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14 June 2015

Recycling

The hardest part about doing my lifestyle cull has been parting with things that I have some kind of emotional attachment to. Sometimes, some things are just so special that even though they aren't quite right, don't fit or that you simply aren't really in love with, yet you just cannot let go of them.

My sister bought me this sweatshirt for my birthday last year. I was so blown away by this gift as she has very little spare cash as she is a single mum bringing up 2 kids on her own. We had come to an agreement that we only buy gifts for our children's birthdays. What made this pressie extra special for me was that it was such a lovely surprise. She works in the Menswear department in Primark and when I popped into see her one day, I just happened to mention that I liked this Coca-Cola sweatshirt, I didn't expect for a moment that she would remember, let alone buy it for me. For those of you that know me, know that my relationship with my sister can be described as a bit up and down at the best of times, so I know you can imagine how incredibly touched I was by her gesture. Unfortunately the sweatshirt wasn't the greatest shape and I didn't like it on me that much but I do love it because of the thought she put into it. It actually reminds me of when we were younger and our parents would take us to the local pub with a beer garden as a treat on a sunny Sunday evening.....I always chose Cola even though I hated the sensation of the fizzing in my nose, anyone else remember those days?

I digress....back to the sweatshirt.


As I mentioned above this top wasn't a particularly flattering shape on me but I didn't want to part with my sisters lovely gift so there was really only one of two things I could do, either delegate it to the stuff I reserve for slobbing around the house in or I could to try and alter it. I took a long hard look at this sweatshirt to work out why it wasn't working for me. Being a man's top the neckline was too high, so that was the first thing to go. Then I realised that wasn't the only problem, it was also that the shoulder seam wasn't very flattering either, so I unpicked the long sleeves. Last but not least I decided the welt on the hips would have to go too, just to balance things out a bit. I did some stitching by hand around the neckline but I've left the sleeves and the hem as a raw edge for that lived in feel.Voila......here is the finished article! 


I know I now have a garment that I'm much more likely to wear......as you can see below! Luckily I have my sisters support.....she wholeheartedly agrees that it looks so much better now than in it's original state. With the 70's style clothing around this Summer, this top fits in just perfectly, it actually goes with so much in my wardrobe as you are about to see after a mammoth trying on session!


Primark top, past season
Zara flares, past season


Primark top, past season


Primark shirt, past season
Primark top, past season


Primark top, past season
Gap original fit jeans, past season


Primark top, past season
Sainsbury's Tu skirt, past season

Lastly my outfit from today.....


Primark top, past season

Amazing what a few tweaks can do isn't it? I think it's fair to say that I am going get a lot of wear out of it in it's current condition? It was the same with this Mango top I bought last year. It was originally grey, I thought it was black when I bought and I really wanted it to be black. A while ago a lovely reader mentioned in a comment that she had dyed her black.....fantastic idea I thought! So I dyed mine. It's now a lovely washed out black and I've worn it much more than when it was grey.


Have I tempted anyone to take a stitch unpick, scissors or some Dylon to any garments languishing in the wardrobe because they just aren't quite right? 

As always I love reading and responding to your comments.

I'll be back soon reviewing my favourite purchases for Spring.

Michelle xx

28 comments:

  1. What a fab idea Mchelle love what you've done with the sweatshirt it looks brilliant!
    I've been tempted to dye a few things but always worry it will leave dye in the washing machine, so keep putting it off!
    Jane xx
    My Midlife Fashion

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    1. Thank you Jane.....you are so handy when it comes to altering pieces, I've taken inspiration from you! Nice to have something completely unique too! xx

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  2. Yes the new top looks really great Michelle! Can I ask you where you bought the dye from for your other top please? I have some cotton trousers which have faded that I want to give a new lease of life. I've tried the supermarkets and hardware stores to no avail so far. Thanks, Suzanne.

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    1. Hi Suzanne! I used the Dylon handwash for this which I purchased from John Lewis via Waitrose click & collect. The colour for the top was called Black Velvet, I've also used the Dylon machine wash in the same colour on some jeans that I splashed bleach on and that was great too! Hope this helps :0)

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    2. Homebase do fabric dyes.

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    3. Thank you Michelle and Diamond! x

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    4. Anonymous18/6/15 13:17

      Home Bargains sell Dylon Black Velvet £2.99,

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  3. What a fabulous idea, Michelle. It looks great every way you've worn it. I should be more creative rather than get rid of things and give up on them. Love this so much. Lynne xx

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    1. Thank you Lynne! I just hope this little alteration will encourage me to be a bit more creative with some of my clothing that could be improved with a few tweaks! :0) xx

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  4. The top is brilliant! I love that you hacked it and came up with something which really suits you and your style. That is the problem with mens clothing though - the shoulder seams are a little off, the hems are a little tight (we ladies have hips) and the tight necklines bug me too. I have a few items which need altering currently too ... we shall see what emerges!

    And I am a nightmare with fabric dye. I've not had a successful job yet due to polyester cotton for the stitching! It is dye resistant!

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    1. To say I am pretty pleased with it is a bit of am understatement Sue! The shape of the neck and shoulders are now something that are much more suited to my style, it's so much more wearable to me now. I have the full thumbs up from my sister too and that really mattered to me and I'm sure it will make me treasure the t-shirt more! Admittedly I have had the Dylon problem where the stitching on the jeans is still grey but as the jeans are a washed out black I can live with it...just about! ;0) xx

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  5. You are a genius! It looks 10x better as the sleeveless tshirt!

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    1. Ahh.....thanks Fiona! I feel 10 x happier in it now! :0) xx

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  6. Anonymous15/6/15 17:09

    Fantastic idea Michelle and you did a super job on it! Looks fab on you!

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    1. Thank you! I will get miles more wear out of it now so I'm glad I took the plunge and altered it!

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  7. You're turning into Sue!!! That's an amazing change .. I'm useless at anything to do with a needle & thread so can only look on in awe at the rest of you!

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    1. I must admit that if I hadn't seen Sue being so crafty and clever with a needle it may not have occurred to me to attempt such a project! I took up some jeans after one of Sue's tutorials and I guess that gave me the confidence to tackle this alteration! So glad I did! xx

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  8. Well done Michelle! Far better to change something and actually use it than to just leave it hanging in the wardrobe... You've got me wondering now about what's in my wardrobe that I can adapt! xx

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    1. Thank you! Look forward to seeing if I have converted you and seeing if you end up adapting anything Becky ;0) xx

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  9. That's fantastic Michelle it looks brilliant and no one else will have the same!! I know what you mean about being fond of something but it's not quite right and it's so hard when it was a present! Don't laugh but I have always wanted to cover a chair in old denim...I saw it in a mag once and loved the idea! Maybe one day I will get round to doing it....I certainly have enough jeans haha!
    Helen xx

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    1. Yay! Something unique which I think looks way cooler than in it's original form! Thanks Helen! Love the sound of the jeans chair.....pretty sure I have seen that somewhere too! I bet you could find a tutorial for that on Pinterest or Youtube! Time to roll those sleeves up I reckon! ;0) xx

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  10. You are a genius! How flipping amazing is that? Looks amazing on you and as I scrolled through each outfit, it kept getting better and better! x

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    1. Awww Avril you are too kind! I must admit I was surprised how many things the top now goes with.....I just kept pulling stuff out thinking, oooh it will look good with this and this! Thus proving that the alteration was a complete and utter success! Looking for my next project now! ;0) xx

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  11. Great tee - great idea! Btw - love your Topshop Fig sandals,I bought something similar from Topshop (on Avril's recommendation! dark tan from Topshop). Random question here....I need trainers for casual wear ...you wear your Stans a lot, so obviously you'd recommend them?

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  12. Hi Carol, thank you! I saw the sandals Avril got.....good choice! Bet they will be your summer go-to sandal, the TS Figs certainly have been for me! I would absolutely recommend the Stan's, mainly because they are leather and you need something a bit more substantial and there is not a chance of getting wet trotters with your Stan's! They are comfy and still manage to make this school run mum feel pretty cool! Need any more convincing?! ;0) xx

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  13. It looks amazing Michelle! What a good job you did & look how it can be worn/styled?! x

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