Rework your wardrobe

Rework your wardrobe

It is that time of year again; the period where spring cleaning meets up with taking inventory of all the old and outgrown clothing you have stashed around the house. It is time to start thinking about your summer wardrobe as well. Maybe you will hand down some of the old clothes to friends and family. Perhaps you will decide to donate them to a worthy cause.  Or perhaps if you are ahoarder like me, you just can't help but think 'What could I turn that into?'
 
Why not recycle some of your favorite garments into new ones? Everyone has clothes they hate to part with because they might wear them again someday. News flash..."someday" is not a day of the week! Casting off that delusion of waking up one morning to find you have dropped three dress sizes doesn't mean casting away the clothes too.  Clothes that fall into your "someday category" are perfect candidates for a creative sewing project.
 
There are a lot of places to look on the Internet for information and instructions on transforming virtually any article of clothing from the dark corners of your closet into something fresh and new. This is a great way to let your individual sense of style roam free and mingle with the crowds.
 
Julia Barbee has a great video series on Expert Village. She has expanded her recycling of clothing into a business and sells her creations in a number of boutiques and through her own shop (Flutter) in Portland, Oregon. She offers tips on everything from finding old clothing to cutting apart a wedding dress.
 
Another great idea for recycling your old clothes is to use them to sew your own reusable shopping bags. This video might give you some inspiration. In addition to showing you how to recycle old clothes into new fashion and how to make your own shopping bags from old clothes, it shows the vice-versa approach where clothing has been made from plastic shopping bags! That might be a great little craft project for those of you who are daring enough to wear anything. 
 
If you get hooked on the idea of giving new life to old clothes, you can even start reworking other people's cast offs.  Check out thrift stores for items to use in your clothing recycling, or hold an unwanted clothing drive at your home and ask friends to bring round any items that they no longer want.  This is a great way to snap up any great fabrics that catch your eye,  as well as to show off any creations you have made and share your ideas.

Here is another video with tips on thrifting and recycling your old clothing into a perky new wardrobe. Thread Heads Corrine and Rob are from Thread Banger and neither of them are ever short on great information and quirky do-it-yourself fashion advice. 
 
Cleaning out those closets and drawers will be a lot more fun now that you have a positive goal in mind!