DIY Clothing Ideas – Refashions

One way to ensure that you are always stepping out wearing an outfit unique to you is to dabble in refashions. Just what is refashioning clothing?

Simply put, refashioning your garments means to update them in such a way that they look new or serve a different purpose.

You don’t destroy the garment or make something entirely new, but in many instances, one or two changes can pack a powerful punch visually! Read on for some wonderful refashion ideas.

Keep in mind that many of these refashion ideas will require you to own a sewing machine or needle and thread. If your sewing machine has a mock overlock stitch, this is the one to use, as well. Otherwise, use a zigzag stitch.

  • Sleeveless Top Refashion

Do you have a sleeveless top that fits a bit snug, or otherwise needs some extra cuteness? Go to your local fabric shop and pick up some lace fabric. It should be able to stretch a little bit. You won’t need much. Half of one yard should be just enough for this project, but if you like playing around with lace, go ahead and get one whole yard. You will also need some thread that matches your lace or the top that you are refashioning.

Take your shirt and, using a seam ripper, remove the thread from each side of the top up to a certain point. Regardless of how high you decide to release the seam, stop below your armhole. In fact, as you will be adding lace you may want to stop removing thread before you get to wear your bra would show.

Turn your shirt inside out, and line up your lace with the edges that you just released. You may need to cut it down to size and keep in mind that you will be sewing the lace in with your hem, as well. This is the bottom of the shirt. Sew it up using a seam allowance of 1/2 inch, and enjoy your updated new top!

  • Smaller T-Shirt Refashion

This is a refashion that is very useful when you have a t-shirt that is just a little bit too large for you. Fortunately, it is a really easy project and all you need (besides thread that can be used with knit fabric and your sewing machine/fabric scissors) is your favorite t-shirt. You want to use one that fits you quite well and is the same type of fabric as the shirt you are making smaller. This should be easy if you are using only t-shirts.

Lay out the t-shirt you want to make smaller. Make sure it is free of wrinkles and is not folded over in any way. Iron your shirt if you need to. Lay the smaller t-shirt on top of this tee, and using your fabric scissors, cut out the shape of your smaller shirt while leaving yourself 1/2 inch for a seam allowance. Be careful when you are cutting off the shirt’s collar and sleeves. Make sure that the shirt is inside out when you bring the pieces to the sewing machine, and then stitch up each piece using your 1/2 seam allowance.

Measure your collar to fit the smaller shirt, and then pin it to the updated shirt’s collar edge. Sew it in place, and then flip it up when the shirt is right side out. Enjoy your new great-fitting tee!