Recently I worked on the props and costume teams for a local production of Sweeney Todd which kept me very busy for a while. I'm going to write about what I did in more detail soon, but for now here are some of the promo pictures to make up for my absence. Enjoy!
Photos by Christine Sayer Photographics.
Part three of the fasteners series for March Mending is here! So far I’ve covered buttons and hook & eyes and now it’s time for press studs (or, if you prefer, snaps or poppers).
A couple of days ago I popped up How to Sew on Buttons which was originally also going to be a tutorial on how to sew on a hook & eyes and press studs. It ended up being massive, so I split it in three. Today’s instalment is the good ol’ hook & eye!
I was going to do this post on three different fasteners, but it ended up being huge so I split it. I’ll be posting How to Sew Hook & Eyes and How to Sew Press Studs over the next couple of days.
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Darning is such a handy skill to have. It can be used to fix up holes on most fabrics which is fabulous. It’s also one of the wonderful techniques that can be almost invisible if you want it to be, or it can be completely conspicuous.
It’s so frustrating when socks (or other items of clothing, but let’s be honest, socks are notorious for it) get worn out patches or holes in them when the rest of the fabric is perfectly good. Thanks to darning you can mend the offending areas and save the socks (or other garments)!
I haven’t been home to take photos during daylight. As an alternative I present images of people darning that I found online.
In this post I’ll teach you how to sew five basic and handy stitches. There’s also a bit about how many strands of thread to use, and how to knot your thread at the start and end.
If you’re new to sewing it’s worth making a little sampler with each stitch labelled for future reference. They’re handy things if you forget the difference between a backstitch and a running stitch, plus they help improve your hand sewing skills.
Let’s get to it!
I’m not a fan of fast fashion. I think it’s disgusting how much waste it causes. I am, however, a huge fan of slow fashion.
Slow fashion isn't a new concept. Historically clothing was mended, repurpoused, and given to other people – sometimes for generations! Perhaps the best known example of this is the Make Do and Mend movement during the Second World War.
Make Do and Mend was actually a pamphlet distributed by the British Ministry of Information 1942. It was originally titled Mend and Make Do to Save Buying New, which I only found out recently. The things you learn!
Make Do and Mend are also an American post-hardcore band, but this isn’t about them.
I’ve wanted to do a post about mending since I decided to start a blog. The only problem was I was finding it hard to edit down the information into a single blog post, so I’ve decided to do #MarchMending. I’ll be posting at least twice a week from now until the end of the month covering different mending techniques along with some other helpful bitlets and boblets.
This post is going to focus on the basic mending kit.
As promised here’s the update to the refashioned clothes I posted last week. I have a small confession to make; I still have no idea what to do to the black and silver dress, and I haven’t found any lining material for the leopard print skirt so neither of them are up here. I guess that’s all part of doing refashions. You can’t guarantee you’ll have everything you need or any good ideas for a particular piece.
Fret not, I still have three pieces to show you! The peasant top you had a sneak peek of last week plus the red t-shirt, and wrap dress transformations.
You may remember that one of my goals for this year is to get closer to being a zero waste business. You may also remember that something I wanted to do to help reach that goal was op shop refashions (or thrift store transformations, if you prefer).
Much to my delight I have started doing exactly that! Last week I headed to my favourite local op shop to pick up some clothes to transform.
Note: this post doesn’t have the refashioned pieces, but they’ll be up within a week!
Whoops, a week and a half has gone by without a new post! I’m still getting used to writing these weekly and I’ve just learnt how easily time can run away from you. In a way it’s not been such a bad thing. Now it’s easier to post on a Tuesday like I wanted to, and I’ve finished my blue dress which I was going to write about a couple of weeks ago.
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