Rip-up, Reuse, and Re-wear!

I made a resolution to NOT have clothing in my closet that needed alterations or was just a lost cause.

We've all done it. Made projects that you HATE and then stick them in the back of your closet. Then, when you think of that new project and say, "Oh! I have the perfect fabric for that!" Only to remember you used it on that crappy monstrosity now gathering dust in the bottom of your closet.

To this I say, no more! Get those old projects back out and get that fabric used again. Dont fear the bad sleeves, or mismatched pleats ever again! Its empowering!

So to spark inspiration, here are some of my lesser successful projects that were remade into new items I love to wear.


I *hated* this dress. HATED it. I thought this 30s number would look good. So, so wrong. So it became a 30s blouse. I love it now.


This 50s dress was another hate. Ick. Just ick. But the cotton was so nice, so it became a blouse.


This top one and bottom one were one of those horrid 'walk-away' dresses, but I call them 'fly-away' dresses. You know, the kind that wrap and have a flap in the back. Everyone who sews makes them, its a given, but I hate them. But thats another story, or perhaps blog post.


This dress (below) was just a bad idea. I wore it once and felt so, so stupid. So a blouse it became.



This last one the fabric was a great heavy twill. Too heavy for this type of dress. That and always felt I was gonna pop the zipper in it.

I have many, many more projects that Ive done this to. Its so gratifying, taking what you learned from an old project and making something else you would actually wear.

So I invite you all, cannibalize those unmentionable projects, reclaim them and find the joy in making something new again!

1 comment:

  1. I love the turquoise collar on the tweed blouse. i was just thinking about my last disaster and what the heck to do with it to save it because I really like the fabric. I am all for reclaiming the failures.
    You have got to have the best collection of blouses ever. i am jealous.

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