I set myself rules, anything I hadn't worn didn't go back into the wardrobe, anything stained or holey? Bin!
It did mean though that I ended up with some things that could do with a bit of refashioning , I started with this.
Which I'd already refashioned once it used to have poofy sleeves and a large lace collar but I took them off ages ago just becuase they seem to get in the way and it made me look like I was a five-year-old.
Sadly though it still wasn't getting worn, in the end I took a good look at it and decided the reason I wasn't wearing it was because I hated the elastic around the waist it was making me feel constricted and it was just too uncomfortable.
I'm so out it came!
I didn't hem lining because it's the type of fabric that doesn't Fray and I only turned over the gauzy hem once becuase I didn't want to loose to much more length after my high low hem accident! Instead I ran the open flame of a lighter along the exposed edges and let the bit that might fray melt a bit. (This is the laziest type of hemming I do! )
Warning though: always do a test on a peice of scrap as it only works on man made fabrics I.e fabrics that have a little plastic in!
And open a window the first time I used this technique was on a stage costume and I flame , de frayed 24 seams. Let's just say the pink elephants didn't leave till a week later!
I guess this counts as a top tip! Ooh rant I posh!