Sewing

Hand-me-downs

Often times friends give me their hand-me-down clothing.  I love when this happens. Some of my favorite pieces of clothing are second-hand.

But one day when I had a friend unloading her closet on me, it struck me. Many people would never wear second-hand clothes and some are even offended at the offer.

Well, I think people get their knickers in a knot over very silly things sometimes.

I asked a friend why she hands all her clothes to me, she simply said, “cause you are always happy and thankful to take them”.  I figure that was a compliment.

The latest load that I got consisted of a few shirts that were a little to small for me.  I was so disappointed because as soon as I saw the shirt I loved it.  I took it with me thinking that there may be something that I can do with it…. the fabric as beautiful!

I figured if I took off the ties and added them to the back of the shirt it would widen it out enough to fit.

I was right!

I added an invisible zipper in between the blue strips and also widened out the sleeve holes.  My arms are way to muscle-y for most woman-y shirts.

Now I have a great “custom made” shirt. 

What is your opinion on hand-me-down clothes?

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3 thoughts on “Hand-me-downs

  1. That is such a great idea Donna! Such a cute shirt! I personally really appreciate hand me downs. My sister in law gives me all of her good girls clothes and it has saved us a ton of money PLUS my girls love wearing their big cousins’ stuff!!

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  2. Love it. Great idea. Wish some one would give me hand me downs!! Its common to be given lots of children’s stuff and I am always grateful, my boys are always quite keen to wear their big friends/brothers clothes but it’s rare to be given adults clothing. Shame.

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