Boot socks are a hot winter fashion trend, they keep your feet warm and your legs looking chic. Here are three of my favorite upcycling ideas to inspire your next DIY project. Ruffled boot socks can add a touch of feminine flair to a masculine pair of boots which is why these cozy upcycled beauties ranked highest on my list.
Several of the upcycling projects I found restyled the sleeves from old sweaters to create the boot socks. What a clever and cute way to reuse those sweaters you no longer wear! I will be trying out my own version of these DIY inspirations so check back for pics. If you find other great DIY projects please share in the comment section!
TGIF! To round up this very productive week , I want to share with you my new favorite no sew DIY t shirt upcycling idea: the chevron tee. Take one look at my modern vintage boutique website background and you will see I LOVE the chevron fashion trend and think it goes very well with the Civilian Style name considering it comes from a military background, like me (believe it or not). But I digress....chevrons are obviously a huge fashion trend for 2013 and you can be thrifty and in-style by creating your own one of a kind chevron tee. This super easy DIY tutorial will show you how to make a feminine women's one shoulder style with a painted chevron although this upcyling idea could work for a men's or kid's shirt as well. Heck you could even use this chevron technique on a canvas tote or cute apron! I seriously want to put one on everything :) T shirt DIY projects are so popular because just about everyone has a pile of t shirts lying around (maybe I will wear it as a nightgown?). Also, you can find vintage tees at thrift stores for a buck, and you can't beat a $1 makeover. Jersey t shirt fabric also performs well when left with a raw unhemmed edge, which makes upcycling a breeze. Ok enough pep talk, check out this DIY tutorial by Anne Hollabaugh for the I Love to Create Blog and get to creating! I hope you have a blessed and perfect weekend.
This DIY fashion project involves a denim chambray top which is a must have for any wardrobe! Upcycling this vintage denim button up was done using nothing more than scissors, bleach, sandpaper, new buttons, needle and thread, and of course..time. First, I gave it a trendy high-low hemline to modernize the look. Next, I measured and cut out the shoulders to add a flirty touch. I cut the tips of the collar and top of the pocket off for more fun detail. Next, I carefully painted on diluted bleach with a paintbrush (a bleach pen would work too!). I bleached out the bottom hem, the shoulder openings, the pocket and the collar tips. I used coarse sandpaper to rough up all the bleached edges to give it this upcycled vintage shirt a distressed, bohemian style. Finally, I made it great for summer 2013 by replacing the old buttons (and a missing one) with some awesome nautical anchor buttons. Voila, the perfect summer shirt that will coordinate with this season's bright colored and patterned bottoms! To purchase this shirt and more modern vintage upcycled clothing, visit the Civilian Style Boutique @ CivilianStyle.net or check out Civilian Style on Etsy.
Upcycling this vintage Willie Nelson concert t-shirt was an easy way to create a sweet braided racerback tank top. I used a rotary cutter to get clean edges and then cut off the sleeves, the neck and the bottom hem. If you are planning to sell upcycled clothes, attention to detail will make them look a bit more professional. This is why I also measure and mark my cuts with a washable pencil. Next, make 3 cuts in the back: 1 horizontal and then 2 evenly spaced vertically. Braid the vertical strips created with the cuts and then attach the braid with a sewing machine to give it lots of strength. You can use a leftover strip of fabric to cover the stitch connecting the braid to the top. I added a little pop of detail and color to this vintage tee by hand sewing some large stitches with red embroidery thread. Voila! A perfect little tank with a bit of musical attitude :)
Thrift stores and vintage clothing shops are full of great blouses that can be had on the cheap. Here is a super easy way to give new life to a vintage shirt. Or..shop your closet and refresh that top you never wear anymore!
First, turn your top inside out and then find the center line on the back by measuring halfway across and marking with a fabric pencil. Cut the shirt down the center of the back. Fold over and pin each edge 3/4 of an inch. Sew a straight stitch down each edge, trim everything up nice. If you don't have a sewing machine, you can also use some ol' stitch witchery to tack down the seams.
I bought these pre-made bows from hobby lobby, there are different colors and you can just sew them on with a needle and thread. I spaced these out 3.5 inches but you can space them however you like. I like to leave the bottom open just a bit. This will create a chic little upcycled blouse that can easily transition from day to night! Upcycling clothing is good for the environment and is an inexpensive way spice up your wardrobe . You can also make money by selling upcycled clothes- see my Fashion Business Ideas page for quick biz tips.
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Hello all! Last year, I was asked to design promotional dance costumes for an event. This was a small budget project so I had to be resourceful, which meant upcycling! Creating these outfits can be a snap. Grab a vintage pencil skirt, shorten it if needed and add some tulle from another vintage dress. The volume that the tulle creates will be super cute! For the tops, I altered some thrift store men's dress shirts and added tulle bows on the back to make a feminine upcycled play on a tuxedo top. Last, create a lace wrist cuff by securing a 4-5 inch piece of lace around the wrist with some snaps, ribbon or velcro. This would be a unique idea for an upcycled halloween costume too!
Jennifer lives in south Louisiana and believes that almost anything can be done yourself.