JillyBe - Interesting note about bamboo. I'm going to check that out, esp as I've been feeling guilty for not buying cloth made from a renewable resource.
I haven't done remodelling any lately, but have some serious alterations to make to store bought clothes that I bought on-line. Downside of mailorder to Canada from the US is returning things costs $$$ in postage.
I very much like that's it's mostly the younger sewers who are picking up garments and remaking them. It's adventurous, gives them a chance to experiment without spending too much money on fabric, and makes sewing fun. Granted, you have to be the age at which you can wear a potato sack and look good for some of these creations, but, overall, I think it's wonderful fun and a great introduction to creating clothes. Much better than learning by turning collars and letting out/taking in things or making your basic gathered skirt/apron/useless thing you'd never wear or use.
My list has a black knit dress with a not too low scoop neck and long sleeves. Was supposed to be below knee length, but it's almost ankle length and baggy in all the wrong places. It's a stable knit, almost doubleknit, so should be good for an experiment or two. Then's there's the yellow raincoat with the disgusting buttons and nasty navy lining.