By Jack Williams
A fashionable mother has become a social media sensation by transforming frumpy old garments into stylish outfits for her daughters.
Sarah Tyau’s creations have seen her convert wedding dresses into summer dresses, leather jackets into handbags, and discarded denim shirts into an outfit that would look right at home on the catwalk.
Such amazing transformations have gained Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, resident Sarah more than 50,000 followers on Instagram – as well as the admiration of her daughters, Adi, 9, and Ana, 8.
The mother-of-three first started refashioning for her two daughters around six years ago, after Adi, then 3, admired one of Sarah’s old skirts.
Many of the outfits Sarah, 33, has produced have seen her convert old outfits that she previously owned – though she also works with the likes of oversized outfits, many of which she discovers in charity shops.
Today, having dramatically increased the number of projects she has undertaken, Sarah aims to refashion one outfit per week, posting videos of her successes on YouTube.
On her channel, Sarah has the likes of voting elements, where she will take viewers to a charity shop and allow input on what to refashion, and a “Come Sew With Us” series, started this month, where the mother-daughter team teaches basic sewing techniques.
Though no two projects are the same – and Sarah also refashions items for herself, not just her daughters – the average time to complete a successful refashion, Sarah said, is usually about three hours.
She said: “We throw away an average of 70 pounds of clothes per person annually.
“About 85 percent of textiles go to waste where it occupies five percent of landfill space.
“So I don’t like throwing clothes away and am kind of a hoarder when it comes to clothes or fabric.”
Eventually, Sarah hopes to start her own clothing line, which would see her daughters offer input on the eventual style.
Through this line of outfits, the talented designer would also like to progressively give greater percentages to charity – eventually seeing 100 percent of proceeds going to children in need.
She said: “I enjoy saving money, saving the environment, making something unique that nobody else has, and seeing my vision become a reality.
“Thankfully, they’ve liked everything I’ve made them so far, since most of the time I ask for their opinions on the design.
“So far, their involvement consisted of trying on the clothes for me several times to make sure the fit is good, and choosing the final design when I have a few ideas in mind.
“And if you have a passion, a talent, or a dream, to not push it away until they have more money, more time, more resources, but to do it now with the resources they have now.
“Doing it little by little with what you’ve got, even if it’s not perfect, is better than nothing.”