You know what’s even more fun than sewing your own clothes from scratch? Upcycling thrift store finds or clothes you already have! Geneva Vanderzeil, founder of A Pair & A Spare, is an upcycling queen. We absolutely adore all of her tutorials and wanted to feature some of our favorites here. These looks are so insanely chic we can’t wait to try them out for ourselves!

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Crop top skirt sets are timeless. Fashion history will tell you they’ve been a classic look since the ’50s. Turn a dress you don’t wear very often into an outfit you never want to take off by following this tutorial!

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This is the easiest skirt tutorial with the most reward we’ve seen in a while. The Sheer Hem Pencil Skirt has only one difference from that plain Jane skirt you still have in your closet, but that difference makes a pretty big statement. Use a black or white skirt and wear it any time of day for almost any occasion.

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How cute are these Pom Pom Shorts? If you can find some slouchy pants, you can make these shorts! If you already own a pair of shorts in this style you can skip to the end and just add pom poms for a whole new look.

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This light and airy Peplum Skirt is perfect for summer, and all you need is a flared hem skirt to start you off. Well, what are you waiting for? This chic look is only a few steps away!

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We’re going crazy over this Carven Inspired Cut-Out Mini Dress. Get the runway look by using almost any plain dress. No sewing machine required!

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Put a twist on that mini skirt of yours and give it an asymmetrical hem! This little tutorial will help you turn any mini skirt into an eye-catching statement.

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