This story starts with a pair of jeans.
They fit relatively well when I bought them as part of my massive haul from Thrift Town in San Francisco a few months back ($5.99). Unfortunately boot cut is not the most flattering on me… I only wear skinnies!
Inspiration for these jeans came from Isabel Marant S/S 12… aren’t they fabulous!
Oooh, another mini-series! This one is going to be about refashioning using denim.
To make this a bit more interesting, I’m adding some…. LEATHER. I put this in caps because it’s the first time I’ve worked with LEATHER and it was rather daunting…
You may remember this skirt from this project, in which I cut the waistband off and used the black skirt. Well, here’s what happened to the rest of it.
This came from the British Heart Foundation shop in Whitby and cost £3.99.
After unpicking the seam between the waistband and the skirt, I was left with the waistband attached to the facing, which was slightly longer.
This dress was part of my huge haul from Thrift Town in San Francisco. I paid $7.99. I managed to squeeze two projects out of it, so I certainly feel like I got my money’s worth from this one!
What a fantastic print! The colours are really vivid in real life. The dress has a border print around the bottom and the green section down the front left is the only one – the back is all beige. The sewing inside is pretty basic, possibly even home made, though the seams are overlocked.
Red Carpet Copycat is an occasional series in which I use recycled materials to imitate red carpet looks.
Next up is this look. This is Cheryl Cole at the premiere of ‘What to expect when you’re expecting’, in which she apparently has a cameo.
She is wearing Victoria Beckham Spring 2012. Here it is on the catwalk:
It has a flowing full length pleated skirt which starts below the waist, almost at the hip. This was the first picture we’ve seen of Cheryl in a while, so it was everywhere. It even made it onto the front of Grazia.
I’m going to make my own movie-premiere-worthy version of the dress using this:
Now, this light pink pleated skirt cost me £4.75 from the Cancer Research Shop in Whitby. I don’t know how much the Victoria Beckham dress costs, but I think it’s safe to say it’s more than £4.75.
Net a Porter carries this mini-length version for £1875, on sale for £750 at the time of writing. So if I can pull this off, I can save £745.25. [What do you mean, it doesn't work like that?!]
I have had this blouse since around the time I started this blog. Tired of waiting for summer to happen, I decided today was the day this piece was going under the knife (well, scissors).
This cost £3.25 from the PDSA shop in Barking. It has a very pretty embroidered cross stitch pattern on it.
This is the first in what will be an occasional series, which I’m calling “Red Carpet Copycat”. It’s intended to replicate the style of the red carpet on a small budget using recycled materials.
First in the series is this incredible dress worn by Natalie Portman at the Oscars 2012. It is such a stunning retro look; the dress is actually 1954 Dior Couture.
Clearly, I’m going to have to pull something pretty special out of the bag… Luckily for me, then, that I found this extremely fabulous Liz Claiborne dress on a recent trip to San Francisco. It came from my favourite SF thrift store (Thrift Town in the Mission District) and cost $9.99. The scarlet colour and black polka dots make it a dead ringer for the Dior.
It has buttons all the way down the back!
Here’s a really ‘interesting’ garment I picked up on a trip to San Diego before Christmas. I paid $1 for it; unfortunately I can’t remember the name of the shop but it was somewhere in the Pacific Beach area…
It’s a summer jumpsuit made from 100% silk in grey, cream and peach (or coral, as we call it these days). I love the colours; the grey and coral combination has a great 80s vibe!
Just $1 for 100% silk?! YES PLEASE! This has been sitting in my stash for the last 6 months waiting for summer to arrive!
A fabulous find that combines this season’s trends for neon colours and Hawaiian prints has inspired several projects using neon. This is the final installment in the series.
This third and final installment will be tackling the final piece – that faux-wrap skirt.