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Updated on Jul 19, 2020. Posted on Nov 13, 2012

20 Easy Tricks For Improving Vintage Clothes

Thrifting can be awesome (clothes are cheaper and more unique, you get a smug sense of accomplishment), but sometimes things just don't fit right. Here's how to make even the most unlikely finds work for you.

1. Make a baggy blouse into a fitted top:

extrapetite.com

Bow optional. Instructions from Extra Petite.

2. Pant legs too long? Here's how to hem them:

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It's a lot easier than you might expect, and you can keep the original hem.

3. Take in a dress to make it slimmer:

wearingitonmysleeves.com

Here is how to do it.

4. You can achieve a similar effect at the waist just by adding elastic:

5. If a T-shirt is too small, add a panel of fabric to each seam:

craftster.org

It's also a great way of making a plain shirt look more interesting. FInd out how at Craftster.

6. Just because a seam is ripped, it doesn't mean you should pass over a great piece of clothing:

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Here's how to fix it.

7. Turn a too-small sweater into a cardigan:

8. If you happen to find a fabric you love, use it to add embellishments to your cardigan:

9. Remake a vintage dress by removing the shoulder pads:

collegefashion.net

Find out how here.

10. Easily repair a broken zipper:

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Instructions here.

11. Turn a dress into a shirt:

craftleftovers.com

Directions here.

12. Like the fabric of a men's shirt but hate the fit? Turn it into a skirt:

13. A dress shirt can also become a bag:

14. Sometimes, simply sewing on new buttons can make an item look brand-new:

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This is a good skill to have no matter what. Instructables provides the directions.

15. Alter a pencil skirt for a custom fit:

16. A thrifted silk tie can become a headband:

17. Or a necklace:

alethaisraels.blogspot.com

Full instructions here.

18. Make sleeves and armholes slimmer:

extrapetite.com

Avoid the gigantic-arm look so popular among the very tragic. Find out how from Extra Petite.

19. Make cozy leggings out of a gigantic men's T-shirt:

andreasgarden.blogspot.com

Like seriously it has to be so big. Directions here.

20. Lengthen a dress or skirt with lace:

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If you're not so into the frilly stuff, you could always use a contrasting or complementing strip of fabric. Directions here, and more ideas for lengthening here.

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