It’s like Christmas all over again!

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Look what I got given by a friend at school the other day. The holy grail of sewing related gifts. A bag of vintage Laura Ashley fabric. These pieces were actually made up into some very awesome 80s dresses, skirts … Continue reading

Dreaming of … more vintage up-cycles

Next in the series of up-cycled items…

This smock like dress – perhaps it was a nightdress? – from my vintage suitcase haul.

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There were so many cute features I loved on the original of this dress. The hand covered buttons and button loops, the crossover sleeves, the gathered shoulder yokes.

I wanted to keep all of these bits so I updated it in a sympathetic way.

First of all I opened up the side seams and recut the bodice so that I could add darts.

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I chopped off the sleeves so that I could reattach them as small petal sleeves.

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Then I gathered the skirt and reattached it all together.

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All in a days work and a very cute dress to show for it, I hope you’ll agree!

Dreaming of … a time when it will stop raining long enough to feel safe venturing outside to take photos (although not accounting for the wind). AKA the British summer!

The weather around these parts (yes I’m British so I will start the majority of my posts with weather comments) is crazy. Literally torrential rain and thunder and lightening one minute and bright sunshine the next. I’ve made quite a … Continue reading