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Colette Sewing Patterns


It may be over 60 years since WWII, but the spirit of 'Make Do & Mend' is very much alive and well. Colette Patterns have embraced the resurgence of crafting and created a range of sewing patterns for vintage-inspired clothing.

They have a range of pieces on offer, from a selection of summer frocks to menswear, suitable for any level of sewing expertise. Each is easily adapted in a range of versatile fabrics and are available in modern sizes 0 to 18. Their website is also a haven for crafting whizzes and have-a-go novices alike, featuring tutorials and tips for trickier stitches and fancy finishing touches. 

Patterns start from $16 and are available from the Colette Patterns website.

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Make-do-and-Mend with John Lewis


Surprisingly for a department store, John Lewis are encouraging their customers to be frugal this autumn. They're tapping into the Make-do-and-Mend trend this autumn and with a small booklet and practical classes at selected stores. 

Their booklet is a collection of top thrift tips collected from their employees, rather than the reprint from the Imperial War Museum featured earlier this year. They've done a great job in packaging it up in retro style using lovely line drawings to illustrate the tips. It's on sale in their shops for £3, with all money going to John Lewis Foundation. 

The classes take place at four selected John Lewis shops at end of this month and over October and they are encouraging you to bring along any clothes and accessories in need of updating. The classes are free to attend, though apparently you will be charged for materials used.  

Find out more online