Ombre T-Shirt and Leopard Print

T-Shirt: DIY-ed Ombre, Bag: Primark (revamped), Hat: TK Maxx (Similar), Sunglasses: Topshop

Excited to be one of the new Oxfam bloggers (with my first post on it’s way towards the end of October) I thought I would share a few of my most recent ways to update a wardrobe without buying any new clothes.

First up it’s this DIY Ombre t-shirt. This t-shirt was an old grey t-shirt that I was just going to shove in the unwanted bag. That was until I found a nice trim in the clearance box of my local haberdashery store. I though the trim would look great on blue so I purchased THIS blue dye from Wilkinsons.  In order to create the ombre effect I put the t-shirt on a hanger and held the hanger over the sink with only the bottom part of the t-shirt in the dye. After 15 minutes I lowered the hanger so more of the t-shirt was in the dye. Every 10 minutes for roughly an hour I gradually lowered the hanger so more and more of the t-shirt was in the sink with the dye until eventually I had reached the sleeves of the t-shirt. I wanted the top of the t-shirt to remain grey so I stopped with the dip-dye at the sleeves. I the followed the dye instructions by washing the dyed part of the t-shirt with cold water whilst ensuring that dye didn’t run onto the grey section of the t-shirt. Once the dye was dry I sewed the trim onto the t-shirt. 

Secondly, one of the straps to my most worn bag snapped off. Rather than chuck it out, I unpicked all the straps and have now started using it as a clutch bag. It’s a great way to update an old bag and I am excited to rewear this ol’ bag in it’s new form. 

Have you got any ways you like to update your clothes?

Love, Hannah x


  1. October 11, 2014 / 12:54 pm

    Gorgeous Hannah, you look wonderful x

    • October 13, 2014 / 11:27 pm

      Thank you so much 🙂 I normally watch a re-runs of Friends/Gossip Girl whilst stood at the sink dying things – time goes a lot quicker if you're watching some good ol' TV 🙂 xx

  2. October 12, 2014 / 11:19 pm

    I love the ombre shirt, especially with the blue and gold trim!

    • October 13, 2014 / 11:28 pm

      Ah thank you so much – I keep buying little things like this trim from my local sewing stop so I had to start using some of them 🙂 xx

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