Janelle from Tchotchke Attack! has a photo set up from a project she's been working on to embellish recylced jeans for an organic denim clothing line. I mention it here first and foremost because I'm totally in love with it, but second because this kind of thing is very "domicile-y," by which I simply mean that we do a fair bit of the sewing/reconstructing/recycling round our house.
Both Martin and I have our own sewing machines, something which seems to tickle some folks when they see them set up in their dueling glory, however we both have very different approaches to sewing. Martin is the master reconstructor/recylcer where as I'm more inclined to start from scratch. Often for me that means taking something totally apart to pillage its fabric and then reworking that into something new, or simply starting with old bedsheets and scraps acquired at yard sales/thrift shops/from friends. Martin is more inclined to just sit down at his machine with a garment and have at it with the stitching until he comes out with something he's happy with. He does this with nearly every single pair of jeans he owns (or maybe actually every pair), something which caused me mild heart failure the first time he starting tooling around with *expensive* jeans, but which certainly seems to work out for him 9 times out of 10.
We've also been trying to use recycled materials in our house project wherever possible. Alley finds, castaways from friends and found objects from the massive "ark" that Martin's father maintains on their property full of likewise scrounged goods have helped us both save a fortune on our household projects (often being the only thing that actually makes them doable in fact), while also challenging us to work with the materials we've got rather than spending time to seek out the "perfect piece."
I'll admit some days when it comes to both clothing and renos I find myself daydreaming about an endless budget and just what money could buy -- like my own personal drywalling minion -- but at this point in my life I'm pretty happy with our approach.