Alexandra Bruce

We spoke to Alexandra about her passion for sewing and getting some insider tips. Plus she reveals her favourite charity shop buy.

Alexandra BruceHow did you get into making and upcycling your own clothes?

I have always loved clothes but I began to find that the high street didn’t cater to my body type or style. So I started to make my own cloths and have never looked back. I love creating my own style and what better way than to make it yourself with the perfect fit!

What is the best piece of clothing or accessory you have found in a charity shop?

I found a late 1970s dress the colour of Parma violet sweets it had long bell sleeves with a flocked floral fabric. I hemmed it to above the knee and removed the sleeve lining to give it a fresher modern look. This was one of my all-time favourite outfits and it looked great with red lipstick!

Why are you supporting The Big Stitch campaign?

We are all either connected or affected by heart disease in some way. The work the British Heart Foundation does in raising funds for research into cardiovascular diseases is absolutely vital. What better way to help them raise these essential funds than by adding more colour into our lives by giving clothes a new lease of life. We are also producing far more clothes then there are people to wear them! By supporting the Big Stitch not only are you getting creative and slowing down the fast fashion epidemic but you are raising money that will make a real difference in someone’s life.

What advice would you offer on upcycling clothing to a beginner?

Go for it! Just think of your chosen garment as a blank canvas - have fun and get creative. If you are feeling overwhelmed chose something in a great print or think about what is missing in your wardrobe. Denim jackets are a great staple and charity shops are full of them! You can find some great iron on patches online to easily customise your jacket. 

What is your favourite tool in your sewing box?

My rose gold scissors!