Day 21

August 25, 2009

I managed to wake up late again and not be able to fiddle with camera settings so this is a bit of a blurry effort. This dress was a calf-length, batwing monster of a frock when I bought it. I liked the collar and pockets so I decided that for all of the 20 pence it cost, I could try a little hacking. Sleeves off, hem up, waist in and it’s wearable once more.

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It’s actually a lovely emerald green, I’ll maybe try again with the photo later.
Vintage 80s Altered Dress – Unknown
Leggings – Ebay
Black Patent Dolly Shoes – Marks & Spencer

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Day 16

August 20, 2009

Ahoy! Despite getting up early, I still managed to run late hence the damp hair. Part sailor, part washed-up mermaid. I am aware that the salute is probably more Boy Scout than Sailor but who has time to learn these things?
I bought this dress on Ebay about 5 years ago and have worn it once since. I wish I could remember the name of the seller as she had some lovely clothes, all customised and screen-printed.

anchors

I love anchors and indeed anything nautical. It’s an obsession I have to rein in for fear of amassing another collection, but this one was just too good to pass up on.

Vintage Customised Anchor Dress – Ebay

Day 1

August 5, 2009

My inaugural post, somewhat overdue.  A close and muggy Wednesday, what does it call for? Why, a sombre combination of corsages and cut-up-and-stiched-together-again skirts of course.

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Excuse the strange photo. This is my reconstructed skirt which I am very proud of. It’s one H&M a-line dress and one Marks & Spencer vest as waist band given a new lease of life after being left for dead in my charity shop bag. The top is an outsize silky tank. I like clothes several sizes too big, they often just hang and fall better.

My shoes were a happy accident. I came to work in shoes that seem to get progressively smaller throughout the morning so hobbled out to the charity shops in desperation. These patent t-bar heels were in the storeroom where the manager kindly let me try on all the shoes they had that were ‘Black, size 6 please’. 

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Vintage 80s Silky Tank Top – Marks & Spencer  via PDSA

Vintage Patent T-bar Heels – Unknown via Sue Ryder

Houndstooth High-waisted Pencil Skirt – Home made