COST SAVING: Katherine Howison and Julie Morgan with fabric for a new creation.
COST SAVING: Katherine Howison and Julie Morgan with fabric for a new creation. Mike Richards

Refashioning clothes to save money is sew simple

CHIC clothing doesn't have to mean costly and shopping online isn't always a bargain, say Gladstone retailers.

Tank St's The Fabric Palette dressmaker, Katherine Howison, says there is a growing trend for people to refashion clothing and make it their own. 

She said people were sourcing ideas online and then putting their own twist on the trends.

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"They're going to the op-shops, buying something and turning it into something of their own," Ms Howison said.

"They might buy an old men's shirt, cut it up and make a little summery top out of it."

Ms Howison said it didn't take much sewing knowledge to make the changes.

"The very basics of refashioning, you don't need many skills," Ms Howison said.

"If you just want to cut off a pair of jeans into shorts and add a bit of lace trim, that's quite easy.

"And then it can get more involved."

She said The Fabric Palette offered sewing courses for those looking to learn a little or a lot.

"We can either teach people who want to revamp clothing or we can start with using commercial patterns," she said.

"I think that's a growing area, yes. I think mostly it's to get something a bit unique, something a bit different.

If second-hand shopping isn't for you, Me and Moo clothing store owners Wendy Cheshire and daughter Jasmine McCloskey aim to bring online brands to Bundaberg with their new store.

Ms McCloskey said online shopping wasn't always the bargain it appeared to be, and said she herself knew firsthand the pain of missed return dates on unwanted items.

"It is really annoying, buying online and not being able to see what you're ordering," she said.



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