Earlier today I popped up to the shops to get some medicine (feeling very sorry for myself today!) from my local Superdrug. Opposite is my very favourite charity shop, Barnardo's, it's what I remember a charity shop to be, not what they are becoming - I am looking at you St Peters Hospice. Reasonably priced goods, lots of bits to look through, and most importantly full of people with arms full of things. It seemed rude not to have a quick look. Slim pickings I must say but I did manage to pick up a tomato red cardigan for £1.99.
Brand new New Look standard cardigan. Pretty boring. So I thought "what can I do with this?". Buttons! Replace the standard buttons with something a bit prettier.
I got the idea from a small vintage boutique in Manchester a couple of years a go. I found a pretty standard black cardigan with pretty kitsch buttons instead of the standard buttons. Although I thought it was pretty, the shop was charging £29.95. Instead of shelling out the best part of £30, I thought to myself "I could do that" so I left the shop with my purse still in tact.
I am in no way a crafty person. As much as I would like to be, it was something that I never really learnt. I do however know the very basics of sewing, more to fix things than to make them! So I decided that I would get some pretty buttons and give it a go. Although I picked my beads up from The Bead shop in Afflecks, they don't have the buttons on the website, but a good place to look is eBay. You can find big bags for around £1.99.
So here is how I do it:
First, pick your buttons. Count how many you need and pick the ones you like. My top tip would be to go for buttons that are the same size or slightly bigger than the original buttons or it will end up slightly looking a little lop sided. I tend to leave a couple of the original buttons so I can still do up at least one button (important if you are going a little larger with the new buttons).
Cut off the original buttons as neatly as you can and place the new button over the thread holes.
Sew it tightly and as straight as you can manage. When your finish tie the back up and just snip off the ends to tidy it up. If any one fancies the lady bird buttons, I did see them on eBay.
Carry on all the way down. This will probably take around 10 minutes and then, TA DAAA.
I made a coffee before starting this and it wasn't actually cold by the time I finished. I am pretty happy with how it turned out. The whole cardigan and buttons probably cost about £2.50. Take that small boutiques! And not just them, when I worked for Urban Outfitters years a go part of the renewal range was plain 80's jumpers with a few buttons sewn on, they cost £35 each. I think I will save my money for a nice necklace!
I have just popped this in the wash to get rid of the charity shop smell so I can wear it in London this weekend. I just hope I feel better by tomorrow!
Do you do little updates? Any plans for the weekend?