Upcycling clothes part I

Now none of us are that flush at the moment so this is a good time to chat about making do and a bit of mending.

I’ve just got my winter coat out (brrrr…chilly….) the lovely classic felt coat I bought a few years ago and designed to last into my forties (maybe). Well I’m getting a wee bit twitchy about it, it’s a great coat but it’s boring.

With some luck behind me, I happened upon some gorgeous coconut shell enamelled buttons for a rather good price so I’ve whipped off a few of the coat’s buttons and replaced them.

Voila! Not a vast change but it makes me feel just a bit happier which is what it’s all about.


Zips part III

Yes I’m still talking about zips but they really do form such an important part of the the sewer’s routine. I’ve just stumbled across this rather helpful video about how to mend a broken zip so I’m sharing it. With you. Because I think you need to know.

So simple and so clever.

Please feel free to share with your dearest, nearest and in neediest.


Putting a zip in properly has got to be one of the most satisfying things you can do (save for ending world hunger but I digress, this is sewing world). Zips are functioning but can also look lovely and if done well, you can merrily sit there, zipping and unzipping your creation.

I mention this as I baste and sew in a zip in a wedding dress for a future bride. This has got to be one of the most important zips in her life-fail and she’ll remember it forever (and so will a few more people). That’s why I’m putting in a tiny hook at the top to make sure it won’t crash her party.