Even though I’m pretty good with DIY projects in general (is it genetic? my mom is a great seamstress and knitter so I guess I inherited it from her), I rarely find the time to work on handmade projects. Maybe it’s just an excuse, but social media sucked me in so deeply that I completely forgot what it takes to handcraft my own clothes. Luckily, I have friends who motivate me to be more creative and explore my inner fashion designer! This week, I’ve been working on a very exciting DIY project with my friend Selma from La Selma Style blog (she also has an amazing Instagram page). The project is called “Project Re-Design” and it’s all about bringing new life to boring clothes.
For our collaboration, we picked one item from a store (we picked this white A-line skirt from Zara) and transformed it in a way that works for our personal style. We didn’t exchange photos while working on our projects, but based on Selma and my own style, I figured that she will probably pick something multi-layered and edgy, while I’d probably stick to a girly look. As you can see on these photos, it was exactly right!
As per Selma, it took forever to put her project together, because it incorporated trendy stickers, lace ribbons, and drapery. She had a few pieces of green fabric in her collection that she re-arranged in a way that her skirt had three different layers. On top of that, she put on some brooches and stickers—all dedicated to Paris. I have to say, I was impressed how Selma managed to transform an affordable piece of clothing (cost $35.90) into a couture piece.
My DIY project was a bit challenging because I decided to get rid of the zipper pockets (my manicure scissors were destroyed for the sake of this project!). After the zippers were removed, I attached a piece of my former dress’ stripes on top of the holes and simply attached them to my skirt. To create a girly ruffle on the bottom of the skirt, I used a piece of skirt from my old vintage lace dress: I simply cut out the piece that I needed and hand sewed the lace detail to the back of the skirt.
The next step was styling. Since the skirt Selma and I picked had a geometric feel to it, both of us decided to style it in a black and white color palette. I picked a simple off-the-shoulder black top and futuristic heels, while Selma layered two tops and multicolor pumps.
As you can see, it doesn’t take too much time or money to re-invent boring pieces of clothing. (In fact, since I used details from my old dress, my new skirt cost me nothing!) All you need is a little time and a friend who inspires you to be more creative. Saying so, I highly recommend following Selma’s cool re-design project as she will be posting her monthly blogger collaborations where you can find some inspiration to bring new life to your old pieces of clothing. I might post more DIY-friendly projects as it’s such environmentally friendly way to transform your wardrobe without spending a penny!
Q: Have you ever tried to bring new life to your old clothes? If so, please share photos with the Style Sprinter community!