Opting to Refashion

Opting to Refashion

lacesweatshirt1Option 1:  Spend over $140 on this cute gray sweatshirt.


Option 2: Buy the less-expensive version at Nordstrom for $50.


Option 3: Make your own sweatshirt for less than $5.


Something told me you would choose option 3 ūüôā

When I bought this sweatshirt for less than $1.50 at the Tanger Outlets, I knew that I would personalize it before I wore it.  It took about a week for me to decide exactly what I wanted to do, but the project itself only took a short part of my morning.


After washing and drying the sweatshirt, I cut a piece of lace (leftover from making this purse) large enough to cover the entire front of my sweatshirt.


Then, I pinned the lace to my sweatshirt.  I cut off excess fabric and folded the edge of the lace under itself so that the sweatshirt would look more finished.


Using a straight stitch, I attached the lace to the sweatshirt.


Before long, my frugal sweatshirt was ready to be worn.

A Refashioned Refashion

A Refashioned Refashion


Last year, I made this sweatshirt to wear on blustery days at work.

After sewing around the logo, I was all set!

Since I no longer work at the daycare, I have no need for a “Salem Kids” sweatshirt. ¬†However, this sweatshirt became my favorite thing to wear last winter. ¬†It was extremely comfy and casual–I just could not give it up! ¬†Rather than throwing a perfectly good shirt in the trash, I decided to refashion this refashion.

I chose an old sleep shirt that had already been cut apart for various other projects, and removed the pocket from the front.


Next, I used a seam ripper to remove the work logo from my sweatshirt.


I pinned the pocket onto the sweatshirt, and used a straight stitch to secure it.


Voila!  My sweatshirt is ready for many more frigid days.

Refashioned Denim Dress

Refashioned Denim Dress


I love being busy.  On top of classes, I am an RA, student body president, peer tutor, choir member, “Brewin’ Den” barista, and admissions aid. I am not quite sure when I breathe or sleep, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Sadly, all these responsibilities mean that I do not complete many “just for fun” projects during the school year. With foreknowledge of the coming busyness, I spent the entire week before school sewing, crafting, and cooking.  One of the last refashions I completed that week began with a denim frock that I snagged for $1 at a local outlet sale (the same monthly sale where I grabbed this last year and this the year before).  With a few snips and stitches, I had a cute new dress for fall.


First, I laid a well-fitting dress over the bulky denim frock and used chalk to outline the smaller dress.


I pinned and sewed along the chalk marks, and cut off the extra material with pinking shears.


I then repeated this process with a favorite oxford shirt so that the arms would fit.


With the addition of a belt and accessories, my dress was ready to wear!


Upcycled Earings

Upcycled Earings


I will be the first to tell you that I am frugal.  I make no qualms about it.  That is why I could not pass up this pair of $1 earrings.  When I bought them, they were simple gold medallions.  After a few years of wear, the edges began to turn green, and children at the daycare began asking me if the earrings changed color in the sun.  I decided it was time to either retire the earrings or recycle them in some way.

With a simple coat of paint, I gave these earrings a second life.


Up-cycled Earrings:


  • old earrings
  • acrylic paint
  • paintbrush


  • Use the paintbrush to coat the front of the earrings with a layer of paint.¬† Let dry.
  • Paint the back of the earrings.¬† Let dry.
  • Repeat steps one and two a couple times so that there are multiple layers of paint.
  • Wear your “new” earrings.
DIY T-Shirt Quilt

DIY T-Shirt Quilt

Do you give yourself presents? I do!¬† For my high school graduation a few years ago, I decided to give myself a t-shirt quilt.¬† Instead of paying upwards of $500 to have a stranger create my quilt, I decided to pay less than $50 on supplies and employ myself to sew.¬† Under my mom’s instruction, I completed my first quilt.

If you are interested in making your own t-shirt quilt, check out some of these tutorials:

Sentimental Refashion

Sentimental Refashion

You know that one piece of clothing that you hold on to simply because you’ve had it forever?¬† I have a lot of those.¬† Rather than let those unworn garments hang uselessly in your closet, turn them into something useful.

I bought this jean skirt at a consignment shop the summer before seventh grade (don’t be surprised that I remember that; I can tell you the origin of every thread I own).¬† I proudly wore it the first day of school with a green, heart-covered shirt and pink plaid flats.¬† I felt trendy in that outfit, and I remember the following conversation with two high school girls.

Girl one:  I like your shoes.

Girl two:  I like your shirt.

Girl one:  We just like your whole outfit!

My year was made.  Here I was, lowly seventh grader, and high schoolers liked my clothes.  Success.


I couldn’t get rid of that skirt.

I also could no longer wear it.  As a college student, I try to dress a little nicer than a faded, ill-fitting denim skirt and t-shirt.  I like to look professional and put together.  Using an old purse strap and two fabric scraps, I put the unwearable garment to good use and made a simple cross-body tablet carrier.

To start, I turned my skirt inside-out and laid my tablet on it, marking a large rectangle around the tablet.   I then cut out the rectangle, and pinned the fabric scraps into place.

Measure and pin!

I used a simple straight-stitch to attach the fabric to the skirt.  I then sewed all the sides together, and, voila, I was done!

The front…and the back


What garments are you attached to, and how could you re-purpose them?


A Work Refashion

A Work Refashion


You may not have noticed, but it has gotten cold out there!¬† This poses¬†a serious problems: I don’t have any long sleeve shirts that meet work dress code.¬† That is, until now.

It all started with a stained polo from last year.  Although the shirt had pink splotches, the logo was salvageable, and I saw the perfect opportunity to practice my sewing skills.  I snagged a plain sweatshirt at Goodwill and set to work.  Below are photos of the process.

Thanks, Mom, for helping me sew this project.  I would have had it in a state of disrepair without you!