Know how to sew, or know someone who does? Remaking your clothes can be a great way to stretch your dollar and make due with clothes you already have that just aren’t working for you in their current state.
Tip Five: Embellish
Ruffles, Ribbons, Ruching… Wherever you turn, fancy embellishments are flourishing in closets and stores all over the country. As Heather Meyers of Taylorsville exclaims, “Most tops you see right now are just glorified t-shirts!”
You can embellish any simple tee and make it look like something new from a trendy boutique! All you need is a needle, thread and a little imagination. These types of details are ‘so hot right now,’ and many DIY divas online are sharing their creative genius through blogging.
Our personal favorite: Make it and Love it. Read on for some serious inspiration!
Floral Details & Ruffles
The possibilities here are quite endless! You can try anything from fabric flowers or petals; fabric strips, dripping ruffles, button studded ruffles, or a panel of ruffled fabric. Ruffles alone offer multiple possibilities and styles.
Sequins & Beads
Randomly scattered all over, floral designs, Stripes of sequin strands, or simply placing them strategically along a border… No matter what you choose to do, sequins and beads can be a fabulous, inexpensive way to add a little sparkle to your wardrobe!
You can sew each sequin on individually, or try this tutorial or this one for using a strand of sequins to create a design. Bedazzling kits are also available at craft stores like Michaels and Roberts if you really love bling.
You can also try buttons or bows.
Applique & Fabric Paint
As mentioned in Tip Four, appliques are an easy way to spruce up a tee, but you don’t have to go for store bought, embroidered ones. You can create your own appliques using fusible interfacing (available at Joanns) and some cute fabric. See here or here for easy tutorials.
We also adore this argyle design!
You might even consider lace applique since that’s also a strong trend right now.
If you don’t have a sewing machine, another great option is to use stencils and fabric paint.
Shirring, Smocking, Pleats & Pin-Tucks
Have a slouchy tee? Make it fitted by using the extra material to create a gathered design or texture on the front. Get inspired by the cute ‘glorified tees’ (See slide show for some examples) found at Down East Basics. (Locations in West Jordan, Provo, and Salt Lake City. Also select styles found in most Seagull Book stores.)
The book, The Art of Manipulating Fabric is a great resource for learning these techniques, but of course there are also many tutorials available online.
So there you have it! Five affordable ways to remake your clothes and give them new life! Have fun and remember: It’s your style, wear it with confidence!