Credit:  Lucas Allen

A skilled tailor can work downright miracles on overworn (and underworn) clothes for a fraction of what you would spend buying something new. Give the unused pieces in your closet new life with these 10 makeover ideas. Be sure to use a reputable tailor; find one in your area by logging on to, the Association of Sewing and Design Professionals’ directory. Then schedule a consultation and bring along inspiration (start with the photos in this story), says Jean Kormos, owner of Ghost Tailor, in New York City, and the person behind the alterations here.