My refashions tend to fall into two categories:
- Utilising a garment by deconstructing it, trying to maximise the amount of fabric I can obtain, then treating the fabric as I would any other fabric.
- Keeping elements of the original garment and incorporating them into the refashion.
Today I thought I'd show you how I retain many of the components of the original garment and in many cases, turn them into features that actually make the refashioned item stand out.
|Pocket Bag Tutorial
Cargo pants and jeans often have large pockets that can be incorporated into a bag. Not only do they look good, but the pockets are functional as well. Add one to the front of the bag, or for extra storage, put one on the back as well.
|Corduroy Pocket Bag
Look around for pocketed pants in different fabrics and colours. The lovely texture of corduroy makes it perfect for a pocket bag.
A peg bag (clothes pin bag) is not really a refashion, but rather re-purposing a pre-loved garment. I just had to show you, though, as it's probably the fastest re-design I've ever done - literally takes minutes to turn a shirt into a peg bag.
|Denim Fabric Basket Tutorial
Take one leg of a pair of jeans and turn it into a fabric basket. No need to unpick or cut the seams off. The seams may be off centre, but that just adds to the charm.
|Jeans Pocket Cushion Tutorial
Make a jeans pocket the focal point on a cushion. The more stitching on the pocket the better.
Turn a man's shirt into an apron. This will be the quickest apron you've ever made. Everything you need is on the shirt.
|Board Shorts Refashion
A man's pair of board shorts can easily be made into a pair of board shorts for a boy. No need to reposition the pocket. Make a small alteration to your favourite boys' shorts pattern and leave the side seams intact.
|Refashioning a Refashion
Shirring on a woman's dress becomes the elastic waist of a girl's skirt. Add extra shirring to make it the required size.
|Wedding Dress Refashion
And if you're feeling really game, turn your wedding dress into a smart day dress, complete with matching purse.
Refashioning saves money and is great for the environment, but it's also a wonderful creative outlet, that produces one of a kind projects, garments and works of art.
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