Some Practical Sewing

This shirt was made by Monsoon – a good and well known label here in the UK. It’s a size too big for me (because it came from a charity shop) but I liked it and I’ve been wearing it to my yoga class. It didn’t really work for me – loose tops can be a bit revealing when you’re upside down!

Seemed a shame not to use such a pretty shirt so now I’ve lengthened it and it’s a much needed nightdress.

It’s been a practical week – some bootcut jeans made of lovely fabric are now straight enough to tuck into boots and then there’s a dress waiting to be a tunic and a boring skirt which needs some magic.

Do you like this sort of sewing? Or do you only make new things? My budget won’t allow for buying anymore fabric at the moment so I’ve started to look around to see what can be done with what I have. I feel better already.

Let me know what you think about reusing and mending – I’d love to hear from you.

Thanks for dropping by.

Norma x



Filed under Clothes, fashion, jeans, mending, recycling, sewing, textiles, Thrift, upcycling

20 responses to “Some Practical Sewing

  1. What a great idea! I love upcycling and this is a great idea.

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  2. I was just writing about the exact same thing! I’m still very much a beginner so I’m nervous about diving into alterations, but I have plans on the horizon – turning a too-small dress into a top that fits, turning worn out jeans into a pencil skirt… fingers crossed 🙂

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  3. The panel you added to lengthen the top looks as if it was waiting for this combination. You’re very clever at this Norma. I believe this is an ability that not everyone has.

    I’m very pressured and do not have much leisure/spare time. I make only new garments for what I hope will become my portfolio. I do mend anything I have and keep it in good condition. Since I hand wash almost all my everyday and office clothes things last a very long time.

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    • Thanks for the vote of confidence.
      You sound as if you take very good care of your clothes & that is time consuming. I am interested in the portfolio idea – I can see from following your blog that you make very high quality clothes. It would be good if you felt like taking us through your makes and how they perform together in a future post.
      My clothes are very robust as a rule but I do have a few things that need special care. I rescued the turquoise silk evening skirt that I’d made & only worn once or twice. It’s now calf length & I’ve worn it. I can’t imagine how I will clean it though.

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      • Silk is very tricky for sure. The only money saving advice I once followed was to get it bulk dry cleaning. Cost was by weight. But oh the pressing was unsuccessful. I couldn’t get it to completely unwrinkle. One day I will take up your suggestion. Right now I’m so in love with my 1930s dress I want to continue each weekend until it’s completed.

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      • I am enjoying seeing it progress.
        Dry cleaning can be a problem when things are not labelled. We only have agency pick ups round here so you can’t talk to them. The nearest dry cleaner is probably 40 – 50 miles away so I’m just going to have to be careful. …

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      • Oh, my! Makes me realize how much I take for granted having everything within walking distance.

        Norma, this is a great topic. It makes me wonder how silks were cleaned in the 1930s. I do not believe dry cleaning was as common or affordable as it is today. Are any of our readers vintage garment specialists or owners? How do they take care of vintage fibers?

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      • Would be interesting to find out. The skirt is fine at the moment but that’s probably the time toask. I should photograph it & do a post.
        I like living here – drycleaning might be awkward but we have a great selection of wool & haberdashery shops.

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      • It is really something how each locale has a set of offerings for the residents. Here I have all the conveniences for everyday needs but nothing for creative work.

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  4. Great idea, the top looks great with the extra fabric – a lovely addition. I have been doing some practical sewing too, just mending but I love altering other clothes to make others. I agree it makes me feel better too.

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  5. Cool! Good idea and a nice improvement. I don’t care whether it is made from scratch or otherwise – if you can make something useable that you like, it’s a great idea!

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  6. What a great way to make a new and improved use out of something that might have not been used otherwise.

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  7. I always have big ideas about upcycling clothes but I never get around to doing it. I get far too distracted by pretty fabrics and vintage patterns that it just all goes out of the window.
    However, I am determined to salvage a 1930s skirt (that was originally salvaged from a dress by it’s previous owner) that’s got a horrid stain on the back. I’ve figured out what I can do, I just need to get on with it!

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  8. Oh my, what a lovely nightdress you’ve turned that top into! So pretty and so comfortable looking. Great change to a thrifted item! Love it.

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