Many garments can be renovated – and most people never think about doing it – they just assume that if it doesn’t fit, or look great on, that’s the end of its lifespan in their wardrobe – but why not try a spot of renovating.
Create a Cashmere Scarf
A cashmere jumper can easily be turned into a cashmere scarf.
- Lie the jumper on a flat surface and cut from the bottom of the armhole on oneside to the other.
- Using the bottom edge of the jumper (no the arms), overlock the raw edge
- Either wear it in it’s looped form, or cut open 1 side seam and finish the raw edge.
Turn a Dress into a Top
Wrap and kimono style dresses work well for this project.
- Cut the dress to a length that suits – remembering to leave 1.5cm to turn up as a hem.
- Hem the new top
Dye out that Stain
If you’ve got a stain that you can’t remove, and your garment is made of a natural fibre, why not dye the garment into a new colour, the stain will often disappear in the process.
Choose a dark coloured dye and remember to follow the instructions, stir, stir stir.
You can also dye garments that you just don’t like the colour of (or they’re not flattering). It will often give them a new lease on life.
© Imogen Lamport 2010
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