COST SAVING: Katherine Hawison and Julie Morgan with some of the latest fabric to arrive in town. Photo Mike Richards / The Observer
COST SAVING: Katherine Hawison and Julie Morgan with some of the latest fabric to arrive in town. Photo Mike Richards / The Observer Mike Richards GLA190815COST

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CHIC clothing doesn't have to mean cost and shopping online isn't always a bargain says Bundaberg retailers.

Targo St's The Fabric Palette dressmaker Katherine Howison said there is a growing trend of people refashioning clothing and making it their own. .

She said people are sourcing ideas online and then putting their own twist on the trends.

"They're going to the op-shops, buying something and turning it into something of their own," Ms Howison said.

"They might buy an old men's shift, cut it up and make a little summery top out of it."

Ms Howison said it didn't take much sewing knowledge to make the changes.

"The very basics of refashioning, you don't need many skills," she said.

"If you just want to cut off a pair of jeans into shorts and add a bit of lace trim, that's quite easy.

"And then it can get more involved."

She said The Fabric Palette offered sewing courses for those looking to learn a little or a lot.

"We can either teach people who want to revamp clothing or we can start with using commercial patterns," she said.

"I think that's a growing area, yes. I think mostly it's to get something a bit unique, something a bit different.

If second hand shopping isn't for you, Me and Moo clothing store owners Wendy Cheshire and her daughter Jasmine McCloskey aim to bring online brands to Bundaberg with their new store.

Ms McCloskey said online shopping isn't always the bargain it looks to be and said she herself knew first hand the pain of missed returns dates on unwanted items.

"It is really annoying buying online and not being able to see what you're ordering," she said.

"When it comes, it's different to how you imagined. Then you have to go through the struggles of posting it back again.

"Or sometimes you just leave it and it just sits in your cupboard for ages and you miss the return."

Mum, Ms Cheshire said their store aimed to keep prices low with everything from $23 to $90.

"We have it right in front of their eyes and most of the time it's actually cheaper," she said.



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