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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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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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