We all have that special pair of jeans that look amazing and feel fantastic. Or a lucky top for interviews, and a special dress for dates. But there comes a time in every garments life where they drop out of fashion, get worn out and overwashed, or just don’t fit properly anymore. But that doesn’t mean we live them any less. And rather that just throwing them away, there are many ways in which you can revamp and reuse those loved pieces of clothing and turn it into something new.
If you have a piece of clothing with a tear, that’s too big, too small, or just not in style – you can rectify it bybre-working the piece. You can easily turn jeans into a pair of shorts, add a jersey panel along the side of a pair of trousers or a skirt. Pick apart a dress and rework it into a skirt. If you’re not the best at sewing, then you can always pay to have clothes fitted, hemming and fixing, and even to have an entire piece reworking. The more complicated the project, the higher the price. You can find tutorials on basic sewing techniques online and easily teach yourself how to fix your own clothes. Things like putting in a zip is more complicated than fixing a seam but uses the same principle, so don’t think it’s out of your reach.
Use the fabric
If you can’t or don’t want to rework the item, them can you re-use the fabric? Building a quit or a cushion out of old clothes can be an extremely simple task and you get an amazing product at the end of it. Say you have a draw full of band t-shirts that you will never wear but don’t want to let go of – cut out the front and back panels and build a patchwork quilt out of them. If you have a patterned shirt that you live but don’t wear, why not work that pattern into another item of clothing? You can use strips to add color to a pair of pants or patches to fix (unintentionally) ripped jeans. You can even applique the pattern over a shirt collar and cuffs to create a unique and contrasting button up shirt.
If you can lost weight, then don’t fret too much about looking some amazing clothes; you can have some of your faves re-fitted or re-made, and there will be items that simply can’t be cut into the right shape. On of these items can be a button up shirt; the bust area is tailored for a larger person and often is cut in a way that won’t leave enough fabric where you need it to be to re-fit it. Luckily, layering baggy shirts over tank tops and crop tops, or wearing them tucked into a pair of skinny jeans is so on trend. Just because a shirt looks baggy, doesn’t mean that you can’t make it work for you.
And if you have gained weight, there are some things you can do to adjust smaller clothes. One of them we mentioned earlier; adding panels. You can easily extend a pair of trousers or a skirt by adding a panel of jersey cotton along the outer leg. The trend is everywhere – contrasting a block color with a patterned stripe and vice versa, as well as adding a matte panel to a leather skirt or pant is so sexy.