No longer do you have to own a sewing machine, understand how to choose and fit a pattern, or even know how to sew in order to create your own uniquely-different way of dressing on a budget.
It’s easy. It’s been done for centuries. And, what’s more, you can do it too.
I’m going to suggest several ways that you can create “Do It Yourself Clothing”. With a bit of imagination and the desire to create your own style, you will soon be able to discover many potential clothing products in your own community.
Visit your local antique stores and even the thrift stores with an eye for fashions from previous generations. Look for quality, style, and serviceability. Remember that “wash and wear” is a fairly new term. Fabrics from the past frequently require ironing.
While there, jog on over to the “linens area”. You’ll find a variety of gorgeous tablecloths, doilies, and, depending on your age, things you’ve never heard of.
Now what are you going to do with all of this?
Think of new uses, new combinations, and up-to-the-minute fashion statements that you can create yourself. A hand embroidered clothes-pin bag can be transformed into a delightful purse while a chenille robe can become a fashionable coat. A beautiful embroidered or crocheted piece of linen can be transformed into a collar or, if large enough, a vest.
Pioneers, cowboys, and native Americans had no choice but to create their own clothing. You have a choice but a rustic clothing design may be just your style. Old denim jeans have a variety of uses. Combine with a brightly colored sash and a plaid shirt and you have a new look. They can be cut into squares and hand stitched together with brightly colored yarn to create an exciting vest, purse, or even a skirt. Imagine all the ways you can use an old burlap sack to create a style just for you.
Fabric Store Specials
Take your imagination to your local fabric store or Walmart. Look at the bargain and closeout tables. A yard of lacey fabric or velvet makes a beautiful stole or vest. And don’t forget to eye the upholstery and tablecloth fabrics. The printed plastic tablecloth fabrics have a flannel backing and can be cut without any fear of raveling on the edges.
These are just a few ideas to get your imagination off the starting line and running down the field to a Do It Yourself Clothing Style that is yours alone!