Eighteen Pence

I love up-cycling and have a general interest in sustainable fashion. Nothing I have gets thrown out. It all gets kept and made into something else eventually… Especially if it has an unusual print or luxury fabric.

I like working with leather. I’ve made leather shorts from trousers and collars from the scraps (see previous posts) which I sold on eBay for £20 each! Cha Ching.

This is the fourth leather skirt I’ve shortened… I may not have great sewing skills (yet!) but I’m pretty nifty at measuring for accuracy using my set square and measuring from the waist down.

I Shortened this leather skirt using hemming web to secure the 1.5cm hem. 

I then used nylon thread to secure the side seams at the hem line as leather tends to pull apart at the seams if not secured properly after cutting… Learnt the hard way.

Being a 5ft 3” petite frame… Everything I own has been shortened!

I love up-cycling and have a general interest in sustainable fashion. Nothing I have gets thrown out. It all gets kept and made into something else eventually… Especially if it has an unusual print or luxury fabric.

I like working with leather. I’ve made leather shorts from trousers and collars from the scraps (see previous posts) which I sold on eBay for £20 each! Cha Ching.

This is the fourth leather skirt I’ve shortened… I may not have great sewing skills (yet!) but I’m pretty nifty at measuring for accuracy using my set square and measuring from the waist down.

I Shortened this leather skirt using hemming web to secure the 1.5cm hem.

I then used nylon thread to secure the side seams at the hem line as leather tends to pull apart at the seams if not secured properly after cutting… Learnt the hard way.

Being a 5ft 3” petite frame… Everything I own has been shortened!

Statement Necklaces.

I always wore my 30 year old “L” necklace until my 4 month old daughter accidentally pulled and snapped it. 

This has urged me to look beyond the realms of simple necklaces to The Statement Necklace.

I’ve concluded that these will add depth to the large array of band t shirts and plain long sleeve jerseys that crowd my drawers.

I feel like these necklaces have completed a lot of my outfits and have filled some sort of hole I’ve unconsciously been searching to fill.

The above cost me a total of £4.99 with free P&P from eBay seller “magicinboxs” based in Hong Kong. These necklaces are made from glass, wood and acrylic.

Statement Necklaces.

I always wore my 30 year old “L” necklace until my 4 month old daughter accidentally pulled and snapped it.

This has urged me to look beyond the realms of simple necklaces to The Statement Necklace.

I’ve concluded that these will add depth to the large array of band t shirts and plain long sleeve jerseys that crowd my drawers.

I feel like these necklaces have completed a lot of my outfits and have filled some sort of hole I’ve unconsciously been searching to fill.

The above cost me a total of £4.99 with free P&P from eBay seller “magicinboxs” based in Hong Kong. These necklaces are made from glass, wood and acrylic.

My original 90’s Shellys platform shoes.

I bought these off eBay thinking a size 6 would suffice my size 5.5 feet.

Unfortunately they are too big. I’ve owned them for over a year now and today is a sad day… I’m selling them.

My search for the ultimate platform shoe continues. My 1970’s half of the wardrobe will continue to be teamed with my Ozzy and Deena flatforms.

P.s i ❤️ short leather skirts and white tights.

There’s a market stall in Rhyl that sells baby size crochet bikini’s.  I can’t make up my mind if this is wrong or not.

There’s a market stall in Rhyl that sells baby size crochet bikini’s. I can’t make up my mind if this is wrong or not.

GASP! How excited was I when I scrolled down my Facebook newsfeed to find this beauty!

I love Vivian Westwood… Not necessarily her designs but HER! She’s absolutely STUNNING. This picture is getting framed and hung on my wall.

I am most definitely dying my hair orange when I’m older. 

More excitingly… She’s releasing a book of her memoirs.

  http://www.vogue.co.uk/news/2013/11/14/vivienne-westwood-to-release-memoir

GASP! How excited was I when I scrolled down my Facebook newsfeed to find this beauty!

I love Vivian Westwood… Not necessarily her designs but HER! She’s absolutely STUNNING. This picture is getting framed and hung on my wall.

I am most definitely dying my hair orange when I’m older.

More excitingly… She’s releasing a book of her memoirs.

http://www.vogue.co.uk/news/2013/11/14/vivienne-westwood-to-release-memoir

putthison:

Q & Answer: Can Leather Jackets be Altered?
Jeff asks: I’ve been trying to find a leather jacket, but all the ones I’ve come across are too big in the body. Do you know if these can be altered like a sport coat, and if so, is it generally considered a safe process?
Yes, but it depends. Like with suit jackets and sport coats, you should try to make sure your leather jacket fits you well across the shoulders and chest, and that the armholes are high enough. It’s not that these parts can’t be altered; it’s that the alteration can be expensive and risky. Things such as bringing in the body and shortening the sleeves, however, are much easier. 
That said, a lot depends on the specific leather jacket you have. Details such as ribbing, zippers, and pockets can get in the way of certain alterations. If the jacket has a very unique lining or insulation system, or if the panels were cut in a strange way, these can cause other complications. Whether it’s possible to get something done really depends on the jacket at hand. 
Whatever you do, make sure you go to someone who has a lot of experience working with leather jackets. One of the problems with these alterations is that you sometimes need special machinery. Cowhide and horsehide, as mentioned yesterday, are very, very thick, so you need special equipment to sew through them. And if a tailor ever messes up, undoing a seam can reveal some ugly holes, so mistakes are costly. To find someone good, you might want to call places that sell really nice jackets - be that a fashion boutique or a place that specializes in motorcycle leathers - and see if they have any recommendations. There are also some good recommendations in StyleForum’s archives. 
If in the end, should your leather jacket get messed up, take comfort in knowing your can chop off the sleeves and turn your jacket into a leather vest, then ride around town with it shirtless. The body might still not fit well, but I’m pretty sure nobody will say anything to your face. 

putthison:

Q & Answer: Can Leather Jackets be Altered?

Jeff asks: I’ve been trying to find a leather jacket, but all the ones I’ve come across are too big in the body. Do you know if these can be altered like a sport coat, and if so, is it generally considered a safe process?

Yes, but it depends. Like with suit jackets and sport coats, you should try to make sure your leather jacket fits you well across the shoulders and chest, and that the armholes are high enough. It’s not that these parts can’t be altered; it’s that the alteration can be expensive and risky. Things such as bringing in the body and shortening the sleeves, however, are much easier. 

That said, a lot depends on the specific leather jacket you have. Details such as ribbing, zippers, and pockets can get in the way of certain alterations. If the jacket has a very unique lining or insulation system, or if the panels were cut in a strange way, these can cause other complications. Whether it’s possible to get something done really depends on the jacket at hand. 

Whatever you do, make sure you go to someone who has a lot of experience working with leather jackets. One of the problems with these alterations is that you sometimes need special machinery. Cowhide and horsehide, as mentioned yesterday, are very, very thick, so you need special equipment to sew through them. And if a tailor ever messes up, undoing a seam can reveal some ugly holes, so mistakes are costly. To find someone good, you might want to call places that sell really nice jackets - be that a fashion boutique or a place that specializes in motorcycle leathers - and see if they have any recommendations. There are also some good recommendations in StyleForum’s archives. 

If in the end, should your leather jacket get messed up, take comfort in knowing your can chop off the sleeves and turn your jacket into a leather vest, then ride around town with it shirtless. The body might still not fit well, but I’m pretty sure nobody will say anything to your face. 

This Lacóme advert soaked in La Vie est belle smelt AMAZING when I opened my Elle December 2013 issue.

This Lacóme advert soaked in La Vie est belle smelt AMAZING when I opened my Elle December 2013 issue.

"She’s a Runway" by Graham Watson.

ABOUT GRAHAM

I studied at the University of Central Lancashire in the mid nineties and aswell as drawing, performance and sculpture I make collages using traditional cut & paste techniques.

I source vintage books and magazines from charty shops, secondhand book stores and car boot sales.

As an artist, musician and DJ, my work is heavily influenced and informed by music and pop culture. I purposefully embrace a stream of consciousness approach to my collage work.

This print shop showcases strictly limited edition prints of a selection of my latest collages.

http://grahamwatson.bigcartel.com/

Graham’s collage prints are £40 each, and I’d buy every single one of them.

"She’s a Runway" by Graham Watson.

ABOUT GRAHAM

I studied at the University of Central Lancashire in the mid nineties and aswell as drawing, performance and sculpture I make collages using traditional cut & paste techniques.

I source vintage books and magazines from charty shops, secondhand book stores and car boot sales.

As an artist, musician and DJ, my work is heavily influenced and informed by music and pop culture. I purposefully embrace a stream of consciousness approach to my collage work.

This print shop showcases strictly limited edition prints of a selection of my latest collages.

http://grahamwatson.bigcartel.com/

Graham’s collage prints are £40 each, and I’d buy every single one of them.

Yes there is a difference.

No, they’re not the same.

Don’t ask me again.

FLATFORMS
“A hybrid of a shoe with the Goliathan height of platforms but the comfort of flatties”
http://fashion.telegraph.co.uk

CREEPERS
“The creeper shoe was originally developed by George Cox in 1949 under the name “Hamilton” and was inspired by the crêpe-soled desert boots worn by WWII soldiers posted across the deserts of North Africa. Due to the landscape and extreme climate, the soldiers’ boots had thicker soles, which became popular on their return to England. The term “brothel creepers” was coined from those soldiers who found themselves in darker parts of Soho and King’s Cross to embrace those seedier pastimes.”
http://www.theupcoming.co.uk


http://www.georgecox.co.uk/

http://www.urbanoutfitters.co.uk/cheap-monday-black-oxford-flatforms/invt/5319462112580/

Yes there is a difference.

No, they’re not the same.

Don’t ask me again.

FLATFORMS
“A hybrid of a shoe with the Goliathan height of platforms but the comfort of flatties”
http://fashion.telegraph.co.uk

CREEPERS
“The creeper shoe was originally developed by George Cox in 1949 under the name “Hamilton” and was inspired by the crêpe-soled desert boots worn by WWII soldiers posted across the deserts of North Africa. Due to the landscape and extreme climate, the soldiers’ boots had thicker soles, which became popular on their return to England. The term “brothel creepers” was coined from those soldiers who found themselves in darker parts of Soho and King’s Cross to embrace those seedier pastimes.”
http://www.theupcoming.co.uk


http://www.georgecox.co.uk/

http://www.urbanoutfitters.co.uk/cheap-monday-black-oxford-flatforms/invt/5319462112580/

Right: Dress MAISON MARTIN MAGIELA Converse Espace KILIWATCH Rings ILEANA MAKRI at WHITE BIRD

http://usedmagazine.co.uk

I finish my pattern cutting course in 4 weeks. Since last November we’ve bought a house and I’m now 7 months pregnant.

The house we bought has a spare room which is going to be my sewing room.

It’s simple dresses on the right that I’d like to create.

If I start soon, then I’ll be confident enough to teach my little girl, currently in utero, how to make her own patterns, design clothes and sew.

Right: Dress MAISON MARTIN MAGIELA Converse Espace KILIWATCH Rings ILEANA MAKRI at WHITE BIRD

http://usedmagazine.co.uk

I finish my pattern cutting course in 4 weeks. Since last November we’ve bought a house and I’m now 7 months pregnant.

The house we bought has a spare room which is going to be my sewing room. It’s simple dresses on the right that I’d like to create.

If I start soon, then I’ll be confident enough to teach my little girl, currently in utero, how to make her own patterns, design clothes and sew.