Once upon a Sabbath, I got out my mending pile and decided to add to my wardrobe by up-cycling a few peices that I like, but was never going to wear as-is.
Unfortch, I didn’t snag any before shots. Y’all, I’m sorry, lesson learned.
But here are three of the redo finished products for your appraisal:
Here we have a “dress” my mom gave me. Now, mama is 5 feet tall on a good day. So it makes sense that some of her hand-me-downs would be a mite small on me. But in addition, that elastic hit at the most awkward spot, making the space above and below look awful no matter how lean the wearer.
I just removed the top by seam ripping it from the elastic. Easy-peasy.
I tried it with the elastic wrapped under (that shirt is just a work out top I had on, I don’t know that even I would wear that many shades of one color at one time).
It’ cute but kinda funky pulled up like this. So I also tried wearing it like it was made, but lower on my body.
Which i did NOT like because…ew…fleshy roll and then it just fell frumpy. One more adjustment and I had a more versatile length but no flab highlight.
It’s not the cutest, but it’s light and perfect for just running around with a simple tank and then a statement hat/necklace/whatever since it’s such a simple piece.
I think one of the keys to sticking with low-budget clothing is committing to working with what you have. If I’d either tried this as just the original dress, as a tunic, or even as a skirt with the elastic out, I’d have never worn it. But because I had determination to use the darn thing, I worked with it until I found a way I actually enjoyed. Now, not every piece will be salvageable. But far more are than aren’t, I’ve found, even if it takes you a few tweaks to figure it out.