I am an avid collector of vintage dresses and regardless if it will fit me or not, I rarely pass up a bargain-priced retro frock at the thrift shop so I’ve gotten pretty good at figuring out the quick and quirky fixes necessary to make my ever-growing dress collection wearable.
Take a peek at my Refashioning 101: Easy Dress Refashions and make those less than stellar frocks hiding at the back of your closet fit like a dream!
I had my fingers and toes crossed that this adorable polka dot playsuit I thrifted online would fit:
Of course not as apparently my torso is abnormally long and my bosom simply too ample to be contained in the very general size of “M”.
This is not my first refashion of a short-waisted, chest restricting garment so I thought I’d try to come up with a new idea and figure out just how to upsize a playsuit:
The 20 year trend cycle has struck again bringing with it that most fancy neck adornment from the 90’s – chokers! These groovy accessories are making a huge comeback but there’s absolutely no need to hit the mall when you can whip up a bunch in minutes using leftover bits and bobs from your stash!
Sort through your lace, ribbons, fabric strips, bias binding and trim, head to Dream a Little Bigger and create the upcycled DIY 90’s choker in minutes + a quick lace necklace tute too!
Seriously, the 90’s are back again and I’m seeing all of the silliness I used to wear being touted as the “newest” trend. Remember those wacky collar clips? Apparently they’re making a huge comeback too but they’re so easy to make you can be rockin’ this new/old style in minutes!
Raid your stash and sift through your jewellery box and let’s get makin’ my crazy easy upcycled DIY collar clip:
Has Spring yet Sprung in your part of the world?
The lovely fruit trees I planted last year are starting bloom and I am hopeful that after we move the next tenants appreciate the trees, let my mini orchard thrive and enjoy the apples, pears and nectarines that will be ripe for the picking in the fall.
Here’s a few DIYs to get you inspired for the April Refashion Challenge: Bring on Spring. Be sure to share your Spring projects with the Gone Thrifting group:
I’d been on the hunt for a funky retro suit for a while so when I saw this checkered beauty in an online vintage shop I just had to snap it up:
Whoa! Those shoulder pads are insane, the fit of the jacket is, erm, questionable and the trousers were in need of a new zipper, whew!
Let’s get started on my thrifted 80s suit refashion + how to replace a trouser zip:
Complicated refashions that result in dramatic transformations are a magnificent test of your skills however if you’re wanting something sustainably stylish to wear but don’t have the time (or energy) to kick your imagination into high gear a simple refashion just might be what your inner DIY Diva needs.
Grab your scissors and check out my Refashioning 101: Easy Peasy Refashions for a lickety split maker-fix!
Don’t toss those overripe or leftover veggies in the trash, use them to whip up a hearty meal in minutes!
Get the quick and easy deets behind an easy overripe veggie soup recipe and fill your tummy with delicious, homemade comfort food!
Do you create and sell unique upcycled products? Are you a rockin’ refashionista with an online shop? How about a thrift and vintage lover who markets their second hand wares in an internet store?
If so, I wanna feature your sustainable small business!
As my guide to shopping ethical brands is so popular I thought I’d put together another handy list of links featuring fabulous online shops & small businesses that create their one of a kind gear from upcycled materials or meticulously source their unique goods from thrift and charity shops.
If you have an online shop or are simply a fan of one that meets the above criteria leave the link in the comments below (or e-mail it over to me) and I’ll check it out to add to my upcoming sustainable small business shopping guide – fab free advertising is always welcome, amiright?!
It’s completely unnecessary to break the bank when decorating your home. With a bit of imagination and a trip to the thrift shop (or even a hunt through the recycling bin) you can have the unique decor of your dreams!
Take a peek at some of my fave thrifted and DIY’d decor (+ the tutes to make your own) below: