Mom Transforms Old Clothes Into New Ones With a Skill That Anybody Can Learn

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The fashion industry is right behind oil industry as the second biggest polluter of our planet, and yet, we don’t consider it too bad. The truth is that you can contribute to cleaner Earth a lot by shopping less ‘fast fashion’ clothes, but that doesn’t mean you can only buy high-end items that will last you for years.

One great option is recycling old clothes into new ones, just like Sarah Tyau does. This mom of three was sick of having to buy clothes for herself and the kids all the time, only to have them ruined after a few washes. She learned how to sew herself and started transforming old pieces into gorgeous new dresses, skirts, blouses, and accessories. Her girls are thrilled they always have something pretty to wear and it’s even more special because their mom made it and it’s one of the kind.

Check out how Sarah does it; you may be inspired to try it out yourself.

Plain shirt to ruffle pleated sleeves refashion. I’m wearing a Bright Pink pin in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. AD I have watched loved ones battle with breast cancer and it is heartbreaking hearing their stories. 1 in 6 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, the second most common cancer in women. Which is why raising awareness for every women to get a mammogram is so important. I also support @ebay for Charity which is a platform that enables members of the eBay community to donate to their favorite charities when they buy or sell. $725 million dollars has been raised already, how amazing is that? Do you know someone who has battled with breast cancer? What do you think is the best way to show them our support during this difficult time? I’ve been at a loss before on how I can show my support. . #PinsForPrevention #BreastCancerAwareness

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Bonus points for you if you’ve watched my new Refashion Revision episode! If you haven’t watched, link is in bio, I’ll still give you some extra credit if you go watch it right now.😉 . . This tutorial is more detailed and lengthy than my other ones I’ve done(this one is 9 mins., the average length of my other tutorials are 4-5 mins.). So my question for you is, do you prefer it to be more detailed and meticulous step-by-step tutorial like this one or do you prefer the 4-5 min. version because it’s like Pinterest, you know you’re never going to attempt to do it but it looks cool and pinning it makes you feel like you’re somehow a part of that cool hack by associating yourself to it by pinning it, kinda like you see a clothing item you really love and you know you’re not going to buy it because it’s too expensive but touching it and caressing the fabric on your skin, breathing into the fabric so you leave your DNA and putting it in your cart for one hour while you shop makes you feel like you “owned” it for a bit so parting ways seems less dramatic and heartbreaking and makes you feel little better before you have to put it back and exit out of the store? . . Do you like my deep, profound analogy? Or do you feel like your I.Q just dropped 5 pts. after reading that?😂 I am just here to inspire you with my deep perspective, you’re welcome. #sharingmydeepwithyou . . So to sum it all up… Do you prefer longer tutorial or short? And am I the only one who does the above when shopping… minus the breathing part?

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My favorite “pink” refashion I’ve done. It was for Refashion Runway, a sewing competition I entered where it was due on Friday and I started it the day before on Thursday at 6 p.m.😅 I frantically had my husband take a before photo before it got dark, dyed it to blush pink, then cut out the sleeves from the jacket to add to the sleeveless dress, cut the dress in half to separate the top bodice and the skirt, sewed it back together, added darts, a new zipper, cut it shorter, made it form fitting, then used the extra fabric from the jacket to add the floral details. . . The theme was “Asymmetrical”, hence the different sized florals on each side. I got done as the sun was setting down, so if you see an after photo of me wearing it, the photo looks super grainy due to a lot of lightening to the photo. But I got it done! And it won that week’s challenge! Do you think it was worth all the anxiety, stress and staying up all night?

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You know how you look at old photos of yourself and think, what was I thinking with that haircut/clothes? Well, that’s what I think when looking at this DIY refashion I did back in 2010.😬😳🙈 Do any of you remember this one? If you do, comment below, you are one of my oldest followers and I need to give you a virtual high five and a hug! ✋🏼 🤗 But yes, I am not super proud of this one guys, I cringe a little on the inside even showing you this. But we all start somewhere, right?😅 It has potential but I think where I went wrong was if you look at the original on the left, the neckline was too low for me so I was trying to make the front not as low cut so I had to do two twist knots instead of just one. It would look so much cuter with just one twist knot. But maybe it’s not as bad as I think it is? You know how you’re always your own worst critique? What do you think on a scale from 1-10, 1 being ugly and 10 being super cute. I give it a 3.5. Be honest, I can take it!

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I am itching to sew again! (This XXL men’s shirt into a bell sleeve girls’ dress DIY tutorial is on my blog, link in bio or on my story) But school is starting soon and it’s been so busy trying to get everything done before it starts, where has Summer gone? Did it fly by for you too? Holy cow! I still haven’t taken their “Last day of school” photo yet, at this rate I’ll just take it along with their first day of school photo.😅 . . I probably shouldn’t be THIS excited that school is starting soon, but I am. A teensy part of me is sad but I’m mostly excited.😆 Because I’ll be sending my son to a private preschool 2 days a week for all day! 7 hours of alone time 2 days a week, I have not had this much free time in 11 years! Woo hoo, freedom, party time!!! I’ll get so much done. And more sewing. Yay!!! I feel guilty at the amount of excitement I have about this. Jk, I really don’t.😂 . . But how about you? Are you excited or sad about school starting soon?

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One of my new friends I gained today(Hello to all my new lovely friends I’ve gained lately and to my old friends!) told me this was her favorite transformation of mine and I have to agree! Mostly because I wish I had this in my size.🙂 I turned a size medium jacket I bought from my friend’s yard sale for $3, into a cute and sophisticated jacket/dress for my daughter. The bow is removable and can also be worn on the hair. A full video tutorial link in bio or swipe up on my story. . . p.s. We are breaking ground tomorrow for our new house! I always debate whether to post the updates on our house from now on via stories on this feed or my @dreamhomecometrue feed. Where do you think I should post it? Mainly on my home account and just post one story here saying check out my stories on the other account? Help this sista out by answering this not-that-important question!😆

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