Rework, Retwerk

Sometimes garments aren’t quite what you want them to be so we have to put our own special touch on them. It can be as simple as cutting a top into a crop top or completely changing the style.

Studying Garment Technology at Uni, we learn a lot about the construction of clothing. Last year we had to deconstruct our own garments and through this we learnt the potential any hideous piece may have. Garments have many different components from stitch types, to pockets and differing fabrics- by adding to these or taking them away you are left with a completely different look.

Here are our examples of quick and easy ways to add your personal touch to your wardrobe, don’t be afraid to have fun with it…although maybe don’t start cutting up your Burberry.


First up is Alex, you may recognise her jeans from our “This Is England” post, but she wanted to get more wear out of them. She simply cut the bottom 4 inches of the jeans which gives her the cropped and frayed effect seen so much in high street  stores such as Topshop and Urban Outfitters.

Alex also reworked her cap, she bought a plain navy baseball cap on eBay along with iron on patches.

She wears:

Shoes: Converse 

Jeans: Levis 505 (Vintage Kilo Sale)

Top: “Loving Youth” – Topshop Boutique

Hat: eBay

Next up is Lindsey, she bought an XL Nike t-shirt from a local kilo sale, and saw the potential for a unique dress. She cut the sleeves off and around the collar using a good pair of sewing scissors, a pen and tape measure to ensure it was equal and neat.

She wears:

Shoes: Dr.Martens

Socks: Topshop

T-shirt: Blue Rinse Vintage Kilo Sale (Nike)


Finally, April bought the male suit trousers from Bernados and wears them on her waist with a belt, this makes them the right size and gives the cinched look. She also rolled and stitched the bottom of the trousers so they stay up and sit at her ankle.

Her bag is  a plain black rucksack and the “Bullshit” badge has been sewn on, the badge belongs to her Dad but you can find similar on eBay or Amazon.

She wears:

Shoes: Adidas Stan Smiths

Trousers: Bernados 

Belt: American Apparel

Top: Brandy Melville

Bag: Sports Direct

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Alex, Lindsey and April


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