Put your upcycling skills to the test!

During the MCO, time is what we have in our hands, so if you’re running out of things to do, here’s an idea: why not start upcycling your clothes?

Reorganising your wardrobe can be a major chore, especially if it’s filled to the brim and everything’s all jumbled up. However, the good news is that you now have all the time in the world to rearrange your clothes and put aside those that you rarely use or have never worn at all.

But wait, do not toss them away just yet to that pile of pieces to bid farewell to, as there could be some that can be turned into something new, something better, and something chic! Who knows, with a little jazzing up here and there, an old cardigan could morph into a crop top or a pair of old jeans could be transformed into shorts that even Daisy Duke would approve of?

Not sure if you have it in you to play fashion designer? Get inspired by the designer and founder of SchmileyMo, Diana Rikasari. Here are our top 10 picks from her recent initiative

Photography: Diana Rikasari

Photography: Diana Rikasari

Photography: Diana Rikasari

Photography: Diana Rikasari

Photography: Diana Rikasari

Photography: Diana Rikasari

Photography: Diana Rikasari

Photography: Diana Rikasari

Photography: Diana Rikasari

Photography: Diana Rikasari

If you follow her on Instagram @dianarikasari, you’d be in awe of her creativity in upcycling some of her old clothes where she makes them not only look brand new but with a unique twist too!

To make it easier to sort out, Diana divides the threads that she wants to upcycle into different categories – “the most challenging”, “the wackiest” and “the most time consuming”. Here are some examples:

The Most Challenging

Photography: Diana Rikasari

Before: A vintage cardigan

After: Nike folklore jacket

“This is a piece that took me the longest to figure out the result that I wanted. The fabric’s thick, some of its threads were already loose and because of its shape, I had to figure out the best way to give it a modern appeal. After much thinking, I decided to disassemble the entire cardigan and relayout the panels differently. I added extra fabric for the sleeves and hoodie to turn into a versatile jacket. The hardest part was sewing in the sleeves because the fabric of the original material is thick and I had to make sure that the thread of the original cardigan is neat before starting the whole ‘makeover’ process.”

The Most Creative

Photography: Diana Rikasari

Before: Scraps from unused fabric

After: Ballerina top

“Most of the time, we have bits and pieces of unused fabric at home and when combined, there’s surprisingly enough material to create something like this. I literally managed to get rid of all my scraps by making this piece. I had to cut the scraps one by one and make the ruffles layer by layer, which consumed a lot of time, but the result is this fluffy, puffy piece, which I absolutely love!”

The Most Time Consuming 

Photography: Diana Rikasari

Before: A wig

After: A colourful strapless top

“When I was clearing up my stuff, I found this colourful wig. The thought of throwing it away made me feel bad, so I used the colourful wig to create this masterpiece. I ended up using two layers of tulle fabric to create the base and filled the centre using the hair from the wig.”

Diana’s tips to acing your upcycling skills: “Look for pieces that are either too small, too big, too dull, torn or those that no longer appeal to you. Then let your imagination run wild! It’s okay to change an outfit’s original silhouette or length – play with the length of the sleeves or even make a new collar line. Better still, if you’re willing to go the extra mile, disassemble the entire piece and turn it into something completely new!” – Diana Rikasari.

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