Angela contacted me saying she loved the post I did about up-cycling a dress to a skirt and that she had some more ideas for up-cycling clothes. Here they are…
The change from summer to autumn means transitioning your wardrobe from the bright and fresh dresses to the warm and sophisticated fall garments. I was inspired to write this post after reading Nicole’s Dress to Skirt Up-Cycle because there are a lot of ways to make tired clothes feel new again, which is great for us recovering shopaholics out there. I’ll let you in on three of my apparel polishing tricks from splattering paint to repurposing shirts.
Use fabric paint on lackluster dresses, shirts or handbags.
You can use fabric paint on anything fabric, so go crazy with it. Use a paintbrush, spray bottle, or even a stamp to turn solid boring pieces into bold artistic designs. Splatters of purple, cobalt blue, and emerald green would be perfect for fall. You can achieve different looks depending on how you apply it. Use a bigger paint brush to paint some larger areas randomly throughout the dress. I like to do this on both sides (letting each side dry) on top of cardboard, outside on the ground. Then you can add a few small splatters using a small circular flinging motion with your smaller brush or use a spray bottle for a mor misted look. You might even want to add some shapes with a homemade potato stamp if you are feeling really crafty.
Get inspired by these dresses from Dolce & Gabbana
Change the hem of your dresses or skirts.
After gaining a little bit of weight over the last year, I realised my fall sweater dresses don’t fit the way they used to. Now almost too short to wear with leggings, I decided to add a thick ribbon to the hem to add a couple of inches of length. Check out the variety of wholesale ribbon by visiting HairBowCenter.com and choose the right style to match your dress, skirt or shirt.
Turn your garment inside out and align the top of the ribbon with the bottom of the skirt using pins. You can measure how much you will need as you pin it, and cut the ribbon generously so you have a bit of room to work with. You can take your time to hand stitch it, or use a sewing machine. Make sure that you double stitch every couple of stitches so that it stays put through the wear and tear. Stitch the ribbon ends together once you make it all the way around your skirt, and you are done!
Repurpose all those worn in shirts.
Those soft, worn out shirts that have been taking up space in your closet can be easily made into a creative scarf. Just use two of different colors or patterns and place them on a hard surface. Cut the shirts lengthwise into long strips about 1 ½ inches wide (different lengths are fine). Cut off the sleeves and set them aside for the last step.
Pull on the strips so that they roll in on themselves like t-shirt fabric tends to do. Next, twist or braid some pieces together, maybe string a few beads on too and tie the ends in knots. Take the sleeve fabric and sew it around the knots for a polished look.
Thanks for those ideas! This is a bit about the author…
Angela Johnson is a 28 year old superwoman who loves sewing and playing Barbies with her four year old daughter. She also spends a lot of time tending to her huge organic garden, and walking her dog.
Nicole @ beaufrog