Save Money: 11 Ways to Make Hand-Me-Downs Chic for Fall

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Dawn Papandrea on Jun 1, 2010 at 8:30AM

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a Dawn Papandrea on Jul 30, 2009 at 2:45PM

Let’s face it -- given the economy, you’re probably not looking forward to back-to-school clothes shopping this year. At the same time, you don’t want to disappoint your fashion-forward kids. What to do? Go closet shopping!

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“Too-large v-necks can be worn backwards with a tank and some leggings a la the 1980s,” offers Jenny Isenman, mom blogger at, who’s also a former personal stylist. And, if you’ve got a sewing machine and aren’t afraid to use it, take a crew-neck sweater, cut it straight down the front and with a careful hem, you can transform it into a cardigan, says Sarah Jacobs, a mom of three who teaches garment sewing for a living. Give it some extra bling by adding big, chunky buttons salvaged from other old garments.

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