycled red turtleneck:

Last month in textiles, I bought a red turtleneck from the local charity shop. I had to alter and apply materials and designs to make it reflect my personality. Although the turtle neck had long sleeves, I didn’t like it so I cut off the arms - so it would be like a vest. I did so because I prefer to wear short - sleeved and vest tops. I applied black bias binding around the hem of each sleeve to finish off the arm hole and make it neat. I stitched the binding with the sewing machine. My teacher got the bias binding from the haberdashery shop.

As the neck of the top was too baggy for my neck, I made it smaller by taking off 2 inches and done so by using the sewing machine. I brought a massive piece of lace material from linens direct. I cut off the bottom of the lace and applied it to the bottom of my top using the sewing machine once again. The reason I added the lace to the bottom was because I’ve seen so many tops with this design and thought I would try it myself. I also added the lace because lace is quite girly and I need to be a little more girly. I can now also set up and thread the sewing machine without any help, as I couldn’t before.

- Hannah

Recycle Pen Dress:

To make this dress we used old Right Choice school pens and Pipe Cleaners with elastic bands to keep the pens in place. We used the Pipe Cleaners to weave in and out of the pens to create individual swatches that we linked together to produce this corseted top. Satin ribbon was then used to clinch the waist to give it more shape. The underdress is made from old Lycra that was found in the schools old costume and material bins and was sewn together as a tube dress. Creating this dress shows that we can use old things to create unique pieces of fashion. It’s important not to just throw things away but to always consider things can always have another purpose. This corset was a group project and took many painstaking hours but was worth every minute.

– Keeon

Eric's article:

Recycling is a process to change waste materials into new products to prevent waste of potentially useful materials, reduce the consumption of fresh raw materials, reduce energy usage, reduce air pollution (from incineration) and water pollution (from landfilling) by reducing the need for "conventional" waste disposal, and lower greenhouse gas emissions as compared to plastic production. Recycling is a key component of modern waste reduction and is the third component of the "Reduce, Reuse and Recycle" waste hierarchy.

- Eric