Sewing Techniques

Colour and warmth

Add some colour to your winter wardrobe following Sue Locke’s simple ideas and if you feel the cold, find out how to glam up gloves, make leg warmers and a funky throw.

1. Pared-down chic, which is another way of expressing the latest minimalist trend, only works if simple shapes are made in the finest cloth.

2. If you want to embrace vivid colours why not avoid a paint box effect by using different hues of the same basic shade.

3. Give a simple black jacket the wow factor by lining it with shimmering gold material.

4. Make a simple shirt more distinctive by using a contrasting colour (or print) on the collar, front tabs and pocket. A look spotted on a winter 2010 catwalk.

5. Give your summer floral maxi dress another life by chopping it to just below the knee and slipping a thin t-shirt underneath and a warm cardigan on top.

Trim your woolly gloves with fake fur and diamante buttons to given them an instant upgrade.

7. If you love vintage fairs stay on the look out for old wooden boxes. Using fabric glue you can line them with some pretty fabric then store your thread in them.

8. If you feel the cold make yourself a cosy throw with a large piece of fake fur.

9. Update a plain cocktail dress with a gorgeous jacket using a length of stunning brocade from a curtain store.

10.  Give some extra warmth to your legs if you are wearing ankle boots by sewing tubes of fake fur and slipping them over the top.

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