Thursday, 17 July 2014

Refashioned Dress #2

Remember the far-too-costumey dress that I introduced as my 'next project'?

I finished it at the weekend. This is what it looks like now:

 And here's how I did it...

Thursday, 10 July 2014


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Saturday, 5 July 2014

Next Project!

So, this is going to be my next refashion project!
I bought this dress at a kilo sale last year, but it is far too small on the ribs, and a little too costumey.

My main reason for buying was the fabric...however it spent a few months stored away, as I couldn't decide what to do with it!

Recently I was watching a new TV show, This Old Thing, which has a section where vintage clothes are transformed with a little nip and tuck, and I was inspired!

I've decided to do something similar to what I did with my retro floral dress (which I wear so much during the summer months!)

This time, I won't be able to use the bodice (it's too small!) so I'll keep that aside for future projects.
Instead, I'm going to:
  • Cut off the bottom half of the skirt and rehem
  • Make a new, sleeveless bodice from the bottom half of the skirt.
  • Remove the white broderie anglais trim
  • (Maybe) replace it with a flat trim

Overall it will hopefully have a similar shape to my floral dress, but I might play with the shape of the neckline a little. We shall see.

This won't happen yet as I've still got another project on (appearing soon on Doing A Thing) but after that, I'll be cutting and sewing like a madwoman!

Watch this space to see how I go :)

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Paper Sticks of Rock, or Beach-Themed Party Favours

summer DIY sticks of rock

Recently I made a beach-themed window display for a charity shop. No British seaside resort is complete without sticks of rock, so I made these fake ones out of paper!

These would also make cute party favours if filled with little sweets, or an addition to beach-themed d├ęcor.
Read on for how to put them together (it really is as simple as you think)

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Vintage Measuring Tape Belt

vintage measuring tape belt

Though I’ve been massively sidetracked by Doing A Thing, today I sat down and made this belt from a vintage measuring tape.

This is a project that’s been in my To Do pile for a long time, which is ridiculous considering how easy it was.

Read on for a how to. This project is simple and doesn’t take all that long: fifteen minutes at the most.

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Retro Clothes by the Kilo

Went to a Kilo Sale at a Vintage clothes warehouse yesterday. Bought things! Wrote about it on Doing A Thing, including retro shopping tips

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Saturday, 12 April 2014

Craft Fair!

Today I sold items at a craft fair for the first time! I made the toadstool earring holder and customised the bowls.

Since this is one of the goals on my Doing Things List, I wrote a lot more on my related blog, Doing A Thing. Please take a look to see more!

Today also bucked me into finally adding listings to my Etsy store, Little Deer Daydreams! I also added a sale section. Will add some more at another time.
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