Sewing, sewing sewing…

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.

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2015/02/img_0862.jpgI’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

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I love tye- dying…….!

Friends and family know how much I enjoy wearing my own dye- dyed tops. In the past I purchased white tops. Now that I’m sewing more I like to dye the clothing before the article of clothing is sewn up.
All the fabric for this top came from the bargain bin of THE FABRIC STORE in Surry Hills. (I’m a bargain bin girl!) the stretch fabric was $10 & the cream silk was $10.
The top is a vogue pattern, picked up at spotlight opening sale for $5. This top looks better on, it has a lovely fall.With the fabric I’ve chosen it feels a bit medieval in look. I plan to wear it with a straight body hugging skirt. I found a designer dress for $ 4 in the Opportunity shop. It looked terribly on, but was easy to make in to great little skirt.

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