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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: Vintage Florals

As I seem to spend every spare moment I get trawling charity shops for hidden gems, visiting at least once a week, I’ve decided to start a regular feature where I show you what I’ve found.

I love seeing what other people have found on their travels. It’s inspiring to see what cool stuff is out there just waiting to be found. But I think mostly I just like being nosy, so I hope you do too.


In the last few weeks, I’ve been trying not to buy so many clothes. But I have set myself a little goal of making a couple of pieces of clothing this summer, so I’ve been on the lookout for some fabrics.

It appeared to be fate then when I found so many amazing vintage floral sheets in the space of a week. Now my only quandary is which to cut up and which to use for their original purpose. Decisions decisions.

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My best fabric find, however, has to be this little beauty. I picked it up just because I liked the mint and pink paisley pattern, and the fact that it was £3 for almost 2 metres of fabric (enough to make a small dress).

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But it was only after I got it home I clocked the remnants of what looks like an old Liberty of London logo. I can’t know for sure, but what a bargain if it is!

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My other collecting obsession right now, other than sheets, are scarves. In particular Jacqmar scarves.

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Jacqmar was a quality British brand, though their scarves were produced in Italy. What I love about them is the shape and length, just long enough to style in a multitude of ways. Plus they come in so many sweet patterns. Their silk scarves can command tens or even hundreds of pounds, but you’re more likely to find polyester numbers like these for about £10-12 online. However, you can still pick them up in charity shops like I did for just a few quid. This is my favourite way of wearing them…

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Have you picked up any vintage bargains in the charity shops recently? Let me know in the comments below, or link up to a post if you blog about your finds too.

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