Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Bad to Rad! - DIY clothing alterations and upcycling

Recently, I've been wanting to be a little more fashionable since I'm usually a big bum and wear scrubs most of the time at school!

I've always been a fan of upcycling, so I figure I'd try it out for myself.  I went to my local Goodwill and picked up a few pieces of clothing to mess around with.  Of course they're not the most beautiful (and probably are along the lines of being old lady-ish), but I had a vision for each of them!

The pink lace cardigan/jacket had an ugly stretchy synthetic fabric shirt attached to it.  I just simply removed the attached shirt by cutting it out and tying up loose ends to create a cute lace cardigan!  I've seen these around in the store for a LOT of money, but this only cost me $5!  What a steal!  I'm currently considering replacing the buttons with some vintage buttons my mom has, but we'll see.

Upcycled lace cardigan

As for this pair of capris , they were fine by themselves, but I really wanted a pair of pastel colored pants for a bird shirt that I had previous bought!  I simply bought a bottle of Tulip liquid dye (grapefruit color) and dyed the pants over the stove!  I followed the directions on the bottle and it turned out WAY better than I expected!


DIY Pastel Capris

Lastly, I got this grandma shirt that has all of these pleats and this weird fold over flap thing.   I really liked the mint green color with the polka dots, so I had to take this one!  This one isn't as straightforward as the other two and requires a lot more deconstruction and resewing.  I'm not done with this one, but I'll post it when I'm finished!


WIP shirt

3 comments:

  1. Oooh upcycling clothes from Goodwill is one of my favorite things!! It's amazing the cool stuff you can find for cheap. My favorite is the lace cardigan-- I can't wait to see you wear it!!

    Mackenzie
    www.heybirdfriend.com

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  2. Thank you for this info I would like to try this since my clothes need to be altered cause of wheelchair

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