Jillian Owens from South Carolina began refashioning cheap thrift store clothes into her own unique custom looks around ten years ago. At that time, she didn’t have enough money to buy higher-end fashion clothes. “I was working for a nonprofit and didn’t make a lot of money, so I couldn’t afford the higher-end fashion looks I saw and loved in stores. While I lacked cash, I had an abundance of creativity. I decided to take on the ugliest, saddest, and cheapest (just about everything I refashion costs $1) thrift store clothes I could find and turn them into my own unique designs. I taught myself how to sew, and the rest is history,” says Owens to
After some time, refashioning herself was no longer enough and Owens started her blog “Refashionista” to inspire and share her work with others. “I wanted to share my work with the rest of the world, as I thought it could do a lot of good for a lot of people, whether they were broke, looking for a low-cost creative hobby, or just liked checking out what I was making. I want people to look at my blog and be inspired to start thinking more creatively about how they can solve problems they might have (just like I did with my wardrobe). We’re all creative. We’re all makers. And we can all take things that aren’t working in our lives (for instance, a lackluster wardrobe) and find creative and innovative ways to make them better.”
If you are interested, you can find her previous post here on Bored Panda!