Monday, 5 March 2012

Sew your own

When purses strings are tight and no excuse can justify a blow-out at Topshop, why not don your creative hat and try your hand at a spot of sewing? Thanks to the growing popularity of the make-do-and-mend culture and the first sewing cafe opening in the heart of Paris last spring and causing a stir on both sides of the channel, people everywhere are fuelling their creative passion and getting handy with a sewing machine and thread.

With Parisian fever translating into businesses in the UK, sewing cafes are popping up all over the country, like here and here, and it’s never been easier to learn how to customise your clothes and recycle old favourites. The cafes work in a similar way to internet cafes - offering customers the chance to hire sewing machines by the hour - not computers - while tucking into coffee and cake. What once might have been seen as old-fashioned and fuddy-duddy has now been catapulted onto the fashionista radar and become a quirky commodity.

Plus, Victoria Beckham had to start somewhere right?

Even these celebs have jumped on the bandwagon and confessed to kicking back with a creative project or two.


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