5 Crafty Ways to Refresh your Wardrobe
Fall is nearly here, and that means women everywhere are cleaning out there closets and itching to go shopping. Don’t get rid of too much before you trying to make some of your old clothes feel new again. It’s all about perspective. Your repertoire might be stale, but from a different angle the possibilities are endless.
Add a colorful ribbon to a dress.
Start with a boring plain dress that you have worn too many times, and add a ribbon to make it look new and change the shape of it. I like to use ribbons of every color instead of belts. Ribbons are more comfortable and they don’t leave you with an annoying end hanging asymmetrically at your waist. I prefer to hand sew the ribbon onto both sides of the waist. Find the point where your waist is the narrowest and give it a few stitches to prevent it from slipping as you wear it. You can do this so that you end up with a nice bow in the back.
Find new ways to wear jewelry. Put a few long necklaces together and tie a bow around them to create a new accessory.
Layer some of your items of the same color.
A simple way to refresh a wardrobe is to layer a few items of the same colors but different textures. Go with emerald greens and blacks. Wearing different combinations of your clothes in bold ways will refresh your wardrobe instantly. Try to make it look streamlined rather than bulky or clashing.
Take pictures of your outfit before you leave. It’s hard to remember the great things that go together, and you won’t have to waste time trying things on and then throwing them in a pile the next time you want to layer.
Make your clothes smell sweeter.
I love this tutorial for lavender filled birds. They are really easy to make, and they will leave your closet smelling fresh all year round.
Wear more skirts with leggings.
Turn those shirts that you have grown tired of into a modern take on the 1940’s style tulip skirts. Four easy steps are as follows:
1. Pick a somewhat large or loose shirt.
2. Turn the shirt inside out and use a seam ripper to make the neck hole into the waist line by taking out the shoulder seem a couple of inches sparingly. You don’t want it to get to big!
3. Sew the sleeves of the T-shirt together with the shirt still inside out. These will be the pockets.
4. Get some grosgrain ribbon by visiting HairBow Center’s website (measure your waist and add 20 inches when ordering). Sew a draw string in the waist and thread the ribbon through with a safety pin. You can reference Martha Stewart’s instructions here if you need help. Paint the ends of the ribbon lightly with a clear nail polish to prevent fraying. You now have a fabulous new skirt for next to no money spent.
Have fun and get creative with your wardrobe! These are just a few ideas, what other ways do YOU refresh your wardrobe?
Angela Johnson is a skilled seamstress and crafter with a passion for exercise and animal rights. She loves to hike with her family and two dogs near their home in Salt Lake City, UT.