How to Thrift Flip
I love shopping at thrift stores and finding unique pieces of clothing to add to my wardrobe. With thrift flipping as the new rage, I decided to alter some thrifted pieces and give myself a minimalist wardrobe makeover. Follow my tutorial below to find out how I took two second-hand pieces of clothing and used nothing but a needle, some thread, and a few bobby pins to create perfect, modern, minimalist fashion statements on a budget.
Tools and Materials:
- Bobby pins
I started with this metallic top that I picked up second hand. I love this top but the sleeves were just a little too long on me.
I started by simply chopping off the extra fabric on the sleeves. I made sure to measure beforehand so that I knew exactly where I wanted to cut.
Once I had cut off the extra fabric, I made a double thread stitch around the edge of the sleeves. This stitch helps secure the fabric from running.
I turned in my newly stitched edges about a centimeter in and got my needle and thread ready.
I didn’t have any pins so I used some bobby pins to hold my folded edges in place. I love that you can use things for more than one function!
Once all my bobby pins were in, I took my needle and thread and made tiny incisions to create an invisible stitch in the sleeve. I made sure to stretch the material slightly while I was sewing so that I’d have no problems fitting my arm through later.
I absolutely adore this shirt with its new fitted sleeves. I love how easy it is to take a piece of clothing and make it perfect for you! I’ll definitely wear this more now that I feel so comfortable in it.
I’ve had this jacket for a while now and I always liked it, but I was ready to make a few changes to it so that I would love it!
I started by removing the pocket flaps because I found them a little bit distracting. It’s important to remove the stitch from the inside and not the outside so that you don’t by mistake make a big hole in the jacket that can’t be fixed. I took small scissors and picked the stitches of the pocket flaps.
Once the pocket flaps were removed I put the jacket on and tucked in the collar and the buttons.
I used my handy little bobby pins to hold the tucks in place so that I would know exactly where I needed to sew later.
I also tucked the sleeves because they were way too long on me. I put in my bobby pins and then measured the sleeve so that when I made changes on the second sleeve they would be the exact same length.
I started by doing an invisible stitch on the edges of the jacket, where the seam of the fold ends on the inside. This was important because I didn’t want any flapping pieces of fabric on the inside of the jacket. Once I had sewn down the seam I did another invisible stitch towards the edge of the fold to secure my new and improved minimalist jacket. I repeated this process on the sleeves and collar.
I am in love with this jacket now! I’m so happy with this alteration.
Sometimes a really small, simple change to clothes can make all the difference. How would you create a more minimalist wardrobe? Let me know in the comments below!
Enjoyed the project?
- Bobby pins
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NICE! The plaid jacket looks a LOT like something for sale made in Germany at THE OUTNET, MSRP $425 or so, on sale for about $140. GREAT ALTERATIONS. Good on ya!