DIY clothing projects can be a lot of fun. They can also be a disaster if you get too liberal with the scissors. For example, I once tried to deconstruct a seersucker blazer by taking out the lining. Within a few minutes of the first snip, I had destroyed the entire jacket and itwent straight into the garbage. The takeaway is that I need stick to the basics and pay the extra money to have the professionals do the big jobs.
However, I recently experienced DIY success when I decided to cut up a Hanes crewneck sweater I got at Target. I was more confident with this project because there were less seams to cut and the loss would only be $7 if I completely messed it up. I was going for an athleisure wear aesthetic, reminiscent of 1980’s fitness clothes. I was happy with how it turned out and I’ll be doing more of these in the future.
Again, the key is to be conservative with the cuts as you can always cut more if you need to.
Have you done any DIY fashion projects? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.
Photography by: Blake Gillies and Frank Chacon
Edits: Ann Corbitt