Sometimes our relationships with clothing articles end up being shorter than we thought. They might become damaged, our bodies might change and they no longer fit, or maybe you simply fall out of love with a certain piece.
Hopefully your first instinct is to recycle or donate the item when this happens (rather than tossing). But maybe there’s a way of breathing new life into said garment that you’d never think of before? All it takes is a bit of creativity. You’ll learn a new skill along the way too!
● Take a sewing class. You probably won’t turn into a sewing whiz overnight, but after taking some lessons you can learn a few tips and tricks that will salvage and transform your old clothes. You’ll be able to turn tops into bottoms, bottoms into tops, and anything into an accessory. If you get skilled enough, you might even have friends and family taking requests!
● Learn to DIY. Maybe sewing isn’t your forte or you don’t have the time or budget for classes. That’s ok, you can still master the art of subtle transformation using some easy DIY tricks. You can learn for free at your own pace by following DIY blogs or YouTube channels. One thing you should invest in is a pair of fabric scissors. They can transform pants into shorts, long sleeves into tank tops, oversize tops into crop tops. You can also buy simple accessories like patches, or create your own fabric dye for white pieces.
● Take them to a pro. Some of us aren’t artsy at all, and that’s fine. That’s why fashion designers and tailors exist! This is the priciest option, but it’s also the one you can’t go wrong with. Plus, what feels more sophisticated than being able to drop ‘my tailor’ in a conversation? A good tailor has the ability to transform virtually any item of clothing to be perfect for your body. Or perhaps you know a budding fashion designer that would be happy to practice on your clothes.
● Don’t disregard worn clothing. Some clothes get too old and worn to be, well, reworn, but that doesn’t mean they belong in the bin. You can repurpose them into handy household items, and we don’t just mean tearing them into cleaning rags. Old t-shirts can be cut into grocery bags, blanket or cushion covers. If you have a graphic tee, you can cut out and frame the slogan/graphic to transform it into cool wall art! Just make sure you’re recycling any leftover scraps.
Repurposed clothing is proof that being eco-friendly is far from boring. You may end up loving your redone piece way more than the original!