Bristol Saint Vintage: January 2013

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Maxi Split Skirt and Repairing Clothing

Even though I have vowed not to buy any new clothing this year and I love vintage, I always like to get inspiration from online shops such as Urban Outfitters, Topshop and New Look- Just to get a feel for what is on the high street at the moment.

I've seen maxi skirts with splits up the side have become popular and thought id have a go at making my own! I had some black t-shirt material left over from some tops i made last year and a thick black strip of elastic that was for a skirt I didn't end up making! ( I always seem to buy things for projects which I don't complete - I want to change that this year!)

 I'm not an amazing seamstress so I could have probably done this a better way, but here's a sketch of what I did! I hope you can understand it!

I also took the opportunity to fix the pockets of my favourite coat. This was so simple and as it's hidden away it doesn't have to be very neat! No more loose change rolling around in my seams! Hallelujah!

I also sent Jessica Hart some tops (destined for the charity shop) for her upcoming upcycling collection and I'll be sharing some images from the shoot here soon! Can't wait to see those beautiful creations!

My new years resolution is not just about what I consume but also how I dispose of my clothes! So nice seeing them go to good use!

Saturday, 19 January 2013

2013 Trends: Could The Scrunchy Ever Be Cool?

First appearing in the late 80's and becoming an iconic trend of the 90's- the scrunchie is set to make a come back this year along with the rest of the 90's revival!
The scrunchie is an odd thing - apparently it was invented because the fabric acts as a barrier to protect thin or damaged hair when putting it up, rather than using a normal hair band. The trend took off as hats were becoming unpopular in the mid 80's and the freedom to coordinate a scrunchie with an outfit encouraged the trend to blossom (lol)

Clarissa Explains It All and My So Called Life both contained avid wearers of scrunchies!

Sex and the City had an episode dedicated to scrunchie's. Carrie makes fun of Berger because he has 'his leading lady running around town with a scrunchie on' But even SJP ended up wearing a giant scrunchie later on in the show!

A few S/S 2013 collections saw the inclusion of modernised scrunchies, for example Ashish and Vivienne Westwood's Red Label. 

Vivienne Westwood Red Label S/S 2013

Ashish S/S 2013

I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to make my own and see if I could make it work?
Continuing with my 'not buying new' resolution, I found some lace I bought last year (for another project I didnt end up doing!), some t-shirt fabric and some old elastic and did this...

I sewed two pieces of lace together to make it into an open ended tube - then turned it inside out to hide the sewing.

I used a safety pin to thread the elastic through the tube and tied in a knot.

I then tucked one end into the other and hand sewed to finish off!
There's the other large scrunchie made from t-shirt material

I'm not sure i'm convinced! Might just stick to wearing them as bracelets!

Friday, 11 January 2013

Tips On Avoiding Buying New

As you might know, I've decided 2013 is going to be a year of not buying any new clothes and I'm going to blog about any tips or experiences that happen along the way!

Tip One : Go Through Your Wardrobe

This week i've been going through the clothes i've already got and even though i seem to have loads, I only wear half of it! I reckon a lot of people do exactly the same and they get into a cycle of wearing the same items in rotation.
I divided it all up into -

Things I like and still wear
Things i'm unsure of
Things I haven't worn for ages
Things that need to be mended

Obviously things i still like went back on the rail! The things i'm unsure of are put to the side (ready to go through again later), Things I haven't worn for ages are put at the front of the rail (so I have no choice but to see them and wear !) and the clothes that need to be mended go in to mending pile. Its shocking how many things I haven't worn just because they need new buttons or a simple repair job!
Like these items!

Tip Two: Make Time To Repair Your Clothes

Without shopping for new clothes, i'm bound to have a few hours free to mend some of my old broken clothes that have started gathering dust!

This American Apparel tunic I bought years ago, got bleach stained after I wore it once! I didn't want to take it to charity or throw it away because it wasn't cheap and I wasn't ready to say goodbye to it! So naturally it's sat in a draw not doing anything. This is perfect opportunity to do something with it!
I have very simply taken a triangle of floral vintage inspired material (extra from the bunting I made - See the blog here) and sewn it on over the bleach mark!

The finished item!

Saturday, 5 January 2013

2013 New Years Resolution : Could You Go A Year Without Buying New?

So for 2013, I've been inspired by many other people who have vowed not to buy anything new for 12 months - Yes thats 1 year!
Now Im not a massive clothes shopper (for myself) anyway, not like I used to be in Uni (I felt a bit of pressure to have new things all the time especially going to Fashion Uni and living in London!) but now things have definitely changed! Being a working mum, I'm cash and time poor! So I want to use what money and time I do have, to be spent on clothing and making, in a thoughtful and eco conscious (is that a term?) way. And most importantly I want to be creative with it!

Photo: Uniform Project
This thought of not buying new, was brought to my attention a few years ago by a lady who wore the same dress for a year (she had 5 different versions of the same dress!). This was called the Uniform Project and it was to help raise money for underprivileged children in India and show the importance of sustainable fashion. In doing so, not only was she encouraged to be creative everyday by styling it differently, she raised $100K! There was an interactive approach to the project, as people would donate their clothes and accessories to go with the dress and in return get 'awarded' a day of the year - Check it out HERE

Well i'm not confident enough that ill be able to wear the same dress for the year BUT I have vowed not to buy any new clothing for 2013.

Lily, a blogger from London, vowed not to buy any new clothes for a year and ended up going an extra year! This is her original blog and you can see what outfits she put together on her Chictopia account. She says this experience has changed her whole approach to how she consumes fashion and likes to spend her money on more sustainable fashion now - I think i'll send her an email to see if she's got any tips for me!

Im hoping this experiment will encourage me to wear more vintage (shouldnt be too hard as I run my own vintage shop obviously!) but also to make my own and customise charity shop finds! I also want to use this thought throughout my home - I need a new laundry basket but instead of buying new im going to look for a tutorial online (watch this space!)

Photo: DIY Couture
Through researching this, I've already found this group called DIY Couture who have great free tutorials (and others you can pay for) for clothing that is current! Puts a new spin on those old patterns you find in the charity shops! I'm going to have a go at this tutorial to make a simple skirt...

I will document everything I make and find and hopefully pass on some tips if others are tempted to do the same!

In other news I've found some beautiful vintage bits for the Bristol St Vintage Shop, to be added over the next few days, so keep an eye out! Like this cream dress with faux pearl beads around the collar and sleeves.