How-to Tips

Top ten tips for a restyled winter

Get ready for a cosy winter following Sue Locke’s top ten tips for restyling your wardrobe and clothes



1 Cosy up this winter with a gilet made in fake fur and wear it over a lightweight wool jacket for a Dolce & Gabbana look.


2 Give a plain dress interest by tying a length of wide velvet ribbon around the waist and sewing on a corsage of fabric flowers.


3 For an ethnic skirt at a fraction of a designer price make your own using cloth decorated with woollen embroidery from your local furnishing store.


4 Scraps of exquisite fabric needn’t go to waste. Use them as pockets, epaulettes or cuff trims on a plain knitted cardigan or jacket.


5 If you’ve been sewing sheath dresses this summer don’t file the pattern away yet. Make an autumnal version in lightweight wool and slip a short cardigan over the top if you feel the cold.


6 Give your knitted winter gloves a lift by adding colour-matched fringing to the cuffs.


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7 Over-sized necklaces are a major fashion statement this autumn. Make your own by sewing unique vintage buttons to a length of satin ribbon.


8 Rhinestones, especially large ones, still make an appearance in current collections. Scatter them down the front opening of your winter coat and give a lift to dark colours.


9 One of the most eye-catching ways to update a plain evening dress is to make a gold or silver sequinned bolero. 


10 If a new skirt is on your ‘to-do’ list then why not look for a panelled style. Create something special by alternating the panels with strips of lined black lace.

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