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


  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!!


  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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