Feb 282011

the independent logoby Carola Long, January 07, 2008

Have old clothes repaired and ‘refashioned’

It’s always satisfying- and so much more environmentally friendly – to mend your clothes rather than chucking them out at the first sign of wear and tear. Not everyone’s sewing skills extend beyond patching up the odd hole. However, several companies will not only do basic mending but also sensitive alterations and “refashioning”, ie turning something dated into something directional.

The Dress Doctor, aka the seamstress Jo Poole, will come to your house and perform emergency surgery on items that need mending or revamping. She can shorten hems, change buttons, take clothes in or drastically restyle them by dyeing or reshaping to suite you. She can also provide styling advice while she works.