First post!

Welcome to my blog!

For my first post, I’ll be refashioning this military shirt I bought from Scope in Barking. This is a genuine ex-military shirt in olive green and it cost me the princely sum of £2.

First thing to do is to cut off the sleeves. Simple enough! I cut them off to above the elbow and rolled the remainder up to the shoulder. I also shortened the length of the shirt by several inches and re-hemmed.

Next, some embellishment. I chose black sequins. The original plan was to add sequins covering the whole of both pocket flaps, but unfortunately there wasn’t time so I ended up with one row of sequins across each pocket. I also trimmed the epaulettes with some black ribbon.

To go with the outfit I chose a camel coloured jacket (large enough to wear as a coat) which I picked up in the PDSA charity shop, also in Barking, this time spending a massive £4.50. To bring it up to date I rolled up the sleeves and added a thin brown belt tied at the waist. To keep the belt in place when not wearing the coat, I added a couple of thread loops to act as belt loops. They were hardly structural but lasted the evening!

Here I am modelling my new outfit in my bedroom and later that evening in VisionsVideo Bar in Dalston….



  1. SabrinaJoJones

    You are so talented! I used to be better at sewing, you make me want to pick it up again to help me build my work wardrobe:) Thank you for all the inspiration please keep up the hard work.

  2. Lindsay

    So glad I finally made it to the first post because your blog is seriously addicting! I couldn’t help but click on to see how you transformed each garment into something fabulous!

    One question: Do you tend to re-wear most of the things you make or are there some things that after the transformation you’re just over? (Maybe the transformation was amazing but it’s just not your style?)

    • charityshopchic

      Hi Lindsay, thanks for leaving a comment, I am glad you are enjoying reading. Most things get re-worn a few times, but some don’t. I just re-donate what I don’t intend to wear again. Thanks for reading!

  3. Brandie

    wow I also made it to the first post! You have another follower, I don’t have a blog but I’ll be checking in can’t wait to see what you come up with in the future!! You have given me some great ideas, now to try them out!

  4. Bunny

    I spent the last few hours oogling all of your posts. I just love all of your work. I am now so inspired to use my larger clothes to make new more chic ones. I just have to go get my sewing machine our of storage. You have a great sense of fashion and what looks great. I look forward to visiting your page over and over!

  5. Bethsews

    I see I am not the only one to start with the current post and work my way back to THE VERY FIRST ONE! So enjoyable! Really enjoy what you do, hope you’ll keep posting (and sewing). Not sewing much at the moment, on a bit of a knitting craze, but I especially enjoy the details of how you bring it to life, and the great pics of you modeling! I’m in SC in the US by the way.

  6. Rita

    Hi there!

    It looks I reach the fist post too :)
    I was really inspired by your imagination and creativity in refashioning some oh-so-ugly pieces into some stylish outfits!!!

    Well done, you got yourself a follower ;)

    Happy sewing!
    Lisbon, Portugal

  7. Kezzie

    Oh dear, here I am, another person working my way back through your archive! You really are clever, I love that you make something ugly into something beautiful! I saw a lovely man’s shirt in a charity shop the other day which I really wanted to see if I could refashion into a a girl’s top so I thought I’d come and see how you do it! BUT, I am a terrible sewer and only recently made my first item so I’m not holding out much luck!x

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