I started out with a closet full of boring T-shirts, and now have some that I can’t wait to wash so I can wear them TOMORROW!
Buy 2 Cheap Shirts
Buy Accessories or Trim
Use What you (or somebody else) Ruined!
Refashion Something You Never Wear
- I prefer to work with a thicker t-shirt material such as these from Down East Outfitters. I have found that thinner knits (like Old Navy T-shirts) are really hard to sew without ripping the fabric.
- I love using Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Glue (which is machine washable and dry-able…I’ve tried it!) which works on thinner knits. This glue is also great for someone who can’t sew or doesn’t have a machine!
- Need some inspiration? I like to “window shop,” online for expensive shirts I can make myself. Down East Outfitters, J. Crew, Forever 21, and Anthropologie will give you a good start. Snap a picture of a shirt you like in a store, and come home and make it cheaper!
- If you’re sewing T-shirts (or knit), use a ball point needle. Ball point needles are rounded on the tips so knits or stretchy material won’t snag.
- Don’t be afraid to use somebody else’s ideas! There are TONS of blogs out there with tutorials, and they are there to help you get started! When I first began refashioning, I would google what I was looking for and follow the tutorials exactly. Once you get going, you start seeing new ideas in your head, but at first be okay with using other people’s ideas!
I hope some of my experiences can help you get started in refashioning your own clothing!