Updated: Apr 20
Now with Covid-19 on the rampage many people are only spending little if any money on clothing. Which nobody can blame them for. Being in the UK clothing shops are closed at the moment due to the country being on lockdown. However, many people are taking the opportunity to sort out their belongings. When it comes to clothing why not try recycling it. Now I hear you saying ‘but we can’t leave the house and all the charity shops are closed, so we cannot recycle it. Then may I also suggest taking this opportunity to learn to sew. Revamp your old clothing. Taking your old clothing apart and adding to it or resewing it completely is a good way to practise serving because most of the hard work has been done for you. Also, if it goes wrong you have not waisted all that money fabric that is not going to be used.
For inspiration may I suggest a programme called ‘The Great British Sewing Bee’ it is a BBC programme that starts next Wednesday (22/4/2020). It is basically the sewing version of ‘The Great British Bake Off’.
Whatever the reason is for wanting to get rid of those clothes, whether it’s because the clothes don’t fit anymore, the item of clothing has become worn and damaged or it’s just not your style anymore. Taking the garment and adjusting it a little and adding some trims and embellishments to the garment can absolutely transform an item of clothing. Or if you want to be even more ambitious by taking it apart completely and resewing it to something else to create a whole brand-new outfit.
One thing that I have seen that people have done is turn their old clothing and transform it into something that they have seen on the runway, but I would say that this is for some who has had a little practise and has a few Sewing skills under their belt.
So, I urge you with this time away from work. Don’t think of it like a holiday but use it as a time to learn something new and grow. We have the internet at our fingertips and this your chance to look up YouTube videos, research blogs and websites to hone your skills or even just start your new skill.
All I can say now is Good Luck and if you F@£$ it up, don’t worry all sewers have been in the exact same position you have.
Nicky P. xxxx
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