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Angela contacted me saying she loved the post I did about up-cycling a dress to a skirt and that she had some more ideas for up-cycling clothes. Here they are…

The change from summer to autumn means transitioning your wardrobe from the bright and fresh dresses to the warm and sophisticated fall garments. I was inspired to write this post after reading Nicole’s Dress to Skirt Up-Cycle because there are a lot of ways to make tired clothes feel new again, which is great for us recovering shopaholics out there. I’ll let you in on three of my apparel polishing tricks from splattering paint to repurposing shirts.

Use fabric paint on lackluster dresses, shirts or handbags.

You can use fabric paint on anything fabric, so go crazy with it. Use a paintbrush, spray bottle, or even a stamp to turn solid boring pieces into bold artistic designs. Splatters of purple, cobalt blue, and emerald green would be perfect for fall. You can achieve different looks depending on how you apply it. Use a bigger paint brush to paint some larger areas randomly throughout the dress. I like to do this on both sides (letting each side dry) on top of cardboard, outside on the ground. Then you can add a few small splatters using a small circular flinging motion with your smaller brush or use a spray bottle for a mor misted look. You might even want to add some shapes with a homemade potato stamp if you are feeling really crafty.

Get inspired by these dresses from Dolce & Gabbana

dolce and gabbana paint splatter dresses

Change the hem of your dresses or skirts.

After gaining a little bit of weight over the last year, I realised my fall sweater dresses don’t fit the way they used to. Now almost too short to wear with leggings, I decided to add a thick ribbon to the hem to add a couple of inches of length. Check out the variety of wholesale ribbon by visiting HairBowCenter.com and choose the right style to match your dress, skirt or shirt.

Skirt Ribbon

© Oliver and S

Turn your garment inside out and align the top of the ribbon with the bottom of the skirt using pins. You can measure how much you will need as you pin it, and cut the ribbon generously so you have a bit of room to work with. You can take your time to hand stitch it, or use a sewing machine. Make sure that you double stitch every couple of stitches so that it stays put through the wear and tear. Stitch the ribbon ends together once you make it all the way around your skirt, and you are done!

 

Repurpose all those worn in shirts.

Those soft, worn out shirts that have been taking up space in your closet can be easily made into a creative scarf. Just use two of different colors or patterns and place them on a hard surface. Cut the shirts lengthwise into long strips about 1 ½ inches wide (different lengths are fine).  Cut off the sleeves and set them aside for the last step.

T-Shirt Scarf

© Ninth & Bird

Pull on the strips so that they roll in on themselves like t-shirt fabric tends to do. Next, twist or braid some pieces together, maybe string a few beads on too and tie the ends in knots. Take the sleeve fabric and sew it around the knots for a polished look.

 

Thanks for those ideas! This is a bit about the author…

Angela Johnson is a 28 year old superwoman who loves sewing and playing Barbies with her four year old daughter. She also spends a lot of time tending to her huge organic garden, and walking her dog.

 

Nicole @ beaufrog

Inspired

Now I love everything Art Deco! You can see that from my Art Deco Dreams pin board. So when Laura kindly offered to teach me about 1920′s inspired hairstyles I said “yes please!”

the great gatsby

Following the release of Baz Luhrmann’s latest cinematic masterpiece ‘The Great Gatsby’, 1920’s inspired vintage glamour is experiencing a revival on the high street and especially at parties. Here are a few simple steps to achieving the Gatsby look…

Retro Waves

If you’re working with long hair then one option for vintage inspired locks is sleek waves, consider Scarlett Johansson and January Jones for inspiration and be sure to invest in a good conditioner!

Roll your hair into curls and pin it in place while it’s damp, release the pin once your hair is thoroughly dry. Tip: Make sure you don’t roll and pin tiny sections of hair, larger sections mean you’re more likely to get big waves as opposed to small, tight curls.

retro waves

Credit Vogue.com

The Bob

The bob was born in the 1920’s and caused uproar amongst the establishment. Women flocked to barber shops to mimic the popular celebrities of the era, but the look was considered to be so drastic and antisocial that many women kept their tresses afterwards in order to disguise their new style!

Today the concept of the bob inciting hysteria seems pretty laughable, adopt the flapper style and embrace your inner 1920’s punk! However, if you’re craving length it’s easy to locate human hair extensions these days and change your style to suit your mood.

the bob

Finger waves

If your hair is on the shorter side then don’t panic, there are vintage styles for every length. You can still complete the flapper look with a straight fringe, framing your face with a distinctive and imposing shape. If straight hair isn’t your style then create finger curls for a more relaxed alternative, or add a single pin curl creating a nod to the 20’s look.

finger waves

As demonstrated in The Great Gatsby, 1920’s fashion is synonymous with opulence and glamour. Accessorising your vintage look is essential and there are numerous options if you’re looking to recreate some Gatsby glamour for yourself!

Jewelled Headbands

A jewelled headband is the perfect way to crown your vintage mane. This one is available from ASOS.com for £15.

jewelled headbands

ASOS Jewel Cross Headband

Cloche Hats

Nothing says 1920’s fashion quite like the cloche hat, and if you’re having a bad hair day but still want to tackle the trend then the cloche is the way forward. Tip: the cloche is usually more of a winter style as they are generally made of felt or other similar heavy fabrics, so stick to the jewelled headband trend until autumn trends make a comeback later in the year.

cloche hats

Author: Don’t limit yourself to one style, it’s easy to adapt to changing trends with ClipHair.co.uk.

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