Vintage Embroidery

The Best Advice You Could Ever Get About Recycle Designer Fashion Vintage


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I wish someone had told me years ago that recycling vintage clothing would be so refreshing and fun.

For years I have collected vintage clothing from flea markets, shops with no changing rooms, market stalls you name it - I’ve need up with a tonne of fantastic ‘finds’ that don’t always fit.

I’ve kept these clothes for ages, not wearing them and yet also too afraid to make changes. Well, that has changed.

This year I decided to use what I have. if something doens’t fit and I cant wear it then something has to change. I.e chop chop ✂️.

For example this dress is simply made by chopping the skirt off of a 1980s Zandra Rhodes dress (the bodice didn’t fit and even if it did - I wouldn’t have worn it). I then attached the skirt to a tunic top. The tunic is hand embroidered and totally stunning. As simple as that! one line of stitching.

Now I have dress that I can layer over thermals and tight for the winter and or synch the waist in with a belt over the warmer months. ❤️


Never Be Afraid Of Change


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I love heavily embroidered dresses but one thing i have noticed is that they are heavy, literally heavy to lift and heavy there fore to wear. For while I didn't now what to do but then I decided to take the plunge and remove some of the weight. 

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The sleeves of this dress are amazing but heavy and long, in fact because of this I have never worn the dress. I decide to literally chop the sleeves off and use then on another idea (tomorrows post). There was nothing special about what I did, taking a pair of scissors I cut the sleeves off leaving enough for me to double turn the raw edge over and sew to create a simple and neat hem. 

And that is it. I know have a great dress that is easy to wear and amazing trim to create another great project.