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Small Steps To Bigger Things


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Yesterday two things happened. One I had a random chat with the location manager of the film crew filming in the street and two, I answered some questions for an interview.

One of the questions that came up both times was how to could we the individual make a change or difference to fast fashion and recycling within the fashion industry.

I have a simple answer and maybe it’s too simple but I honestly believe if we stopped for a moment and took stock and appreciated what we have then we could reuse and or recycle things we already own.

I am not saying stop buying! We still need an economy and people still need things and actually the enjoyment of buying but the world has become so fast that I’m not sure if the moment we have something, we then lose interest immediately with it. And then want more!

Stopping for a moment and having gratitude for what we already have is a good thing. Some of the things we own we may no longer want and that’s totally cool. These items for example of clothing can be recycled, sold, given away or in my case chopped and re-sewn.

If we all do this once a month even, it would make a huge difference.

Small steps can make big differences ❤️


Spring Skulls


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Spring is here, it’s the 1st of March and I’m two months into not buying anything new. Which means I have bought no new clothes for the past 59 days. I have bought a few items from the local charity shop which I have either used as is or upcycled - see dress above. I reused a tulle layered skirt and old t-shirt. I am feeling good. I have barely looked at the online shops and instead i have sent more time with friends. All in all I’m not missing shopping for ‘new stuff’ and I’m loving making new from old.


What Drives Us To Shop?


Homemade dress - East London Style.

Homemade dress - East London Style.

Yesterday I rustled up this dress. It is made from a t-shirt and two aprons. I had bought the aprons from a local charity shop some time at the start of last year. The t-shirt was a more recent purchase from our local Traid just before Christmas. As soon as I saw the t-shirt I knew that it would work with the aprons.

I often buy things that I love from charity shops without knowing how I will use them. I trust my instinct that there will be something I do it them. I trust that the reason I am drawn to what ever the item is, is because it is beautiful.

I love this quote by Willian Morris…

Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.


5 Undeniable Reasons to Love A Recycled T-shirt


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I love second hand t-shirts. So much so, that I prefer them to new.

  1. They have been washed to the point the fabric is a soft a baby skin.

  2. The brash level of colour has been taken out and the colour - even black - has soften to a flattering level.

  3. Pretty much there won’t be many people with the same t-shirt as you - so enjoy your unique t-shirt.

  4. Depending where you shop, second had t-shirts can be far more affordable than buying new.

  5. Like me, second hand t-shirts seem more accessible to being changed. There for snip away, change the length, cut out the sleeves or like me today as a piece of fabric and turn one into a dress.

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The One Great Thing To Know About Recycling


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The simple rule that I find about ‘recycling’ is that any goes. Recycling and up-cycling are easy if you don’t start off with rules.

With this denim jacket I simply knew that I wanted to see what would happen, if I combined a denim jacket and an old military band jacket. The band jacket was passed its best but I loved the details. The denim jacket was in great condition and as denim is pretty much indestructible I wanted to use it as a base and add details from the band jacket.

The left overs form the band jacket have not been waisted or thrown away. Instead I bag up everything that is left over - fabric, buttons etc so that I can use them on another project.