One of the top perks of blogging is discovering and getting to know awesome kindred spirits online. With her love of transforming vintage textiles Tringa, the talented creator behind DIY Clothes, is definitely a rockin’ refashionista after my own heart!
Meet the lovely and talented Tringa, learn how her blog journey began, discover her top refashionista tips and find out why I’m Totally Smitten With DIY Clothes!
I was always the type of person that spent her free time thinking about how to change that shirt, or how to reuse those jeans. Though, the thought of blogging and learning to sew never occurred to me. Starting DIY Clothes was actually my brother’s idea.
Initially, I didn’t have the slightest idea on what to focus my blog on. I didn’t know that the craft community was so immense and with countless possibilities to learn from and to be inspired by. At first I shared a collection of links to my favourite tutorials by other upcyclers. When I started writing a step-by-step post of my own I realized that I might actually enjoy sharing my tutorials too!
It’s been about two years since I started and I don’t post as much I as I would like to because of school and work but I’m quite fond of it. Most of my posts are about reusing and upcycling clothes. As well as making accessories and totes from napkins or crocheted textiles. I love making clothes from scratch too so I’ve made sure to share a couple of dress tutorials based on free patterns on my blog.
Tringa’s Top 5 Thrifting & Refashioning Tips:
1. For those who like upcycling, sewing or other crafts but they’re just not sure where to start: don’t overthink it, just start somewhere and things will come by time, naturally.
2. Don’t throw your clothes away – Take your time to think of ways to reuse them or at least, make a contribution by donating them to your local charity shop. I still have some of my clothes from high school that are waiting to be refashioned.
3. Save every piece of fabric scrap. You might need them in other projects. I usually sew pouches, bracelets and even bralettes with scraps or leftovers.
4. Embrace your failures – I have so many of them. Sometimes you’ll get it right, sometimes you won’t.
5. Last but not least, one of my favorite quotes from Frank Capra ‘’Don’t follow trends, start trends”. And you can do this by upcycling, buying smart and sustainable.
A huge hug and kiss to Tringa for sharing her behind the scenes story with us! Head on over to DIY Clothes and enjoy her clever and creative refashionista tutes!