I think that I made a mistake a few years back, when I started beating the drum about the old adage ‘mend and make do’. The one thing that nobody wants to do in a recession is ‘make do’. Young girls are looking more glamorous than ever and clothing has never been so chic, albeit primarily Primark!
So, about turn and start again. Mend? Yes! Make do? Never. The psychology of the society in recessive times, is to have a moan about the economic pressures, but look good never the less.. Is there a way to do this without draining your bank account and suffering the hideous charges that our banks levy on us for going overdrawn without prior permission? I think so. So, I am returning to the phrase ’Mend and make do’ and renaming it ‘Mend and make far better than it ever was’!.
Add sparkle to holes and dazzle to stains. Broken jewellery, bits of antique/old lace can be added to tops and skirts to give new life to older items. Clothing is rarely fit for the bin. You just need to find ways to hold onto it for a little while longer. I need a new top, £20, and I need a new pair of jeans, £40+. If you reinvent these items you could put that £60 away and put it towards something you might never dream of affording (those Christian Louboutin shoes or a luxury weekend away).
Make it fun, have a few friends round and re-create together. Creativity can flow best with company.