Sunday, 10 May 2015

Make do and mend...

Until I started my job last year and my free time slowly began to slip away, I used to make a lot of my own clothes. One of the things I enjoyed most was going shopping and finding a bargain that just needed a small tweak here or there – maybe the hem shortening, or the sleeves taken off – to make it fit properly and look just that bit different from what everyone else was wearing. The best compliments always came from friends who would ask ‘Where did you get that?’ and then be shocked when I said I made it myself, as if customising a top or skirt was some mysterious form of witchcraft they would never be able to master. 

Although I’m still an avid watcher of the Great British Sewing Bee, and make mood boards every few months of things I’d like to make for the coming season, the pile of unfinished sewing projects in the corner of my bedroom never quite seems to diminish, and my dressmaker’s mannequin is usually bare apart from the addition of a couple of necklaces and a measuring tape. Becoming more aware of how much clothing I buy and how it’s been produced, however, has made me want to start sewing properly again…mostly so that I know exactly what’s gone into what I’m wearing, but also so that I can start to make more use of pieces that often stay at the back of my wardrobe, either because they don’t look quite right or don’t fit properly. I already have a few things in mind, especially with summer fast approaching…watch this space for future DIYs!

What do you think? Is there anything you’d like to change in your wardrobe but don’t have the time (or the skills) for?

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