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How to Customize Your Clothing

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									How to Customize Your Clothing
Are your clothes blending in with the crowd? Do you want to make a
statement? This article will give you ideas on how to make your bland
clothes pop!


<Steps
1Get your materials ready.Get your materials ready. Go through your
closet and take out the clothes you wish to customize. Don't grab
everything in your closet that is plain; sometimes you need a few basics.
Look for things that are torn, sized too big or too small, and things
that just seem too drab. Get glitter, ribbons, sequins, grommets, lace,
scissors, buttons, and any other odds and ends that would work to
customize your clothes. If you can sew or know how to do some basic
sewing, feel free to grab various fabric.<
2Emilie Autumn on stage with her customized clothes.Decide on what you
want to do. You can completely change a shirt by cutting off the sleeves
and neckline (and creating a tank top), cutting up fabric and retying it,
making it off the shoulder, or cutting and retying the sleeves; there are
so many options! Those plain jeans shorts could be a creation of art by
attaching sequins, ribbons, and buttons randomly! Grommets can be used in
a lot of ways; attach a cluster of them or put two rows of them and lace
through like a corset. Take a skirt and add another fabric pattern to it.
Cut off the pant legs of a pair of pants, turn them into shorts, and rub
a nail file or a pocketknife across areas to make small tears in them. Be
creative; look at the picture in this step. Notice how she took some
simple cargo-like shorts, added lace and other material to the ends of
the shorts, and piled fabric upon fabric in the back to give the
appearance of a bustle skirt. You could do something like this too.
3Start by outlining what you want to cut (if anything) with fabric chalk.
You can find it at most craft stores. While you're there, pick up a pair
of fabric cutting scissors, as the kitchen scissors in your draw probably
won't work as well. Cut off the parts you planned on cutting off, and
save the good scraps! You never know; on another creation they might be
useful.
4Begin adding your accessories. You could do it in a planned out and
organized way, or be crazy and random; just let your creativity flow!
5Once you've finished with that piece, repeat the steps on the next
clothing item. The more clothes you customize, the better you will get at
it (and the more original your closet will be!).<


Tips
Set up a day for you and your friends to customize your clothes together
so you can share materials, ideas, and have fun!
Start collecting an assortment of materials; you'll have more to work
with when you begin.
Feel free to take the customizing further, to headbands and hats, shoes,
phones, and cases.
Make sure the clothes you customize can be washed without damaging your
clothes or your washer/dryer.


<Warnings
Once you cut something, there's no going back.
Be careful of your fingers.
Don't go overboard or copy anyone; only use them as inspiration.
Don't cut up anything you're afraid to ruin.


Things You'll Need
Beads, buttons, sequins, glitters, pins, grommets, lace, ribbon, and
anything else you can use to accessorize.
Scissors
Clothes that need customizing
Ideas and creativity
A space to work at
Sewing machine (optional)
Fabric (optional)


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