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Guest blog: The-Thrift.co.uk

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Just a quick note to let you know I’ve got a guest post up on Barnardo’s ethical shopping blog The Thrift, giving you some upcycling inspiration to take a vintage dress from drab to fab!

Giving old clothes a new lease of life is one of my favourite things and so simple to do, even if you don’t own a sewing machine. Let me know if you give it a go.

What I Wore: Reworked Watercolour Dress

One of my favourite things about reworking and updating vintage clothes is hunting for the perfect new project to work on. There are a few things that make me pick a dress over all the others. A unique detail or an unusual pattern are the key things, but if you find a piece of clothing that is well-constructed it is all the better.

I picked up this frock from St Ann’s Hospice in Stockport for a whole £8. I just loved the abstract watercolour like floral print, but also it is really well made, with a bit of structure in the corset and a nicely gathered waist.

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Somebody had already shortened it at some point, saving me a job, but there was still some work to do. Those big puffy sleeves were a bit too 1980s prom/bridesmaid dress for me.

I had two choices here, to reduce the sleeves or remove them completely. I went for the latter as I wanted to make the dress as simple as possible and let that lovely fabric take centre stage.

Removing sleeves is one of the simplest things you can do to transform a dress, but it’s not always quite as straightforward as just unpicking a sleeve and creating a hem. You often need to reduce the armholes and, because this dress was a little too big for me on top I needed to reduce the amount of fabric in the top half.

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I also chose to create a facing, rather than a visible hem, but fortunately there was more than enough fabric in those sleeves to create one.

The result is a rather nice little summery dress which I wore for my birthday meal.

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What I wore: Reworked Lanz Originals vintage dress / Gold bow necklace, Ladybird Likes / ASOS sandals (last year)

What do you think? Do you modify your own clothes or would like to learn? I’m thinking of sharing some tips on the blog of simple alterations you can do. Let me know in the comments below if there’s anything you’d like to see.

Thrifty Thursdays: Two Thrifty Frocks (and some other stuff)

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.

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I’ve also had some luck with finding more vintage sheets, including this pretty.

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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!

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Have you had any great thrifty finds recently? Link up in the comments below if you’ve blogged about them.

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