Refashioning is the new buzz word in the fashion industry. Instead of racing out and buying something new every time you're invited to a party, get creative with the clothes you already have and refashion something new and different. Not only will you save money – you'll also save the planet.
Take a good look through your wardrobe, concentrating on all those pieces that you haven't worn for awhile. Why is that? Perhaps some items are too big or too small. You can fix that by taking them to an alterationist. Or maybe they're just out of season. This is the part where you put your designer cap on and get refashioning.
You don't have to be a whiz with the Elna; these are some non-sewing methods of transforming your wardrobe.
Bleaching: Distressed denim always looks edgy, but isn't it funny how we pay loads more for jeans that look like they've been abused? Distress your daggy old jeans by splashing them with a household bleach like White King. Allow the bleach to sit for an hour or two (but be careful – too much bleach can eat a hole in your clothes) and then wash in cold water.
Cutting: Mix up hem lengths or add interest to old pieces by cutting them up. Skirts and shorts can be shortened, T-shirts can be turned into singlets and jeans become Daisy Dukes. Leave the ends ragged or neaten with a short hem (I know I said no sewing but hemming isn't very difficult).
Dying: That pastel T-shirt was super cool a few years ago, and everyone wore white denim in the 90's. Alas, now these items just look dated. Purchase fabric dye from Spotlight to update your look. Tie dying is another way to breathe new life into your clothes.
Embellishments: Lace, felt, fake flowers, sequins, buttons, rhinestones... the only limit is your imagination when it comes to embellishments. Check out Vogue and other fashion magazines for inspiration and get embellishing! You can use a strong fabric glue to attach most embellishments.
Paints: Plain T-shirts, hoodies and denim are all perfect candidates for painting. You'll find fabric paints and stencils at department stores and craft stores.
If you find that you have a flair for refashioning, head on over to the Wardrobe Re-Fashion website and take the pledge to stop buying new clothing (handmade items excepted). You do receive a Get out of Jail Free card every two months so if you've got a special event coming up and you just have to buy a new dress, you can use that.
Jump on the refashioning bandwagon to create customised clothing for a fraction of the price of store bought pieces.