$55 Challenge to Clothe Family of Three

The rising cost of living as utility prices soar and an increasing awareness of the importance of making sustainable lifestyle choices are two factors increasing interest in buying second hand clothing. 

Op shop enthusiast and Bindaring Ambassador Julie Leslie, known on Instagram as @mythriftshift has long been a convert to the benefits of second hand clothing. “It offers an opportunity to find quality clothing for all the family at very low prices and extends the life of each item reducing our carbon imprint.”

To mark the Bindaring Clothing Sale’s 55th birthday – we set Julie a challenging but very affordable budget of $55 to clothe her family of three from the Bindaring Sale’s Op Shop stock.  Selecting outfits for herself, her husband Paul and their 5 year old son Boyd, Julie demonstrated that second hand is the smart way to shop.

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May 9, 2018

I was thrilled to be asked to contribute to the Bindaring blog this year and share my passion of sewing and dressmaking.

For 9 years now i have been teaching sewing and dressmaking to adults, children and teens. I specifically teach absolute beginners and those who have basic knowledge.  My style of teaching and philosophy is to challenge the perception of sewing.  For it to be on trend, easy and no fuss. Its the only way it should be!

Donating old clothes is generous and cleansing, however have you ever thought about ways to recycle and reuse your materials before they become landfill.  Here are a few things i have made with the absolute beginner in mind.

GrandDad's Ties

My grandfather passed away a few years ago and I had asked the family if I could keep his ties.  I had an idea of stitching them together to make a keep sake.  After a few years in storage I pulled them out recently a...

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