I’m lucky enough to live in a town with an awesome vintage fair. Vintage Village takes place in Stockport’s Victorian market hall on the second Sunday of every month and it really is one of my favourite fairs. The quality is always so high, and there is always a bargain to be had.
I was super lucky last Sunday to score, when I had just gone for a browse of course, two beautiful sun dresses. The red dress on the left is a 100% cotton number from Germany (I can’t remember whose stall it was from) and the one on the right is a 1980s Next dress from Lace and Liquor Vintage.
After a little bit of hemming (as always, everything I ever buy is too long for me) these two beauties will be coming on holiday to Amsterdam with me. Now, let’s just keep our fingers crossed for a bit of sun for me to wear them in!
Sometimes you find a vintage or second hand item that has the best colours, pattern and some sweet features (hello collars!) but the style is just a little, well, frumpy.
Recently I was lucky enough to hit the motherload of discounted Japanese vintage blouses. I love everything about this one, but the arms are too long and the whole thing just swamps me a bit.
If you have a top or blouse that fits the bill, today I’m going to tell you how to give it a quick update – NO CUTTING or machine sewing involved. There’s just a little bit of hand sewing, so it’s totally reversible (good if you’re just borrowing it, hehe).
What you’ll need
- Blouse (of course!)
- Matching cotton or polyester thread
- Sewing needle
For mid-length sleeves, the ultimate quick update you can do to give it a slightly more contemporary edge is roll the sleeves.
- For an even turn up, fold the hem back on itself on itself once, then as many times as necessary to achieve the length you want. It can help to get someone to do this for you whilst you’re wearing it, then pin to make sure you don’t forget.
- Now to get it to stay in place. Take a length of thread and tie a double knot in the end and thread your needle.
- Find a spot on the centre top of the sleeve where the back of the cuff meets the sleeve. Sew from the inside of your sleeve out – so your knot is hidden – going through the top of the cuff and back down. It only needs to be a tiny stitch, so it’s barely noticeable. Repeat this 2-3 times. When the needle is threaded inside for the last time, tie off with a double knot.
- Repeat on the underside of your sleeve.
- Then repeat 1-4 on the other side.
Finally, another nice touch for summer is to take your blouse in at the waist with a simple knot. If, like mine, your knot won’t stay in place, put in a few small stitches to hold it.
Et voila! One fresh and funky (not frumpy) new blouse to stay cool in this summer.
I must say, this one looks particularly lovely with my mint green Ladybird Likes heart collar clips.
I’ve been a busy thrifting girl recently, and you know I like to share my finds.
The warm, sunny weather is drawing me towards pastel colours and I had two great finds at my local charity shop; one peach polkadot Eastex dress and a Lanz (US label) floral dress. They need a little bit of work doing to them, and I’ll show you when I’ve done them up.
I’ve also had some luck with finding more vintage sheets, including this pretty.
But the best thing I’ve found recently has to be this pair of tiny Dutch studs in a delft style with a windmill design – perfect for my upcoming trip to Amsterdam!
Have you had any great thrifty finds recently? Link up in the comments below if you’ve blogged about them.