Repair and Refashion Online

Have you got items of clothing you’ve been hoping to alter or mend but just need some advice and inspiration to get started? Join us for a one-on-one 30 minute advice slot (done over a video call platform of your choice like Zoom or Google Hangouts) and we can offer advice on the right techniques and materials to use. Once you’ve purchased a ticket, we’ll get in contact with you to organise what programme you want to use to talk. £2.50 from the sale of each ticket will be donated to charity, the total raised will be split between 3 charities, The Trussell Trust, Fashion Revolution and Refuge, more information on the charities included below. Ticket price includes £1.30 booking fee.

All you’ll need to take part are the clothes you’re looking for advice on.

  • If you have a basic sewing kit at home, we can lead you through the techniques in the tutorial. Visit our blog on how to build your own sewing kit.
  • If you have a sewing machine at home, we can also offer advice using the sewing machine.
  • If you have no sewing kit, we can still help you with techniques you could use and give you tips on where to find some basic kit/what you could use from around your home. Visit our blog on what to use instead of a darning mushroom.

An idea of items of clothing we could help you get started on…

  • a jumper with holes in
  • a dress that needs the length altering
  • ripped inner seam of a pair of jeans
  • the waistband on a skirt that needs adjusting

Time goes quickly when you’re repairing! It’s unlikely you’ll be able to finish your repair/alteration in the 30-minute time slot but we can offer the advice and techniques you need to carry on at home on your own after. If you’re unsure what to work on, get in touch by email we can point you in the right direction.

We’ll be donating £2.50 from the sale of each ticket to charities supporting people around the U.K. and worldwide, the three charities we’ll be supporting are…

  • The Trussell Trust – their work supports a U.K. network of food banks, providing emergency food and support to people locked in poverty whilst campaigning for change to end the need for food banks in the U.K.
  • Fashion Revolution – their work campaigns to radically change the way our clothes are sourced, produced and consumed to make the fashion industry truly sustainable and ethical. Many low-paid garment workers across the world have lost their jobs due to COVID-19 so their campaigning and support is as vital as ever.
  • Refuge – their work provides specialist support for women, children and some men experiencing domestic abuse across the U.K. through refuges, community outreach and a 24 hour helpline.

Clothes Maintenance 101: How to sew on a button

Sometimes it is the small things that stop us from wearing our favourite clothes. In our series, Clothes Maintenance 101, we demonstrate common fixes helping to make our clothes wearable again.

Sewing on a button is a simple task. It doesn’t take very long if you know how and have a basic sewing repair kit. In this video Sarah runs through the variety of buttons available and how to fix them back onto a garment.

Where to buy spare buttons

Start collecting your own spare buttons in a disused jar. Some garments come with a small packet of spare buttons that can be added to the jar. Charity shops often have packs of random buttons for sale, but we appreciate they are accessible whilst we are social distancing. We have pulled together some of our collection for sale on our Etsy shop. A random mix of buttons apx 30 buttons with some designs having 6 of the same button included (e.g white shirt buttons).

apx 30 buttons for £4 (free postage) | Reused and recycled packaging

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