There’s something very satisfying about walking down the street in an outfit nobody else is wearing. You could raid secondhand shops to stand out from the crowd, but making your own clothes feels like a real achievement. Or combine the two, by buying vintage items and then customizing or altering them.
If you don’t have a sewing machine already, look for bargains in the sales or online. While hand sewing is creative, you’ll achieve better and faster results at dressmaking with a machine.
As The Great British Sewing Bee has shown, making your own clothes is a hobby that appeals to men and women, young and old.
On the show’s website you’ll find a series of video tutorials from judge May Martin, with tips on topics like altering a charity shop dress, making a pair of children’s shorts and how to turn a man’s shirt into a sundress.