The Ultimate Guide to Clothing Rehab: 50+ Fixes for Apparel You Never Expected to Wear Again
Freshen up your wardrobe by pulling out the clothes you keep passing by and making them into something that you enjoy wearing again! Below are 40+ fashion fixes that will get the clothes at the back of your closet back in the open.
There are a number of available guides for how to fix a broken zipper. Rain Blanken offers a guide for How to Fix a Broken Zipper, as does Shannon Makes Stuff. If the zipper is beyond repair, LauPre has a tutorial for adding a second zipper between the folds of the old zipper. If it is a knitted item, try Splityarn's Easiest Knitted Zipper Install.
Don't like the color.
RitDye is an awesome resource for learning about Dyeing and Dyeing Techniques. Suze Geeks Out also has great instructions for Dyeing Your Own Clothing. If you're looking for something more interesting, why not learn How to Dip Dye clothing? Refinery29 also has a dip dye tutorial for making a Shirt with a Dip Dye Collar.
Armpit and Other Stains.
Check out the Only Spot Remover You'll Ever Need from Glamour. Other bloggers have highly recommended the removal recipe for clothing stains. If grease stains are your clothing woe, try Elementary Organization's Grease Stain Fix.
TOPSShirt is too narrow.
Trash to Couture has a tutorial for a DIY crochet trim seam for shirts that are too narrow. You might also try making Wobisobi's No Sew T-shirt Vest. One crafter also suggested trying to copy this image from This Modern Romance. Easily Dunn made a cardigan out of an old shirt that she couldn't stand to get rid of.
Shirt is too short.
Nelle Creations suggests adding lace to the bottom of shirts to give them extra length. Monkey See, Monkey Do! used another t-shirt to add body and sleeve length to a small t-shirt. Cotton & Curls has a tutorial for How to Lengthen a Tight Short Shirt. Discover Create Learn suggests Adding a Waistband to Too-Short Shirts to make them longer and unique. Otherwise, why not Turn Your Shirt into a Dress like Elle Apparel?
Shirt is too big.
Thankfully, this is a problem that has many, many options.
If you have an oversized t-shirt:
A Steed's Life's Large to Fitted Tee Tutorial
Connect the Dotson's DIY Husband's Large T-shirt to Fitted
Trash to Couture's Mens Tee Sewn into Dolman
Crafterhour's Tee to Tank
Simple Step Back's Quick Refit for a Too-Big Top
Make it and Love It's Turn a "Too Big Shirt into a Shirt with Shirred BandIf you have an oversized dress shirt:
Cotton & Curls Oversized Plaid
SLEEVES & STRAPSStraps are too long.
Straps are too short.
For straps that are two short, check out the Chameleon Girls tutorial for Adding Ribbon to Straps to make them longer and fun.
Shirt or dress needs straps.
Learn how to Add Permanent or Adjustable Straps to a top or dress on eHow. How to Bliss also has a tutorial, How to Add Straps to Your Summer Dress.
Straps are too narrow.
Consider adding lace edging to your straps to add a personal touch while increasing the width.
Don't want the sleeves.
There is a great Sleeve-Removal tutorial from Adventures in Dressmaking. Bothered by puffy sleeves in particular? Check out Wearing It On My Sleeves' awesome Getting Rid of Puffy Sleeves tutorial.
Check out Modest Prom's easy Sleeve Patterns for cap, square, or half circle sleeves. For another great sleeves tutorial, try Suburbs Mama's Adding Sleeves to a Sleeveless Dress.
Sleeves are too small.
My Life on the Divide offers a great fix for small sleeves.
DRESSESOld dress to top.
If you're tired of one of your dresses but would be sorry to let it go, consider transforming it into a top. Cotton & Curls describes how she converted her dress into a shirt in front long in back top. Get inspired by a Springtime Dress Refashion where cutting and hemming makes a fantastic shirt.
SKIRTSSkirt too long.
Skirt too short.
See Kate Show adds a Fabric Band to the Bottom of Her Skirt to make it longer. Similarly, Elemental Carbon adds a lovely Lace Skirt Edging.
JEANS & PANTSJean bottoms too wide.
If you want to get rid of your jean flair, check out Cotton & Curls' Lovin' the New Skinnies for skinny inspiration.
Jeans too baggy.
Cotton & Curls alters Tom Boy pants (very baggy) into 70's-style pants with a flair.
Holes in jeans.
Sad that your favorite pair of jeans has a hole in the rear? Adventures in Dressmaking has you covered with her awesome tutorial on Mending Holes in Jeans.
Check out the Easy Sweater Fix suggestions on the Martha Stewart site. For the Unraveling Knit Sweater, Ms Lindz Knits offers a wonderful thorough tutorial for a knit fix. There is also a faster fix suggested on the Knit Picks site.
SHOESSalt stains off boots.
This eHow article tells you How to Get Salt Stains off Boots.
Shoes are uncomfortable.
WikiHow has some suggestions for how to Fix Hurting Feet.
There is a great article on LearnVest that details Easy, Inexpensive Shoe Fixes. These include scuffed shoes, worn-down heels, smooth and slippery shoes, and shoes that are too tight or uncomfortable.
If you are unable to find the right fix-up for an old favorite, get creative. You might not be able to wear the item again, but it could easily become a favorite bag, pillow, pair of mittens, or other item that can be put to use.
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Good luck and happy crafting!