Rummage through your wardrobe for a few minutes and it’s possible that you have a few pieces that you’d love to remake. Turn an old shirt into a shirtdress. Spin a nightgown into a romper. You’re not the only one who wants to.
Sarah Tyau is a blogger and crazy talented fashionista of the highest order. Not only does she have an eye for fashion, but she makes clothes for her own family – from thrift store finds! In a blink, she can spot new potential in old rags, and then turns them into updated threads.
The 33-year-old mom of three from Salt Lake City, Utah, runs a blog called Life is Beautiful, where she posts things like sewing projects, family adventures, and personal anecdotes. Her fashion exploits – which she calls refashions – are what’s caught the attention of the web.
Looking to save money for her family, Sarah began skimming her own closet and transforming her old clothes into designs inspired by what she saw online or in media. That was back in 2010. Now, when she snags something in a thrift shop, she can reimagine it in matter of moments.
In addition to that, her Instagram page stays busy with before and after shots of her projects. Check out some of her designs! Oversized coats are converted into little girls’ dresses, as are men’s shirts and stretched out sweaters. Take a look at how denim gets remixed and embellishments are added to formerly plain and mundane outfits.
Scraps from many of Sarah’s projects are also refashioned. They’re turned into cute accents like bows, belts, or headbands. Just look at what she’s done with this old wedding dress.
Combing through Sarah’s sites and videos conjured up old memories of my mother and grandmother teaching us how to sew. Though my skills are nowhere near their level, Sarah’s upcycled DIY projects are inspirational and a gentle nudge. I so want to try again.
Scroll through some of the pics and you’ll be hard-pressed not to sift through your own closet, attic, or local thrift store. You can keep up with Sarah’s cool, environmentally-friendly fashions on social media and her blog. Who knows? Maybe you’ll end up investing in a sewing machine!