Refashioning gives a DIY approach to looking good

Lately, I've been checking out some blogs on which people write about altering clothing, or “refashioning.”


Specifically, I've been paying attention to one called “Welcome to the Good Life,” where the author takes inspiration from an expensive designer piece and makes it herself. You can see one of her photos below.

(Edit: A couple readers, including Rebecca, also suggested I check out this blog, too, where the author alters a dress every day. It's pretty cool.)


On a recent vacation to Vegas, I found myself wandering through designer boutiques, thinking, “I wonder if I could make that.” Similar to my Pottery-Barn feeling, or when I decide I want a retro radio iPod dock, but couldn't justify paying $150 for one.


(Side note: these altered-clothing bloggers seem to have the same “I could make that” reaction. Is it some sort of bug? Or a personality trait? Maybe it's like being a house person?)


My sewing skills are rudimentary, but I know I can ruffle with the best of them. Maybe I'll take a break on making home-decor items and concentrate instead on ruffled pajama bottoms like these (only full-length, for winter) or some fashion-forward shoes. Added bonus: if I can alter a piece of clothing I already own, I don't even have to make room in my closet for it.


(Another side note: speaking of closets, if you have professional clothing you've been thinking about getting rid of, would you consider donating it to my team's Professional Clothing Drive? Tomorrow is the last day to donate, and the clothing goes to clients of the Center for Women in Transition and the Salvation Army.)


What do you think? Would you alter your clothes, or would you rather go shopping?


Photo is from "Welcome to the Good Life."

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