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Ever wonder what could become of your unused clothing?  Turn them into new clothes!

A long skirt can be turned into a top.  I took a long patterned skirt with green lining to create this tank top.  I wanted the green fabric to be the majority of the shirt and the patterned fabric to be the accent.  I also used the patterned fabric to make the skinny straps.

 

Two pairs of pants can be turned into a vest.  I took a pair of grey pants and a pair of black pants that I no longer wore and made this vest.  I used leftover lining from a previous project to line the inside.  I used the black pants to create the ruffle around the bottom.

 

A man’s old button-up shirt can be turned into an apron.  I used the back piece of a man’s old button-up shirt for the main part of the apron and used the sleeve and front fabric to make the straps.  I had some satin fabric left over from another project to trim the pocket and make a flower for flair.

 

So go into your closet, pull out something that has been hanging in there for a year, and bring it back to life!

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Why Sew???

  • Clothes Fit the Way they Should

Standard store clothes rarely fit me in a way that is flattering and exactly as it should be.  For me, shopping has turned into more of a chore than a fun activity.  It is crazy that all women supposedly fit into a handful of sizes, which don’t allow for different bust or hip sizes.  Sewing allows me to create clothes that flatter my shape and fit correctly.

  • Halloween

Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday.  I love dressing up in crazy outfits.  Because I know how to sew, I’m not confined to whatever is available in stores.  Whatever I can imagine I can create.

  • Bring Old Clothes Back to Life
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I’ve become more conscious of myself as a consumer and my impact on the world.  I don’t like to see things go to waste.  Now I can update old clothes by embellishing or adding to them.  I can also combine multiple old pieces into something new.  I feel innovative, creative, and thrifty!

  • Become More Self-Reliant

I have great respect for people who are self-sufficient.  My mother’s side of the family moved from Norway to homestead in North Dakota at the turn of the 20th century.  They built a farm, a home, a life; you name it, they did it.  Even if it’s comparatively a small accomplishment, I feel good that I can hem, alter, and create my own clothing.  No more taking clothes to the tailor!

  • Get Exactly What You Want
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Have you ever gone into a store and found the perfect shirt if only it was in a different color?  Or the perfect dress but they don’t have your size?  Or the perfect skirt if only it was a different length?  Sewing gives you the power to take that image and create it exactly how you want.  I get more comments on clothes that I make than clothes that I buy.  Why?  Because they express my personality, fit the way they should, and I feel great wearing them!

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While my parents visited this summer, they bought me a sewing machine.  When I was little, my mom always made my Halloween costumes from scratch.  No matter what I wanted to be, she would find a way to make it.  I loved it!  When I wanted a specific Homecoming dress, she would make it.  For my wedding, my grandma made my veil and attached it to a hair comb with white flowers.  My dress was cream with champagne trim and she dyed the flowers with tea to match it perfectly. 

When I have kids, I want to be able to make them any Halloween costume they want.  I want to be able to alter and hem clothing without taking it to a tailor.  I want to be able to create clothes that fit perfectly.  I want to create the clothes I imagine in my dreams.

I’m just a beginner…these are my first projects.

While my mom was in town, she helped me go through a project from beginning to end so I would know the gist of the process and be able to navigate a pattern on my own.  I chose an easy full length summer dress and added a belt.  The fabric is so breezy and comfortable.  I can’t wait for summer to wear it again!

 

After that, I tried some small projects on my own: a black vest to wear with a long-sleeve knit shirt or a button down, a cropped eye-lit jacket that looks great with a white tank top in spring, and a scarf from some fabric left over from a dress.  However, my favorite project so far is the plaid dress.

 

Then I started wondering if there was anything I could do to spruce up old clothes in my closet that I didn’t wear anymore.  I had grey pants and black pants that I didn’t wear anymore and I made them into this vest!  I used the grey pants as the main part of the vest and the welts and the black pants for part of the lining and the ruffle at the bottom.  The only thing I bought was the buttons.

 

I want to turn more of my old clothes into new clothes that I feel good about wearing.  If you have any ideas, please comment!

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