I almost never buy new clothes, with the exception of underthings. I haven't even been browsing the thrift stores much. One way I acquire new (to me) garments is through the beloved clothes swap (aka naked lady party).
Anyway, when I looked in my closet recently and was not quite thrilled, I decided to take the stuff that I had and alter it in simple ways. I started out by trying the bleach pen t-shirt idea. There are plenty of tutorials out there.
Lots of people seem to have had great success with this idea (try googling bleach pen t shirt), but it didn't happen for us.
One of my recent clothes swap acquisitions was this ultra-soft angora sweater with sleeves just a little too long for me. My quick fix? Thumb holes, with embroidery floss sewn around it button-hole style to keep the holes from spreading. I love it.
I did some simple hemming on the sleeves and bottom of a clothes swap dress to adjust it for Camille. She is now the proud owner of a beautiful, wintry, witchy hooded dress. She adores it.
Sometimes, the simplest of ideas make a big difference, and, um, sometimes they just don't work out. Oh, well. No harm done.