Repairs and alterations
Making small changes or repairs to clothes doesn’t need a lot of talent or experience. You could try it yourself, persuade someone close to do it for you or find a local pro. If the cost of replacing something is more than the repair or change or the item holds fond memories then the cost of a repair could be priceless!
Dare to repair
There are all sorts of ways for an item to become damaged – buttons fall off, hems come undone and tears happen. There are also lots of different ways to make these repairs. Online you’ll find short films and tutorials as well as lots of webpages offering advice. A great place to start is the Love Your Clothes website, here are their guides to quick fixes:
Whilst replacing a button or fixing a hem may seem easy the thought of making alterations can be daunting. You could try altering a seam using these instructions but if you’re not willing to risk your favourite pairs of jeans with your skill level find a local outlet to do it for you.
Love to learn
Most colleges have courses about sewing, with terms starting in September, January and April. Take a look at your local colleges and adult education providers to see if there’s anything you fancy. You’ll also find small local businesses and individuals who run sewing classes you could attend.