2012-09-04

Remaking your clothes: Goth DIY

The autumn finally came as well as the need to change some items in my wardrobe. I need new trousers, new tops, shirts and so on. I don't like spending big amount of money on clothes unless it's a specific piece like this skirt I really want :)


I don't know where all buckles and hardcore items went from my wardrobe. There never was much of them to begin with. But now all I have are laced skirts, tops and velvet jackets :D I have only a one pair of wearable pats and they are black denim trousers... I need to add back some industrial or at least something more edgy. Or else I'm gonna turn in to big pile of frills. Not that it's bad, but it's just that I don't want it at the moment. I like my style to be versatile. From romantic to edgy. In order not to store to much clothes I do a trade with myself. If a new item comes, an old one has to go...
First of all I need to get (or to make) myself a pair of trousers. I have a pair I don't' wear at all and they are particular new. I'll try to sell them or trade them into something more me.

                                                            So somethings like this. 



They look quite comfortable

It's always hard for me to pick trousers. I hate when the waist is to low and every time you sit you reveal your underwear. I don't like when it's to tight and you can feel every stitch on you legs. But too wide pant looks so so.  There is no such problems with skirt :D They are rather all comfortable or too short to feel comfortable :D My best outfit during winter was warm leggings and  knee length skirt. It was even warmer then wearing pants and we have quite cold winters. And plus your boots are not covered how it usually happens while wearing pants ;)

And for the top I thing I'll have something like this

I love tops with open shoulder and the straps makes it comfortable to wear. I never threw out all kinds of belts and straps from old clothes, because I can use them on new ones. 
For example, you can take a simple black long sleeve shirt. Cut the neckline (2), add the straps (3) on shoulders or even on the chest if there are no applications already. Or you can go further, cut the sleeves and add lace, fishnet or straps between them (4).

For more romantic look use wide ribbon on shoulders and decorate the cut with the lace of your choice;) It will take a hour or less, but you'll have something unique and totally yours;) So never throw out an old stuff with still good straps or buckles on it. cut them out and save ;)

And zippers... Black zippers are a super fast way to gothisise your stuff.
Like here. Just add zippers on a stripped (or not) blouse and voila :)

You can always combine two old pieces to make a new one. For example take a top of  an old piece with beautiful sleeves whos bottom got ripped ore something and a striped bottom of another piece who's neckline maybe is not looking good anymore. Just sew them together on the chest line... 

...and add buckles for heaver look ;)

I had a whole box of cut out goodies, but throw them out while moving out to have less things to take with me. But I always search for an interesting details in second hand shops. I remember once buying pants only for the buckles since the pants were in a bad condition but had absolutely perfect straps with buckles on them :) So good luck. i hope it was helpful. Tell me if you want more ideas on remaking your clothes ;)

14 comments:

  1. Nice tips! I use my boyfriends old tshirts for diy projects.

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    1. Thanks. My bf wears his shirts till they fall apart. Nothing much can be done from them at the end. :D

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  2. Very nice tips! I applied the last one to two old tops and I had a very good result n_n.

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  3. oooo, I should try that out!
    My shirts are never hardcore enough for my outfits; and I hate buying expensive!

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    1. I agree, and if I find a good looking one that doesn't cost a fortune, I know there is a chance to meet my "twin" :D And that's not very nice :D

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  4. I can definitely relate: I'm wearing more classy clothing (slacks and blazers) and I'm wondering where all my cherished rocker clothing went, I guess I grew up a little. Well. Literally. My butt is a little too big for some of my old pants, I had to modify it a little but it isn't finished completely. I enjoyed this article ^_^

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    1. Thanks. I'm glad you liked it :3 I know what you mean. I remember having spiked chokers and wrist bands when I was 18. Some how they are not so attractive to me now :D I want something more delicate and unique :)

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  5. That skirt you want to buy certainly looks stunning! I also keep a lot of buckles, zippers etc from clothing stacked somewhere in case I need them for a new project. It takes up a lot of space and sometimes it annoys me (I have a very small appartment), but in the end it comes in very handy. I just wish we had more quality thrift stores around here!
    I love your examples on how to alter clothing. Keep on posting them!

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  6. Thanks:) I'll do my best. I would do a tutorial but usually, when I start a modification, I don't know where I'm gonna to end. But I'll think of something .

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  7. Thank you, great post . I've been replacing my wardrobe post new mom weight gain and have to many off the rack boring tees and pants. They are black and need dressing up. I can find zippers, d rings and grommet tape and buckle parts locally too.

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  8. Thanks. You can also add applications of different materials. I for example used to love sewing bat patches all over my clothes :D

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  9. I was buying cheap materials on ebay to make some bondage pants, but couldn't figure out any ideas for tops. Until I came across this page, I hope you post some more.Thanks!

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    1. Glad I could help. I'll try to come up with more ideas :)

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