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No New Clothes for a Year-Online Resources

The No New Clothes for a Year Challenge really seems to be striking a chord, which is fab!
There are over 60 people in the Facebook group already, sharing ideas and inspiration and encouraging each other. And the challenge has been shared on the ifixit website too!

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Heather posted this in the Facebook group, and it’s a startling reminder about the impact of fast fashion, on the environment, and on our bank accounts too:

Fast fashion infographic

As I found when we embarked on our Buy Nothing New year, it can feel like a slight anti-climax to start not doing something, and it’s a slightly strange feeling.
And there can also be a slight feeling of trepidation about what might lie ahead!

To help lessen that feeling of trepidation, I thought it would be helpful to share some online resources with information and tutorials for mending, and upcycling, and repurposing your clothes.

:: Love Your Clothes
“Love Your Clothes aims to raise awareness of the value of clothes and help us make the most of the clothes we already have.”
There are loads of resources covering everything from helping you to choose a ‘capsule wardrobe’ and revisiting your clothes, to altering seams.

:: ifixit
This is a great resource for all kinds of repair, not just clothes.
But for this challenge, the Clothing Repair Guides are the ones that want.

:: Guardian How to Mend series
Last year, the Guardian ran a whole series of mending articles as part of their Live Better campaign.
There are articles in the series on:
sewing on a button
patching trousers
dealing with moth holes
managing bleach stains
how to mend your jeans at the crotch(!)
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mending faulty zips
mending old shoes
mending a ripped seam

::MIAMI (Make It and Mend It)
There is all kinds of inspiration on this site, but for the clothes mending gems, have a look right here.

:: Project 333
This isn’t so much about mending or caring for your clothes, but is about how to choose your wardrobe with care, and make the best use of what you already have.

:: Make Do and Mend-able
I started this site earlier on this year, and am slowly building up the Make Do and Mend resources that are on there!
There are posts like “How to Patch 5 ways”, and “How to Make Wide Leg Trousers Skinny Fit” which is a fab guest post from Vicky Myers.

BI-patching:: Refashion Co-op
This is a “a worldwide collaborative blog to showcase refashioned clothing projects and share techniques!”
Have a browse and get inspired!

:: Green Issues by Agy
I’m really excited that Agy has joined us in the challenge! Her blog is full of ideas for refashioning, and repairing clothes, and she also has a regular “Fix it Friday” too!

:: Refashionista
Jillian at Refashionista has spent the last 5 years deconstructing, reconstructing and repurposing charity shop finds, and posting how to’s, along with some pretty funny before and after shots-check it out!

Image from Refashionista

Image from Refashionista

:: Crafting a Green World
There is a Clothing and Fashion category with lots of upcycling ideas to re-purpose your existing clothes.

And don’t forget that you can search the Mending Clothes category on here too!

And lastly, I put together an e-book that covers all the Make Do and Mend basics, and has chapters on sewing on buttons, hemming, patching, darning, and also shows you how to make a pattern from a favourite garment so you can re-make it! Each chapter is written by an expert, and there are contributions from brilliantly talented people like Ginny from Alice and Ginny, and the King of darning himself, Tom of Holland.
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Do share you favourite clothes re-use and repair sites in the comments, and I’ll add them in!


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