It’s fun for me to see the comments people write when they pin pictures from The Renegade Seamstress to their boards on Pinterest. Often times my head is swelling from the nice things they write. The biggest thrill for me comes when I see comments like, “She makes me think I could do this” or “I want to learn how to sew” or my personal favorite, “I want this woman for my best friend”. Because, you see, the two main goals for this blog is to one, inspire you to try these things and two, connect with other folks who love to do what I love to do.
The other day, there was another comment, that got my attention. Ashley wrote “This woman is so creative when it comes to refashioning clothes!! I’m on such a tight budget right now but in desperate need of some new work clothes…I think it’s time to break out the sewing machine again!”
It made me think of how refashioning isn’t just about cutting up t shirts and it isn’t just about creating costumes for parties. It made me think about how much money I used to spend on clothes for work. It made me think about how much time I used to spend at the mall trying things on, getting frustrated and feeling bad about myself because things didn’t fit right.
But as I found out it doesn’t have to be that way.
Upcycling thrift store clothes can be a great way to build up your work wardrobe without spending much money. So many of us are on tight budgets these days. So instead of spending all that time in the fitting room feeling bad, I have been having the time of my life being creative with a hobby that not only saves me money, but makes me feel good in my own skin again, creating clothes that actually fit, are comfortable, and I can wear to work.
Take this long, gray, silk dress I found at the Goodwill last fall for $2.99. I wouldn’t wear this to work in a million years. But after making a few simple changes, I want to wear it everyday!
Cut the bottom part of the skirt to desired length, saving the middle piece to use for the ruffle.
Here, I cut a quarter inch piece of elastic, stretched to fit my waist comfortably. I then sewed it to the waistline seam allowance, stretching it to fit as I sewed.
Enjoy your day!!
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