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Friday, October 28, 2011

Apologies for the lack of Recycled Fashion Finds link up this week readers, but fear not, she'll be back next week for your lovely fashionable finds and creations

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Click here for last week's submissions

I also want to acknowledge Threadsquare and Not Dead Yet Style for awarding me a tell me about yourself, and versatile blogger award, you are both amazing, and I thank you


DIY Tie-Dye Wrap Blouse

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Let me begin with credit where credit is due. I found a simple DIY wrap blouse tutorial by Whitney, who blogs at freshlygiven

Based on a vintage advert for "wrapped cloth" in the LIFE Archives, Whitney created her own DIY wrap blouse from her grandmothers old skirt..

Whitney's Inspiration

Whitney's version

Gorgeous, yes?

And here, is my version

Tie at the back

I used a piece of tie-dyed fabric purchased from Vinnies op shop ($4), which interestingly, came with instructions on wall hanging ideas!


Inspiration; sequins

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Sparkle-tastic, its all about the sequins today. Ca-ching!


Second-hand sequin love.....

Vintage 80s Sequined Short Sleeve Top with Callas Flowers

Vintage 80s Sequined Short Sleeve Top with Callas Flowers
$29 USD from Recycled Fashion's sponsor - Secondhand Addiction

Vintage 70s Sequined Black Sleeveless Tunic Top

Vintage 70s Sequined Black Sleeveless Tunic Top
$26 USD from Recycled Fashion's sponsor - SecondHandAddiction

Vintage 80s glam BEADED SEQUIN SILK Chevron striped Scala top xs-s

Vintage 80s glam BEADED SEQUIN SILK Chevron striped Scala top xs-s
$20 USD from GypsyGamineVintage

Early 1920's art deco beaded handbag

early 1920's art deco beaded handbag - charity for animals
$55 USD from NecktieParty


A Sustainable Wedding

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

As seen on the Brotherhood of St Laurence blog, newly weds Sarah and Liam opted for a recycled, sustainable wedding day.

The couple were married in the heritage listed NSW town of Braidwood last month. Sarah wore a spectacular dress made of second hand doilies created by Canberra based textile artist Chris McIntosh, and her husband, Liam, wore a suit from the local op shop in Quenbeyan.

Sarah's Bridesmaid wore a dress she purchased from eBay

And they pedaled away to their accommodation after the reception, in two bikes salvaged and refurbished from the tip.

Sarah and Liam were recently interviewed for Woman's Day magazine for their sustainable wedding too.

Way to go!


Variety Op Shop Ball

Monday, October 24, 2011

On 24th September this year, Sydney-siders were offered the chance to attend a charity event with a difference;

Sydney's Famous Faces and Fashionistas
Frock Up for Variety’s Annual ‘Op Shop Ball’

Over two-hundred celebrities, drag queens and socialites converge on Sky Venue (top of Sydney Tower) for the hottest fundraiser of the year - Variety’s ninth annual ‘Op Shop Ball’.

Far from your average charity benefit, revellers donned their most fashionable charity shop finds, striking a pose on the red carpet to raise funds for sick, disadvantaged and special needs children.

Hosted by TV and radio presenter, Lizzy Lovette, and other well-known faces donning their pre-loved, over 250 party-goers joined in the celebrations, raising over $20,000 for a worthwhile cause.

The best part of the night, apart from complimentary cocktails, canapes DJ's and musicians to entertain? The evening was all about having fun and getting dressed up in your most glamorous op shop outfit, with the crown of Mr & Miss Op Shop awarded on the night.

What a fun night, and a great cause! Here are some photographs of the night that have been sent my way:

Miss Op Shop Lisa Morgan & Mr Op Shop Shane Pestonji

Nikki Bozdogan, Jessie Jordan, Lisa Morgan

Marni Ryan, Vanessa Rapsa, Lizzy Lovette

Lottie Smith, Phillipa Williams, Isabelle Huet

Sheila Bliege and Lizzy Lovette

Did any Recycled Fashion readers attend the Variety Op Shop Ball? I'd love to hear from you. (and see your outfit!)


Welcome Recycled Market

Imagine an online retail venue, where everything you can can buy, is recycled. Everything.

Recycled Market; The first online marketplace to buy, sell and find all things recycled.

Recycled Market, opened its virtual

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What is Recycled Market? A unique online venue that encourages buyers and sellers to reduce, reuse, redesign, refashion, rework and recycle as much as possible.

A global marketplace showcasing stylish handmade and ethically manufactured pieces made from recycled materials.

“Our vision is for individuals to choose recycled before new” Recycled Market 2011

You'll see some Recycled Fashion goodies up for sale up already. Do you make recycled goods too? If so, registration and listing your products on Recycled Market, is free.

Give Recycled Market a big welcome

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Pillowcase Top #2

Sunday, October 23, 2011

The pillowcase top returns, based on the same concept as the dragonfly pillowcase top.

Pillowcase #2 has been waiting for a summertime creation, I bought it for 50c in my local op shop during the winter. To complete my top, I managed to find elastic and lace from the same op shop as the original pillowcase purchase. $2.

Total cost $2.50

A handmade pillowcase, there are no labels, and the edges were not finished. I'm not entirely convinced it was ever used as a pillowcase, but certainly had the shape of one.

Fabric close up

After - The Top

The gnome makes an appearance again (unintentional!)
Hat as seen here

Lace shoulder bow

Readers, would it be helpful if I put together a pillowcase top tutorial, or does this look easy enough to replicate without one? Let me know.

Shared with these lovely link ups


Sweaters for Penguins

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Sweaters for Penguins? Have I completely lost my mind? This blog post may not be as ridiculous as you might think, it is a sad story, with a happy (feet?!) ending.

Image c/o Animal Tracks

Skeinz, a yarn store in New Zealand, put a call out to knitters worldwide on 11 October, to knit sweaters for penguins affected by the New Zealand Oil Spill

"As you may be aware the oil spill & potential disastrous effects to wildlife & environment off the coast of Tauranga is frightening. A small number of little blue penguins have already been caught in the oil spilled to date with growing fears that more will be effected. Skeinz has been asked to help with the penguin relief by knitting small Penguin PJ’s to help protect the birds & prevent them from preening their feather & ingesting the toxic oil."

Quote from The Yarn Kitchen; Skeinz blog

Soon after, little penguin sweaters flooded the store from around the world, which the press caught hold of, appearing on TV3 News and Good Morning America

The TV3 Cameraman c/o Skeinz blog The Yarn Kitchen

Less than a week after the initial call out, Skeinz reports "I have just arrived home briefly & called into Skeinz to see all the jumpers for myself. This is a sample of the deluge we have received over the last couple of days. It is really precious & so over whelming."

and soon after "we do have critical mass of jumpers"!

Sweaters for Penguins
Image c/o laughingsquid

A heartwarming story, related to such a tragic event.


Recycled Fashion Finds #20

Recycled Fashion Finds week 20 coming to you a day late. Thank you for your link ups!

A recap of last week's submissions.

NIXNAX's altered top

NIXNAX altered a thrifted top
by adjusting the bust and adding doilies - so pretty

Frugal Down Under's re-purposed fabric owl

Technically not a fashion item, however, I had to feature Frugal Down Under's crafty owl made using worn out clothing pieces and second-hand fabric.

Style N Season's skirt

A beautiful peasant skirt: old, cut short from ankle-length

Glamorous Without The Guilt's fantastic winter boots

Thrifted for $4.99

Would you like to participate in Recycled Fashion Finds this week? That would be nice! Click here for the rules, and don't forget to grab yourself a Recycled Fashion Finds blog badge for your blog post or side bar. Thanks!

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