Refashion: Floral Dress

I loved this dress as soon as I saw it and, let’s be honest, it’s tough to say no to a free matching belt.

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After attempting to sell this “vintage dress” on Trade Me without success, I decided to jump right in with a refashion instead. Definite potential here.

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The skirt had so much fabric to it! After unpicking the pleats, I must have cut away about half the skirt width before gathering and reattaching the skirt again. Continue reading

Refashion: Polkadot Blazer

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Sometimes a refashion just jumps out at me and this polkadot number was one such occasion. I do love those refashions, but to be honest, it’s not always that easy.

Do you see the potential too?

At the moment, it’s got huge shoulder pads and a button that draws the eye straight to the belly button. “Hey guys! Like my big, freakishly white outie?!”. Then there’s that bizarre fake shirt attached to it at the front. Yuck. Continue reading

Book Rave: The Crafty Minx at Home

I’m quite the fan of Kelly Doust and her Crafty Minx books.  They all have a lovely DIY element to them, but what I adore the most is the way she inspires the reader in such a unique way.

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Doust has been crafting and revamping vintage finds since she was a girl and her latest book, “The Crafty Minx at Home” abounds with DIY projects and vintage inspiration for each room of the home. Continue reading

Why I Buy Secondhand

Call me sentimental, but this one dollar thrifted find is more than just an apron to me. It tells a story. It comes to me preloaded with history.

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The worn fabric feels soft in my fingers and I admire the worn floral fabric. It’s starting to go thread bare on the right hand side, directly in the place your hand naturally falls on your thigh when you want to dry or clean your hands. Continue reading

Refashion Runway

Scissors & threadI’ve just applied to enter the first ever “Refashion Runway” hosted by Beth at The Renegade Seamstress. It will be run in a manner similar to Project Runway and The Great Sewing Bee, where six chosen competitors will submit refashions each week. These will be judged by readers like you and one person will then be outed from the competition, culminating in the crowning of the first ever Refashion Runway champion. Continue reading