Recycled Fashion Finds #17

Friday, September 30, 2011

Hello Friday! Today we are sharing Recycled Fashion Finds, and now up to week 17. We appreciate your submissions and love to see what you've been thrifting or making. A few handpicks from last week's Recycled Fashion Finds...

Charity Shop Chic replicated a Stella McCartney dress





Using charity shopped t-shirts: Pretty amazing, no? More here


Lakota's "If I was a rich girl" DIY bangle


Lakota did not use real money for this bangle, instead, she used serviettes printed with mock bank notes, and mod podge.

Quote "I decided to make this bangle as a statement about the vacuous trappings of wealth and celebrity versus the ever-shrinking disposable income of regular folk. Or was I condemning society's rapacious consumerism with reference to disposable fast fashion accessories? Hmm, it might just have been that I fancied some new jewellery and had these cool disposable paper napkins......" more here

Patti wearing an amazing 1940's vintage dress



Patti's Quote "I love thinking that someone wore this dress before I was born!" more here

Sorry I don't have room to feature more of your submissions, please do continue to share your finds and creations this week.

What did you find (thrift) or create this week? Would you like to share:

  • A second-hand fashion garment you found at a market, thrift store, op shop, charity shop, car boot sale, fete, garage sale, at the side of the road?!.
  • A fabulous recycled fashion find you scored online.
  • A refashion project
  • A hand-me-down
  • A garment you've made yourself
  • It could be a link to a clothing item you are selling on your online store
  • A sewing pattern, or fabric you've found which you intend to make into a fashion garment
  • Your clothing item need not be vintage, although we do love a good vintage find of course.

  • *You can share your finds and creations on the link up below.*

    Link up arranged through InLinkz

    If you are participating in Recycled Fashion's link up, and have a blog, be sure to grab a badge and pop it either on your blog post or on your side bar. Thank you!

    Recycled Fashion


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    Fashion Inspiration: Neon

    Wednesday, September 28, 2011

    Neon; appearing frequently in fashion trends over the past year. A fluorescent glow certainly highlights an outfit, although it wouldn't be advisable to go overboard on the brights, for fear of causing a midday traffic collision! A little pop of neon might be the way to go. Here are a few handmade, vintage, and DIY neon fashion pieces to brighten your day.

    Handmade 80's Party Leg Warmers in Neon Stripes

    80s Party Leg Warmers in Neon Stripes



    1970's Vintage Bold Neon Abstract Print Maxi Skirt

    1970s vintage bold NEON abstract print maxi skirt

    $49.00 from Atticgoods

    DIY Friendship Bracelets



    Tutorial c/o HonestlyWTF


    DIY Tribal Print Canvas Shoes



    Have you been wearing or admiring any neon fashion pieces lately?

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    Spring Racing Carnival Vintage Style

    Tuesday, September 27, 2011

    Melbourne Spring Carnival is just around the corner, and the ladies of Southside Market show us how to dress for the races, vintage style, with their Spring Racing Photo shoot featuring in The Age Life & Style.

    (left to right)

    Isabel

    Dress: Noddy Vintage Clothing
    1990s purple vintage dress (cross-over front and keyhole back) $40
    Fascinator: Nesnerosa
    On-off purple fascinator with soft-petal peony & veiling $70
    Bag: i wish i was a hippie
    French beaded vintage bag $65

    Belinda

    Top: i wish i was a hippie
    (dress worn as a top) White crochet vintage dress $109
    Skirt: i wish i was a hippie
    Emerald high waist pleat vintage skirt $55
    Saving...

    Fascinator: Nesnerosa
    On-off blue sinamay fascinator with lemon/lime rose & feathers $100
    Bag: Model's own
    Belt: Model's own
    Gloves: Noddy Vintage Clothing
    Assorted gloves available from $5

    Sarah

    Dress: The Professor’s Daughter
    Red wool dress with red velvet trim. Fully lined with 200-button embellishment $199
    Fascinator: Pleasure, Little Treasure
    ‘Plant Pot’ (one-off) recycled straw fascinator with hand-made felt flower trim $120
    Bag: Model's own
    Gloves: Noddy Vintage Clothing
    Assorted gloves available from $5

    Anne

    Dress: Noddy Vintage Clothing
    1980s does ‘50s floral print vintage dress (with attached tulle petticoat) $80
    Fascinator: Pleasure, Little Treasure
    ‘Paris Spring’ (one-off) recycled straw fascinator with Spring flower & vintage velvet-leaf trim $100
    Bag: Model's own
    Brooch: i wish i was a hippie
    Gold brass deco vintage brooch $18






    Noddy Vintage Clothing

    "Noddy" represents the intersection of Naomi Merritt‟s interests in fashion, art, female identity, and cultural history, as she explains: “I get a real thrill from seeing customers fall in love with my vintage pieces as I know that a new chapter is being written in the history of the garment and in the life of the person wearing it”.

    The Professor’s Daughter

    A boutique prĂȘt-a-porter collection providing enviable style for exceptional women.

    i wish i was a hippie

    i wish i was a hippie specialisies in immaculate, hand-selected vintage pieces from the 50s to 80s. The range reflects both the superior workmanship and the playful spirit of a bygone time.

    Nesnerosa

    Nesnerosa headpieces are meticulously handcrafted in Melbourne, often combining vintage fabrics and trims, beading and embroidery to create exclusive headwear that will make a statement!

    Pleasure, Little Treasure

    Every Pleasure, Little Treasure fascinator is designed with both form and function in mind and is
    lovingly constructed in Melbourne by hand - often using recycled vintage materials. These are not mass produced accessories that everyone is wearing, they are as unique as the women who wear them.

    Great work ladies!

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    Salvos Stores $2 Monday Madness

    Monday, September 26, 2011

    $2 clothing special's every Monday at Salvos, readers!

    Southern Territory (Australia) Promotion - only run in stores in VIC, WA, SA,TAS & NT
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    $2 specials rack, Chelsea Heights Salvos Store

    Press release from Salvos Stores:

    "With consumers getting more and more cautious about spending their disposable income, all retail organisations are looking for new ways to attract customers to stores.

    Salvos Stores is meeting this challenge head-on by creating a $2 Monday Madness sale in all stores. Every Monday, a rack of men’s, women’s and children’s clothing will all be on sale for $2 at the front of each Salvos Stores. The rack will be replenished throughout the day.

    The aim of the new weekly sale is to drive traffic into stores earlier in the week and to take advantage of people looking for quality items at lower prices. This campaign will capture the imagination of shoppers, as they can buy a whole new outfit for a cost of a sandwich.

    Allen Dewhirst, CEO Salvos Stores commented; “With the retail market being what it is at the moment, we wanted to offer our customers even greater value every week. Driving traffic into stores earlier in the week will benefit not only the customers who will pick up a bargain, but also help to boost overall sales early in the week.”

    With 210 stores across five states offering this unique sale, everyone has a chance to benefit. The new sale is the latest strategic move by Salvos Stores to combat the fall in the retail market. Salvos Stores sales tactics appear to be working with the organisation receiving impressive sales figures during August.

    Stylist Claire Muller commented, “$2 Monday Madness is a great initiative for shoppers everywhere. What a brilliant way to update your wardrobe for less than the price of a coffee! Salvos Stores always has great pieces. Getting stylish items for $2 makes it even more satisfying.”

    Salvos Stores Southern Territory operates 210 retail stores in Western Australia, South Australia,Victoria, Tasmania and Northern Territory. Salvos Stores operate as a fully functioning retail business, recycling pre loved goods and relying heavily on the generosity of the public.

    Overall Salvos Stores operates as a thriving business with the added benefit of contributing positively to the excellent work of The Salvation Army."


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    Inspiration Monday Outfit Ali Larter

    Two birds inspiration Monday's look is inspired by Ali Larter.


    ali larter

    Seriously, who looks this good 4 months after having a baby? Ali Larter obviously. Hollywood, pah. Whilst I am nowhere near as glamorous, and my cardigan is nowhere near as shiny nor glittery as her jacket, here is my attempt:

    White halterneck top: Me-Made from a 50c pillowcase and lace
    The rest of the outfit: op shopped (Australia) and charity shopped (UK)


    Meet Virginia Design


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    LilyGiggle T-Shirt Ruffle Skirts with GIVEAWAY

    Saturday, September 24, 2011

    How to turn a pile of unwanted t-shirts and jersey garments from this...


    ...into this

    Little girl ruffle skirt

    I picked up a pile of damaged t-shirts and jersey garments from my local op shop that were sitting in a rubbish bag waiting to be discarded, paying a small amount to take them away, and thanked the ladies for allowing me to rummage. Also scoring 3mtrs of elastic for $3.70 in the same op shop, which is needed for the skirt waistband. Using damaged clothing seems a much more sensible option, rather than cut into shirts that are otherwise perfectly wearable.

    Whilst I made this skirt, please do not direct all credit to me, for I used a sewing pattern and tutorial, created by pattern designer Beth, selling her designs through her site LilyGiggle.com.

    "I love to breathe new life into unwanted fabrics and many of my designs incorporate the use of recycled/upcycled materials." Beth, LilyGiggle.com

    I made my version of a t-shirt ruffle skirt using LilyGiggle.com's Rings of Ruffle Skirt (which sells for $7.95 with instant download) pattern and tutorial. "A great way to breathe some new life into some no-longer-needed t-shirts or to make from your favorite stretch knit fabric"


    Beth's PDF instructions are very easy to follow, and thorough. My Ring of Ruffle Skirt took approximately two hours to complete, and I had so much fun seeing all those ruffly colours come together.

    I contemplate whether one could get away with making and wearing a ruffle skirt as an adult? Having seen this, this, and this ruffle skirt, I absolutely think so!

    For sewing enthusiast Recycled Fashion blog readers, we have a giveaway c/o Beth @ LilyGiggle. She would like to giveaway a 3 pack bundle to one Recycled Fashion blog reader. The winner can pick any three sewing patterns /tutorials (usually $20).

    There are numerous patterns to choose from, including dresses, tops, pants, hats, and jackets. Her patterns range from 6 months to 10yrs.

    How To Enter

    To enter this giveaway do one or more of the following:

    1. Leave a comment below
    2. Become a blog follower on Recycled Fashion
    2. Follow LilyGiggle.com on
    facebook and leave a comment
    3.
    Follow RecycledFashion on facebook and leave a comment
    4. Follow RecycledFashion on twitter and retweet the giveaway

    Each activity above counts for one entry into the competition. Please leave a separate comment below for each one of the above activities you do (for more chances to win), along with a way of contacting you.

    National and international readers are all welcome to participate in the competition, which closes Sunday 2nd October 2011, the winner to be drawn at random.

    Good luck!

    *COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED*


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    Recycled Fashion Finds #16

    Friday, September 23, 2011

    It's Friday, and that means Recycled Fashion Finds! I appreciate your submissions and love to see what you've been thrifting or making. A few handpicks from last week's Recycled Fashion Finds...

    Skirt, reconstructed into one shoulder top
    by Be-Have Urban Atelier




    Adjusted red Jeans

    Just Jo altered the shape of her thrifted red jeans for a much more flattering fit




    Ribbon Tie Necklace
    Made by Alison using beads from her Great Aunt and flower made with muslin offcuts



    Sweet Heat Neckline Dress
    Handmade by Sew Her Style




    What did you find (thrift) or create this week? Would you like to share:

  • A second-hand fashion garment you found at a market, thrift store, op shop, charity shop, car boot sale, fete, garage sale, at the side of the road?!.
  • A fabulous recycled fashion find you scored online.
  • A refashion project
  • A hand-me-down
  • A garment you've made yourself
  • It could be a link to a clothing item you are selling on your online store
  • A sewing pattern, or fabric you've found which you intend to make into a fashion garment
  • Your clothing item need not be vintage, although we do love a good vintage find of course.

  • *You can share your finds and creations on the link up below.*

    Link up arranged through InLinkz


    If you are participating in Recycled Fashion's link up, and have a blog, be sure to grab a badge and pop it either on your blog post or on your side bar. Thank you!

    Recycled Fashion







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    Hunter Gatherer FASHION FRIDAY

    Thursday, September 22, 2011

    Next Friday, kicks off Buy Nothing New Month's campaign starting with Fashion Friday.

    What is Fashion Friday?

    A concept of Brotherhood of St Laurence's hip Hunter Gatherer stores (Melbourne, Australia), where free styling services will be offered in their City, Fitzroy, Moonee Ponds and Brunswick stores, which will provide assistance to help shoppers look sassy - sustainably.


    I will be partaking in Fashion Friday, as one of Melbourne's Stylists (along with Leeyong Soo), situated in Hunter Gatherer's Royal Arcade city store, from 11am until 2pm, Friday 30 September.

    What is Buy Nothing New Month?

    Buy Nothing New Month (October) is the national campaign for conscientious consumption. Throughout October, people are encouraged to beg, borrow, barter, swap, rent or buy secondhand whatever they need, but they cant buy anything new.

    The biggest task of the day? Trying to leave Hunter Gatherer without having purchased a wonderfully stylish vintage garment for myself!!

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    Return of the curtain skirt

    Tuesday, September 20, 2011

    Earlier blog followers may remember a skirt I made out of a curtain, pillowcase, and chair cover, for a competition entry to resemble a Bird of Paradise.

    I am piecing together hand-made or refashioned outfits to wear every day, in the month of September for Self Stitched September 2011, and to my surprise, I pulled this skirt out of my wardrobe, discovering I can actually wear it as everyday wear, after removing plastic 'bird feathers' from the back.



    Skirt: Me-made self-drafted using a friends old curtain, and a thrifted pillowcase.
    Underskirt: Me-made (not shown) made from a canvas chair cover.
    Shoes: Vintage - thrift
    Belt: thrift
    Shirt: Country Road - thrift

    Who would of thought? Wearing a curtain, pillowcase, and a chair cover all at once!

    Linking up to these linkups

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    Salvos Sustainable Fashion Parade

    Monday, September 19, 2011

    Last Saturday, I was invited to attend Salvos Stores sustainable fashion event organised by DGM Advertising. In association with Melbourne Spring Fashion Week, Salvos Stores hosted a parade showcasing a variety of vintage-inspired looks for every Spring event at North Melbourne Salvos Store, 19 Errol St, North Melbourne.

    With high tea (yummy cupcakes), a parade hosted by comedian Jo Gill, and supported by the tunes of DJ Andrew Northover, with every second hand item chosen for the runway up for sale to the public after the show.


    Any global city's fashion week can be an elaborate, over-the-top affair, with Melbourne Spring Fashion Week being no exception. Salvos recycled runway showcased some of the finest donated pieces, proving there can be an entire fashion show based solely on second hand attire, bringing forth its own sustainable, wearable glamour to the runway.

    Hats off to the Claire, Salvos Stylist, who I believe had lots of fun driving around Salvos stores collecting clothes for the event (eight stores in one day!)


    Click on image below, who do you see in the audience!?

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    GinaMichele DIY Fashion

    Please may I introduce you to Gina Michele. Gina believes "that fashion should be fun, as well as wearable". This NY based designer, sells a collection of eco-friendly clothing and accessories using a combination of recycled and organic, sustainable textiles. Her collection can be seen here.

    Additionally, however, Gina blogs on her site Crochet Clouds where she creates DIY fashion projects with easy to follow instructions for her readers. Such projects include:



    DIY Free People inspired turban
    Gina's version (image underneath) is made from mens neckties



    DIY double t-shirt dress
    Made from two mens t-shirts stitched together, pockets made from arm sleeves


    DIY Ann Demeulemeester leather belt
    Made from a wide leather belt and strip of leather from a thrift store and a buckle



    Gina proves to us that you really don't need to spend a fortune to remake what is currently in on the fashion scene. Gina also chooses thrift fabric over new, and we gotta love that!

    You can find Gina's blog CrochetClouds here and shop for ethical designs here.

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    Recycled Fashion Finds #15

    Friday, September 16, 2011

    It's Friday, and that means Recycled Fashion Finds!, You can check out last weeks Recycled Fashion Finds here. I appreciate your submissions and love to see what you've been thrifting or making.

    What did you find (thrift) or create this week? Would you like to share:

  • A second-hand fashion garment you found at a market, thrift store, op shop, charity shop, car boot sale, fete, garage sale, at the side of the road?!.
  • A fabulous recycled fashion find you scored online.
  • A refashion project
  • A hand-me-down
  • A garment you've made yourself
  • It could be a link to a clothing item you are selling on your online store
  • A sewing pattern, or fabric you've found which you intend to make into a fashion garment
  • Your clothing item need not be vintage, although we do love a good vintage find of course.

  • *You can share your finds and creations on the link up below.*

    Link up arranged through InLinkz


    If you are participating in Recycled Fashion's link up, and have a blog, be sure to grab a badge and pop it either on your blog post or on your side bar. Thank you!

    Recycled Fashion


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