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Dress it up

Update an old outfit with a few simple alterations

How many of us are guilty of hoarding a dress that no longer fits or looks right in our wardrobe? Instead of leaving it to collect dust, you can alter it to flatter your shape with a few simple trims and tweaks. This particular project sees Amy adjust a floaty dress into a more streamlined fit – complete with a belt that has been made with the cut-offmaterial from the garment so that absolutely nothing goes to waste. If you don’t have a misshaped dress, the basic principles of this project could easily be applied to other items in your closet that you want to rework.

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Hello, I can remember a time, not so long ago, when most people I know were afraid of bees. Along with wasps, bees would create carnage when innocently passing through a garden BBQ or picnic, as people dashed to safety, terrified of the striped stinging machines. Now, it seems that everyone loves the humble bumble – they’re viewed with reverence and affection, and their cute and cuddly depiction is worn on necklaces and T-shirts across the country. To say it’s been a turnaround would be an understatement, but why has this happened? Our perception of bees has had to change, but only because their crucial population is under threat and their plight has been brought into the public’s consciousness. We know that we have to protect them at all costs, or it will mean terrible things for mankind. But, how many other animals do we currently disregard, that we’ll only appreciate when they’re in trouble? How many of us look more fondly upon walruses, following Attenborough’s devastating documentary? This month we want to shine a light on non-human animals – the heroes who keep our ecosystems balanced, who help teach our children about the planet, and who bring our communities together. We share this Earth with so many creatures, great and small, all of whom are vital to our existence. But we need to begin to respect and care for them now, not just when the odds are against them. Enjoy the issue, Phillipa Editor