Category Archives: Clothing

Re-knit woollen garments

G Ma from Kaikohe writes “Over 40 years ago I too used to re-knit old woollen garments into multi-colored tops for the children. The problem was they didn’t want to be seen dead in them. Sooo shameful.”

Frugal fashion week

There is a growing sense of expectation within the frugal fashionista community as New Zealand Fashion Week draws closer – the first week in September. It’s the one week of the year when frugal folk have an excuse to dress outrageously and show off their low cost but fashionable outfits, so we thought it appropriate […]

Recycling pantyhose

Adrienne from Chch writes: Always buy same brand and colour. When you find a ladder cut the leg off. After the 2nd ladder wear together with 2 tops – keeps you warm! The cut off leg is excellent for washing children’s soft toys. The small pieces of soap from the shower put in the feet […]

Knitting with old folks

SJ from Dunedin has this wonderful tip: “Recently I decided I would like to learn to knit and crochet, and when I was given a big bag of wool scraps, I knew it was time to get started. Instead of buying expensive magazines or getting books from the library, I approached our local rest home […]

Warm war jumpers

JB from Auckland has written in regarding a recent Oily Rag article about the war effort, with her own tip. “My mother during the war would unpick warn jumpers, wash the yarn, and re-knit a new garment. My favourite cardigan was made of contrasting green and pink squares, with pearl buttons.”

John, Whangarei

I have discovered another virtue in having a son-in-law – especially one that is about my size! I now receive an endless supply of pre-loved clothing. My wardrobe is literally bursting with the almost-latest fashion jeans, jackets, and shirts. I am now, very subtly, suggesting what he may like to buy, knowing that it will […]

Cheap threads and other frugal tips

This week we have had lots of interesting letters from the frugal community. John from Whangarei writes, “I have discovered another virtue in having a son-in-law – especially one that is about my size! I now receive an endless supply of pre-loved clothing. My wardrobe is literally bursting with the almost-latest fashion jeans, jackets, and […]

Lorraine, Hamilton.

Duvet cover. I once had a polyester/cotton duvet cover which got faded on the top but the lining was in excellent condition and was excellent quality too so I made a pair of freebee long pyjama bottoms of the underside. The pyjama cord was made from a sheet off-cut. Seven yeas later they’re still going […]