For over 12 yrs I’ve made my own pj’s and A- line skirts. When it came to the point that I wasn’t fitting the set sizes and struggling to find well fitting clothes I decided to give making more of my clothes ago. That was 3 yrs ago. I love sourcing and using vintage fabrics. In 15 yrs I’ve only had 2-3 pieces of fabric that fell apart when washed as they were so old. I also mainly use patterns sourced in charity shops.
Leading up to our local ” WASTE TO ART” competition that encourages recycling, reinventing and repurposing I’ve decided to only wear something retro, recycled or reinvented.
So below are update photos of last five Friday’s .….
Week one…..very small piece of fabric found in charity shop
Week two This was along evening dress…. 70’s era?
REINVENT…to make changes or improvements
On FRIDAYS I do a few voluntary hours in one of the local opp shops. I wanted to give some time back as I’ve got so much from opp shops over the years.
So for next 6 weeks I’m going to have a FRIDAY RULES! DAY
ON FRIDAYS I WILL ONLY WEAR SOME THING RETRO, REINVENTED OR RECYCLED!
It also is a good lead up to our local WASTE TO ART competition.
So be beginning tomorrow I will wear my new skirt …….made from late 60’s early 70’s polyester fabric …. Found it Monday …made it yesterday!
I also wear an apron. Tomorrow I will wear one of these aprons. I made them last week from a mans shirt. Was going to make a top
or dress but aprons came out instead!
I used the collars, cuffs etc. I had very little fabric left over. I’m very happy with these creations
I can finally turn our traditional federation home back into a 2 bedroom home. For those who not familiar traditional homes of the 40’s were built with a hall down the middle with 4 rooms & a bathroom off this. Then the kitchen and patio, (at some point closed in) at the back of the house.
This style old fashioned as it is gives the house great flexibility, allowing the rooms to be used for different purpose as the family needs change. In 15 yrs the large front room has be a lounge, study, bedroom- bedroom for us, teenagers who want to spread & a guest room. Finally it’s going back to the lounge room.
It’s exciting to see the home change to your needs but sad at same time. The front room had not being painted in 10yrs! It was white when we moved in, became wedge blue then Aqua. It needs a paint. We are painting it cream as this is the paint we have for kitchen and back room. I’m going to miss the colour on the walls. My only consolation is my art will look really good against the plainer walls. I’m hoping to convince people in house that deep turquoise or plum above the fire place will look great!
Over the last few yrs I have been increasingly trying to make all my own clothes and rely less on ready to wear pieces.
I do a lot with vintage fabrics picked up in charity stores,along with items of clothing I pull apart as I love the quality and style of the fabric.
I want a more coordinated wardrobe, and one with the best quality fabrics I can afford .This means I’m buying more new pieces of fabric. I’m still a bargain hunter and tend to go straight to the remnants bin first in good quality fabric stores.
I recently made some lace black crop tops by recycling an old dress. I found that the lace has not worn well. Since I designed these patterns my self I see them as a practice. I have since purchased new hundred percent cotton lace to make the bra tops.
I’ve made some love pieces over the last few weeks but not posted them as their not recycled or vintage fabric. I will post some of these outfits over the next week.
I’ve been eyeing off this dress for a few weeks. It went down to $2.50 last week so couldn’t resist it! There is a lot of fabric in the skirt so I’ll be able to get a dress or skirt and top out of it with some carful planning !
It is a very revealing 70’s halter neck maxi dress, which is back in fashion for next summer….. Look at this photo below for summer 2015
Haven’t been doing lot other than working and sewing in spare time.
Love this black bag. I have