REPAIR WHAT YOU WEAR AT SUSTAINABLE FASHION WEEK 2021

Learn how to mend your clothes one stitch at a time
With mending skills declining, Repair What You Wear have made it their mission to educate as many people as possible about basic mending skills. We went along to their event at Sustainable Fashion Week 2021 to see what we could learn.
As a self-confessed terrible sewer, I was determined to pick up any useful skill I could that would make mending my clothes easier.

So, what are the basics you need to begin mending?
The basic equipment you need is some darning thread, scissors, a long needle, and a pen that rubs off with water.

It's useful to get yourself a darning mushroom or just cover a jam jar lid with masking tape. You can put these under the area you're darning to create a smooth, stable surface. Don't knot your thread, instead secure the thread by going over it twice. Use a bit of cereal cardboard to put down the sleeve of a sweater to create a flat darning surface.

Ros from Repair What You Wear has so many amazing tutorials on her website for beginners. I particularly love this "How to mend a tear in jeans" video to keep your jeans kicking for as long as possible:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w82UNSIYW_c&t=4s

Or, if you fancy learning how to make your clothes look pretty, there are plenty of embroidery tips on there, too. Just like this lovely little blanket stitch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhuLGfniPy8

Go and check out Repair What You Wear and learn how to make your clothes last longer. Let's make repairing the norm, instead of buying new when something gets a tiny bit holey.
Article by Catherine McAteer
REPAIR WHAT YOU WEAR AT SUSTAINABLE FASHION WEEK 2021
Learn how to mend your clothes one stitch at the time