Trash to Couture

 
 
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For a list of my DIY tutorials that have basic supplies and instructions click here. The before and after post are meant to inspire you to reshape your own "trash" finds. Here is to inspiring... 
Flutter sleeve dress from table cloth set




Reshaping a shapeless dress. 

Bubble Cardigan

Plain tank + zipper = zipper racer-back

Plain tank + grommet trim = edgy tank

Out-dated tshirt into pencil skirt.
Mens Shirt Refashion

Thrifted vest sewn skirt w/pockets. 

74 comments:

  1. Unbelievable job! I love thrifted couture!

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  2. OMG you're extremely talented!

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  3. Amazing transformations! You have some very inspirational creations that make mine look like a "craft project"! Nicely done!

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    1. All outfit look amazing, very nicely you have redesign this dresses, you have given us a great idea to redesign our old or faulted dresses. with this we have save our alots of money.
      buy Devon and jones shirts

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  4. This is incredible. I been a closet seamstress for years but haven't been into it lately. You've inspired me to get out my brand new sewing machine (got it for my birthday last year) and put it to good use. I'm always thrifting and thinking of what I could make out of some of the stuff I see. Now I'm just going to do it!!! Fun with sewing...I love it!

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    1. awesome! that's why I started this blog to get inspired. Glad I'm inspiring others too!

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  5. This makes me want to learn how to sew.

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  6. You are incredibly talented!! I have the sewing machine, every color thread, and the drive, but I don't have the vision (like the dress with the puffy sleeves you made beautiful) when I go to thrift stores...what should I look for clothing that I plan to transform????

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    1. Hi,
      Thanks for the nice message. I alway always look for fabric (laces, texture, crochet, prints..). Even a simple silhouette will work if you have amazing textures, laces, etc.
      Have fun!
      Laura

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  7. Wow...love that men's shirt before and after and the crochet pieces. I'm speechless. :)

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  8. OMG!!!!!! AMAZING!!!! LOVE THE CONVERTIBLE CARDIGAN!!!

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  9. I repeat the words from the other comments: WOW, AMAZING, SPEECHLESS!!!
    Especially, how you transformed that "hopeless" blouse into cocktail
    revamp, or polka dot refashion.
    Just love all of them!

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  10. Just found your blog. You are really incredible with all your ideas. So smart and alot so easy to do. My daughter and I are going to be trying alot of these this summer. Thanks for all the inspiration.

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  11. You are so cool!!!!

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  12. Great sewing skills, and just unbelievable creativity! Now if I only had your figure.... Seriously, I can't wait to start rethinking some of my outdated things. Thank you for sharing all of these wonderful things!

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  13. You are extremely creative and talented. I am inspired to dust off my sewing machine, and finally learn how to use it. Thank you!

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  14. Hey Laura,

    You are not just creative you have extreme talent as seamstress. An inspiration to get me started and just think how recycling can change the world. Thank you. Kay

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    1. Thank you Kay, I feel very encouraged!!

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  15. i love lace and these ideas are great i love the white lace dress super cute:)

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  16. You are fucking brilliant.

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  17. WOW! Just found your blog. You are amazing! So talented and a hard-worker. And you are gorgeous! I read your "about" page and love your priorities. You are a beautiful person - inside as much as you are outside! Many blessings!

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  18. You are so amazing! I love do something from nothing, but this is unbelievable. You are my inspiration!

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  19. Great job!!! I love the printed shorts!!

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  20. Love all these ideas ...been searching for a site like this...fantastic

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  21. absolutely love your style & pluck...you remind me of coco before chanel!

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  22. Amazing and very inspiring! love all your DIY's

    PS: Chance to win Free Tripod on Minnie Fashion Giveaway.
    http://minnieonfashion.blogspot.com/

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  23. God!! if I had at least half of your talent!! awsome!

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  24. Wow, some amazing transformations. Very good inspiration for someone who likes "new" free clothes!

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  25. Holy moly, you are impressive!

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  26. It's nice that there will be women who have a special look for clothes .. and you have a special look at the redesign ... and this is the most beautiful thing that can be owned by women .. and you have this magic touch to show the inherent beauty in a piece of cloth ... I wish you the best

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  27. It's nice that there will be women who have a special look for clothes .. and you have a special look at the redesign ... and this is the most beautiful thing that can be owned by women .. and you have this magic touch to show the inherent beauty in a piece of cloth ... I wish you the best

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  28. It's nice that there will be women who have a special look for clothes .. and you have a special look at the redesign ... and this is the most beautiful thing that can be owned by women .. and you have this magic touch to show the inherent beauty in a piece of cloth ... I wish you the best

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  29. It's nice that there will be women who have a special look for clothes .. and you have a special look at the redesign ... and this is the most beautiful thing that can be owned by women .. and you have this magic touch to show the inherent beauty in a piece of cloth ... I wish you the best

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  30. That is amazing! All your creation are simply unbelievable. I have all the tools except the sewing talent. lol! You have inspired me!

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  31. I must tell you, you resin me sooo much of Lauren Conrad! so crafty

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  32. you're amazingly talented!!! ^^

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  33. You are totally awesome and what I aspire to be...when I grow up. LOL. All kidding aside. I had this same idea, just didn't know how to implement it. Thanks for activating me. Keep up the good work and being ultra creative.

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  34. Bravo from Belgium! your work inspires me! Bravo, tes créations de customisation sont merveilleuses , géniales!
    Fleurbelge

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  35. SUCH TALENT!! THANX 4 SHARING THESE TREASURES! KEEP IT COMING...IM N LOVE WITH UR STYLE! CANT WAIT TO START MY VERY OWN COLLECTION. XOXOXO

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  36. What a wonderful blog. You are so talented and inspirational. It almost makes me want to pull out my old sewing machine.!

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  37. GAH!! You are so fantastic! I can't get enough of your site! *Drool* :)

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  38. Your talent is truly amazing. I'm so glad I found your blog. I'll be checking back often.

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  39. Okay, you need your own tv show or something. Just watching how you go through the process on this stuff would be so cool! You have such creative talent! Love it!

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  40. you are extremely talented!

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  41. I love your beautiful redesigns. Like many others have said, you have inspired me to dust off my sewing machine and to create some sewing magic. Thank you for sharing your beautiful redesigns. When I try my sewing talents to create one of your redesigns, I will include a link back to your post as the creator of the idea, so my blog, Zuri ReVisions -- http://zurirevisions.blogspot.com/ -- readers will be able to see your wonderful originals.

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  42. AMAZING!!!

    Greetings from Indonesia XOXO

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  43. Amazing Job.......I a stunned. You truely have a gift. I have always loved the bead work on ugly womens shirts from 30 years ago. I love even more that you have found a way to repurpouse them. I will definately be trying out something of my own with that. Thank you sincerely for the inspiration.

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  44. Amazingly Beautiful...very well done, I'm very inspired...but you have got to
    be the size of a hummingbird! I can not believe you got a whole dress out of
    some of these tops...simply amazing!! You are truly a gifted seamstress.
    Thank You

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  45. I am obsessed with this site this woman is one of the most creative people I have ever seen wish she had her own show Deb Devon

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  46. Wow, such impressive skills! I must admit I am envious of your talent! I can barely sew curtains.. thats it, the sewing machine is coming out today!

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  47. You should try out for Project Runway. You got some serious talent girl!

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  48. Very nice, very inventive, .... I am waiting your next works with impatience...
    Thank you for pleasure
    Sandy

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  49. I wish I had found your website BEFORE I took some clothes to goodwill! Ack! Love your work, it is inspiring.

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  50. Omg! You are a remodeling geek! I must say...
    <3 from thedocndiva.com

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  51. Amazing! So glad I found your blog!!

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  52. I think you should apply for Project Runway!

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  53. I agree with the "Anonymous" replier above! So talented Laura :)

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  54. Hey, chanced on your blog and it is awesome!! you are really talented

    Sneaky Ninja from www.modaninja.com

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  55. Love the woven fringe tee. Do you have directions for that posted?

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  56. You are BAD at what you do! Yes, I am inspired. I just bookmarked ya, too. Thanks for everything.

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  57. You are very BAD at what you do and I love it! Yes, I am inspired. I plan to try something between now an the beginning of school.

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  58. Love the table cloth dress ! It's so vintage and delicate ! Congrats, you are very talented !

    Home made couture : http://ladyhourglass.blogspot.ro/

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  59. So glad I found your site....you are up to no good just like me. ewwtoahh.blogspot.com
    I have previously focused on kids clothes but recently have started a clothing upcycle challenge focused on clothes for me. I am looking around for ideas and I found quite a few here. Awesome job!

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  60. Beautiful recycling ideas! You're really creating cuture!

    It's exactly what i need to start sewing...

    Greetings from Greece!

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  61. Inspirational...love, love, love the lace tablecloth dress...thank you for showing me the possibilities...

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  62. I agree with the previous commenters who think you should be featured on a tv show how to refashion segment or series, and totally go for project runway

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  63. Very impressive and inspiring - and shout out to you for being able to accomplish this and raise 2 children! :) I love kids and I love DIYing:) You do incredible work with a sewing machine. I'm a little curious if your photos are professionally taken. They are as spectacular as your projects!

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  64. Actresses and models are so found of Red carpet dresses. They are what define their carreer and what define them aswell. Why wouldn't them define you aswell ?!

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  65. could you possibly link the Table cloth + slip summer dress to the right link? it seems to go to a t shirt revamp...

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  66. Love your blog! Check Mine!
    siimplyperfectone.blogspot.com

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  67. Dis are simply amazing! Though I am very creative, I cannot but learn how to sew fast bcos I ve an old singer machine my daughter sent to me. Tanks for d inspiration

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