In order to do something different each week of the year, I have a list of challenges to undertake...

Sunday, 31 March 2013

Week 13 - Smarten up Clothes & Shoes

Unless you are one of those highly organised people who grew up with a weekly shoe polishing ritual which is still with you, then you end up saying to yourself 'I must polish these shoes' every now and again when you notice they are dull and scuffed.

For me, this is generally in the reception area waiting to go into a work meeting. And of course, by the time I get home, I have forgotten all about my good intentions towards my scruffy shoes, and back they go into the wardrobe.

Similarly with clothing repairs and alterations - I have had a button off a cardigan for longer than I remember, and just go about with a middle button missing looking unkempt; and I bought too singlets last Summer from H&M which I can't wear until I shorten the straps. Well, I can wear them, but they would be rather more daring than I would like.


So this evening I have set aside time to get those jobs done. A marathon shoe-shining session sees the shoes all polished and shiny; a needle and thread has seen the button sewn back on; and a mere ten minutes at the sewing machine with matching thread has seen the singlet tops altered and they are now ready to be put back in the wardrobe to be worn.


Week 13 challenge: done!


  1. Well done on the mending front.I must mend a strap on a sundress, though I'm not sure I'll be wearing it till next summer, now that the weather has finally cooled down a little. I remember polishing shoes for school and work, but not much any more seeing I don't work and slop around most of the time in sneakers. I do still wear nice shoes for going out.

    1. I don't know why I put these things off, Sue, especially little things like sewing on a button - it's not as if it takes long!

      Never mind, the repairs are a job well done, and although I'm not going to start polishing my shoes every week any time soon, I shall enter my next business meeting with pride!

  2. I loath, detest and abhor mending. Management goes through phases of ripping buttons off his work trousers and I hate mending the bluddy things - and when I finally sit down to do it the job only takes 5 minutes and then I wonder why on earth I put it off so long?

    1. Daft, isn't it? I'm just the same.

      PS what on earth is M doing which results in ripped off trouser buttons??