As my international relocation has nearly arrived it’s time to take a break from daily blogging and concentrate on the big move:
In the meantime be sure to follow our relocation adventures on CoaR’s social media:
Until my return at the end of the summer/early fall feel free to take a leisurely scroll through my hundreds of DIY tutorials (conveniently organized by category and project type), snag some thrifty style inspiration, go behind the scenes and discover how to shop ethically.
Hey hey my fellow Thrifty Divas! As I am currently planning and organizing the insanity of an international relocation, this week will be the last Thrifty Thursday post until everything is sorted out and set up in my new Canadian home (fingers & toes crossed we’ll be settled in by the end of this summer).
Definitely looking forward to a brighter, happier future + I can’t wait until it’s warm enough to get wearing my gorgeous embroidered dress again!
Raid your textile stash, hit the thrift shop and create some of my fave summer makes for a dreaming of summer #Thrifty Thursday:
I was thrilled when Planet Claire, a fab online vintage shop, got in touch with me about collaborating and even more thrilled when I discovered this beauty in the shop:
Sure, this vintage dress is an awkward length and has an annoying elastic waist BUT it’s a nearly perfect match for one of my fave 1980’s childhood frocks so I just had to have it:
10 year old me absolutely despised piano lessons but most definitely rocked that island patterned dress and matching bolero.
My new/old dress definitely needed a refashion so let’s take a peek at exactly what I did + how to shorten a dress from the waist:
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!