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High-End Fashion Vest from Recycled Plastic Bottles

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Be Innovative and Creative, Make a statement with a Recycled Wearable Art!
Create a Fashion garment from recycled bottles for your fashion show, fashion photoshoot and promotions !

This Instructable will guide you through the process, of creating a fashion vest from Recycled Water Bottles.The print of the vest would be your logo or a slogan that you will print to promote your brand or product!
In this sample- Fashion Vest, Size Small, "Saleyla* Stay a la mode" print.
 
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Step 1: Materials

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-16 small water bottles
-two bottle caps
-scissors
-sewing machine (100/16 needle)
-steamer
-black marker
-black trim ( cotton ,finished edges trim 3 yards)
-3/4" silver plated links- 32 counts
-needle nose pliers
-2" safety pin
-small gauge wire

Step 2: Draw a flat sketch for the vest

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Start by drawing a flat sketch- front and back of the vest
Draw all the pieces attached, the whole design with the trim embellishment.
You can change the design and use your idea,i always draw a flat first,which will lead me to the pattern of the garment!
With a flat sketch is easy to start working on your project!

Step 3: Cutting the Bottles to create a Master Pattern

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-Start by cutting the top and the bottom of each bottle, we want to keep only the middle of the bottle,which is much easier to manipulate for our project.

-Cut through all bottles as shown on the picture.
-Lay them flat by pressing them on the ironing board.
-Steam all the pieces until they are flat ,they can't be perfectly flat,but flat enough to create the pattern,we also want to keep the crinkle lookwhich is more A LA MODE lately ;)

At the end you should have 16 pieces -7 "W by 5"L

Step 4: Coloring the Pieces for the Master Pattern

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Ok,grab a marker and start coloring!

I tried to be more artistic and wrote my slogan all over the plasticrepeating each wordso i achieved a small print as a result!

You can be creative here and Do your own Art!
Li Sashay2 years ago
Lovely work.
I am extremely impressed with this idea. Fantastic in every way. You are so innovative!
sideways5 years ago
Cool : ) Very nice photography of the model. I don't have a steamer. I have used a craft-type heat gun for heating and molding the plastic from bottles. It gets to about 300F. Tyvek is another interesting material to apply heat to, and it is easier to sew.
felukka5 years ago
please explain to me what is a steamer , what is the normal use for a steamer- I am from Denmark - but love your work with the bottles
saleyla (author)  felukka5 years ago
Hi felukka, This is a garment steamer!
Here is the link -
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=6222679&type=product&id=1072287998351&ref=06&loc=01&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=6222679

I would recommend a garment steamer for anybodyit is a great tool to steam your clothes and remove wirnkles!

stinkymum5 years ago
Very creative!
saleyla (author)  stinkymum5 years ago
Thank you:)
9995925 years ago
Its very interesting, does it make noise as you move? Does it feel like a corset if you tie it tight?
saleyla (author)  9995925 years ago
yes,it does make a little noise,when you move your armsbut it's pretty comfy,when yo tie it up at the front,it feels like corsetit is cool because all the pieces adjust to your body movements :)
999592 saleyla5 years ago
ok, i know this is kinda weird cuz i am a guy but i was just wonderin what it felt like, although i guess you could make thes for guys... that would be interesting.................. not gonna try it though it is really awesome though cudos for thinking of it
saleyla (author)  9995925 years ago
it feels good,maybe i will wear it out to a party or something:)
999592 saleyla5 years ago
you will definitly be getting alot of compliments ;)
FANTASTIC! most inspirational project I have seen in months. Thank you! love the use of the steamer...opens my eyes to some other possibilities.
saleyla (author)  Lynne Bruning5 years ago
Thank you Lynne!!! The steamer works great on the plastic, i was wondering at first, but when i tested it and it workedi was very happy and excited to put my vest together :))))
Ward_Nox5 years ago
sorta reminds me of scale mail be neat do see a longer garment ie jacket, trench done like this
andrea07015 years ago
I am quite impressed with how good this looks!
saleyla (author)  andrea07015 years ago
Thank you:)