Monday, 13 May 2013

worn: DIY embroidered skirt and vintage knitwear

As you probably know by now (because I talk about it every now and then... ahem), I'm a huge fan of charity shops, eBay and basically limiting my consumption when it comes to fashion and clothing. The only thing I like better than finding something fabulous second-hand, is finding a way to cobble it together myself. I might only have limited sewing skills, but armed with a few excellent dressmaking books and the internet, I like to think that there's not a lot I can't achieve (and if there is, I can always take it to the tailors...) 

I'm over at Ms. Wandas Wardrobe today, with a handy little tutorial on transforming an unloved mens shirt into an ace embellished skirt - it's going to be the first of a few similar DIY-upcycling posts, including a laptop sleeve, removable collar and other lovely little bits and pieces. I'm hoping you'll check them out and have a go! (PS Make sure you get involved in their incredible 1% Campaign too!)


I'd actually been searching for a button-down denim skirt for a while, but never found one I liked enough to part with my cash for. I came across the idea of making my own when I was folding the laundry one day, and found the mens shirt on eBay for a few quid. I paired it up with some stripes, mustard knitwear, and clogs, and was very happy indeed. Hurrah for upcycling!

Knit - Charity Shop // Breton top - New Look // Skirt - Homemade // Clogs - Lotta from Stockholm // Owl Pendant - eBay




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  1. This is complete genius and it looks so cute on you. I'm inspired!!! xx

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    1. Thanks lady - make sure you post pictures if you make one! xx

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  2. so cute! i love your little yellow rack on the wall too (totally going to steal that idea!)

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    1. Do it - it's actually a cake-cooling rack thingy sprayed yellow!

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  3. That's fabulous, it looks great! Good work!!

    Kate x
    Just Pirouette and Carry On...

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  4. I love this! Mr S better watch his denim shirt

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    1. Haha, steal it while he's out!

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  5. Wow! Fantastic job on the shirt! Love this outfit...love the colours!

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    1. Thank you! Let me know if you give it a go :-)

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  6. This is an absolutely brilliant idea! I am so going to try this. I have the same Lottas and wear them with tights too. Best shoes ever! x

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