Recycled Fashion: Easy-to-Do DIY

by Alana Cowan

New York’s Fashion’s Night Out was last week and with it comes the official kick off to fall fashion season. But revamping your wardrobe doesn’t always require a trip to the mall. These easy, one-of-a-kind DIY fashion ideas will leave your wardrobe looking fresh this fall. Let Eco18 teach you how to make your own clothes and accessories with these simple at-home projects.

The Creative Collar

Who would have thought a bejeweled collar could change an entire outfit? Whether you’re looking to add some pizzazz to a simple white work blouse or to create your own collar, all you need is the right craft to add to your fabric.

The best way to recycle your old, dingy white-collar blouse? Trim around the line where the shirt meets the collar, so there only remains the collar portion. Add sequins, jewels, pearls or glitter around the entire outside of the collar for a new and funky necklace. Looking for something even simpler? You can leave the fabric as is and clasp the center with a vintage broach or a bow tie.

Need some visual inspiration? Check out these cool collars are

The High-Low Asymmetrical Skirt

Admit it, there’s a beautiful prom dress that you’ve manicured to be your going out dress, right? A little snip here, a little snip there and you have gorgeous weekend gear. Well, ever since this summer’s go-to trend, the high-low dress/skirt, began, we’ve been snipping away to see if we can fit the mold. But, cutting in an asymmetrical line is easier said than done (trust me I’ve messed up more than a few dresses down the line).

The first thing you need to do is establish how short you want the skirt in the front. Try the maxi skirt on and make a mark where you’d like the skirt to hit and then cut a diagonal line down the skirt an inch below the line you marked. After you’ve snipped along the diagonal, make sure that you don’t have any angular lines where you cut the skirt — round out any sharp edges with your scissors. Hint, for shorter hemlines (right around the knee), you don’t want to cut the front too high or leave the back too low.

For a quick tutorial check out

DIY Denim 

Denim is an age-old fashion trend that will never go out of style, mainly because of its great versatility. While I cannot condone overalls circa the 1990’s Saved by the Bell era, there continue to be infinite ways to use and reuse denim. While we often take our old jeans and cut them into shorts in the summer to save a little dough, here are some ways to make denim the perfect fall:

– A laptop case for back-to-school

– A bejeweled bib necklace

– Create a funky apron for pumpkin pie making

Hint: never, ever reuse and pair of good-fitting jeans, they are hard to come by! Simply embellish them. Add a sequin or studded to the stitching on the belt, sew in some feminine crochet to the seams of the jeans or you can scallop the bottom of the pants like fashion designer, Chloe.

Pinterest is swiftly becoming the best ways to collect DIY ideas, check out this page for pure denim inspiration!

Voilà! You are ready to hit the runway. And, you can surprise your friends with a surprising, “P.S. I made this!” Now, there’s no excuse not to look fashion-ready this fall.

Looking for more DIY Fashion inspirations? Here are five DIY Fashion blogs we love for our daily fashion fixes.

A Pair & a Spare

Glitter ‘N Glue

Thanks, I Made It


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