It’s been claimed that some women spend £1,200 on clothes, shoes and accessories every month. If that’s true, then it’s surely no wonder that sales of sewing machines soared 500% after the global downturn hit.
Making your own clothes is a great way to keep a fresh-looking wardrobe without paying high street prices. And, thanks to shows like The Great British Sewing Bee, sewing and knitting is as much a bold, independent fashion choice as a way of saving money.
Once you have the knack, ‘SIY’ (Sew-it-Yourself) gives the freedom to create unique, bespoke designs from fabrics only you have thought of, plus a way to repurpose old favourites into on-trend styles. And it’s not just dresses and shirts. Curtains, kids’ clothes, cushions, toys, bags – there’s a world of opportunity for those that can wield needle and thread creatively. And there’s a very close-knit community of crafters to join too. You can find ideas and tutorials at The Sewing Directory or The Thrifty Stitcher.