60s Marilyn Monroe dress

It was a few years ago when I first discovered up cycling and all the really awesome things that that meant I could do. I really think if you’re looking to make something you should look up JunkieStyling first because its mind blowing what they have created there -big fan.
Turning this old ugly bed sheet, old skirt, chair cover or balloon silk into something incredibly cute and wearable is a fantastic idea. Why isn’t everyone doing this already!?

This dress I made for my GCSE in textiles, but I still totally adore it and the best part is it wasn’t even that hard to put together. I’m not going to brag about having a high mark because that really doesn’t matter.
I don’t remember what pattern I used but it was your basic sixties style shift dress which I modified anyway -I shortened and slightly adapted it to get what I wanted from it.


For the face of Marilyn I used fabric paint and stencilled her on, at the back where the darts are her face has become a little bit pinched but she’s still gorgeous to me.
Front upper is made of a plastic coated poly cotton -there are no room for mistakes because the stitches show up luckily for me it went well.
At the back I didn’t want for it to be boring, I wanted the whole dress to stand out so I just made up a little bit of patchwork which worked out a lot better than I first thought. The colours seem to slightly clash but really work together and at the same time it’s not too busy. What’s not to like?


Something to start off with

Being as I have just started this blog, I didn’t really know what my first post should be about. I figure then this should be where I say what I am all about.

I really enjoy making things, anything and everything I see has the possiblity to become something awesome. At the moment I’m really into up cycling things.
I make a wide range of textile, fashion and replica historical garments. Quite a mixture huh?
Even though I don’t live in the USA I am a massive fan of thrifting, I buy things all the time to make into really cute outfits. The trouble is finding time to make them into the cute things I visualise.
The reason why I wanted to blog about what I do is because I could talk the socks off someone and I would really like to showcase the things I have made. Also I would really love to see what people who don’t know me think of my stuff and have some creative people to talk to.
So hopefully as I get round to taking pictures and writing about things I have done and plan to do this site will get full of interesting things.