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by Linda Dalziel (subscribe)
"The good things in life are family, friends,good food & wine,books you can't put down & as much travel as you can cram in."
Published June 12th 2012
Another great book
Another great book

I'm a big fan of upcycling, otherwise known as reconstructing, deconstructing, recycling or customising. It all means getting more bang for your buck. I've put together a list of titles available at any good library or bookshop. I've also included a little effort of my own, hope you like it.

The Complete Guide to Customising Your Clothes: Techniques and Tutorials for Personalising Your Wardrobe by Rain Blanken.

Resew: Turn Thrift-Store Finds into Fabulous Designs by Jenny Wilding Cardon.

Get the Most from Your Clothes by Marian Elliott.

Hand Me-Ups: Recrafting Kid's Clothes with Easy Techniques and Fun Designs by Lorine Mason.

The Sweater Chop Shop: Sewing One-of-a-Kind Creations from Recycled Sweaters by Crispina ffrench

DIY Fashion by Selena Francis-Bryden

Peplums are appearing everywhere at the moment. Super flattering, and a removable one is great for getting some extra mileage out of a simple sheath dress. Do what I did and use a vintage style apron pattern, or cut off a very flaring skirt to hip length.

I widened the waist measurement on my pattern so that the opening met at the back. I used a button fastening. The pattern I used was Butterick 5579 (Retro '55). I used some showy gold and black material I had been given. I'd like to try it in black lace or even velvet.

Here's the result.

Plain black sheath dress
Plain black sheath dress


Removable Peplum
Removable Peplum
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