The Way This Mom Transforms Old And Ugly Clothes To Save Money Will Amaze You

The clothing industry accounts for 10% of global carbon emissions, and remains the second largest industrial polluter, second only to oil. This fact somehow doesn’t get the same publicity as, for example, the negative impacts of agriculture or plastic trash, but it is something we urgently need to address.

Mom of 3 Sarah Tyau is one of many who are helping to break our addiction with ‘fast fashion, ‘ where retailers have to constantly seduces customers with endless ‘new’ fashions to sell products. Old items are swiftly deemed undesirable and binned, Americans throw away about 70 lbs of garb per person every year.

Sarah began recycling old clothes soon after the birth of her first daughter. What began as a route to save some money became a philosophy for life: “Look good, feel good, do good.” She has transformed hundreds of pieces of old garment, from oversized shirts to wedding dresses, turning them into stylish attires for her and her daughters, who love getting involved. “I have been meaning to teach them how to sew, we are supposed to start a sewing series on YouTube together where I teach them how to refashion, but they’re also so busy in their own lives, we haven’t gotten a chance to yet, ” Sarah told Bored Panda .</ strong> “But they have a strong sense of style in their young age and have very good taste so I think they’ll take over what I do one day and be better than me! ”

With only a high-school home-ec in the way of training, Sarah is pretty much self teach. “Being a stay at home mommy to 3 children, period is very limited so I haven’t refined my skills as much as I want to but I want to take class soon, ” she said. “So my skills are actually very basic. Actually quite few skills are needed in refashioning since you keep the button holes, darts, zippers, and it’s mostly only straight stitching. My vision stimulates up for my abilities though, it takes me 15 -3 0 seconds to envisage the piece to something I’d want it to transform into.”

She sources her material from thrift stores, family and friends, and has perfected her sewing techniques to such an extent that she now plans to design her own line of apparel based on her philosophy, with all proceeds going to children in need. “I also have a YouTube series called “Come thrift shopping with me” where I pick out a few items and right on the spot share what ideas come to my mind. Then the readers vote which item I should refashion next and the one with the highest referendum is the one I’ll tackle! ”

With 135 k adherents on Instagram, people are clearly enjoying Sarah’s work. She also has a Youtube channel where she shares clues and tips on technique and design, so you too can start refashioning your old clothes and reduce your impact. “My advice to limit your impact is to buy more timeless, classic pieces and mix it with a few trendy pieces here and there, ” she told us. “This way you don’t throw away as many clothes, and are not always having to buy constantly in order to stay on trend. Also throw a garb swap exchange with your neighbors, friends, or other groups.”

“What used to be only 2 manner seasons of spring/ summer and autumn/ wintertime is now at 52 micro-seasons. Clothes, just like any other materialistic things, don’t buy you lasting happiness but only a fleeting moment of excitement. So if you base your happiness or self worth and identity on what clothes you wear, you’ll never be happy or content because the fashion industry will always tell you what you bought a month ago is now out of trend so you must buy this newly released item in order to stay relevant or happy. So instead of putting so much significance on what you wear or how expensive or what designer brand you’re wearing, focus on being kind, having integrity and morals and you’ll always be in fashion! ”

To read more about the enviromental cost of the clothing industry you can start with articles here and here. Scroll down to check out Sarah’s work for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!

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Mom of 3 Sarah Tyau began recycling old clothes soon after the birth of her first daughter

One of the easiest DIY’s I’ve ever done, simply add lace to the dress and viola! A whole new dress! For this piece I was featured on the front encompas of Altered Couture& a 3-page spread and on Sew, a U.K. magazine

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I bought this men’s shirt at Target clearance section for $10 in size XL. I loved the sailor barge pattern and also the fabric, the cloth is a thick, sturdy, high quality textile which I liked. What you’ll need: -An oversized shirt( mine from Target) -matching thread -needle or sewing machine -scissors Directions: 1. Lay the shirt down on a flat surface. 2. Using a girl’s dress as a reference, cut the sleeves off and …

I bought this men’s shirt at Target clearance section for $10 in size XL. I loved the sailor boat pattern and also the textile, the cloth is a thick, sturdy, high quality cloth which I liked. What you’ll need: -An oversized shirt( mine from Target) -matching thread -needle or sewing machine -scissors Directions: 1. Lay the shirt down on a flat surface. 2. Use a girl’s dress as a reference, cut the sleeves off and the top body piece, and take out the pocket. Cut and dispose the extra textile in between the shoulder region. 3. Sew the sides of the top piece together( shown in pink line ). Attain sure you turned it inside out first. 4. After cutting off the excess textile on the shoulder area, you should now have a straight across skirt piece. Baste sewed 1/2 ” to the edge( shown in pink line) and pulling one side of the string, assemble it together. Sew the skirt onto the top piece. 5. Cut the sleeves smaller. 6. Sew along the pink line. 7. Sew the sleeves onto the top piece. 8.* I made a button hole and sewed the button on right below the waistline( when I cut the shirt diagonally along the waistline, I had to cut right over the button& the button hole so I had to induce new ones ). Estimated period: 1.5 hours Budget: cost of the shirt( mine was $10) Skill level: a very confident beginner to intermediate

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I get this large women’s coat from my friend’s yard sale for$ 3 and transformed it into a classy& elegant coat/ dress for my “girls “. With the extra scraps of textile I made a clip-on prow that she can wear on her hair or on the coat. Which do you prefer? What you’ll need: An oversized coat Matching thread Scissors Pins Seam ripper Project cost:$ 3 Estimated hour: 2.5 hours Skill level: Advanced beginner

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My favorite “pink” refashion I’ve done. It was for Refashion Runway, a sewing rivalry I entered where it was due on Friday and I started it the day before on Thursday at 6 p. m. I frantically had my husband take a before photo before it got dark, dyed it to blush pink, then cut out the sleeves from the coat to add to the sleeveless dress, cut the dress in …

My favorite “pink” refashion I’ve done. It was for Refashion Runway, a sewing competition I entered where it was due on Friday and I started it the day before on Thursday at 6 p. m. I frantically had my husband take a before photo before it get dark, dyed it to blush pink, then cut out the sleeves from the coat to add to the sleeveless dress, cut the dress in half to separate the top bodice and the skirt, sewed it back together, added darts, a new zipper, cut it shorter, built it form fitting, then use the extra cloth from the jacket to add the floral details. The topic was “Asymmetrical”, hence the different sized florals on each side. I get done as the sunshine was setting down, so if you ensure an after photo of me wearing it, the photo looks super grainy due to a lot of lightening to the photo. But I got it done! And it won that week’s challenge! Do you think it was worth all the nervousnes, stress and staying up all night?

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Looking for a dress like this so I can make this jumpsuit again, but better. Assure the elastic waist? It’s always bugged me how inexpensive it seems. I literally used every part of the dress and scarcely converted it into a jumpsuit, so I didn’t have enough fabric to make a waist-tie. If you flipped it inside out, you’d assure an orange textile on the waistband because I didn’t even …

Looking for a dress like this so I can make this jumpsuit again, but better. Assure the elastic waist? It’s always bugged me how inexpensive it looks. I literally use every part of the dress and barely converted it into a jumpsuit, so I didn’t have enough textile to make a waist-tie. If you flipped it inside out, you’d watch an orange cloth on the waistband because I didn’t even have fabric to cover the elastic! I’d sew on two waist-ties on the sides so I could tie it in the front to hide the elastic waist, which will make it seem more tied together and expensive. I’m all about building clothes that seem expensive for$ 5 or less

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Before -After. It’s actually dyed to a cream colouring( from white) but can’t tell in the photo. I felt bad as I unstitched this beautiful wedding dress that I have no doubt the bride looked stunning in and must have entailed so much to her, that I said a prayer for her. Am I cheesy or what? Some people have told me they actually favor the before.

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I will be turning this pleated dress into a short sleeve dress with a black bow detail. What you’ll need: Dress Black ribbon Scissors Thread Seam ripper* Fraycheck( optional) Project cost:$ 8 Calculated time it took me: 3 hours( filming+ trying to figure it out as I run) Calculated hour for you: 1.5 hours( since I did all the figuring out for you Skill level: Confident beginner

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I am itching to sew again!( This XXL men’s shirt into a bell sleeve girls’ dress) But school is starting soon and it’s been so busy trying to get everything done before it starts, where has Summer gone? Did it fly by for you too? What this is necessary: A larger shirt Matching thread Scissors A sleeve pattern Project cost:$ 4 Estimated period: 3.5 hours Skill level: Intermediate

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I barely used the coat, I only took out the buttons and the wrist-ties so I have a whole jacket left that I didn’t cut up! I will be thinking of something to refashion it into, but do you have any ideas what I could make it into? What you’ll need: Dress pants Matching thread Scissors Seam ripper Project cost:$ 8 Estimated time: 3 hours Skill level: Intermediate

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DIY: a thrift determine dress to a peplum dress.* the peplum is detachable so you can wear it with or without!

My newest Refashion Revision is this$ 4 Thrifted XL Mena

s Shirt transformed into a pinafore dress. The bib component is detachable so you can wear it as a pinafore or a skirt!

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Little did you know I made TWO versions of this refashion where I used my old XS shirts I had and upcycled them into a peplum top for my girls.

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Herea

s a green dress I refashioned, Happy St. Patricka

s!

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Welcome to Refashion Revision where I take outdated clothes and turn it into new. In this episode Ia

ll be turning these black and white trousers that have been sitting in my closet for 4 years, into a detachable overall skirt. For this project youa

ll need: 5-6 buttons for the inside of the waistband sewing needle matching thread safety pin 2 buttons for outside the waistband scissors seam ripper Project expense:$ 4 for the buttons Calculated period: 2.5 hours Skill level: intermediate

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I bought a XL light yellow dress from The Salvation Army Family Store for $4.99 and turned it into a kind fitting waist-tie dress. I feel this is a simple transformation and not an elaborate one, and I opt this because I assure many garbs like this at thrift stores and thought it could be more relatable, so that you could do this too, unlike other vintage outfits you …

I bought a XL light yellow dress from The Salvation Army Family Store for $4.99 and turned it into a kind fitting waist-tie dress. I feel this is a simple transformation and not an elaborate one, and I choose this because I consider many gowns like this at thrift stores and thought it could be more relatable, so that you could do this too, unlike other vintage garbs you find thata

s one of a kind. I had a vision of the after within seconds of looking at the dress at the store and it turned out exactly the way I foresaw. I got another epic yellow dress from there that you just have to stay tuned to see in the near future! What youa

ll need: -Oversized dress -matching thread -needle or a sewing machine -scissors Estimated day: 1.5 hours Budget: $5.00 Skill level: An experienced beginner

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I saw this XXL womena

s shirt at a thrift store for$ 5( it was better had the tags on, dona

t you love when that happens ?), I automatically had an image pop in my head so I started on the project hoping it would execute just the way I imagined.

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One awesome thing about knowing how to sew is that even if it doesna

t fit you right in the dressing room, you can still buy it and take it home to make it right! So you should learn to sew! What youa

ll need:* A larger dress* thread* Thread* Scissors Flip the dress inside out, then sew the sides from the limb pit to the waistband. And you are done! herea

s …

One awesome thing about knowing how to sew is that even if it doesna

t fit you right in the dressing room, you can still buy it and take it home to make it right! So you should learn to sew! What youa

ll need:* A larger dress* thread* Thread* Scissors Flip the dress inside out, then sews the sides from the limb pit to the waistband. And you are done! herea

s the before and the after. I couldna

t find my nude colour top to wear underneath but thata

s how I plan on wearing it. Calculated day: 7 minutes Budget:$ 0 Skill level: A beginner

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$ 4 thrifted dress into a origami peplum dress refashion. I supposed instead of a regular peplum design, folding it like an origami would put a unique spin to it, do you think?

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after years of looking for a skirt like this with the right elastic waist, coloring, duration, I finally determined it !!! Would you believe it takes less than 10 mins? I actually observed it several months ago and I have a huge stash of half finished and need-to-start pilings but I only cana

t find the will to do it.

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Here are photos of my daughter wearing the same shirt back in 2014. It was a lot bigger on her then. I bought 2 of the same exact shirts and made a dress for her in 2014. And with the other shirt, decided to make it into a top for her now since Ia

ve never worn the shirt. What youa

ll need: shirt ribbon thread seam ripper scissors fray check*( optional) Project expense:$ 4 for ribbon Calculated period: 100…

Here are photos of my daughter wearing the same shirt back in 2014. It was a lot bigger on her then. I bought 2 of the same exact shirts and made a dress for her in 2014. And with the other shirt, decided to make it into a top for her now since Ia

ve never worn the shirt. What youa

ll need: shirt ribbon thread seam ripper scissors fray check*( optional) Project expense:$ 4 for ribbon Estimated hour: 100 mins. for each shirt Skill level: Intermediate

A mid-calf length, long sleeve dress into a more fitted short sleeves with a bow detail.

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I get this cute dress from Chicwish. Therea

s nothing wrong with the dress and the quality is excellent, but being small and petite( I am 5a

2 3a

3 ), the length and the sizing drowns me a little bit. So I did a quick alteration to make it more form fitting to my body. Estimated day: 40 mins. Budget: $0.00 Skill level: Intermediate

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DIY Plaid coat to overall dress DIY

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DIY: Build a muumuu kind dress into a fitted dress.

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For this project youa

ll need:* Womena

s blouse* Scissors* Thread/ needle Project expense:$ 1 Estimated hour: 2 mins. Skill level: very beginner I dona

t believe I could pull off the dramatic ruffles on the shoulders as cute as her, so I am glad I built it into a dress for my daughter. What do you think?

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A simple alteration of inducing the sleeves shorter and constricting the bodice . . . The reasons for I believe every person, especially a woman( no , not being old fashioned, keep readingd

), should learn to sew is it helps you to love the body you have now , not when youa

re 10 lbs. lighter. By having the clothes conform to the body you have right now, instead of trying to conform your body to a …

A simple alteration of stimulating the sleeves shorter and constricting the bodice . . . The reason why I guess every person, especially a woman( no , not being old fashioned, keep readingd

), should learn to sew is it helps you to love the body you have now , not when youa

re 10 lbs. lighter. By having the clothes conform to the body you have right now, instead of trying to conform your body to a certain clothing item/ sizing. Instead of buying a certain item and saying, a

Ia

m going to wear this once I lose the 10 lbs.a

, you alter the clothing instead to fit that beautiful curve, shape and sizing that your momma gave you! To celebrate the beautiful, capable body that you have NOW . . . Of course I believe every man should learn to sew too( so excited to teach my son when hea

s a little older !), but their clothes are more straight down and not as kind fitting. But that simply means ita

ll be much easier! So therea

s an incentive for you humen!

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$ 3 thrift find dress into a skirt

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It might not look like a drastic transformation but to get to the a

aftera

result, I removed the neckline, shoulder pads, cut off the sleeves, highered the shoulder seams, built the shoulder thicknes narrower, induced the sleeves shorter& smaller and sewed it back on, cut across the waistline to separate it into a bodice and a skirt, constructed the bodice narrower, abbreviated the skirt and gathered the skirt &…

It might not look like a drastic transformation but to get to the a

aftera

outcome, I removed the neckline, shoulder pads, cut off the sleeves, highered the shoulder seam, constructed the shoulder width narrower, attained the sleeves shorter& smaller and sewed it back on, cut across the waistline to divide it into a bodice and a skirt, induced the bodice narrower, abbreviated the skirt and gathered the skirt& sewed it on the bodice, made a waist-strap from the extra fabric, and replaced the old white buttons with gold buttons. And I crack up every time I see this mischievous smile of mine, I have no notion what this smile is, maybe I farted and I was like, a

Hehehe , no one will know, good thing photos dona

t capture the audio or the smell? a

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Old cardigan+ sequin fabric= a perfect new yeara

s dress! I made this 2 hrs. before we hosted a New Yeara

s party at my home many years ago

This dress was$ 5 from Gap but only in XXL so I altered it to my size by narrowing the shoulders& the sides, re-designed the sleeves and finished it with a bow-waist tie.

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Learn how to turn this old, ugly dress into a cute ruffle dress refashion! This dress is to be able to worn as an off-the-shoulder dress as well. What youa

ll need: Vintage dress Matching thread Scissors Pins Seam ripper Project cost:$ 4 Calculated time: 4.5 hours Skill level: Advanced beginner to intermediate

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Cut off the sleeves from the jacket and added it to the sleeveless dress underneath, added darts and attained the dress form fitting, and cut off the bottom half of the jacket and added it to the dress as a peplum( youa

ll insure the 2 slits on the dress matching the jacket ). Oh, and dyed the dress

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Left dress: too short. Right dress: too short. Both dress: too dry knees. So the solution? Cut the bottom of the right dress so it was transformed into a peplum top and add the cut textile to the left dress.

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Refashioned a mena

s shirt into a crop top+ skirt defined for my girl in The Refashion Runway gingham challenge. After vying in that competitor in 2015, I told myself that it would be the last competitor Ia

d ever enter, I strongly detest them! I like celebrating everyonea

s unique talents , not comparing and critiquing others to my own, which was what I detected myself doing, being the worst criticism of …

Refashioned a mena

s shirt into a crop top+ skirt defined for my daughter in The Refashion Runway gingham challenge. After vying in that competitor in 2015, I told myself that it would be the last competitor Ia

d ever enter, I strongly dislike them! I like celebrating everyonea

s unique talents , not comparing and critiquing others to my own, which was what I detected myself doing, being the most difficult critique of my own run but also nit-picking other contestantsa

run. I also found out how competitive I could be

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Plain shirt to ruffle pleated sleeves refashion. Ia

m wearing a Bright Pink pin in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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Black dress transformation

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mindy gledhill contacted me a week ago and asked me if I could help alter her dress for her newest music video, wintertime moon. i >>? she found out about my blog through her little sister Lindsey, who is my HS friend and thanks to lindsey, I met another awesome daughter with an amazing talent. I fell entirely in love with her with the very first ballad I heard . …

mindy gledhill contacted me a week ago and asked me if I could help alter her dress for her newest music video, winter moon. i >>? she found out about my blog through her little sister Lindsey, who is my HS friend and thanks to lindsey, I met another awesome daughter with an amazing talent. I fell altogether in love with her with the very first anthem I heard. She has a beautiful, angelic voice and her music uplifts and constructs me so happy!

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