For many people crafting is all about making things for their home, and, the occasional gift for friends and family. However, that is starting to change.
In many parts of the world, the crafts movement is gaining momentum as more people become interested in learning the skills. Some people are getting involved because they are living on an ever tightening budget, others because they want to make things and sell them to pay some bills.
However, many younger people are starting to craft because they cannot find the clothes that they really want to wear, in the shops. Instead, they are finding items that are nearly right then going home and customising them to get the look they want.
Embellish your clothes
They have woken up to the fact that crafting is fun and far easier than it used to be. For example, these days, if you want to embellish a garment, all you need to do is to buy a kit and use it.
Often they start by buying something second hand and experimenting on that. This gives them the chance to practice, and try out different ideas. Once they are confident enough, many young consumers then go out shopping looking for garments that they can adapt and personalise using crafting techniques.
Alter your clothes
Many of these young buyers then take things a step further and start to buy clothes that need simple alterations. Sewing on patches, buttons and other embellishments gives them the confidence to try tasks that are more complex.
Re-work old garments
They quickly work out how to take a baggy, long sleeved blouse and turn it into a sleeveless vest top with a more tailored look. Learning how to sew is a great way to regenerate your wardrobe when you are living on a tight budget, as many people are these days.
Using your crafting skills to finish off your outfits
Accessories are important, they are what pulls everything together, and completes your look. It is always worth having a few belts, scarves, handbags, good shoes and some nice handmade jewellery in your closet. With the right combination of these items, you can easily transform a dress or trousers and top to give them a new look.
Shopping online for women’s shoes is a great way to grab yourself a bargain. Provided you measure your feet carefully and use the detailed size guide that many retailers now provide you will get a good fit.
When it comes to the rest, I would recommend making them yourself. Belts, jewellery, basic handbags and scarves are easy to make. If you want, you can keep things simple and still produce stunning looking pieces. Of course, the other option is to buy things like belts and handbags then use your crafting skills to make them better, and personalise them.
As you can see, there are lots of ways that you can use your crafting skills to update your wardrobe and make a tight clothing budget work. If you are not already doing so I would urge you to try some of the above approaches.