I've been on a mending spree recently. I have an embarrassingly large pile of 'clothes to alter/mend' and due to dwindling funds and the recent crap weather, I found myself with some time in which to mend them. (Not yesterday, of course. I spent most of it outside turning pink along with the rest of London. Lovely) div>
I bought the top half of a wedding dress at a local fayre recently for £5. I loved the lace and the slightly flared sleeves, but didn't have much of an occasion to wear it having got hitched almost 6 years ago (6 years! Yikes)
So I turned it round and decided to make it into a little lace jacket. I had to adjust the neckline as it sat too high on my neck. To do this, I carefully unpicked the lace around the collar, folded over the fabric to lower the neckline, and then stitched it all back together. I also added a little popper to the top.
And voila! A lovely lace jacket that can be worn over pretty much anything, can be dressed up or down, and provides a tiny bit more warmth for summer evenings.
Poser. Jeans- Monkee jeans, vest American Apparel bought about 6 years ago. Its falling apart but I refuse to part with it.
Next; a skirt that has been sat in my 'to mend' pile for 5 years. I kid you not- 5 years. I bought this original 1950's skirt for 50p from a local junk market, but the zip broke a year after buying it. My mister helped me to unstitch and re-zip the zip on to its runners; this took a surprisingly long time. I also had to replace the button and fix a few little rips. A hot wash and a quick press later, and this skirt finds itself back on top of the 'Hannah's favourite item of clothing' charts.
Hm, I obviously didn't press for long enough!
The fixed button and zip
I also fixed three of my misters jumpers. All had increasingly conspicuous holes in the sleeves and/or arm pits (I'm not sure how he does it?!) so I machine stitched them all back together using a zig zag stitch (so there is some stretch). Cue happy hubs. I made myself some denim cut off shorts which took me all of 3 minutes- lop the bottoms off some old jeans and turn up the ends, and I am half way through turning a vintage dress into a skirt. The fabric on the top half of the dress has become too thin, fragile and full of rips but the skirt is fine.
If you have a similar pile I'd highly recommend you re-visit it. I have three and a half new items of clothing for free. Hurray!