This is the time of year when I pull out pants, shirts, sweaters, and skirts that I haven’t seen in close to 8 months – and then I remember, oh yeah, this sweater has a hole I told myself I was going to fix or “I would still wear these pants if it wasn’t for this tear…”
One of the best ways to get “new” clothes is to fix and mend the much loved ones you already have. Below you will find links to articles that share great tips on how to tailor, sew, and mend your way to a fresh new closet of clothes!
But there’s a hole in my pocket!
Crafting a Green World has an easy to follow post on how to mend that hole and extend the life of those jeans just a *bit* longer. Though the tutorial is for jeans, I think it can be extended to any pair of pants.
Speaking of jeans, you may have a few pair that fit really well, but are dragging you down with their length. Hemming pants is surprisingly easy – I used to bring long pants to the tailor, but no more! Once again, Crafting a Green World comes to the rescue – all you need is a pair of jeans, a double-fold bias tape maker, and a sewing machine (or a sturdy sewing needle).
If you have never checked out San Francisco Indie Fashion, I recommend you do – while they focus primarily on Bay Area designers, they also often have great tips on fashion, sewing, and tailoring. In the spirit of “revamping” your closet, they share five tailoring ideas on how to take what you already have – and make it new. As they point out, it IS ok to take clothes to the tailor – if you have nice clothes you want to last, it is worth the investment – dressing up the outfits with different accessories also extends the wearability of your clothes.
Other ideas they share are turning a dress into a shirt, changing the sleeves on a shirt, converting a tie-neck halter to a button closure, and replacing the lining (a GREAT idea for much loved winter jackets). Read more here.
To fix or not to fix…
Lastly, to leave you with some food for thought, I recommend you read (or re-read) this article that appeared in the Boston Globe awhile back: “Can this garment be saved?” It explores when you should and shouldn’t save that article of clothing and related costs.
Do you have any tailoring tips or shortcuts? Please share them with us!