Making small changes or repairs to clothes doesn’t require a lot of talent or experience. You could try it yourself, persuade someone close to do it for you or join one of our sewing repair workshops. If the cost of replacing something is more than the repair or alteration or the item holds fond memories, then the cost of a repair could be priceless! Plus, there are lots of simple techniques for updating items that will save you from having to run to the shops each time a new trend takes hold.
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 repair them. There’s no shortage of films, tutorials and webpages offering repair advice online. A great place to start is the Love Your Clothes website.
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 pair of jeanthen find a local outlet to do it for you.
Upcycling takes unwanted items and with a bit of imagination, transforms them into something beautiful. Whether it’s an old jumper into a laptop case, a fire hose into a belt or a coffee sack to a re-usable bag, upcycling is a bit like magic.
Love to learn
We run sewing repair workshops across west London throughout the year. Sign up to our Get Swishing mailing list to be the first to hear about them.
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