31 December, 2015

Charity Shop Outfits | Round Up 2015

Charity Shop Outfit
Charity Shop Outfit

When curating my yearly round-up post I noticed that a lot of my outfits were centred around a charity shop item. In light of this I decided to dedicate this post solely to such outfits. It's no secret over on my little corner of the inter-web that I have always loved a second-hand bargain and during 2015 it was no different! I went months without stepping into a high-street store which in previous years, was unheard of. I hope that 2016 is no different and that my love for charity shop gems, second-hand treasures and vintage good-ness will continue to grow - I'm pretty sure this will happen!

Last year I was flying over the Atlantic when the clock struck 12 drinking gin and eating America's answer to mini cheddars. This year I will be welcoming 2016 with a big ol' glass of Prosecco surrounded by friends. Since it still isn't possible to virtually send Prosecco (fingers crossed for New Year 2017) I will sign of by saying THANK YOU so so much for reading my blog this year. I appreciate it so much and when the day comes that it is possible to send a cocktail on-the-line I will be sending one your way. Have the most wonderful New Year! 

Charity Shop Outfit
Charity Shop Outfit
Charity Shop Outfit
Charity Shop Outfit
Charity Shop Outfit
Charity Shop Outfit
Charity Shop Outfit
Charity Shop Outfit
Charity Shop Outfit
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20 December, 2015

30 Minute Fashion DIY | Tie Front Jumper

Tie Front DIY

I have mentioned in previous posts that I am always that girl on a budget so I love looking for ways to re-invent my existing wardrobe. After a little mooch around the high-street the other day I realised I was drawn towards all the tie front tops and dresses in the shops at the moment. Rather than buy another top I headed home and dug out an unappreciated grey jumper from my wardrobe. No sewing machine is required for this tutorial but you will need an Eyelet Punch which you can pick up for around ten pounds over on Amazon. Although ten pounds does seem fairly pricey, an Eyelet Punch is a useful tool because, as well as adapting all your dresses/tops so they have the tie front feature, you can also punch holes in belts - which is perfect if you're anything like me and pick up belts in charity shops then get home and realise they are too big!

Ingredients

- Un-used jumper
- Eyelet Punch
- Eyelets (These come with the punch when purchased using the Amazon link I have used)
- Awl
- Thread
- Needle
- Pins
- Fabric Scissors

Tie Front DIY

Step 1: Cut a split down the centre front of your jumper. The length of this split depends on how far you would like the tie to go down the jumper. 

Tie Front DIY

Step 2: Fold under the raw edges and tack neatening the edge of the split. You should end up with a triangle shape as shown in the picture above.

Tie Front DIY

Step 3: Turn the jumper inside out and pin where you would like the eyelets to go.

Tie Front DIY

Step 4: Push the awl through the fabric where you would like the eyelets to go. This makes inserting the eyelets easier. You may have to wriggle it through a fair amount as you may have to go through two layers of fabric (since you turned the raw edges under in a previous step).

Tie Front DIY

Step 5: Select the colour of eyelets you would like for your jumper. I have chosen silver as I think they go well with the grey jumper.

Tie Front DIY

Step 6: Place your chosen eyelet on the hole punch. Then position over the hole made with the awl in the previous step and press down. Make sure the eyelet is placed on the right side of your jumper and the part of the hole punch without the eyelet is placed on the wrong side of your jumper (this is why it is easiest to do this step with the jumper inside out).

Repeat this until you have the number of eyelets required for one side.

Tie Front DIY

Step 7: Once you have completed one side of the eyelets, pin the other side at the same points so the eyelets are evenly spaced as before.

Use the awl, eyelets and hole punch as before until all your eyelets are in place.

Tie Front DIY

Step 8: When the raw edges were turned under in Step 2 the whole length of the split may not have been turned under in equal measure as a triangle shape was created.If the eyelet has one gone through one layer of the fabric the turned under edge may not be secure. If this is the case just secure with a few tiny stitches which would be too noticeable on the front of the jumper - this is to stop the raw edges unfolding.

Where the eyelets have gone through both layers of the fabric, the eyelet will how the raw edges in place.


Tie Front DIY

Step 9: For the tie to thread through the eyelets I cut a small trim off the bottom of the jumper and left the edges raw (as I didn't mind the jumper being that tiny bit shorter). If you don't want to cut your top you could use lace, ribbon or whatever takes your fancy!

Tie Front DIY

And that's it. 30 minutes later and it feels like a whole new jumper from a previously unloved and unworn top.

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17 December, 2015

Found in Oxfam | A Vintage Shirt

Sustainable Fashion
Sustainable Fashion
Shirt & T-Shirt: Oxfam, Jeans: River Island, Shoes: Dr Martens

A friend of mine recently gave me this shirt as a birthday present and I haven't taken it off since. Since it's slightly thicker than your average shirt it provides that little bit of extra warmth which is always welcome around this time of year! Worn with jeans and my most worn Oxfam t-shirt and I'm all set to tackle the cold/rain/gale! 

My blog posts for both Oxfam and CLIC Sargent have both recently been uploaded over on their blogs. If you've got a spare bit of time this weekend and fancy making yourself something sparkly for the festive season then I did a tutorial on how to make an easy Christmas skirt over on the Oxfam blog. If you're more of a jumper kinda gal then I posted my DIY idea on how to sparkle-fy a plain jumper this Xmas over on CLIC Sargent's fashion blog, Fix Up Look Sharp. Let me know if your complete any of them as I would love to see! 

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Sustainable Fashion
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13 December, 2015

A Dress from Barnardo's

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Sustainable Fashion
Dress: Barnardo's, Roll-Neck Top: H&M (Similar), Shoes: Dr Martens

Now we're well into December I thought it was time to reach for the velvet. I spotted this dress in my local Barnardo's a few weeks ago and instantly fell for it. Any item of clothing with a little gold and velvet screams 'festive' so I will definitely be wearing this one when December 25th comes. Whilst being suitable dressy, the lack of the tight waistband will hopefully allow for the consumption of prosecco, nut roast and all those vegetables - and by vegetables I mean chocolate. 

It has been a little quiet on the blog front at the moment - mainly due to the hand in I had at college last week. Studying Costume is my absolute favourite but there is a hell-uva lot of paper work that goes with it so evenings usually spent blogging were spent researching and documenting as well as sewing - but I lave it all. Now it's all handed in I'm hoping to fit in a few new posts before Christmas. Thinking ahead to the New Year I would love to know if there are any specific posts you would like me to do? Do you prefer the outfit posts or the mini fashion DIY ideas? Comments on a postcard please - or in the comments below would be greatly appreciated!

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06 December, 2015

An Oxfam Party Skirt

Oxfam Fashion
Oxfam Fashion
Skirt: Oxfam, Jumper: H&M, Shoes: Dr Martens

It was this skirt I was referring to in my last post when going on about skirts flying up in the wind. It was a mistake wearing it on a windy day (windy being an understatement) but I just love the colours so much. With all these Christmas dinners/drinks coming up I was hoping to find something a little party-ish in Oxfam on my last visit. When I spotted this skirt I thought it would do just fine! As always when picking up an Oxfam bargain, I couldn't wait for a party to take this skirt for a spin so I teamed it with this sparkly jumper from H&M which I have worn so much lately! I think it goes with everything - and if it doesn't, well, I wear it anyway! 

With a hand-in on my Costume course coming up I have been sewing during all available hours/minutes/seconds I have spare. On Thursday my thoughts will switch from fabric, dye and sewing to Christmas cocktails/food/all round merry-ness with friends and family. I'm so excited and have already planned to wear this skirt with a black t-shirt, red lipstick and a lorra lorra jewellery to kick of the celebrations! 

Oxfam Fashion
Oxfam Fashion
Oxfam Fashion
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