Last week Rachael and I took an entire afternoon off work to scour the vintage and charity shops of Durham to see what we could find.
The rules were very simple.
- We were only allowed to visit vintage and charity shops (with the exception of the obligatory coffee and cake stop, obviously).
- We had a budget of £50 for the entire day.
- With our new sewing skills in mind, each of us had to buy at least one thing that we could customise/re-fashion in some way.
We succeeded on all three counts, spending less than £25 each. So, what did we get? Well, I won’t share everything because we both ended up getting quite a bit, but I will tell you what we plan to re-fashion. I got this black and white wool-look skirt, which is my size, but is a really unflattering length on me and my little legs (it falls just below mid-shin – not a good look for my barely-taller-than-five-feet self). However, I really like the fabric and the pleat detail on the front, so I decided I’d buy it and take off some of the length. Plus, it only cost me 50 pence! 50 pence + a bit of black thread + a little bit of my time = one absolutely bargainous skirt. Rachael got a grey jumper because it was so soft (like, seriously, the softest jumper known to man). We think this jumper started out as menswear, but Rachael happens to quite like the fit of it and has plans to add some sort of lace embellishment.
Let me share my favourite purchases with you too – a green dress and some green shoes. Obviously I liked green last week. What am I saying? I always like green. I don’t know where this dress came from (I don’t recognise the name on the label), but I love it! I love that it’s got a bit of a 20s-60s fusion thing going on. It’s really just a fitted shift dress, I suppose, but the beads give it a flapper feel. Ah, it’s just beautiful! I’m so looking forward to wearing it – a steal at £7. I’ve already worn my new brogues 🙂 I’ve worn them a lot. I couldn’t believe my luck when I spotted them. They weren’t even on the shelf yet, they were just being unpacked. “I’ll have those too, please!” They must have been only worn once or twice (possibly never!) – even the creases you can see in these pictures weren’t there until after I’d already worn them. They are a Clark’s creation and only set me back £4.50. They’re possibly the catch of the day, actually.
Following on from our shopping trip, I went to Barnard Castle over the weekend and found another skirt that I hope to re-fashion. This one is pretty much a full on kilt, with a wraparound design on the front and heavily pleated on the back. I was originally drawn to this because of the colour – green (what a shocker). However, it’s quite a bit too big for me, and as with the other skirt I got, the length won’t work on me. In the end I bought it, simply because the fabric is very decent. It’s 100% wool and it also has these leather buckles on it, which I’m hoping to re-purpose as well. I’m going to have a go at giving this skirt a complete. I’m going to attempt to get the waistband off and get the pleats out with a wash and some serious pressing (I’m hoping they’ll come out with enough effort), and then essentially start from scratch, treating it as a brand new piece of fabric. I’ll try to incorporate the buckles and wraparound feature, but I don’t know what I’ll end up with. How adventurous of me! I’ll let you know what I end up doing 😀
I think I’ve picked up some right gems that can now be loved for that little while longer – by me! I’ll definitely be doing this again at some point – there are so many clothes that have life in them yet.