Buy Nothing New October, Dress to Impress (for Less), Footnote Frivolity***, Gen DIY-er, Second-hand Scavengers

Second-hand rags to second-hand riches

Once there was a shirt from the flea market. Despite its lovely seventies floral print and one-dollar pricing, passers by would pick it up only to put it down because it was missing half a dozen buttons. Then a Mustbethrifty godmother came along. Even though she couldn’t turn pumpkins into coaches*, she saw some potential in the flea-market shirt and decided to give it a makeover.

Firstly, she moved what was left of the original cuff buttons to the central placket**. Old stitches were removed with a seam ripper. Some double length thread was secured to the back of the work. The needle was pushed through the fabric and the button shank until several loops were formed, securing the button to the shirt. Winding the thread around the shank added more support. The work was finalised with a couple of knots at the back.

The Mustbethrifty godmother then added some shankless buttons to the cuffs; these matched the blue of the shirt’s floral print. A couple of pins inserted into the fabric formed the shape of a cross, raising the button above the fabric like an actual shank as well as helping keep the buttons straight***. Continue reading

Dress to Impress (for Less), Gen DIY-er

Turning drab into fab

Like many Gen Y-ers, I am craft-challenged. My sewing skills consist of threading needles and accidentally stitching <insert crafty project here> to the clothes currently being worn.

I am also vertically challenged. My trousers and dresses are always in need of shortening, and instead of doing it myself, I usually pay someone else to alter them. NOT THRIFTY.

I’ve got several items currently in the mending pile, including one 80’s polyester dress purchased from an op shop. I loved the fluoro pink and blue stripes, but the ankle-skimming length of the hemline made the dress uber daggy and I had worn it only once with the offensive hem tucked underneath my skirt and stockings. Again, NOT THRIFTY.

Armed with a library book on mending* and Cheap Geek’s mending kit, I decided to must-be-thrifty the situation Continue reading