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Don't throw it - Redesign Your Old Clothes

Your old clothes may go unworn, and the temptation is to throw them away or give them to charity. WAIT! They may have unforeseen opportunities to become some of the most worn and loved pieces in your entire wardrobe!



Don't throw it - Redesign Your Old Clothes

Your old clothes may go unworn, and the temptation is to throw them away or give them to charity. WAIT!  They may have unforeseen opportunities to become some of the most worn and loved pieces in your entire wardrobe!

Sweaters Lend Themselves to Change


 

A drab sweater can be dressed up with silk flowers and braided trim, for example. The classic cardigan can be jazzed up by removing the buttons, adding a lace ruffle on the sleeves and around the neck. From Plain Jane to Ooh La La!. We recommend that you keep the top button only as a way of holding the upgraded goddess like look all together.

Big, boxy and unflattering sweaters that seemed destined for the trash can are actually fashion gems in disguise. A little nip and tuck is all you need. First turn it inside out, then pin as close to the body as you wish. Using a sewing machine, opt for small stitches and stitch close to the line where the pins are. Remove pins and simply trim the excess.

Worn out sweaters with only a few good sections - like sleeves for example - can be converted into great mittens and caps. Trace the wearer's hand and make a pattern - one large section for fingers, a space for thumb, allowing enough length for the wrist area. Now stitch her up. Voila!  Caps can be fashioned from two half circles or four wedges of used sweater material. You may want to crochet a decorative edging in a contrasting colour, and attach a pom pom if desired. Let your imagination go wild.

Jeans Utopia


 

A jeans skirt can be made into a great dress. Simply trim down an inch or two on the left and right sides of the waistband. Hike it up to your armpits, and you have a nice

strapless jeans dress, which looks great with a leather, sequin or hand crafted cloth belt. Add shoulder straps if desired.

Old jeans in fairly good condition can also be used to make cut offs, a handbag, or a fashionable jeans skirt. How to do it?  Cut off the jeans at the knee level. Open the inside seams, sew in triangles of complimentary fabric (front and back), and you're done.

Tops that are really TOPS!

A plain white T-shirt can be made into a beautiful ruffled confection, using three to five inch wide strips of cotton dishcloth or gauze. Finish off the edges to prevent ravelling then baste and gather the top row. Now, attach in diagonal rows to your plain white cotton T-Shirt. Tack on some small pieces on your left shoulder to complete the feminine look.

A cool halter top can be made from a never-worn T-shirt. Cut off the shirt sleeves, remove the upper back, turning down edges and stitching. Create a nice long drawstring backed with interface to thread around the neckline and you are done!  This is great for concert T-shirts, too.  From “never worn” to favourite fashion item! 

From Tailored and Boring to Shiny and Festive

 Suppose you have a few tailored, long sleeve shirts that you never wear. Well - surprise - they can be converted into something quite glamorous with a few strips of material and a needle and thread - that's right - hand sewing is fine. Start with the left front, clipping away from the second button enclosure to midway to the shoulder seam. Now, attach a lovely feminine print of lacy, shiny material and stitch it in, adjusting the level of cleavage you want to show. Attach a little bit longer piece to make a neck sash as a always in but retroactive choker with blouse look.

To create coordinating pants, use old jeans to cut bell bottom inserts with similar material - matching or complementary. This really jazzes up old pants and gives them a cool contemporary party look to them. By stitching up four triangular or diamond shape panels you create a funky bell-bottom look that will get both looks and compliments. Let them hang straight or gather them up with elastic for a harem look.

Summer dresses

The fabric used in summer dresses hangs well and can be converted into curtains. The skirt portion may be used for a valance, adding a whole new look to your house. The lace trim, if there is any, can be used as tie-backs. Feel free to dip them in colour dye for an entirely different look!

Sad old purses become eclectic designer bags

Take a strip of shiny material - satin, synthetic, or other. Stitch a long tube, roll, and squirt the backside with a silicon gun.  When hard and dry, attach a safety pin, fastening on the flap of your dull pouch purse. Because they are removable, you can colour coordinate your purse according to your whim or the season.

 

 

 

 



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