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Old Clothes into New

Updated on August 21, 2013

One of my hobbies is to change old chothes into new styles. Sometimes, you may find some clothes in wardrobe old-fashioned but still new, and sometimes you do not like some but find materials so good and really costed arms and legs, while sometimes, most importanly, you may get spirit from things you are really interested in, and feel necessary to express it out. So, along with make donations, it maybe a good idea to make some changes all by hands to develop creation and release stess from professional work. This is why I have got this hobby since I was very young, when I often used pieces of cloth that my mum left over after cutting to make hair pins for myself. I have really got a lot fun by growing this hobby, but I also really got cranked for the first time when I tried to change a real clothes into a new one, to change a long skirt to a one-piece dress. I really liked that skirt, but I ruined it completely. That was a joke!

accessories, threads, and tools
accessories, threads, and tools | Source
A vero moda blouse
A vero moda blouse | Source

Honestly, I do not have any professional knowledge about fashion design, and just put imagination on it, then cut, unpick, sew, piece together, and sometimes embroider a little. I make them all by my hands, which gives me good feeling and a lot fun. Let me take an example. The one in the right picture is a vero moda blouse, good material and good color, but a little old. So, I changed it into a skirt.

The new skirt
The new skirt | Source
  • Firstly, I imagined it into a short skirt. Then I unpicked the long seams on sleeves and the lateal ones in the middle part.
  • Secondly, took out the elastic bands from cuffs and the bottom, then sewed part of them into the collar to make the waist band to fit .
  • Thirdly, sewed the pieces together. But the middle flaps are longer by two inches. If I cut them off, the silky cloth would be ruined much, then I folded them toward inside.
  • Next, because the silk material is so thin and so light, which is not good for a skirt, I added a lining, which also makes the inside look better.
  • Finally, I added some crystal accessories, including buttons and pearl beads. Sounds simple!

The back
The back
Additional inside lining
Additional inside lining | Source

The following are some other cases.


The pants in the right picture is a vero-mode jean. I really like the material, but it only goes with high heals, which I hate. Then, I changed it into a dress with simple embroidery along the front opening line as decorating buttons. Besides, I chose white sparkling accessories to make it finer. After all, I am not professional.

The dress from the jeans
The dress from the jeans | Source

The blouse in the right is also a vero-moda style. It is satin material, and I bought it from Grand Gate shopping tower in Shanghai, but now it is kinda a little old-fashioned, as one of my friends said. I cannot throw it away, because it is still new. Then changed it into a skirt.

The skirt
The skirt | Source

This is probably the one with the least success except that ruined skirt. I was going to donate this shirt, but I really liked the flowery design. Then made a little change from the style of a little too fair lady to the style of more revealing, but it is not fit to me.

a pants from a skirt
a pants from a skirt | Source

The above pants used to be a skirt, which I liked much, but I mistakenly broke it in the middle. Actually, I was trying to change it into a stylish dress that was in my head, but I also mistakenly made the first cut in a false part. Then I changed it into a pants with a little decoration, i.e. the green lines.

The below one is originally a suspender. I liked it when I saw it in the shop, but I bought it without trying. It turned out be not fit to me as a suspender, so I wore it as a skirt, which turned out to be really fit. So, actually, I changed little on it, but just added this sash.

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a skirt from a suspender
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    • Hui (蕙) profile imageAUTHOR

      Hui (蕙) 

      6 years ago

      Thanks for coming, paulina. Apparently, you have unique and professional taste on fashion. Old clothes were all from famous brands, not just a hobby but professional, then of course much better. You have wise eyes on that!!! But old clothes are OLD! That's all!

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      6 years ago

      hello its not nice at all......... the clothes before was much better:(

    • Hui (蕙) profile imageAUTHOR

      Hui (蕙) 

      6 years ago

      Thanks, Thelma, for coming by. It is my pleasure you love this way.

    • Thelma Alberts profile image

      Thelma Alberts 

      6 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      Great hobby! I love the way you make the old clothes into new. Very well done. Thanks for sharing.

    • Hui (蕙) profile imageAUTHOR

      Hui (蕙) 

      6 years ago

      Thank you for this lovely comment, snake, and for your supportiveness. I love this job, which makes a way to speak out my imagination. As you said, it was a lot of fun, but with time, I feel I am becoming mature at it, and the "fun" phase is already behind, but happy and satisfied.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Hi Hui, I love what you're doing here. The photos are great, and you describe the process well. The new clothes out of old are great. I used to do this kind of thing years ago, it was a lot of fun. Sometimes it turned out, sometimes it didn't. Regards, snakeslane

    • Hui (蕙) profile imageAUTHOR

      Hui (蕙) 

      6 years ago

      Very lovely of you, Virginial. I'll take the title, which is clearer. It is a good idea to make a whole hub about it. Thank you so much.

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      Hui (蕙) 

      6 years ago

      Thank you, rein, for loving it.

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      Virginia Kearney 

      6 years ago from United States

      Great hobby! My daughter does this all the time. I'd suggest that you try putting some of your ideas on Pintrest--and you should put something about "old clothes into new" as the title here. You could do a whole hub about one of your designs! Very creative.

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      6 years ago

      I just love it . This is very nice.


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