Junky Styling- Wardrobe surgery
Annika Sanders and Kerry Seager started buying secondhand men’s suits in the early 1990s after they had observed the prevalence of recycling in other cities (such as San Francisco and Tokyo) along their travels. Taking old men’s suits (bought from second hand shops) and turning them into experimental pinstripe and tweed creations to wear to London Clubs in the early 90’s – they were quickly commissioned to make outfits for friends which lead to a market stall in Kensington Market. Junky Styling very quickly outgrew the market stall and acquired a boutique just off East London’s Brick Lane. You can buy their creations online, like this hooded vest available in black, grey or blue with either plain, pinstripe or tweed fabric. £145.00.
Want to upcycle your own wardrobe? If you live near London you can visit their shop which houses their industrial design studio, where customers are invited to bring their old worn out clothes for ‘Wardrobe Surgery’ – this involves the customers in the redesigning/recycling process. Or purchase their book (published this past summer). £19.99 from their online shop or $32.31 USD from Amazon.
Here is an excerpt of the book taken from an article written in the guardian.co.uk (Tuesday 4 August 2009).
Junky Styling’s fly top
With these step-by-step instructions you can turn any pair of trousers into a fitted top with a wide structured neckline and a zip detail.
The waistband wraps around the back and shoulders so that the fly sits on the centre of the collar running down the chest. Armholes are created where the pockets would previously have been. The tube section is drawn into a stretchy tube that starts just under the bust and runs down to the waist or hips.
The fitted waist accentuates the shape of the top section and flatters the figure.
What you need
Pair of trousers
Stretchy T-shirt or vest
A sewing machine or needle and thread
What to do
1. Hold the waistband of the trousers against your shoulders to check for size. Fold the trousers in half so that the back pockets are flat against each other and the fly is on the edge of the fold.
2. Cut across from the crotch point (just below the fly) straight out to the side. Cut through all layers and make sure the pockets are clear of the cut lines. You may want to straighten out the curve of the crotch seam under the fly by sewing straight down.
3. Still folded in half, cut armholes at the side where the pockets are. Cut through any pockets.
4. Cut your vest or T-shirt straight across the back and chest under the armholes. Cut through front and back simultaneously.
5. Attach the stretchy section to the bottom of your trouser section, with the raw edges on the inside. Sew this together with the stretchy side on top as you sew, stretching the top to fit.
6. For the trim on the armholes, cut two strips of the remaining off-cuts of the T-shirt or vest. Make these strips a bit longer than half the length of the armhole (when laid out flat) and 5cm wide. Sew together the 5cm widths on each strip, creating two circles. Fold these halfway in all the way round, creating two complete circles with a folded edge (this is a raw edge). Attach these to the armholes, raw edges to the inside of the garment and folded edges to the outside. Keep the pockets flat and in place as you stitch on the armhole trim.