When Kim Kardashian admits to customising her designer wardrobe, you know that DIY fashion is a thing. With a few DIY fashion skills, you can refresh and repair your favourite outfits without making a costly trip to the tailor or cobbler.
Here are our top four DIY fashion skills that every woman should have…
1. Hemming a skirt
This is a lot harder than it sounds, and is best accomplished with a sewing machine. First, wear the skirt (or get someone else to model it for you), and gather up the hem as high as you want it to go. Then fix it in place with pins.
Take off the skirt and make sure everything is straight by measuring the height of the new hem at every pin mark. Then either sew it by hand or whiz it through the sewing machine.
2. Sewing a button
This is one of the DIY fashion skills that most people get wrong. The trick is to sew it in really tight, then wrap a length of thread between the button and the fabric, making a sort of collar around the lengths of thread in between. This ensures that there is enough space around the button to get it through the button-hole.
3. Unscuffing your shoes
Most scuff marks don’t need professional attention – in fact, you can probably fix them up using just a few household products! For patent leather shoes, dab some Vaseline on to the scuffed area and rub it in, then wipe the area with a damp cloth. A spot of toothpaste will remove stains on canvas shoes (just dab the area with a warm, damp cloth afterwards), and a simple pencil eraser will rub out scuff marks on vinyl or suede shoes.
Leather shoes are a different story, as it all depends on the type of leather used. However, in many cases a bit of mild hand soap and a microfibre cloth can work wonders!
4. Distressing your denim
Most fashionistas will pay a premium for ripped jeans, distressed hems and artfully scuffed patches. But you can update your own denim for next to nothing! To add rips in your jeans, first put them on and make pencil marks wherever you want the rips to go. Then take them off and use a knife or box cutter to make a small hole anywhere along the pencil-line. Use your hands to make the rip bigger, and pull at the threads for an extra distressed look.
To distress your hems, the same rules apply. First cut around the hem of your jeans, then pull on the threads until you have the look you want.
And to get those scuffed patches? Just take a piece of sandpaper and rub away at the area until the denim starts to fray.