Jackets & Skirts


Thrift Store Shopping 101


Lesson Info

Jackets & Skirts

So up cycling leather I love to buy a leather jackets with first sort up cycle into projects and I used several up cycle jackets in my creative live up cycling leather class and actually used up cycle leather to make the book that I carry with me with my list of my wish list for the thrift store so women's leather jackets they're great they're great finishes I pulled one to show you they've got really nice detail sometimes they have a lot of scenes, so if they have a lot of scenes, you're not going to get a ton of usable fabric and less zero k showing scenes in your work which sometimes I am it just depends on the project we just keep that in mind when you're looking in the women's leather jacket section the men's leather jackets you're going to get let's see here's a good example you're going to get a bigger jacket not as many seems so you're going to get a lot of nice smooth fabric this one has a really good age really nice well, ted pockets there and look at that huge piece of leath...

er you get in the back so this is a great candidate for using an up cycling also if you're not really into leather, maybe you want to use something synthetic they have ultrasuede options to you can cut this up and use it exactly as you would use leather it reacts the same way and what a great color I would definitely consider this one as well and they have different finishes I mean, this was a nice brown so just make sure you look in the men's and the women's section because there's great options in both places and also if you're looking for leather, check out leather skirts maybe you could find something in the skirt section as well. So let's talk about the women's skirts section I love this section for the potential of good large pieces of fabric and I'm going to show you what I looked for in this section um I think they mix the denim and with leather, so don't forget to look for that in with the wool and for everything else. So you're going I'm looking for nice details this has got a great pocket detail that I could cut up in up cycle into a pillow or a quilt or something for my home so I would look at something like that look at this great piece number one a great fabric, but look how large this is no seems you can cut this and have a huge piece of fabric to use in your project's another example this print you can cut this and have a really large piece of fabric you could make several pillows out of something like this really cool again this is corduroy pleaded long. This is what I look for. You can cut the way standoff, and you have a huge piece of fabric, cute denim skirt, maybe not in my size, and I wish it wasn't my size, so let's, cut it up, let's, cut the pockets off what she's in and quilts again, nice pockets on the backs of those air, fun to cut quote squares out of, and then this guy right here have these really nice pleats. I think this is a really nice plaid, and if you take a seam ripper and open these plates up, you've got a huge piece of wool, plaid to use and all sorts of up cycle projects.

Class Description

For lots of folks, thrift stores are treasure troves, teeming with opportunities just waiting to be uncovered. For others, thrift stores are chaotic collections of junk that are best overlooked in favor of more organized outposts. For members of the latter camp, Blair Stocker has a transformative approach to thrifting that’ll completely upend the experience of being overwhelmed by secondhand shops.

In Thrift Store Shopping 101, Blair will teach you a systematic approach to scoring at the thrift store. Blair is personally and professionally committed to the art of upcycling and, over the years, has developed a tried and true approach finding salvageable goods in unlikely places. In this class, she’ll teach you how approach thrift store shopping so you stay organized, get great deals, and walk away with pieces you can add to your craft closet. You’ll get insider tips on the best days to shop and which departments carry the most sought after items.

Thrift Store Shopping 101 will transform the way you think about buying secondhand and help you navigate the Goodwill like a serious expert.


Carol Willyn Maple

I loved that the class gave me actionable ideas that I can use when I visit thrift stores. I shop for yarn and fabric for thrift stores, but had not thought of using clothes outside of their intended purposes.