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ReUse, ReCycle, ReImagine, ReFashion!

I confess, I love clothes! I love shoes and handbags, costume jewelry, and art. As a creative individual with limited funds, I have scoured thrift shops for years on the hunt for bargains. When my sons were young I clothed them in second hand, like-new clothes that saved us so much money and they looked great! I would look for interesting things, like t-shirts with cool graphics that could be cut and appliqued onto jeans, etc. to create entirely new and original looks.

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As the oldest of six children, times were tight when I was a child. We often received boxes of hand-me-downs from others and were happy to get them. My grandmothers sewed clothing as well. It is no wonder that I learned to be frugal and yet use my own creativity to imbue freshness into older, no longer fashionable articles of clothing.

Today, as an empty nester, in addition to many other creative outlets, I continue to re-purpose outdated clothing. This also helps saves hundreds of pounds of fabric from ending up in waste sites. It is sometimes a slow process to find things that will work in a refashion project, but the results are worth it! I often find great items for as little $.50 that others overlook.

I encourage anyone who might never have considered it to give it a try! Get those creative juices flowing and strut your shine!

Source: ReFashionista

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March 23, 20163 found this helpful

An amazing job of refashioning this outfit Diane! You turned it into something so much classier than what it was to begin with. It looks fabulous on you too!

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March 23, 20163 found this helpful

Thank you so much! I have actually cut a bit off the back and added a flounce to the short front. Now I feel I can comfortably wear the ensemble!

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March 23, 20161 found this helpful

Great job of refashioning...looks classy.

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March 23, 20161 found this helpful

Super cute :)

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March 23, 20162 found this helpful

Thank you! I wish I could add the new picture taken after I reworked the too-short front.

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March 25, 20161 found this helpful

You could have just turned the garment around....well, on second thought, maybe that's not such a good idea.

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March 23, 20163 found this helpful

Oh wait! I can add it! Cool! Still learning!

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March 24, 20161 found this helpful

This is a fabulous job! Kudos to you!

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March 24, 20161 found this helpful

Great Job Diane! I think I may need to give this a shot :)!

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March 24, 20161 found this helpful

Great job Diane, your a talented person! I may need to give this a shot! :)

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March 25, 20160 found this helpful

WOW! Thank you so much! This entire ensemble only cost me $12.50, including shoes ($6) and handbag ($5).

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The skirt and top were only $.50 each! I already had the necklace from another thrift jaunt! So much fun!

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March 25, 20160 found this helpful

Darn this is smart. Good job and beautiful!

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March 27, 20160 found this helpful

Thank you!

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March 25, 20160 found this helpful

Oleg Cassini, eat your heart out!

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March 27, 20160 found this helpful

High praise! Thank you so much! Working on new project now!

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March 30, 20160 found this helpful

A fashion tip, if I may. If you choose to wear your hair it's current length, I think your first choice of hair styles should be upswept. Not only is it more befitting to the mature lady, it has a slimming effect to the face. Doubtful? All you need do is compare the two pictures.

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In a former life, I was, by court appointment, dressmaker to the wardrobe of Madame Pompadour. Only vague remnants of my talent remain. I was still able to, (discreetly), alter the front of your robe sac to a more appropriate length. Not to fret, Dear Lady; I did so with my eyes closed.

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