Make Do And Mend preview, by Zara Rabinowicz, for le awesome mag, Le Cool.
“The recession may have caused people to curb their shopping trips, but it has also seen a rise to those with crafty inclinations, as the idea of creating something new from owned items has never been more appealing. Make Do and Mend is a night which celebrates the diverse areas of craft, and teaches you how to turn your old outfits into something worthy of a Brick Lane stall. This monthly event takes place in the delightful Time for Tea venue, a 220-year-old silk merchants’ house, refurbished with 1940s memorabilia, and the event is led by a team of experts including couture jeweller Lucy Wills and vintage stylist Helen Kathryn Goule. They’ll share their top tips for repairing outfits and will be handing out patterns and materials, as well as demonstrating vintage sewing techniques. They’ll have a sewing machine on hand to practice on, with fabric to play with, so just bring along any projects you have for an evening of fun. Mae West films will be playing in the background and the vibe will be creatively themed camaraderie.”