Here’s today’s refashion frugal tip, just to show you how easy is to create an habit to refashion (reuse, recycle, updo, call it as you want!) used garments.
We’ll add a little tip every sunday, usually a relax day, so you can add it to your sewing routine and, by the end of this month, you’ll be more prone to refashion!
Refashion: it’s all in the details!
When a garment is too much worn and the fabric is becoming shiny and thin, there’s no more to do with it than:
- use it as a duster
- throw it away
In both of these situations, there’s one more step to add as a good habit for a refashionista: cut off all those embellishments/functional little details still in good shape.
I’ll give you a (non complete) list:
- button plackets
- zippers (check that they’re working, first… unstitch a zipper out of order isn’t a desirable experience)
- belt buckles
- T-shirt sleeves
- rib knit cuffs
- cuff and leg of a sock (easy cuffs already sewn in circle also if the sock has toe-holes)
The trick to make this list grow is to shop for details, and not for the whole garment: if you have a thrifty shop where you live, you certainly have noticed that often pre-loved clothes they sells are… weird shaped!
Look at them thinking how to reuse details, instead o looking at the big picture: you can always keep the fabric to sew something small(er) and embody some nice detail into your next refashion project!
If you don’t have a thrifty shop near you, you can always shop your closet (or your relative’s – but ask for permission!): it always happens to me to buy clothes because I like a detail but they don’t look good on me… and they often end gathering dust in my closed, waiting for a refashion that never comes… this is the right time to take them off their hanger and make them shine!
Find at least one garment you own and never wear, seek for its better detail and… try to see that same detail into a totally different piece of clothing:
I know you can do it!