Caring For Your Clothes

Hi everyone!

My name is Camilla, and I have been kindly invited to guest blog on The-Thrift to talk about a subject I am very passionate about: maintaining and prolonging the life of clothes. Essentially, making them last as long as possible!

This is such an important topic and I feel that most of the time people might give up on a perfectly fine garment. They may be unaware that they can mend them, think repairs are too difficult or simply don’t have the time.

Today I want to show you three simple steps you can take in order to extend the life of your clothes. I hope you will find this useful!

Making your knitwear look brand new

One of the main issues I find when charity shopping is bobbling fabric.  Once an item bobbles, people don’t know how to restore their knit to its former glory.  You might want to consider investing in a fabric shave. Acquiring one of these was the best decision I ever made clothes-wise: it changed my life!  A little dramatic perhaps, but it made me aware of how people wear clothes and expect them to look new without any maintenance.

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From Casual To Formal

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You can almost always find a great smart shirt in Barnardo’s, one like this high-neck number. I love a high-neck shirt but whenever I try one on I just don’t seem to be able to pull it off. Although I can’t pull off the high-neck style I still loved the fabric of this shirt and wanted to make it into something I would feel comfortable to wear for all occasions.

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Fashion DIY: A Man’s Shirt to a Frill Hem Top

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I always think that a man’s shirt is the absolute easiest item to pick up in a charity shop. For a few pounds you can usually find a shirt with a jazzy pattern or colour you love. Being cotton they are also so easy to work with when sewing so that’s why I am always drawn to them when looking to do a little upcycling.

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Pop UP-Cycle Your Clothes With Colour And Cloth

We are on the road across Northern Ireland’s Barnardos stores to show customers how to re-invent, refashion and reduce clothing waste! 

I am a charity shop addict so when Barnardos and I brainstormed these events, I thought… ‘Road trips around Ireland and charity shopping…what’s not to love?!’  I would say 75% of my wardrobe is charity shop finds and re-inventions.  It’s the thrill of the chase.

We will be taking over the window displays in Barnardos stores and setting up our ‘pop-up’ sewing surgery.  Using shop stock and transforming styles before your eyes! From five-minute fashion fixes to learning new sewing skills, there will be plenty of creative ideas to make your fashion finds one of a kind.

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Drop in and get involved!

Carrick: Friday 28th July 11 am – 3 pm

I will be re-inventing teen to adult clothing at the Carrick store, I can’t wait to go up a few days before and rummage in the store-room and on the shop floor!

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Join In Our Get The Trend Workshops By Love Your Clothes

Charity Fashion Love has been and gone, and we’re sad to wave goodbye to another brilliant event celebrating the versatility, beauty and fun of pre-loved shopping.

Once again we were blown away by the speed and flair with which Stylist and CFL Founder, Emma recreated London Fashion Week looks, solely using items found in one Barnardo’s store. The buzz of event day and general excitement of everyone taking part, was infectious, and we hope you’ve all been inspired to make pre-loved your first love when it comes to to shopping for clothes!

The action isn’t over though, as we have been holding some free drop-in workshops with Barnardo’s, in three of their London stores. The workshops focus on different trends we’ve seen during London Fashion Week and are bound to help keep you up to date!
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From Rags to Bags by Craftee Fox

Charity shops are full of goodies! Everybody knows that, but they are also full of goodies that can be changed into something else. I head down to my local Barnardo’s store on a regular basis to find donated items that I can make into fun things like these bags!

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