Last year I started boxing up and storing old clothing that I was tired of, rather than taking it to the Goodwill. I knew that I wouldn’t have time in 2011 to do any sewing, so I decided that 2012 was going to be my “year of the refashion.” I’ve already started searching for ideas online of how to upcycle my garments. A really popular trend is knock offs (get the designer look for less), so I pulled together a collection of my favorites. One that I loved was this Anthropologie Pratia tank tutorial. I would totally wear this under a little blue sweater! I found more tops and sweaters that I think you are going to love – all are refashions on a budget. Click through the jump to see more!
Sparkly Sequins 1 of 11This J. Crew inspired top gets a makeover with fabric glue and sequins.
Find the tutorial at pamplemousse
Big Ruffles 2 of 11The long sleeves becomes the front ruffles on this J. Crew inspired top.
Get the step-by-step at Twin Inspiration
Ribbon Trimmed 3 of 11An old cardigan gets a ribbon trim addition to make it look like the designer original.
Learn more about the project at Adventures in Dressmaking
Carefully Beaded 4 of 11This Boden knock-off started as a regular cotton cardigan. Coordinating ruffles were added to the front and beads were hand sewn on top to finish it off.
Find out how it was done at Two Butterflies
Lots of Pleats 5 of 11Get the layers of pleats on the front of this shirt via careful folding and sewing. You'll need two shirts - one for the base and one for the pleats.
Get the step-by-step at Welcome to the Good Life
Lace Trim 6 of 11This Anthropologie inspired cardigan started out as an XXL - but it was cut up, sewn back together and lace was added to make the finished product.
See how it's done at Welcome to the Good Life
Flutter Sleeve 7 of 11You'll use a second tee in the same color to create the petals - finish up this J. Crew knock off by hand sewing them to the front of the shirt.
Find the step-by-step at Momma Go Round
Flower Tank 8 of 11I never would have guessed that this started out as a long sleeved, crew neck shirt. The sleeves were cut up and sewn to the front to make a flower.
Learn how to do it yourself at Adventures in Dressmaking
Pretty Bow 9 of 11I love the sassy bow of this J. Crew inspired top - you'll need two t-shirts to sew this (one is just for the bow).
See how it was done at I Am Momma Hear Me Roar
Hats Off Cardigan 10 of 11With the addition of lace trim, this thrift store cardigan looks just one available at ModCloth.
Get the step-by-step at Two Butterflies
Starry Night 11 of 11You can save over $100 off of the original Anthropologie sweater by hand sewing constellations using embroidery floss.
Learn how to make it yourself at Honey and Fitz
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