Bristol Saint Vintage: January 2015

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Up-cycling Projects: Before and After

So January was pretty dead last year. In terms of sales and stock, everything seemed pretty slow and truthfully kinda non-existent! I have vowed for Jan 2015 to be completely different - and my plan is to  make as much as I can from the many, MANY, pieces I've bought with the intention of fixing or altering and actually they've just ended up in a pile!
This also helps with my goal over the next few months of building up my stock after the Christmas rush and January sales!

This was a small selection of pieces that needed updating (believe me, there is much more!)


I do love all of them as they are (well when the Many Marsh dress was attached!) but they all had something wrong or slightly unfashionable about them that needed some up-cycling or Bristol Saint Vintage love if you will....

The large drop waist dress was cut in half and cut up the front to form an opening. I then hemmed it and hand stitched chocolate brown colour feathers around the bottom - I still have the pleated skirt material so look out for a reworked skirt soon!


Kimono sold already! But look out for more :)

This 1970's hot pink maxi dress has been in the shop before (modelled below by the lovely Charlie) but unfortunately it didn't sell - I think the style was just too formal for some people, so I decided to keep it simple and just take it up to a length that is easier to wear - I also wanted to be mindful that this dress was made specifically for the lady who owned it and didn't want to ruin it!



Available Soon

I did love the style of this 1980's drop waisted dress (below), so I hope i've done the right thing by turning this into a two piece - Then again, you can't please everyone! This one was cut in half and the top hemmed, simple! The skirt was a bit trickier - I had to cut a band of material from around the middle and then form it into a waistband for the skirt, then finishing off by inserting some elastic.


So glad I got my hair cut......ugh

Available HERE
Everything's better when you show a bit of belly!

This Mandy Marsh dress has been a bit of a headache, first selling it as it was and then realising it had holes in the back of the top (whoops!) luckily the customer was very understanding!


Here's me, just hanging in the park, freezing my bum off!
It was then reworked into a skirt but I felt like it would benefit from a thicker waistband a bit of length taken off to make it more wearable. Back to the sewing machine it was!


The top is almost finished just needs some straps to tie at the back and it will be available in the shop!
But it will [hopefully] look something like this....

Have you made or altered something recently? Let's hear about it then! Comment below!
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Thursday, 1 January 2015

Bristol Saint Vintage: 2014 Recap and Goal Setting for 2015

The first day of 2015!

Seriously where does the time go? 2014 was such an important year for me, personally and professionally. Most importantly I've taken the plunge and gone full time with Bristol Saint Vintage and hope 2015 will bring more stock, more markets, more pop ups, more ventures and opportunities, so please continue to support us in any way you can and if you'd like to collaborate, just get in touch!

Now, whether you've just found us or if you've followed us from the start, here is a recap of 2014 for Bristol Saint Vintage :)


I kicked the year off by wrapping up our Christmas Pop Up Shop at the Edwardian Cloakroom. It was a lovely closing party with lots of friends and I even sang as part of my other project 'Myfaceyourface'! Which is the first time i've really sang in front of my friends!

Bristol Saint Vintage had a stockist for the first time selling Valentine's Chocolate China sets at The Tea Birds cafe on Park Street! I would definitely love to do something like this again :) It's one of my goals to have a permanent local stockist by the end of 2015.


I cracked out my sewing machine this year and really got into it! I'm impressed with what i've created so far (even if I do say so myself!) Considering before 2014,  I mostly used my machine to sew edges around birthday cards, I think i've done alright!

I've made two pieces, a pinafore, skirts, reworked dresses, kimono's and more!  Someone loved the first two piece I made so much (worn by Alex - pictured), they actually STOLE it from the Summer pop up shop, which was heart breaking and I really don't understand how someone could justify stealing from a small independent shop....but I guess there's a compliment in there somewhere!

I'm definitely looking forward to continuing the up-cycling into 2015 and beyond. Any ideas? Comment below!


Throughout the year I've traded at The Harbourside Market, Be In Bristol, The Tobacco Factory, The Coroner's Court and The Speigeltent. But one particular market at Lou Lou's Vintage Fair, sticks in my mind. This is when I met Dawn O'Porter! (pictured - photo by Lou Lou's) It sounds corny but I do feel it was a highlight of my vintage career so far! And I think vintage business owners have a lot to be thankful for in that she has helped make vintage clothing more accessible to the mass market through her programme 'This Old Thing' on Channel 4.

This time was so difficult as all my equipment seemed to be giving up on me! My phone, computer, sewing machine and camera all broke within a few weeks of each other and it was a very trying time! Luckily everything seems to be sorted now, but this definitely taught me to put systems in place if things like this happen again!


Throughout the year I've still been trying to find a consistent but interesting look for the ASOS Marketplace boutique, which honestly I do struggle with! In the Winter months I decided to take the shoots outside (which seems a bit silly! brrr...) but just felt a bit more interesting than a plain white wall. I'd love any feedback though!

I have met the majority of my goals for the year which I'm really happy with but there's always loads more to do! I wanted to add more stock more frequently, which I've done, but I want to grow on this in 2015 and have a consistently wider selection of items. I've joined the Female Entrepreneur Association which I think is one of the best decisions i've made - it's invaluable to have a sounding board of other business woman in all different stages, so if you're a woman in business I urge you to check it out!

My New Years Resolution is to just GO FOR IT this year.
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