Friday, 10 July 2015

A Savvy Girls Guide To Revamping Old Clothes

There comes a time in all of our lives when we have to declutter the wardrobe. That prom dress from five years ago is definitely not going to be worn again. Those jeans are a bit too tight. That top you bought but never wore is taking up space. When this time comes, we’re all guilty of throwing stuff away. Good clothes that could actually be made even better! With a little bit of cutting and sewing, you can give old clothes a new lease of life. It’s called refashioning, and it’s right on trend. Here’s how you can revamp those old clothes.

Waste Not, Want Not
Firstly, you’re going to want to attack your wardrobe. I don’t mean go at it with a hammer, I mean declutter. Ideally, you don’t want to throw anything away. Even clothes that are on their last legs can be used for spare fabric. If you do have some seriously hideous garments in the wardrobe then put them on eBay. Or, give them to a local charity shop. Every single thing in your closet may be useful, so think smart.

Get Some Skills
Before you start hacking away at that old prom dress, you might want to learn some basic skills first. There are plenty of videos on YouTube that can teach you what you need to know. Have a look for videos on basic sewing skills. How to use fabric scissors and glue. Oh, and how to hem. That will come in super useful later. Spend a little bit of time refining those skills. Otherwise, your clothes will end up ruined.

Shopping Time!
Now you can go shopping for any equipment you might need. A sewing machine is a must-have if you’re planning on revamping your whole wardrobe. You’ll also need some fabric scissors, glue, patches, and various pieces of fabric. Don’t forget accessories like Preciosa no hotfix crystals and glitter. Especially if you’re planning on glamming up those old clothes. All of these items are going to help turn your boring garments into something truly spectacular. It’s also far cheaper than going on a normal shopping trip!

Draw It Out
Once you have all your materials, it’s a good idea to plan what you want to do with each item. Let’s take those old jeans for example. Are you just going to make the waistband larger to fit in all those comfort foods? Or will you be turning them into shorts for the summer? You don’t need to be a fashion designer to put together some basic drawings. You’ll need these as a guide for when you start chopping and sewing away.

Get to Work
It’s all in your hands now! You’ve got the equipment, you’ve learnt the skills, and you know what you’re doing with each piece. Get to work on creating some truly show-stopping clothes. You don’t need to go overboard and create haute couture outfits. However, have a little bit of fun with it. Use sites like Pinterest for inspiration. You may be surprised at how well those old garments turn out.

What do you think about refashioning old clothes? It’s definitely a big trend right now, and I’d love to give it a go. Now, just to find myself a sewing machine…

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