Nifty·Posted on Nov 13, 201220 Easy Tricks For Improving Vintage ClothesThrifting 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.by Alanna OkunBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 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: makeit-loveit.com 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: cottonandcurls.blogspot.com Directions here. 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: diyfashion.about.com Here's how to fix it. 7. Turn a too-small sweater into a cardigan: iammommahearmeroar.net Instructions here. 8. If you happen to find a fabric you love, use it to add embellishments to your cardigan: sisters4saymoreismore.blogspot.com Here's how. 9. Remake a vintage dress by removing the shoulder pads: collegefashion.net Find out how here. 10. Easily repair a broken zipper: diyfashion.about.com Instructions here. 11. Turn a dress into a shirt: craftleftovers.com craftleftovers.com Directions here. 12. Like the fabric of a men's shirt but hate the fit? Turn it into a skirt: rufflesandrosescrafts.blogspot.com rufflesandrosescrafts.blogspot.com Find out how here. 13. A dress shirt can also become a bag: pm-betweenthelines.blogspot.com Directions here. 14. Sometimes, simply sewing on new buttons can make an item look brand-new: instructables.com This is a good skill to have no matter what. Instructables provides the directions. 15. Alter a pencil skirt for a custom fit: simplydove.com Here's how. 16. A thrifted silk tie can become a headband: aredribbon.wordpress.com Instructions here. 17. Or a necklace: alethaisraels.blogspot.com 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 andreasgarden.blogspot.com Like seriously it has to be so big. Directions here. 20. Lengthen a dress or skirt with lace: elementalcarbon.blogspot.com 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.