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In 2005, the UK sent 1.2 million tonnes of clothing and textiles to landfill sites. Vintage clothes will always sell pretty well, but simple second hand pieces often need a little help in the aesthetic department.”


For those things that really are just too big, Victoria tends to completely rebuild them; sleeves off, seams in, the works. Skirts and dresses often need shortening and she frequently takes the sleeves off shirts or blouses to make them more current. She can also turn mens’


t-shirts into


oversized hand-dyed crop tops and will use the wool from second-hand knitwear to crochet into new things. Up-cycling furniture and homewares is also a growing trend as Anna Ward testifies. As an interior designer who set up her own company Furnished by Anna, she is finding that clients are increasingly asking her to work around items that they have had for a while or have inherited.


“From great grandmother’s china cabinets to antique sewing machine 22 | ukhandmade | Autumn 2011


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