Rothesay workshops pass on the art of ‘loving your clothes’

Alison Clarke (right) passes on tips for getting more use out of your clothes to Emma Carpenter.
Alison Clarke (right) passes on tips for getting more use out of your clothes to Emma Carpenter.

Do you know how to sew on a button? Or how to repair a hole in your favourite cardigan? If not, and you hate the idea of throwing out a much-loved item of clothing, don’t worry - because a series of workshops in Rothesay might just be able to help.

The ‘Love Your Clothes’ sessions are taking place at the Re-style shop on the corner of Montague Street and Deanhood Place in the town centre every Tuesday until February 23.

At the most recent workshop we caught up with tutor Alison Clarke as she showed ‘pupil’ Emma Carpenter how to carry out the kind of simple repair job which, sadly, is a much rarer skill now than it used to be.

“It’s all fairly basic stuff, and it’s much easier than it looks,” Alison said. “We live in such a throwaway society now, and yet it’s so easy to fix things.

“Almost anybody can do it if they’re shown how.”

The weekly sessions are part of the Zero Waste Bute initiative, which is working towards a major reduction in the amount of rubbish and unwanted items sent to landfill on the island and beyond.