|Turn jeans into a skirt. (Photo courtesy MaryJanes & Galoshes)|
Whether you need to remake clothes because your budget is slim or you want to upcycle clothes because it's less wasteful, the Internet is full of great ideas for doing so.
Personally, I find it easiest to remake women's and girl's clothes, but with some creativity it's possible to upcycle clothes for both genders. And just because a certain piece of clothing ends up on the fairer sex doesn't mean it had to originally start out as something for girls. Your husband's and son's clothes often make wonderful remakes for the ladies of the house. Here are some of my favorite ideas:
* Jeans or slacks too short? A no-sew fix is to roll up the ends, making cuffs for peddle pusher style pants. Or, cut the legs shorter and hem them (or let them fray, if you like) to make shorts.
|Turn the holes in a little boy's pants into a monster face.|
* Button up shirt has stains on the arms or along the hemline? Turn it into a girl's dress, or this toddler's dress, or a wide waisted girl's dress, or this cute dress.
* Sleeves stained on a long sleeved T? Turn it into this cute new shirt.
|Patches can be cute! (Photo courtesy Make it Do.)|
* Shirt too short? Turn it into a dress.
* Skirt too narrow? Cut it off at the hipline and add gathered, horizontal ruffles.
|From The Encyclopedia of Modern Sewing, 1946.|
* Man's shirt doesn't fit him anymore? Make it into a dress. (See this one, too.)
* Clothes hopelessly out of fashion? Try using them like fabric yardage to create an entirely new outfit. This works best if you're using adult clothing to make kid's clothing. (For this to be worthwhile the fabric must not be in good condition.)
* Waist too short on a dress? Rip the bodice away from the skirt and add a horizontal panel. This works for too-short skirts, too; add a horizontal panel at the hem or at the waistline.
|Add length to bodices or skirts by adding horizontal panels. (From the Better Homes & Gardens Sewing Book, 1961.)|