Upcycled clothes ideas and how to sew tutorials.

Practical clothes upcycling ideas to elevate your wardrobe.

Hello and welcome to Second Life Upcycling. This website is about giving everyday items a second life and providing inspiration to recycle, repurpose, refashion, reuse, and rethink. Here you’ll find inspiring DIY projects, clothes upcycling ideas, easy sewing tutorials, amazing thrift flips and cool thrifting tips. Enjoy!
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My upcycling and thrifting journey (so far)…

I started thrift shopping in the 1980s out of necessity as a struggling student. Now, decades later, I don’t buy any clothes new (except under garments and swimwear). 

I am extremely passionate about ethical style and treading lightly upon our Earth.

I try to purchase the majority of my thrift shop clothing from the ‘last chance’ rack where the clothes are destined for landfill or to be turned into rags. I then upcycle these into clothes I want to wear. 

In my daily life, I have a corporate job and my clients would have no idea that my corporate wardrobe comprises second-hand clothes or garments I’ve owned for many years, even decades.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope I provide some upcycling inspiration to elevate your wardrobe.