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Right now I'm full steam ahead with decorating the new house, (I've just finished painting my sewing room in lime green Ekk!) but I'm afraid sewing is going to be even more sparse than normal, coincidently my urge to sew is tenfold to the point where I don't know what to sew first when I do have some time, although I think maybe it would be a good idea to pick up where I left off.

At least I can content myself with looking for inspiration on Pinterest, even if does add to my ever growing list.

Lately I've had an urge to start re-fashioning garments again, thanks to finding Charity Shop Chic's blog, talk about inspirational although I did have to pinch myself for not finding this blog sooner. I'm both completely obsessed and taken aback by what this girl creates.
 I use to alter-clothes and tweak them all the time before I really got into sewing properly, but what Charity Shop Chic does I can only dream of doing!

Currently my list of refashions includes

  • sewing lace onto denim shorts
  • making a cape out of a hounds tooth wool skirt
  •  a pair of shorts out of a flower print skirt
  • re-dying a pair of green jeans
  • and giving Miss P 's polka dot jeans a whirl

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  1. "making a cape out of a hounds tooth wool skirt" How!!?! I can't wait to see this!!

    Bundana @

    1. it's been in the pipe line for awhile, back last year I bought said skirt from a charity shop, it's a size 20 and heavily pleated so I'm hoping once all the pleats are unpicked it will give me enough material for a very low detail, basic cape or so I hope :)

  2. Me too, I loved the way Charity Shop copied the Stella McCartney jacket and thanksfor relaying Miss P's polka dot jeans. There's an outfit that makes you dream of Spring (because this dreamy season has not arrived yet down here)!

    1. I though she did a brilliant job on the Stella McCartney jacket!!
      Snap spring hasn't arrived here either :( we've had a few sunny days but it's still bitterly cold!


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