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Style on a Budget: 20 DIY Clothing Refashion Tutorials to Recharge your Wardrobe

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20 DIY Clothing Refashioning Tutorials to Revamp your Wardrobe

Let’s face facts – style is an expensive pursuit, even for the fairly frugal. Most fashionable people are passionate enough about the artistry and aesthetics of fashion, the ever-changing cuts, colors, patterns, and flourishes that define the brushstrokes of the designer’s vision, that they find themselves buying new clothes quite regularly.

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In order to curate a fully realized wardrobe that captures your evolving personal style, you have to shell out once in awhile for timeless staples that have the quality to last and be evergreen, and you have to keep up with current trends and select new styles that speak to you. That is usually a less pricey adventure, but it happens more often than forking over $175 for a perfect pair of ballet flats. In my case, I own about a dozen items over $100, but the vast majority of my clothing is bargain hunted from stores like Forever21 Plus, Old Navy, and Nordstrom rack. I doubt you’d be reading this blog if you hadn’t augmented your wardrobe since 2014. And lastly there are the specialty pieces that define your unique style. These could range from thrifted treasures, to beautiful delicate fiber jewelry from an Etsy boutique, to a collection of vintage iron-on patches from the 70s. All in all this adds to quite a heavy cash hit on the reg – often prohibitively expensive for many people to afford to really express themselves in an ideal manner.

Enter my favorite solution for the style-obsessed: refashioned DIY clothing. One of the best things about this hobby is that much of the time you’re embellishing or repurposing clothing that you already own, but don’t wear (if you’re like me, you’re a lot fatter than you were in college, and a lot more picky about my style, so I have bags worth of old clothes that no longer fit either my tummy or my look. Refashioning ranges from the subtle (taking a boring plain t-shirt and altering the sleeves or adding a Peter Pan collar), to the radical (turning a thrifted men’s button-down into a skirt, say), to the just plain useful (adding a cloth or lace panel to enlarge a too-small shirt). In essence, for a usually very small outlay of cash, you can turn the long neglected functionless section of your wardrobe into a highly personal, unique, and brand new collection of wearable pieces! And they were mostly your clothes to begin with, so you don’t have to worry about finding your size! It’s s friggin’ miracle.

A few notes: many of these tutorials require a range of sewing skills – from none at all, to fairly advanced. If you need to brush up on your sewing, there are a myriad of YouTube lessons and online courses. If you’re a beginner – shell out for a secondhand sewing machine. IMO every plus size fashionista should have one, along with a basic set of skills. Not only does the world of upcycling open up to you, but you can make your own clothes. And yes, there are a heap of great plus size sewing patterns out there. Check on Pinterest. Then develop another obsession: fabric shopping.

  1. Striped Cut-Out T-Shirt from Trash to Couture Style Tutorial DIY Clothing Upcycle
  2. Men’s Shirt into a One Shoulder Wrap Top from  A Pair and a Spare 
  3. DIY Report: Balenciaga Crop Top from Follow Fashion
  4. How to Cut a T-Shirt into a Crop Top from Tomboy Vintage  
  5. DIY Mesh Crop Top from Hello Gwen 
  6. Upcycled Plain Tee – DIY from All Day Chic 
  7. Iridescent Sneakers from P.S. I made this 
  8. DIY Sequin Embellished Denim Shorts from  A Pair and a Spare  
  9. How Long Can I Get Away With This? from  Cation Designs 
  10. the refashioners 2015 – erin from 
  11. the refashioners 2015 – sew over it (london) from  
  13. DIY Cross Flounce Top Refashion  from Cotton and Curls 
  14. Refashion Tutorial – Long Sleeves to Bow Sleeve T-shirt from Sew What’s New 
  15. DIY Anthropologie-Inspired Top from Melody Fulone 
  16. Anthropologie Tangerine Flicker Dress DIY from Our Life is Beautiful
  17. Skirt Refashion: How to make a button skirt from Cubic Dreams 
  18. Refashion: DIY Color Block Tees from Uber Chic for Cheap 
  19. T-SHIRT INTO SUMMER TOP DIY from Trinkets in Bloom 
  20. Peplum Shirt Refashion from The Crafty Disaster