Re-purposing

Ok, so you’ve been putting off cleaning that closet out.  Maybe it is too overwhelming or maybe the thought of actually getting rid of stuff makes you uneasy.  What if you lost 5 pounds and might fit into that favorite skirt again?  Or maybe that fringed leather jacket will come back in style again so you wouldn’t feel like an 80’s throwback wearing it in public.  Well, listen up because we’ve got a few ideas for you to give those old wardrobe items new purposes.

First and most importantly find a great tailor/alterations person in your area.  You need to Closet Clutterdo a little research on this one because this is a make or break step.  We recommend referrals from others as the best way to find out who is good.  Ask friends and also stores you like to shop in who they use for their alterations.  You can also look in the phone book or online.  Don’t forget asking a local fabric shop for recommendations, since they probably purchase their supplies locally this can be a good place to check.

Now you have someone you think can handle the job test him or her out with something simple like a hem before taking them any major jobs.  This is a great way to see how they work, what the time line is and what they charge.  Make sure this is a good fit for you too, since you will probably be investing some money in them and you need to be able to work well together.

Let’s get to work!  This process requires some creative brainpower so be sure to block out some time from your schedule so you can concentrate.  We’ve come up with a few items we think might be hanging around in your closet that could be revived.  Here’s our list:
We will start with an easy one, the floor or ankle length skirt.  You know the one we are talking about.  It has a long slit in the back or side or maybe both sides.  This skirt can easily be cut off and hemmed to an appropriate length for you.  What about that suit jacket that is unflattering because it is too long, has shoulder pads, the stance (where the suit meets at the bust) gaps, the hardware is dated or just doesn’t feel right?  These problems can most likely be taken care of.  A good tailor can change the length, remove shoulder pads, take out the seams out or in to allow for more or less movement, and change the buttons for a more updated look.  Dress pants are another item that can be revived but there is one exception; pleats….ditch ‘em!  If you’ve lost weight and they are too baggy the seat and waist band can be taken in about two sizes.  Likewise if they are snug you can check to see if the pants can be taken out a bit in the waist and seat.  This can only be done if there is enough material so let the expert check them out.  What about sentimental pieces like that sweater you got while traveling in Scotland?  Or that bridesmaids dress from your best friend’s wedding?  Or the fur your husband got you as a gift?  These pieces can be turned into great ornate memory pillows that you can share with others.  What better way to connect with that friend than for you each to have a memory pillow from her special day?

There are many other wardrobe items that can be given new life and re-purposed.  Hopefully this will get you in the mindset to start thinking about what can be revived in your closet.  One last thing to remember, when you can’t find that perfect fitting wardrobe piece buy an item a size larger and have it tailored to fit.  Nothing screams expensive and gives a confidence boost like a great fitting suit for that killer job interview or jeans for that special date night!

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