Making Cheap Clothing That Looks Like a Million Bucks
When the household budget is tight, clothes shopping is typically one of the first expenses eliminated. Members of the household are forced to make due with what they have, which may mean wearing the same shirt, skirt, or pants multiple times within a week. This does not convey a remarkable impression and there is a way around it. DIY clothes are inexpensive alternatives to retail brands and almost anyone can create them.
Cheap Clothing You Create Yourself
Many people have jumped on the DIY bandwagon with crafts and home improvements. Clothing is another DIY trend sweeping the nation, with everyone from the girl next door to superstars on red carpets wearing fashions made from scraps of fabric, old clothing, and other upcycled materials. Making your own clothing may even qualify you as the next trendsetter.
Before throwing away a dress, shirt, or pair of jeans that no longer fit, consider how these items could be fashioned into different apparel. Dresses can be made into skirts and long-sleeved shirts can be transformed into sleeveless versions that show off your best features. Trendy clothes sold in boutiques are often made from a combination of different items such as jean skirts accented with patches from suit jackets or lace taken from old wedding dresses.
Sewing Not Necessary for Some DIY Clothes
If you have a sewing machine, the world is your oyster when creating cheap clothes from new or upcycled materials. However, this equipment is not needed to make some of the most popular clothing. For example, a long piece of narrow fabric folded and hand-stitched together, with ends closed, becomes an infinity scarf, one of the most popular accessories of the year.
Basic shirts, vests, and sweaters become fashion statements when accented with flowers created from fabric, needle, and thread. Adding elastic to both ends of an old, long-sleeved t-shirt and affixing some embellishments to one end create fashionable boot socks. Use old neckties to make a colorful tote bag Convert a plain t-shirt into a halter top by folding the sleeves around the front and cutting them to create a placket, then adding ribbon for a corset and continuing this around the neckline to form a halter strap.
Even your accessories can have accessories made from a variety of fabrics. Make a tablet holder featuring faux sheepskin or another cushioned fabric on the inside and an outside of colorful, patterned fabric accented with a drawstring or button closure. Creating clothing and accessories at home has never been so fun!
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