Being a million feet tall, clothing that I like is hard to come by. Clothes that look good on most people are never made in my size (I have size sixteen feet for god’s sake), and specialty online stores make ugly loser clothing. I have often wanted to give up on stores altogether and make my own clothes, but chances are the stuff I’d make would be even worse.
Here are three projects I have done in the past few months to customize my clothes the little bit that I can. Please feel free to do these too! They’re fun ways to spend weekend afternoons.
1. Use buttons!
Buttons are cheap – you can find them at vintage stores (especially political ones), online, and elsewhere. The ones I used to decorate this backpack I bought at Jetrag on La Brea and Melrose in Los Angeles.
2. Sneaker Painting
A few years ago, my brother painted some white Vans for me as a present, and they were quite possibly my favorite shoes ever before I grew out of them. Kolleen showed me a cosmic shoes tutorial and I decided to make some of my own.
After that, my friend Kat commissioned me to paint some sunset gradient shoes for her.
3. Sewing Fabric
I was inspired to make a tongue hoodie after seeing this photo on flickr. I got an old pullover, and went to Joanne’s to buy some fabric in red, black, and white. The materials only cost me about six dollars, and I used an old sewing kit I had at home.
Okay, I lied a little. I cut the design out and tried to sew it on by myself, but it didn’t really work out the way I wanted it to. My grandma very kindly helped me make it, though. I’m sure you can think of many other designs to make on hoodies; just be sure to get a stretchy fabric if you’re making a pocket in the front!