From time to time I may acquire clothing that is too big, but I really like the fabric or style OR I may find a something I love for SUPER CHEAP but just isn’t my size. That’s when I get all Tim Gunn up on its bizniss.
My mom gave me this dress because she knew I could make something out of it. It sat around my house for weeks before I finally decided to tackle it.The sleeves fit perfectly so I can’t imagine what the correct size would have felt like. I came pretty close to sewing up the sides because it was just way to big to use the ol’ belt trick on. Sewing up the sides was just a bit more work than I wanted at the time. Enter forgotten but genius idea.
Here’s what I did:
- Loop first side
- Loop other side
- Tighten & pull ribbon back
- Tie and embrace the ruffles!
You may already do this, so don’t be insulted by the simplicity. Even if a dress isn’t exactly your size doesn’t mean its a total loss. Now it’s perfectly fitted without have to touch the sewing machine! Success! I love that I can change the ribbon in the back to be any color I want.
Admittedly, it doesn’t look so bad on the left, but see how sad I am??? I’m so sad on the left. Trust me, it didn’t flatter. It was the prettiest potato sack you will probably ever see. Obviously I photoshopped it a little bit, I don’t have a before picture with the original length. The dress was less than $10 and 3 sizes to big and hard to tell in the photo but DEFINITELY not in person.
This is what I did:
- Cinched the waist in with a belt to make it fitted and less floppy.
- Chopped off a few tiers of ruffle to make the length something I would actually wear.
Both these dresses are from Kohl’s which I absolutely recommend stalking the clearance racks. With a coupon, you can get 30% off of the clearance price making it insane cheap. I think I’ve paid only 10% of the original retail price on items before, plus they have really cute clothes!
Here’s a dress I made… like, from scratch:
There once came a day that I realized I had outgrown my American Eagle t-shirts. Not is size, but in style. I also desperately wanted a specific dress from Anthro but didn’t want to pay over $150 for it so I used it as inspiration. It’s not a direct copy, but it totally filled the craving for the other dress. I don’t have a tutorial on this, but I numbered the first photo to show how many t-shirts I used. 6 TOTAL!!! The light blue was a shirt that was too short, so I just chopped off the top and kept it the same which made it so much easier than cutting and configuring the sleeves. I kept it simple and just patched the shirts together as I went. I wish I had more time to sew.
It’s so hard for me to throw things away when I know it could have a second life. I feel like that closely relate to my home DIY, repurposing. I do it all of the time with furniture, so why not let that overflow into other areas as well.
What else do you repurpose? My aunt washes aluminum foil and reuses it like 5 time before throwing it out, is that weird?