Hello!  Jillian here!  Are you wondering what you’ve stumbled upon?  Let me help you out.  

A few years ago, I decided I wanted to change the way the world thinks about fashion.  I was sickened by the rise of fast fashion giants who rely on unethical labor practices.  I was worried about the impact on our planet as people tossed out their one-time-wear duds more and more quickly to make room for the newer & cheaper clothing.

I was also quite broke and couldn’t afford new clothes.

One day, while digging through the racks at my local thrift store, I started thinking about how easily some of the ugly pieces I was looking at could be transformed into something new.

I could dress well on the cheap without hurting the environment, I didn’t have to support unfair labor practices, and I could have a fun new hobby!

ReFashionista.net was born.

ReFashion = Fashion Revisited, Repurposed, and Revitalized!

It’s time to DIY!

Better get to work!  :)


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  1. Donna Owens
    July 19, 2010 at 4:27 pm (5 years ago)

    Love what you’re doing. I have sooooooooo wanted to do something similar for years. No, I never told you about it but anyway…this is great!

  2. Liz Skelly
    August 20, 2010 at 11:59 am (5 years ago)

    This is fabulous! I think I shall hit you up for some custom outfit designs for me for a fee. Such great work! And, I need girlie things :)

  3. Kat
    September 17, 2010 at 4:11 pm (5 years ago)

    You are fabulous! I am so excited to try some of your ideas out!

  4. Chelsea
    February 10, 2011 at 3:30 pm (5 years ago)

    I cant wait to try some of these ideas! :) You’ve given me great inspiration!

  5. bingkaycoy
    May 18, 2011 at 10:20 pm (4 years ago)

    I stumbled on this blog when I searched for re-fashion blogs on Google. This blog is awesome and I saw your creations are really cool, and very chic….and I can never tell them it’s refashioned if I don’t look at the “before.”
    I also would like to do some refashioning and blog about it…..but the BIGGEST problem is I don’t know how to sew. But that is one of my top list things to do this year—to enroll in a sewing class and learn making pretty clothes like you do.

    • lizbeth terriquez
      March 18, 2012 at 8:21 pm (3 years ago)

      i also stumbled on this blog wile looking for ideas on how to refashion my clothes and thrift shop finds and i love ur blog OMG!! its awesome love it. got some good ideas from ur pix and im looking foward to do them my self..yay..me. thanx much for all ur great ideas (:

  6. chicaandaluza
    July 2, 2011 at 9:29 am (4 years ago)

    Wonderful idea – all the best in your mission!

  7. saniel
    September 24, 2011 at 7:28 pm (4 years ago)

    great idea and helping out a good cause

  8. LoveNiki
    November 1, 2011 at 4:29 pm (4 years ago)

    Such a brilliant idea! I’m so happy I found your blog :)

  9. tinerowan
    November 21, 2011 at 4:08 am (4 years ago)

    Found your blog just today. Your ideas are awesome! Keep it up! :)

    PS and of course, I love it that there’s charity that comes with this fun :)

  10. Alessandra
    November 22, 2011 at 4:05 pm (4 years ago)

    I love your works and I’m in love with your style! I just started sewing and recycling old clothes!

  11. RefashionMama
    December 1, 2011 at 1:08 pm (4 years ago)

    I just found your blog and it is the best refashion blog I’ve come across so far! Keep it up!

    • ReFashionista
      December 3, 2011 at 9:11 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you so much for your kind words. :)

    • ReFashionista
      December 17, 2011 at 10:25 am (4 years ago)

      Oh Wow! Thanks!!!!!! :) :) :) :) I’m honored!

  12. Marissa G.
    December 27, 2011 at 4:00 pm (4 years ago)

    What a joy to come across your blog! I literally looked at every page from start to finish; such an inspiration. Really touching when I read the post about your Grandmother… I too lost mine a few years back and she is the one that made me want to sew. I have dabbled in sewing for a long time and have finally made the decision to start taking classes in January and I am more than thrilled. This just gave me the boost I needed! Thank you for sharing and for all that you have done to help a wonderful cause.
    I wish you all the best!!
    Marissa from the Upstate of South Carolina

  13. Kendyll Nicole
    January 7, 2012 at 10:24 pm (4 years ago)

    This is such a cool concept! I was really excited to discover your blog today and will definitely follow your posts and check back for future updates. Thank you for the inspiration (:

    • ReFashionista
      January 8, 2012 at 10:14 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks! I’m glad you like it. :)

  14. redbamsews
    January 15, 2012 at 11:26 am (4 years ago)


    I just wanted to let you know that I’ve awarded you the Liebster Blog Award. I follow your blog and impressed with the creations you come up with from what others have discarded. I admire your commitment and dedication to being a recycler as well as a Good Samaritan. Keep up the good works. Your award is outlined in my blog.

    • ReFashionista
      January 15, 2012 at 8:29 pm (4 years ago)

      Oh wow! Thank you so much! :)

  15. fashionjotter
    January 26, 2012 at 10:25 am (4 years ago)

    sending positive vibes from here to there…good luck and…definitely…all the best chicky!

  16. shaynamarks
    January 27, 2012 at 6:52 pm (4 years ago)

    I’m doing something of a similar sort, but you have a much greater objective! love that not only are you eliminating waste but doing something great for others. I’m trying to eliminate waste, save money and show that you don’t have to spend a ton of $$ to look amazing! http://secondhandchallenge.wordpress.com/

  17. supermomdel
    February 9, 2012 at 9:30 pm (4 years ago)

    You are amazing! have you had any local media coverage? Seriously, this is so great what you are doing!

  18. juniperr
    February 22, 2012 at 11:30 pm (4 years ago)

    Awesome. Awesome. Awesome. I love that you’ve found a way to use your creativity to do great things. Love your blog. Keep it up!

  19. Andrea
    February 26, 2012 at 11:33 pm (4 years ago)

    So, I like other commenters have just recently dived into refashioning. I’ve always had to shop at thrift stores, and honestly didn’t mind because we always rooted out some awesome things, but now I’ve finally gotten to the point where I’m not taking clothes at face value, but seeing the potential to be so much better. Your blog has been inspirational, a source of some great ideas in how to update awesome (and some not so awesome) vintage pieces and I thank you for blogging! I have read every single entry all the way back to when you started and I check back daily to see what you’ve come up with for each new day. Love your blog and refashions and sending encouragement from Jersey!

  20. branny
    March 11, 2012 at 8:29 am (3 years ago)

    You are doing some great things here! I am a friend of Whitney and Mike’s and you and I have run into each other at a few events. Anyhow, I’ve sent your blog address along to my mom, who is a local artist that thrives on reusing waste. I think she’ll enjoy it! Her blog is leemalerich.blogspot.com

  21. Aimster
    May 2, 2012 at 4:13 am (3 years ago)

    I came across your blog yesterday afternoon and spent the whole time going through the posts for creative inspiration… I’ve recently lost 50lbs and all my old clothes are like tents so it’s nice to get some ideas so I can rehash my old favourites and celebrate my new body!

    Keep up the good work, I’ll be checking in for a daily update in inspiration!

    I hope you’re well

    Amy, London

  22. ohnana
    May 7, 2012 at 12:55 am (3 years ago)

    You are like a fashion wizard or something! You have a very good eye and creative mind for recycling “rejected rejects”. It is awesome, what you’re doing. Now I’ll think more than twice before I throw away clothes, and scour my mom and grandmother’s closets for hidden treasures! :)

  23. Melodi
    May 14, 2012 at 9:50 am (3 years ago)

    I found your blog through Pintrest and have been completely captivated for the last 2 hours reading and seeing your creations. I am completely inspired and can’t wait to hit up my thrift store and bust out my sewing machine. Thanks for sharing your talent, and the details of your life. I love your writing style and as long as your run this blog, I’ll be reading!

  24. Jacqueline
    May 14, 2012 at 4:11 pm (3 years ago)

    You are soooo crafty! Im jealous! Love your website

  25. Megan
    May 14, 2012 at 4:38 pm (3 years ago)

    Love your blog! I just finished my freshman year at USC and when I came across your blog today I thought “Hey, there’s a Revente in Columbia.” Imagine the surprise when I saw that’s actually where you are! I can’t wait to follow your amazing refashions!

  26. Reddoerr
    May 14, 2012 at 6:12 pm (3 years ago)

    Great stuff!

  27. Sarah
    May 20, 2012 at 12:46 pm (3 years ago)

    I just found this blog today and am in love! So many wonderful ideas!! Turning the drab into fab. And recycling! Thanks for being so inspiring.

  28. stephanie
    May 21, 2012 at 2:24 am (3 years ago)

    I just found your blog on pinterest. I am obsessed! I am a beginning sewer and you are such an inspiration! I have already told both my sisters about your blog and then I let the kids eat candy and watch TV so I could look through all your re-fashions! Your AMAZING! I cant wait for you to keep sharing all your awesome creativity!

  29. Millie Hogue
    May 21, 2012 at 2:24 pm (3 years ago)

    I found your blog on Pinterest yesterday evening and was on it until1:00 am this morning, and didn’t want to stop then. I have been sewing since I was a little girl, learned from my mother, who made all mine and my siblings clothes. You have shown me things that I never even thought about before. The way you can take a skirt and make a dress out of it by just sewing seams up from the bottom and incorporate the sleeves in the same way, is something I would not have thought possible. I love the things you make out of these cast-offs. I, too, have searched thrift stores for clothing, but I usually just look for fabrics, buttons,or trim that I love and can possibly use. I had never thought of redoing them the way you do. You have a very creative mind and I admire the way you can see the things in these items that anyone else would never even imagine. You have inspired me to look at thrift store items in a completely different way, and even my own clothing that I thought I was going to have to discard. Good luck in your quest to finish this project and in all your future endeavors.

  30. Dianna
    June 4, 2012 at 11:11 pm (3 years ago)

    You are so talented! Great blog and great cause!

  31. Chelsy
    June 5, 2012 at 9:17 pm (3 years ago)

    I Love your blog and it is SO inspiring! I was wondering what kind of sewing macine you use, or what you recommend? I’ve been looking around and am hopefully going to purchase one soon (eek!!), so any suggestions will be appreciated!

    • ReFashionista
      June 6, 2012 at 7:58 am (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much! :) I use a Brother XL 3750. It’s pretty basic, but has everything I need for now. I recommend Brother sewing machines in general. :)

  32. joreenchan
    June 11, 2012 at 10:02 pm (3 years ago)

    Hi Jillian,
    I just want to let you know that I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. I am impressed, inspired and motivated by your daily creations and passion for life! Keep up the good work and God bless you. The award is outlined here http://hackmyhome.wordpress.com/2012/06/12/a-surprising-honour/.

    Have a wonderful day! :)

  33. Robin (Roxie)
    June 19, 2012 at 2:17 am (3 years ago)

    I have been looking at your blogs for over a month now…. so addicted… you are doing what I have been doing for years…. only better! I am not the greatest at sewing as of now. No time to really improve as of yet. But, you are inspiring me to try to make more time to learn. Also, I think we share the same views for refashioning. Let’s take what we have and make it beautiful before it has a chance to go into a landfill….. So many things wasted… Makes me feel like a little old lady sometimes…. especially since I save dryer lint for pillows or for birds’ nests… is that too much? haha :)

  34. Robin (Roxie)
    June 19, 2012 at 2:27 am (3 years ago)

    also just wanted to say how great it is that you are not only inspiring others but that you get to help others…. you are inspiring on so many levels…. thank you for all that you do….please keep doing what you do! It means so much to so many I am sure! :)

    June 20, 2012 at 11:30 am (3 years ago)

    thanx for inspiring me know my hubby thinks i thrift shop a little to much but how can in not when i spend pennies thanx to all ur ideas..i love it haha thanx much keep up the good work..xoxo

    • ReFashionista
      June 21, 2012 at 1:05 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks so much! I’d think hubby would be thrilled that you aren’t out spending loads of cash AND you’re being creative and having fun! Silly hubby! ;)

  36. angie
    June 23, 2012 at 1:28 am (3 years ago)

    You’ve inspired me to try new things and drink more wine.

  37. Terry Weisenfels
    June 23, 2012 at 7:37 pm (3 years ago)

    This blog and your ideas are amazing. I also love the idea behind why you’re doing this.

  38. Tracie Thompson Salyers
    June 24, 2012 at 9:29 pm (3 years ago)

    Stumbled upon your blog via Pinterest. I haven’t been able to tear myself away lol. I’ve looked at every post back to the beginning. I SO wish I was crafty and/or could sew. You are so creative. I can’t wait to see what else you have in store. :)

  39. Lettetia
    June 25, 2012 at 9:59 am (3 years ago)

    So, now that this year of refashion is drawing to a close, will you be continuing with a year 3? I hope so, as I have learned so many refashion ideas from you this year, I hate to see it end. God bless you for all the hard work you do.

  40. Melissa
    June 27, 2012 at 3:01 am (3 years ago)

    Yeah what she said. are u gunna continue? i bet it takes up ALOT of your time. Well I LOVE YOU BLOG.. and i now own a sewing machine and i am teaching myself how to sew and become a refashionista my self. your Humor and explanation on hows 2’s are fan freakintastic! keep’s comin!

  41. pam weber
    June 27, 2012 at 11:09 am (3 years ago)

    This totally rocks! Can I. Join this site? I missed it if there’s a link to do so.

  42. cathynd95
    June 27, 2012 at 5:06 pm (3 years ago)

    Found you through a pinterest link. LOVE your blog! The only thing I have “refashioned” is my mom’s wedding dress – made my niece’s baby a christening dress, and now I have a LOT of extra wedding dress to do something with (Good thing I have three more nieces!) Looking forward to your daily blog posts!

  43. Skyler
    June 27, 2012 at 5:34 pm (3 years ago)

    I just came across your link on pinterest. Your blog is hilarious and you are extremely creative! Seriously, I want to learn how to sew and steal some of your ideas. I buy at least 50% of my clothes, jewelry, and furniture at 2nd hand stores and I would buy more clothes but a lot of things do not fit and I have no idea how to use a sewing machine! I honestly don’t even know how to thread it. Any advice on how to how to learn?

    P.S. Pongo is ADORABLE!!!

  44. Kate
    June 28, 2012 at 1:40 am (3 years ago)

    I hope you’re going to carry on!! Pleeeeaaassse????????

  45. happyhippierose
    June 28, 2012 at 12:16 pm (3 years ago)

    I love everything about this – you’re repurposing clothes thus, wasting less and reducing the need for new clothes, you’re giving money to a noble cause from the project, AND you’re being creative and inspiring so many people.


  46. V V
    June 28, 2012 at 3:41 pm (3 years ago)

    I discovered your blog yesterday on Pinterest and I cannot stop looking and reading, This is amazing! You have a gift! What you’re doing is wonderful.

  47. Christina Shebesta
    June 28, 2012 at 5:51 pm (3 years ago)

    I came across you blog thanks to Pinterest, and I have been spending many quality work hours dedicated to following your journey; albeit mostly in reverse. I love what you do, and the sarcasm, humor, and honesty that you use to express your humanity. I love your fashions, and your ideas, and I also totally dig you as a person in general. Keep up the awesome work and I can’t wait to check out the thrift scene when I move to NC next spring.

  48. Judy La Chance
    June 29, 2012 at 12:02 am (3 years ago)

    Like others I came across your blog on Pinterest and just love it. Last night and again tonight I have followed your journey but alas it has been in reverse. Is there any way to start at day one? I laugh to myself every time I see a dress I might have worn in your refashions. I’m going to rethink how I look at clothes on my next Goodwill trip. The problem I have is I’m fifty-nine (yikes) and shall we say a bit on the chubby side. Also, my sewing maching is a bit dusty from non-use but you have inspired me. Thank you for sharing your ideas as well as your life.

  49. selfbeside
    June 29, 2012 at 8:10 am (3 years ago)

    what you’ve done is cool

  50. manuela
    June 29, 2012 at 8:32 am (3 years ago)

    congratulations for your wonderful blog

  51. Ashley
    June 29, 2012 at 4:24 pm (3 years ago)

    You have totally inspired me I absolutely love you blog! I read from start to finish the entire thing TODAY, Your story is amazing and I congratulate you 100% I also sent you a request on Facebook I think you are way cool! congratulations on all that you have accomplished, I love to do crafty things and to sew, just finding all the time to do them on top of actually taking pictures to document them is tough but because of you i want to try this 365 day challenge, once I am a little more organized and hopefully I can share a blog created because of you!

  52. Margret.Lewis
    June 29, 2012 at 4:50 pm (3 years ago)

    Like others, I happened upon your blog after following a pinterest post. Congratulations on finding a unique way to satisfy those needs to create and make a difference. Thanks for sharing your story – you stirred my creative juices while sharing a piece of your soul. Good luck!

  53. Kim
    June 30, 2012 at 4:11 pm (3 years ago)

    I thought the idea of refashioning was awesome in itself, but donating everything back? Genius! I love what you’ve done with some definitely ugly and/or out of date pieces. I’ve even been inspired to do a little myself! I have 5 or 6 suits from my grandmother that are no doubt at least from the seventies. They wouldn’t be too horrible if it weren’t for the skirts being ankle length and shoulder pads galore! Once the skirts are shortened they look great. Now to figure out the jackets. lol Keep Rockin It!

  54. Jeri
    July 1, 2012 at 4:43 pm (3 years ago)

    Wow! I’m really impressed and can’t stop reading! I’m going to go dig through my husbands giant pile of t-shirts for some inspiration! Keep it up. You are amazing.

  55. Annette
    July 1, 2012 at 10:38 pm (3 years ago)

    I found your blog on Pinterest like many others. It took me 3 days but I read the whole darn thing. I love it. I love creativity and good causes all wrapped up in one happy ball of fun. Thanks

  56. Anne kershner
    July 1, 2012 at 10:52 pm (3 years ago)

    Please contact me via email, would love to help and discuss business opportunities.

  57. Jamie
    July 2, 2012 at 10:35 am (3 years ago)

    I was told about your blog by a friend last week, I love it. You have inspired me. I have already used a dress that I no longer wear and turned it into a “cool” summer top that I love (I am also from the South, 108 degree days! Ugghhh). Keep the awesome outfits coming and thank you for for hard work and charity.

  58. Hillary
    July 3, 2012 at 1:06 pm (3 years ago)

    I also found your blog last week. I’m still going back through and reading. It is fun and inspiring. I went out this weekend and bought an ironing board. A full size one. I’d been ‘making do’ with a travel size one. Which meant I rarely ironed anything. Which also means I rarely wore anything nice enough to be ironed. What I’m truly curious about though is your dress form. What brand/style is it? Do you like it? no one seems to be able to agree on the non-professional dress forms that are available (looked on amazon). Thanks for sharing your adventures with us!

    • ReFashionista
      July 16, 2012 at 3:17 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks so much! My dress form is an adjustable Singer model. It isn’t very well-reviewed on Amazon.com, but it suits me just fine. :)

  59. Suzanne
    July 3, 2012 at 9:42 pm (3 years ago)

    Please Please continue. I just found You. I also posted under your exciting news.

  60. Karen
    July 4, 2012 at 7:24 pm (3 years ago)

    I only just found your site…my daughter and I sat for over an hour and went through almost all of your tranformations….AMAZING! Love your pictures and the fact that you wear your creations out and about! Truly inspiring…..

  61. Kym
    July 5, 2012 at 5:10 pm (3 years ago)

    Just saw you on RR. How cute are you!!! I love your whole concept! Creating- not being wasteful while helping out! Good stuff!

  62. Becky
    July 6, 2012 at 12:51 am (3 years ago)

    You are cooler than the underside of a pillow! Love all your ideas. Makes me want to hit Goodwill tomorrow before my grocery store trip!!!

  63. Sabrina Waldman
    July 6, 2012 at 12:42 pm (3 years ago)

    I absolutely adore what youre doing! First of all youre so talented and creative, it simply amazing what you do with some of these frocks! And secondly I think it’s really great how you give back to your community! It’s so cool what you’re doing, keep it up!

  64. Cindy
    July 18, 2012 at 2:04 pm (3 years ago)

    God blessed you with a wonderful talent and it is so nice that you are using it for something so great :) I love lots of your ideas and you inspire me so much, as well as many others! Have you thought of adding a Pinterest button? If you do, I would love to follow you!

  65. Mayra
    July 19, 2012 at 7:15 pm (3 years ago)

    I just want to say that you are GrEaT…I love your blog. I have been on it since I saw you on Rachel Ray’s show from then on I have not stopped looking at your blog…And yes I don’t get tired of it=} I just finished my chemotherapy and this blog has given me a chance to try something new to do=P but any ways I just want to say again that I love your work, imagination and creations. So please keep on going Miss Refashionista!

    • ReFashionista
      July 21, 2012 at 2:37 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks so much! And a HUGE congrats for making it through chemo! :) I’d love to see some of your sewing if you’d like to share! :)

  66. Heidi
    July 23, 2012 at 10:26 pm (3 years ago)

    You are amazing! Saw you on Rachael Ray and you inspire me to hit up the thrift shop and get creative.

  67. Carrie
    August 31, 2012 at 8:00 pm (3 years ago)

    My sister actually told me about your blog and i must say you are awesome and i have been inspired to try many things and i am finding that i am looking at my clothes thinking how i could change em up a little bit! I also saw that you were at Bristol motospeedway last weekend… so was I!!! It would have been pretty sweet to have met ya! I cant wait for more re-fashions!

  68. Vancouver D
    September 23, 2012 at 12:13 am (3 years ago)

    this is what i do too! not the blogging but the refurbishing. i looked around a thrift store and asked why we have such a ridiculous obsession with new things. i love what you’re doing!

  69. Hayley
    November 4, 2012 at 10:36 am (3 years ago)

    I just stumbled upon this blog. I LOVE IT!!! You are so creative!

  70. Dana
    December 20, 2012 at 9:57 pm (3 years ago)

    This is so awesome. I found this blog through a picture on Pinterest, now i check it every day for updates! You’re very inspiring, and you’re doing exactly what I’ve always wanted to do- taking old, ugly cloths and making them work! I hope to learn something from following your blog. :)

  71. Amanda
    December 27, 2012 at 10:38 pm (3 years ago)

    I love your blog, I check it just about everyday!!! You do amazing things with clothes. What brand dress form do you use or what would you recommend?

    • ReFashionista
      December 30, 2012 at 10:03 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks! :) I use a Singer adjustable dress form. I love it. :)

  72. Jodi
    December 30, 2012 at 10:56 pm (3 years ago)

    I am so glad I followed a Pinterest link back to your blog! I love it!! So inspiring ;) The fact that you are donating your creations just makes it even cooler. When I flip through your pictutes I think…awe, I wanna hang out with her! Thanks for sharing hour journey. I will be heading to thrift stores and dragging out my sewing machine for sure!!

    • Jodi
      December 30, 2012 at 10:57 pm (3 years ago)

      *your journey.
      Oops ;)

  73. Sara
    January 5, 2013 at 11:13 am (3 years ago)

    I spent the entire day yesterday reading every one of your blogs. I happened upon it via pinterest and was amazed. I’m teaching myself to sew (again) and you really have “changed the way I think about fashion”. I don’t normally leave comments on other peoples sites (I’m more of a silent lurker), but you have so inspired me that I felt I needed to tell you thank you! My dress form was ordered from Amazon this morning and now I’m off to the goodwill and salvation army to dig through bins and let the creative energy flow. Please continue to share your talents in refashioning and the humorous writing about it. I will definitely be following along.

  74. Jenie Andrews
    January 11, 2013 at 4:11 pm (3 years ago)

    it took me three days to read your blog. I went through and looked at every single post. You have changed the way I look at charity shop finds ( wish they called them thrift stores in the uk!) there’s one next to my kids school, you can find me in there almost every day killing the time before pick up. most of my clothes are pre loved but I like the idea of refashioning those too big items and ones that seem to be hideous but can be remolded into something amazing! I’m not a sewer but have a machine, it usually comes out for costumes for the kids and maybe a bit of repairing. I’m not a pinner, i usually just go for broke and hope it comes out right – i have no patients! Today I found a fab retro green print jersey dress and a green wool sweater vest ( vest is too small so hoping I can make it into a shrug or waistcoat to go with the dress, the colours match beautifully) Thank you for inspiring me not to look past the clearance rack and the way too big items, I will be following your blog closely for tips and tricks xxxxx

    • ReFashionista
      January 11, 2013 at 4:42 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much! But…you’ve gotta pin! It’s not so hard, I promise! ;)

  75. krist1ne
    January 17, 2013 at 11:40 pm (3 years ago)

    I just came aross your blog via twitter and its Amazing what you can do! My sister is a frequent thrift shopper and always comes home with fantastic items, when i go… i come out with nothing. Some people just have an eye for things, and you are top of the list. You’re one talented woman! Great work, and cheers from Australia!

    • ReFashionista
      January 18, 2013 at 9:07 am (3 years ago)

      Thank you! Honestly, it’s just about going thrifting frequently. The law of averages or something. :) Keep at it, and good thrift karma will find you! :)

  76. Zumba_Becky
    February 1, 2013 at 10:41 am (3 years ago)

    LOVE, love, love your blog. I found it a couple days ago and haven’t stop since. I am starting at the beginning and checking out all your wonderful creations. You have inspired me to remake some things I have stored away in my closet. Oh, and btw I am obsessed with that owl necklace. :)

  77. Amanda Tempel
    February 4, 2013 at 12:32 am (3 years ago)

    I love what you do! I love thrifting, and sometimes find things I love, but can’t manage pulling off. I totally want to re-fashion too :D

  78. Ashley
    February 9, 2013 at 10:49 pm (3 years ago)

    I’m pretty sure im in love with your blog!…I have been trying to be creative…with a sewing machine that is…and I have to tell you the Pisces in me is coming out…but not on the clothing! Really inspired by your ideas and I hope to become as good as you are one day :) Thanks for the inspiration!

  79. Rebecca
    February 23, 2013 at 4:11 pm (3 years ago)

    Love this!!! I just found out about your website through Pinterest today. You are so talented and creative.

  80. Irene
    February 25, 2013 at 6:25 pm (3 years ago)

    Uh-maaaaazingggg! I love your blog!
    So inspirational!

  81. Irene
    February 25, 2013 at 6:27 pm (3 years ago)

    What about shoes? Do you jazz them up as well or do you get rid of em?

    • ReFashionista
      March 4, 2013 at 8:11 pm (2 years ago)

      I don’t do much shoe refashioning, but I do take my kicks to the cobbler to keep them mended and in good shape. :)

  82. Blanca
    February 28, 2013 at 11:37 pm (2 years ago)

    Hello I just spend about 2 hours looking at your blog on my phone I love what you do, i just began sweing, I went to some classes for about 6 months but a loveto see youtube videos and i just found your blog and insired me to do things, thanks for great tips.

  83. Anouska
    March 16, 2013 at 9:26 pm (2 years ago)

    Awesome job – how wonderful and fulfilling for you!

  84. Shannon
    March 26, 2013 at 8:20 am (2 years ago)

    I just found your blog yesterday and I am OBSESSED!! I’ve always tried to find the cheaper version of whatever styles are currently rocking, but you have taken it to the next level! I will be inspired by your blog, I will learn how to sew, and I will be the Detroit areas next “Refahionista”!!

  85. SaffronSkye
    March 28, 2013 at 8:39 pm (2 years ago)

    What a wonderful blog, and your projects are amazing. Thank you so much for taking time to share this with us, and for taking time to try and change the world. :-)

  86. Emily
    April 2, 2013 at 9:34 pm (2 years ago)

    I’ve looked at your blog so much at work that they have blocked me from it on my work computer! Good thing I still get your emails ;-). Thanks for your creativity and courage! Keep those posts coming!

  87. Liz
    April 13, 2013 at 10:14 pm (2 years ago)

    Love your blog, i just found it on pinterest. I’m going to try sewing again, my machine is in storage but is going back to work this week.

  88. Amy
    April 22, 2013 at 9:12 pm (2 years ago)

    your so inspirational! you help people and recycle. You have really motivated me to try the same thing. I’ve always up-cycled with home decor and now ill just expand it to my wardrobe. Thanks for creating this amazing movement :)

  89. Nelly Morales
    May 17, 2013 at 2:40 pm (2 years ago)

    I love your page, is awsome. I fix some clothes. thank for the ideas.

  90. Kristy
    June 6, 2013 at 1:09 pm (2 years ago)


  91. hawaiiangeisha
    June 6, 2013 at 3:02 pm (2 years ago)

    I admire that you inspire to recycle`refashion`reuse clothing. Thank you for sharing and I look forward to more on your blog.

  92. Christine
    September 28, 2013 at 4:36 pm (2 years ago)

    What you’re doing Jillian is amazing and inspiring. I found your blog by chance through pinterest, where I was looking for decorating ideas, but you have actually changed the way I think about clothing. I even bought a sewing machine, with money that would have no doubt previously been spent on clothes! Keep up the good work, and keep smiling! :D

  93. Christine L
    October 25, 2013 at 11:39 am (2 years ago)

    Hi Jillian,
    As a professional fashion designer, I too struggle with the same things you do. I am tired of labels, unethical practices, “disposable” clothing and corporate greed. I have just started a 30 day challenge where I do not buy anything new and make new outfits from what I already have in my closet. When my 30 days are over, I think I am going to pull out my sewing machine and see what happens! Thank you for doing what you do.

  94. Jennifer
    December 15, 2013 at 3:20 pm (2 years ago)

    Wow I just stumbled upon your blog today and I love it!!! It’s made me realize instead of just buying fabric at a fabric store I could look at the thrift shops as fabric stores!! New favorite blog hands down!!!

  95. Sandra
    December 29, 2013 at 8:35 am (2 years ago)

    Quite simply – you inspire- thank you for sharing your ideas they are wonderful, fun and chic!

  96. Katie Hutchens
    January 4, 2014 at 9:16 pm (2 years ago)

    I am just learning to sew and LOVE all that you are doing and stand for. You are an inspiration, in fashion and otherwise. Thank you for the time and dedication to share!

    Your newest fan!

  97. Sheila
    January 11, 2014 at 11:18 pm (2 years ago)

    I have just found your blog and you are the BOMB!!! I am a thrifter also but I do not sew so I imagine how I can make things work with scissors alone….and make a needle and thread and tying something hear and there. You are an inspiration to many women who want AND need to do their own fashions! Keep on my dear! You have many followers who will seek your advice and watch your many ideas! Good Luck with your dreams!!!
    Sheila….from the upstate of SC

  98. felipedelaluz
    January 27, 2014 at 12:50 pm (2 years ago)

    Hey Jillian,

    great work you are doing here! I wonder if there is a blog like yours for men, too? I haven’t found one so far. Besides (as a total amateur) I think this is much more difficult for men’s fashion. Do you have any experience with that?



    • ReFashionista
      January 28, 2014 at 5:19 pm (2 years ago)

      I would LOVE to see a men’s refashion blog. I haven’t seen one. I don’t usually work with menswear, as women’s clothes are just so much more fun. But I’d love to see this.

  99. victoriavanvlear
    February 22, 2014 at 2:28 pm (2 years ago)

    I found your blog because I have a shirt that my mom bought in France, and it’s ugly! But I’m not quite sure how to refashion it.
    I’m quite impressed with your site. Every post I see I think, “There’s no way she can make something cute from that.” and then I’m wrong. Keep up the fantastic work!

  100. Emma
    June 10, 2014 at 9:31 pm (1 year ago)

    Hello from Gold Coast Australia! I just found your blog maybe a week ago and was so impressed I looked through ALL of your past posts saving as I go. I don’t know how to sew but I’m going to give it a good try :) Thank you for the inspiration. I was going to go to op shops (what we call thrift shops here) for household items anyway but now I will buy that ugly old Nanna dress with a cute design haha. One day I might even send you a “refash” of my own :) Thanks again, Emma

  101. Erin
    June 26, 2014 at 12:46 pm (1 year ago)

    I stumbled across your blog a week or two ago. I have read every entry! I love it! I have always wanted to refashion clothes but I just never have. I have made a few things but I went through my closet the other day and took out everything I don’t wear. I am ready to start re-fashioning!! Thanks so much for all your inspiration!!!! :)

  102. Jennifer Kreger
    July 3, 2014 at 4:27 pm (1 year ago)

    Thanks for all the great ideas. My 13 year old daughter is a refashioinista and we get a lot of inspiration from your blog. We are in the process of our first refashion that we need the sewing machine for, right now. Still thinking it through before we put the shears to the dress. Thanks again for inspiring my daughter to be thrifty and creative!!!

  103. nenamatahari
    July 9, 2014 at 11:47 pm (1 year ago)

    Do you ever get dirty looks when you go to regular stores to study items and go home to make them?

    One day, back in high school, my mother and I wandered around Saks Fifth Avenue at Oakbrook Center in Oakbrook, IL. She pulled garments off the racks and studied them closely. She turned them inside out, carefully examining every seam and every stitch. One astute sales woman approached us and threw us out! I felt so badass for being thrown out of a Saks! My mom was DIY punk before that concept ever was mainstream.

  104. Autumn
    July 10, 2014 at 12:06 am (1 year ago)

    How did I never see this blog? Absolutely amazing! Love what you’re doing and you give me wonderful ideas!

  105. Kristen
    July 10, 2014 at 10:29 am (1 year ago)

    What brilliant ideas! I’m astounded. I sew things for the house and have made a dress from scratch, but I never thought about repurposing. This fits right in with my desire to cut out the poor labor conditions from my life. Thank you for sharing and documenting so well!

  106. Linda
    July 10, 2014 at 1:55 pm (1 year ago)

    Jillian, you are gifted and inspirational. I love second hand stores but have 12 thumbs when it comes to sewing. Maybe I’ll take a sewing course? Just discovered you here in Toronto. Will stay tuned for your next refashion. Bravo and thank you!

  107. Karin
    July 15, 2014 at 4:21 am (1 year ago)

    Love this blog! It makes me want to try my self, but sewing isn’t really my thing. But maybe I can learn? I stumbled upon this blog yesterday through a Swedish fashion magazine. So hi from Sweden and I will definitly follow your blog!


  108. Beth McLaughlin Feeback
    July 15, 2014 at 10:43 pm (1 year ago)

    Way to go, girl! You’re killing it! Keep up the good work. Congratulations on all the exposure. Figure out how to monetize it and work it!

  109. Carol
    July 16, 2014 at 6:47 pm (1 year ago)

    Love your ideas! Just found you from another website .
    Keep inspiring us!

  110. Theresa Clark
    July 18, 2014 at 10:04 am (1 year ago)

    I love your site. I “run” a one man (me) operation for charity called an Apron Strings project . I buy old clothes from Good Will and redesign them into aprons which I then sell. The full purchase price is donated to different charitable projects. I have donated aprons to Honor Flight to raise money so that war vets can travel for free to DC to see the monuments erected for the wars they fought in. Last Christmas I earned $400 for The Global Orphan Project so they could purchase school uniforms for the children in Haiti. This summer I am on my way to earning another $400 or so for a Dental mission trip to Zambia so children in an orphanage there can receive dental care. I grew up sewing with my mom and I love the creative task of turning something old into something new. Plus, finding that perfect shirt or skirt with the great detailing or unique fabric is such a thrill.

  111. Jen
    July 18, 2014 at 12:24 pm (1 year ago)

    What inspiration! I prefer to shop thrift rather than buying new – one for the cost, two where are all those clothes going to end up if not in a new home. However, I never really considered altering. Now to find the time…. My sewing machine has been pretty lonely ;)

  112. nancy
    July 19, 2014 at 5:22 pm (1 year ago)

    I’m so happy I found your site, Jillian! I love what you are doing and look forward to your posts as you work your magic on the undesirable pieces of clothing.

    Keep up the great work!

  113. shunter
    August 2, 2014 at 3:06 pm (1 year ago)

    Jillian = awesome! Not only are your projects great, but the way you present it on this blog, and the way you write, is delightful. A pleasure to read even if I can’t sew! Can’t wait to see what you do next. :-)

  114. Jessica Newsome
    August 3, 2014 at 1:04 am (1 year ago)

    Do you ever sell your refashioned dresses?

    • ReFashionista
      August 9, 2014 at 10:18 am (1 year ago)

      Nope. :)

  115. Lucie
    September 11, 2014 at 4:14 am (12 months ago)

    Hi Jillian,

    I discovered your blog on the bored panda and I’m really happy I did because you’re so creative! I had dresses that don’t fit me anymore and now thanks to you I have a new DIY project! :D Plus being French I love when you write things such as “Le Chop”, you’re such a funny girl!

    ^ ^ Have a nice day!

  116. taylor
    September 17, 2014 at 10:08 pm (11 months ago)

    This is so inspiring, I have been sewing since my grandma taught me at a young age. After my masters program I am going to get back in the groove of things. My mind is going wild because I love thrifting !!

  117. Anna
    October 6, 2014 at 3:25 pm (11 months ago)

    If you don’t apply for PROJECT RUNWAY it will be a darn shame!!! Do it Girl!

  118. Melodye Kay
    October 19, 2014 at 3:45 pm (10 months ago)

    I just finished looking at every one of your refashions. Next I plan to refashion every piece I have packed away. My MOH dress from my sister’s wedding back in 1987 will be my biggest challenge.

  119. glenda
    December 2, 2014 at 12:25 pm (9 months ago)

    i just found your site by way of pinterest. I have only read a few post and I love your concept and would love to learn how I can refashion thrift store finds. My sewing skills are very limited. Do you have any basic techniques you could share for those of us who are sewing illiterate? I have a teenage granddaughter and this would be a project we could do together. thanks.

  120. Femke Gijsenn
    December 3, 2014 at 4:06 pm (9 months ago)

    I just think you are so funny. I’ll be back to see more of your re-do’s. They are so well done and inspiring! Greetings from Holland!

  121. Desleigh Coombs
    January 18, 2015 at 10:34 pm (7 months ago)

    Hi Jillian,
    I have recently come across your site and love it so much. I do some dress sewing myself and love a good bargain. Unfortunately, here in Queensland, Aust. our thrift shops over here are rather expensive especially because I only live 15 mins from the city, but I still keep my eye out. Thanks for your Blog, love it. Keep up the good work.

  122. Lynn Turner
    March 4, 2015 at 8:33 pm (6 months ago)

    Hi Jillian, I have been through all your blogs from the beginning and think the ideas are great, I have started refashioning things and will send you one of my refashions soon. My electric machine broke recently so I am using a really dear old lady, a Singer black and gold hand-cranked machine and I have lots of respect for her cos she has quite possibly been sewing for the best part of a hundred years, God bless her.
    I loved your video, it was good to hear your voice and keep up the refashions cos they are very inspiring, take care and God bless love Lynn x

  123. Rania
    May 15, 2015 at 8:00 am (4 months ago)

    Wow.. just stumbled upon your blog.. and I love it! Your blog inspires me to learn ‘how to sew’ ;)


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