Repurpose - verb. To alter to make more suited for a different purpose. (wiktionary)
I'm not sure when this term came into use in the English language but it's what I've been doing this weekend.
About 10 years ago I bought a skirt which I loved and wore and wore and wore. It was long and floaty and eventually started to fall to pieces - the seam around the zip had ripped and the hem was starting to fray too. But I couldn't bring myself to throw it out so it lay in the fabric pile until Sunday when, after watching an old episode of 'This Old Thing', I had the idea of turing it into a top.
Armed with a stitch ripper I took the yoke off the top, removed the zip and green band and started to work out how it might change into a top.
This involved lots of cutting and pinning and trying on - what I'd forgotten was that the skirt was cut on the bias and this made it an absolute pig to work with. At one point I added the original green band around the neck (after phoning a friend for emergency supplies of green thread!) but the bias made it all twist so I unpicked it.
After a lot of fiddling it has become this:
I'm pleased with it and I know that I'll enjoy wearing it.