If you don’t have the budget for buying an ethical piece or charity shopping doesn’t suit your fashion tastes, making your own clothes is so incredibly rewarding. It does require you to have a sewing machine but once you have one the possibilities are endless. Youtube videos like those from withwendy provide a plethora of different patterns (that don’t actually require you to have a commercial pattern). Just googling the pattern or product you want to make will lead you to delve into a whole world of textiles heaven, if you want an hour (or a day) to kill then making your own clothes is the place to start.
Like the yokes of this jacket, little embroidery motifs can upcycle any textiles piece, it doesn’t have to be sewn from scratch. My school is fortunate enough to have a computerized embroidery machine however you can find patches to sew on the internet or do a little bit of hand embroidery to create your own unique motif. There’s something so rewarding about making your own clothes that just doesn’t come from buying a garment, a sentimentality and the pride that it is something you’ve created.