TLC and cosmetic surgery for your recycled clothing
Like many of us who love the concept of recycled fashion, Lysette Ashford has been haunting garage sales and op shops since she was a teenager.
And now that the demand for stylish vintage clothes is high, she's decided to share her skills in the first ever Search & Rescue Vintage Style Workshop at The Abbotsford Convent in Melbourne on Sunday 5 May.
The Search & Rescue Vintage Style Workshop will offer practical guidance about altering, embellishing, remodelling and styling vintage clothing to suit individual personal styles.
Vintage style is not just about buying a 1960s frock at the Salvos. More often than not, the frock will be stained or won't fit properly or will need a little jazzing up to bring back its glamour. This is where Lysette's skills come in.
This stunning aqua, full-length evening coat given to Lysette by a friend of a friend. This coat needed quite a bit of invisible mending and some stain removal as it had a rather nasty water mark on one side. The collar was pressed flat and hand stitched back into place. Black gloves really make the colour pop.
This simple pink viscose mid-sixties frock was bought at a Red Cross vintage fashion fundraiser event. The back zip appeared to be broken but a clever trick fixed it. The bow at the waist had come loose and the dress had odd darts at the bust that must have originally required some very particular undergarments - ie rather pointy
This wine-red rayon cocktail dress (circa 1960) was bought for $6 at a garage sale in Ballarat. The hem had come down, there was a small burn hole near the hem, some of the beading was missing and it needed taking in at the side seams to give it a flattering waist line.
"Sometimes a few simple changes can transform an unflattering or damaged garment into a head-turning stylish one. It's a matter of being able to see the potential of the garment. Once you can visualize how to restyle a piece of clothing, you can make a $10 bargain look like it's been made just for you" Lysette says.
She's living proof with her own collection of vintage garments, almost all of which have been repaired and reshaped to suit her.
On the day of the course, participants will bring three or four of their own vintage garments. Lysette will help each person to set out ways of reworking the garments so that they are just right for the wearer. She will also give advice about choosing shapes and colours, as well as clever tips on cleaning, storing and caring for your garments from decades past. In addition there will be information about where to source suitable haberdashery and accessories.
So if you have grandma's old ball gown languishing in the cupboard or a groovy pantsuit that's not quite right, bring them along and learn how to breathe new life into them, creating flattering additions to your wardrobe.
Date: Sunday 5 May 10am-4pm
Venue: Bishop's Parlour, The Abbotsford Convent Cost: $145/$125 (concession)