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Ronnie Wood: I’m a savvy sewer

Published 26/07/2015

Ronnie Wood
Ronnie Wood

Ronnie Wood claims the stars of the 60s always tried to outdo each other in the style stakes.

The Rolling Stones rocker learnt how to sew in order to customise clothes during his early days in music, a decade before he joined the famous band.

"Always have a needle and thread to hand," Ronnie told Q magazine as one of his ten life commandments. "In the 60s I couldn't wear a pair of trousers that I hadn't tapered myself because only I knew how I wanted them. So I'd get out the needle and thread in the shops and do it myself."

Ronnie was a well-known musician before he joined the Rolling Stones in the 70s, working with Rod Stewart in The Jeff Beck Group among other projects.

Along with other hit makers and style icons of the day, Ronnie would vie for the most outlandish outfits to rock on stage.

"We'd always be trying to outdo each other with our clothes. I remember Marc Bolan [T. Rex frontman] saying, 'Oh you got that jacket I wanted!' Me and Rod used to go into certain shops and Marc would be in there and Mr [Mick] Jagger would be in [London boutique] Granny Takes A Trip. We'd often meet in the changing rooms," he recalled.

Despite wearing some of the most cutting edge fashion of the day, the 68-year-old is still left cringing at some choices.

"I got it completely wrong once and got an all-white outfit. I ended up looking like an ice-cream salesman," he laughed.

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