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Shirt: Oxfam (& a little DIY), Shorts: Urban Outfitters, Shoes: Dr Martens, Sunglasses: ASOS

After loving all things Bardot in the top/dress section of the Topshop website I decided to do a little ‘make-do-and-mend’ with a shirt I picked up from the Men’s section of Oxfam. I have done a tutorial on how I turned this shirt into a Bardot-inspired top which is over on the Oxfam Fashion Blog. Although the warm days are becoming a little less often now, I have still been wearing this up-cycled shirt with jeans/denim shorts whenever I can. I’m so glad I have finally got round to altering it to a top as I can now happily wear on a much more regular basis.

I learnt how to sew to get the gathered effect (known as shirring) used at the top of this altered shirt at Arianna’s Saturday Sewing School in Chelsea. Last summer I attended a fair few classes and enjoyed every single one of them. What better way to spend a Saturday than to drink tea, eat biscuits, learn a skill and end up with a bloomin’ beautiful skirt/dress? If your weekends are made only for Netflix, HobNobs and copious amounts of tea then she also runs weekday evening classes 🙂

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  1. August 15, 2015 / 8:03 am

    Oh wow! That top is super cute, I love it, you did such an amazing job on it! x

  2. August 15, 2015 / 11:30 am

    Wow, that top looks amazing. I love what you have done with it. If I lived in London I'd definitely make time for those classes but with the cost of heading to the capital it would cost me a fortune and ASOS is my fave.

    Rachael at

    • August 15, 2015 / 8:40 pm

      Ah thank you so much 🙂 Ah that's a shame – maybe they have some classes in your local area 🙂 x

  3. August 15, 2015 / 3:06 pm

    wow! i absolutely adore what you did to that top – I am definitely going to have to try that!

    • August 15, 2015 / 8:41 pm

      Thank you! I would love to see yours when you've completed it 🙂 xx

  4. August 16, 2015 / 11:01 am

    In love with how you've diy'ed this shirt, I'm definitely considering doing it to a shirt I have! x

  5. August 18, 2015 / 1:27 am

    LOVE the off the shoulder top, especially the gathered effect – now that's a skill I wish I had!x

    Electra Violet ||

    • August 18, 2015 / 8:55 pm

      Ah thanks so much! It's pretty easy – the tutorial is over on the Oxfam website 🙂 Thanks again x

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