We have asked the fashion show designers and our upcycling experts to give us a few of their upcycling tips. Manchester based Stakkabridge an independent, vegan clothing company and Debi Harcourt-Whiting who creates unique, bespoke, steel boned corsets for bridal and special occasions, have come up with some simple and sensible suggestions.
Q: What can I make from an old t-shirt that requires very little actual sewing?
A : Debi Harcourt-Whiting – A vest or tank top.
A : @stakkabridge – Maybe cut off the sleeves or cap them and potentially the neck line too. I drew a character using a permanent marker which has survived many washes now :).
A : Debi Harcourt-Whiting – T shirts if in good repair could have lace, sequins, ribbon, appliqué, crystals, beading etc. applied to them.
Q: What are the essentials I should have in my make do and mend sewing kit?
A : @stakkabridge – Sharp scissors make altering a lot easier. Chalk for marking, needles and thread!
A : Debi Harcourt Whiting – Bondaweb to make any quick fix repairs and can be used for quick stitch free hemming, a sharp pair of scissors, dye, embellishments.
Q: If I need to shorten a skirt how do I ensure that the hem is straight?
A : @stakkabridge – Measure it from the bottom eg.10cm upwards all the way around and draw a line with chalk to follow when you sew.
A : Debi Harcourt Whiting – Remember to measure up from the hem and pin to mark before cutting.
Q: What can I do with the growing number of odd socks that I have?
A : Debi Harcourt Whiting - Dye them?
Q: Party /Friday night emergency, any suggestions for a quick ways to deal with a loose hem, broken zip or a hole?
A : Debi Harcourt Whiting – A loose hem can have a quick few stitches to hold it in place or use bondaweb for a more permanent fix. A hole may be fixed using bondaweb also, or use a brooch or an appliqué. Broken zips could perhaps be held together with a pin or 2 if not visible.
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