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The Guide to Update Your Closet with Some Cutting and Sewing.

Make your clothes easier to shop rather than going out to shop.

  1.  Buy new hangers to add a consistent look making all your clothing look better from Costco, Ikea, Target, Amazon, etc.
  2. The goal is to shop your closet and update what you already have. First, organize your closet by color and type.
Go from this messy array of hangers.
Go from this messy array of hangers.
Consistent Hangers of metal but not the old fashioned kind.
Consistent Hangers of metal but not the old-fashioned kind.
Cardboard hangers to purchase from Amazon.
Eco-Friendly Cardboard hangers to purchase from Amazon.
  1. T-shirts, long sleeves/short sleeves
  2. Blouses/tailored shirts/novelty shirts
  3. Hint: While doing this, if you have not worn something, do not question why. Just place them in these two categories:
What do I want to keep from my closet expression on her face.
What do I want to keep from my closet expression on her face?
Going through her closet wondering what to keep looking at a sweatshirt with question marks on it.
What to keep? Can it be used for a new garment’s top, side, or bottom?
  1. I wish I would or could wear it/Pile A -might have potential.
  2. Fast fashion falling apart/Pile B- parts be cut up for accents or rags
  3. Had its day but needs to go/Pile B-give away/ find a home
  4. I might wear it in the next season but never for the last season /Pile A – these clothes are perfect for making slight tweaks to add new life.
Parting ways with clothes putting them in a bag.
Parting ways with clothes and putting them in a bag.
  1. Your needs and desires-
    1. Are you searching for something to wear to work every day?
    2. Would you like something comfy yet professional to work from home?
    3. Are you thinking about all the events coming up, and need some special occasion clothes?
  1. A dress
  2. A suit
  3. Long shirt
  4. Party outfit
  5. Cute workout clothes
  6. Concert attire
  7. Everyday wear for working at life.
Best Dresses, and blouses with a vest look
Best Dresses and blouses with a vest look.
This is kind of a denim suit made from old denim. A Vest with handkerchief pants.
This is a kind of denim suit made from old denim. A Vest with handkerchief pants.
A skirt made with a sleeve from an unworn jacket. Very adjustable.
A skirt made with a sleeve from an unworn jacket. Very adjustable.
A party outfit from scraps of favorite pieces. Just thrown together in patches.
A party outfit from scraps of favorite pieces. They are just thrown together in patches.
Mother and Daughter in matching vest.
Mother and Daughter in matching vests for everyday attire.

Now look at pile A of shirts, pants, skirts, jackets, etc., and see what looks you want to combine. For Example:

  1. Dress – Make with a Shirt and Flouncy Skirt (never mind the exactitudes)
  2. Long Button Down Skirt – made with pants and a placket from a shirt
  3. Jacket – combined two garments that need a comfort upgrade
    1. Either cut horizontally straight across the jacket anywhere and add straight skirt pieces(that you were never going to wear again anyway)
    2. Or cut diagonally
    3. Or down the middle (For this one, it helps to have another piece cut down the middle to sew on the other side, which does not have to be another jacket. It could be a sweater, blouse, sweatshirt, or dress. This is for a daring and fun occasion.
A dress made from a flannel shirt and an old skirt. Add side pockets and it is done.
A dress made from a flannel shirt and an old skirt. Add side pockets, and it is done.
  1. To make a new Dress:
    1. Find your best fabrics for the job, and think about something other than matching. 
    2. We can always combine and accessorize to bring the two together. 
    3. Excellent “better” similar fabrics are always what we’re after.
  1. If the shirt top/t-shirt fits, cut it at the most flattering line straight across, at the waist, or just above.
    1.  Then pick out your old dress, which you will cut off for the skirt part, and decide how long you want the dress. 
    2. There are no rules, only what’s most flattering to you. A middy would be an excellent updated length. To accent those boots made from hemp
  1. Get ready to sew. Put on a few strategic safety pins. What should be the best center front and center back for both, and how do you want to line up the sides -at the side seam, or where it feels best, just centered and safety pin(works better than straight pins)?
    1. Tips for cutting your clothes: Lay them out flat 
    2. Measure twice
    3. Use street chalk to mark
    4. Cut with sharp scissors. –You can always cut something shorter but not longer.
    5. If you would like some Long Skirts for the dressiness of the occasion, those pants that you’re not feeling so much,
    6. simply cut the whole center leg “seam” (instead of using a seam ripper to rip it out, use scissors to cut it out)  
    7. Add another pair of pants you want to cut up, pretty shirts, blouses, and/or full-dress leftovers.
    8. Skirt done.
  1. When cutting a dress in half for the skirt?–try to leave the top for a new life, cut well below the waist to five inches, making it a peplum, tunic length, or crop top potential. 

Bet you will be pleasantly surprised how this little top from cutting off the skirt for something else will become a fashion staple. 

If it is a sundress from Summer, wear it as a layer over a tight long-sleeve t-shirt for Trans-Seasonless fashion.

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