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buy the cheapest flannelette sheets, and they can be prone to
pilling/fluffing. I put them - while still in their plastic
wrappers - into the freezer for at least 24 hours, then wash
as usual. They wear evenly, with no pilling, and are lovely
and warm. It works with kids' flannelette pyjamas too! -
Karen, Palmerston North
try to save as much money as I can when it comes to clothing.
I buy out of season when the sales start ready for next year.
Already I have shorts and tee shirts packed for next spring
and summer and will be using winter clothes I bought in spring
when the weather cools down. If you don’t mind being a
season behind it’s a great way to save money and have some
new clothes! Sometimes I buy one item and if I really like it
keep an eye out and buy more when the sales hit. - Denise,
I hang my newly washed shirts etc on coat hangers on the line
and then ironing, if necessary is a breeze. - A.K., Carterton.
To keep your arms warm when wearing a sleeveless dress to a
party use a pair of panty hose. cut out the crotch and toes
and pull them over your head. You can use black or nude or
mesh pantyhose. - Denis, Opotiki.
Use any left over jeans, decorate with lace, buttons, patches,
from the crutch area; cut straight across; and resew to seal
the legs and crutch. With
the cut off legs, make straps using the leg material; and sew
onto the top band part of the jeans where the belt loops are. I
used an old tie as a decorative piece threaded into the belt
loops. The five pockets I use for placing keys, cell phone,
lipstick, sun block, anything small... you can even put a full
zip across the top part to seal the new bag. - F.R., Oropi,
If you have old jeans that no longer fit, Unpick and use
material to make jeans for small children, you can add
buttons, ribbon, etc to make them more personalised and nobody
would even know that they were made out of your old jeans. If
you can not sew, maybe you might know of someone that could
sew them up for maybe some baking etc. - Shirl,
and second hand
buy my clothes at op shops. - Helen, Sunshine
We buy most of our clothes from second hand shops. It takes
a bit longer looking for 'needles in the haystack' but
people are always saying how well dressed we are! - Mary,
Do you have sewing skills, a sewing machine and some spare
time? How about helping a struggling family by mending their
children's clothes? I have recently 'adopted' a family and
have been patching items of school uniforms and jeans, have
fixed the seams and hems of small dresses, given tights a
new lease of life with some imaginative decoration, and all
of this for little cost. For patching material, go to an Op
shop and buy, for instance, a worn pair of jeans in the same
colour as the one to be mended. Use the good bits for
patching. If you are of the granny generation and cannot
give this kind of practical help to offspring of your own,
just look a bit further a-field. I wore hand-me-downs and
mended clothes throughout my childhood and gratefully
remember my mother's knack of making them look special.
Let's use our old-fashioned skills again to help today's
recession children. The same goes for the grandpa generation
and for DIY skills in general, of course! -
Thirties Depression Baby, Auckland.
daughters dolls clothes, cot blankets, bibs are real
babies clothes from Op Shops. - G.B.
what your kids are going to throw out as being out of fashion or too small.
They have some really good gear, and even it is only good for the gardening
it will be cost effective (a term that, as you know, means cheap!). Another
source is to wait until the charity shops have sale days, ie fill up a
supermarket bag for a dollar etc. We have found that by using the above
means of clothing ones self we have managed a trip to Queensland every year
to escape the hardships of winter, using all the specials of course. -
clothing growing kids, ask around for some hand-me-downs.
Many items will be as good as new.
with teenagers and above should have a look at what clothing
their kids are throwing out. I recently scored three jackets
and a pair of jeans from our son who was going to toss it
out. Ok, I know I could be accused of not bring my son up
right, but hey, he was just going to toss the stuff out! –
buying fabric, consider buying second hand clothing. Cut it
up and make something new. – F.N.
Op' Shops are great places to get cheap clothing from. To
help find op shops in your area check out www.opshopdirectory.co.nz
- Sam, Hamilton.
buy good quality knitted items from second hand /church shops.
Unpick the garments and wash the wool. You need to wind the
wool around the legs of a chair or something similar, like
someone’s hands if you have a helper to make a skein.
Tie it loosely. Wash /soak for a while till all the crinkles
of the previous knitting are gone, then tie on the line to
dry. Then rewind. If you try to knit previously knitted
wool without washing it will not look nice. I recently did
this, buying an item for 50 cents which gave me wool worth
$6-$7 dollars in the shops. - Erina.
up knitting. It’s a great way to better utilize time that
would otherwise be wasted in front of the telly. Knitted
garments make excellent gifts (like knitted underpants!). You
may even find and tourists shops will stock uniquely New
Zealand creations. – F.N.
the most of buying opportunities such as sales and factory
seconds. If it coming up to winter, buy for next summer. If
its coming up to summer, buy for next winter. – F.N.
for a sales. One oily ragger waited six months for a bumper
shoe sale before buying a much needed pair of dress shoes. By
the time he foud a pair (down from $200 to $86) his other
shoes were well past their used by date. – Ed.
Dust off the sewing machine because there is gold in there!
When my daughters sweat shirts get a bit snug I cut then a the
front down the middle add a full length zip & make a
roomier sweat jacket. Zips cost at local op shop a dozen for
$1.00. I also extend the length of the sleeves by cutting the
arms off at the mid upper arm & adding a piece in. This
takes me about 10 minutes & I am a beginner sewer. It can
be easier to remake clothing from existing pieces as they
often already have hems, zips, waist bands. A second hand
$2.00 long skirt became three skirts with additional elastic
at $2.00. Total cost for three skirts $4.00. One skirt used
the existing waist band & zip & button. The others
used the existing hem & elastic. The material is stunning.
I have made short sleeve tops into long sleeve, shirts to
skirts & dresses (apologies to my husband!), knit shirts
to tights. There are a lot of tutorials on the internet so
...no excuses. Teach
your kids. P.S. I share my machine with three other friends,
Second hand it cost us $25.00 each. 2 weeks about gives us a
month to get our stuff together. When we have the machine it
is sew, sew, sew. – SMP, Mangonui.
My mum was throwing away some old woollen jerseys that were a
little bit moth eaten...so I rescued them from the bin, felted
them by washing in boiling water, then used the sleeves to
make mittens and the body/scraps of the jerseys for either a
matching scarf or hat...so cute! - crafty
wee savage, Opotiki
Old electric blanket can
be cutup for shoe liners in slippers( I've worn my Ug Boots
for 15 years) around the house. Also can cut off the old cord
& pull out the wires and resew the edges to make a spare
underlay blanket or for extra spare blanket. My old electric
has prints on it. Plain one can be covered with material. Have
fun making it. - Cosy Bee, Wanganui.
Cakes of your favourite toilet
soap placed in your clothing drawers will change the musty smell. -
H.E, Te Kaha
To keep your clothes smelling sweet, store cakes of soap in your
drawers. Not only do they
make your clothes smell nice but the soap matures and hardens on
storage and has a longer life when finally used. - Bernie,
some good bras at an op' shop, they were two small four my use
so I unpicked the hooks and eyes and sewed them onto my bras.
So no more getting hooked up in the broken hooks on my bras.
The op' shop bras were only 50 cents each, Have a go - Dianne
just finished fixing" a pure wool jumper bought in a jumble sale for $1. It
had a very dirty neckline (probably because it had bene knitted too tightly) so
I undid several rows and reknitted it on larger needles, discarding the last few
inches of wool. Result, a $150 pullover for $1. - Y.L.
reader recalls the experiences of her grandmother. “Gran’
would go to a second hand clothes shop and buy two or three
knitted garments. She would undo them, wash the wool and
rewind into balls, then knit into multi-coloured jerseys. And
with the left over wool she would make soft toys. This is far
cheaper than buying new wool.”