I received an email this week from one of my wonderful readers requesting advise on how to keep a clothing collection going strong for a year straight. This reader is ambitiously attempting to not purchase an article of clothing for A YEAR! First off, I say WHAHOO! to you for challenging yourself. And, second, what an adventure these next 365 days are going to be for you. Here are a few tips to help you along the way.
A stain is just a stain. Cover it with a brooch, add a ruffle on top of it, embroider over it, sew a heart over it.
Repair those tears. Try a patch of new fabric or embroidery floss. From then on out, wash on delicate and hang to dry. Have fun with the stitches and maybe they’ll turn into a cool new design.
Change it up. Turn your cardigan into a skirt or your t-shirt into a headband. Think outside the box of normal uses for the article of clothing, get experimental and have fun! You will be amazed what new uses you’ll come up with.
A few pieces of inspiration:
- A t-shirt to a cardigan – (cutoutandkeep.net)
- Turn a sweater into a scarf – (zitzmanfam.blogspot.com)
- Make that old pair of jeans into a new skirt (www.youtube.com)
Screenprint! This is a super fun way to turn a sad shirt into a brand new original design work of art! Check out my tutorial HERE.
Turn summer into winter. Add long sleeves to your t-shirts, add some extra layers onto your short skirts, make yourself a scarf from an old shirt.
Turn winter into summer. Turn a long sleeved shirt into a tank top, make your old pants your new pair of shorts, turn a scarf into a headband.
Throw a clothing swap party. At the point where enough is enough and you are sick and tired of your clothes, throw a party! Tell all of your friends to bring over a snack and stack of their least favorite clothes. Trust me, they will become your new favorites, for FREE! Half of what I wear I got from a clothing swap party.
And, for more inspiration, visit a few of my favorite refurbished clothing websites/blogs.
I will eventually turn all of these tips into their very own detailed posts, but I wanted to get answers out quickly for my lovely reader!