DIY Projects to Reinvent Old Fashions


Sometimes a treasured piece of clothing has been right out of style. Other times, a trendy piece may need an update to eliminate strains and frays. Whatever the reason my be, reinventing a favourite piece of clothing can be accomplished by using several different techniques. While the experienced crafter may prefer to use a sewing machine, many of the hottest fashions can be created without using needle of thread.

For anyone who wants to add their personal sense of style to a new or worn out item clothing, the following simple ideas with give any fashion some flair.

Tee to Tank:

T-shirts are often worn so often that they become susceptible to stains and tears. However, it can be hard to let a favourite t-shirt go. Therefore, an old t-shirt can be made new again by putting scissors to the fabric and cutting off the arms to make a tank. To give the tank a polished look, a sewing machine can be used to hem up the places were the fabric was cut. However, leaving the edges unfinished can give the rough and tumble kind of charm.

no sew creation
My quick t-shirt to vest creation.

A quick step by step guide from the amazing Rabbit Food blog

Cut and Tie

A popular look for t-shirts is criss-crossing fringe that is tied up and down the backs and sides of a shirt. Fortunately this is one of the easiest do-it-yourself fashion reinvention projects. For this project, it is best if the front of the shirt has a fun and trendy graphic.
Once the shirt has been selected, the back will need to be cut from top to bottom. Then, horizontal lines should be cut on each side to create a fringe. These pieces can then be tied in the persons pattern of choice to create an open-backed shirt that looks just as good coming as it does going.

Trimmings and Lace

While tight fitting shirts are always in style, the latest look for t-shirts is loose and flowing. However is can be hard to look feminine when swimming in an oversized shirt. Therefore, a great way to rejuvenate and old baby tee is to split the sides and insert trimmings in between the cut edges. This can be accomplished by either sewing or glueing the seams of the trim down the cut pieces of the shirt.

For a super crafty challenge, sleeves can be added as well. This look can be lovely with a variety of trims, but lace can give it and extra soft and feminine appearance.

When reinventing a fashion, the most important thing for a person to do is to make sure that it reflects their personal style and is in the range of their crafting skills. By taking the time to go slowly and experimenting with some different fabrics and techniques anyone can create a unique fashion piece that shows of their sense of style.

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  1. Wow these are some awesome ideas! I love anything vintage!

  2. Very nice tips, by using these something unique and new can be created which will also look stylish, gonna try this on the weekend with some old tee of my girlfriend.

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