Category Archives: Thrifting/Op Shopping

Make My Week #50 – My Birthday Suit!

I’m counting this as my December dress even though technically I made it before December.

This is what I wore to my birthday. I invited some of the gorgeous women in my life over. What better way to celebrate a birthday than to celebrate the women that make my life such a pleasure. I made high tea, of sorts, and we all sat and word bombed each other.

I made this pattern from a vintage pattern – one from the early sixties and there are no pattern markings on the tissue. So you need to read the instructions to know these 3 holes mean on the fold or this marking means grainline etc. The original didn’t have the puffy over skirt but I felt the fabric called for it.

I made the under garment in calico and the over part is a net curtain I picked up at a church fair for $3. I love the wee raised daisies and the subtle lemony colour. 2 people stopped me in the supermarket to comment on it so I consider that a success!!

I wore it with my self-made necklace, self-made earrings, thrifted beads and shoes from Melbourne. One of the mums from schools aid to me ‘you look very dressed up’ and I aid yeah but I bet my whole outfit is much cheaper than yours. Dress – pattern free, calico $15, net $3. Shoes $20. Necklace about $20 because I did it in a class, earrings – free, beads – 50c Total Outfit= $58.50 (I’m thriftier than Gok!)

Did you enter my giveaway? I keep adding wee things to it. :o)

So this year I challenged myself to make a new piece of clothing each month – here is a breakdown of the clothes I have made this year.

There were a couple of months I seemed to forget but other months I did a few extra so currently it stands at 16 makes and I do have at least 2 more I hope to make in the next 2 weeks!!

I’d love to know your favourite.

I’ve so enjoyed making something a piece of clothing each month – it’s got me thinking about challenges for next year! (and how much I pose with my hands on my hips!!)

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Hello Melbourne

I may have shopped.

This street art is just made with water – so awesome!

On the way there I had only a suitcase the size of carry on baggage allowed – 3 dresses, 1 extra pair of shoes and undies and togs. About 7kg! I was impressed with myself. (by the time we left I doubled my weight, both the suitcase and my own I suspect!!)

Course the suitcase I chose has a zip-out extension – just in case.

On Friday we started at the Queen Vic markets – I do love a good food market!

Then we wandered the central city in the morning and while The Atlas was filling our water bottle up at the cool filtered water station I may have popped in to look at a shoe shop and popped out 5 minutes later with 2 pairs of shoes. Ahem.

We checked out a wonderful chocolate shop in the Royal Arcade KoKo Black. In the morning I had stopped a girl in a pastry queue to tell her how great her outfit was and how cute she looked and then bumped into her serving us at the KoKo Black stall in the market.

In the afternoon we headed up Brunswick street which is just out of the CBD (we walked there though so it’s not that far). The shops and area reminded me a lot of parts of Cuba St in Wellington. The Atlas picked up some awesome limited print run t-shirts. Meet Me At Mikes has obviously closed there but it was fun to get the photo!

Then in the evening we headed into Chinatown for dinner which was great fun and good food.

On Saturday The Atlas surprised me with an op-shop tour he had booked me in to! I do love that man. Obviously he wasn’t planning on a day rummaging – so he sorted my travel card, gave me cash and a large empty bag/case and walked me to the group meeting point. (He’s such a catch right??)

The tour was lots of fun we went to about 6 op-shops, stopped for lunch and had fun rummaging. I met a lovely Melbourne Fashion/Op-Shop blogger and another new-to-blogging mummy blogger on the tour too – we are everywhere!

Many of the op-shops in Melbourne are really nice. Well styled windows, lovely shop assistants (young with great style) and the marketing  – particularly for the Salvation Army op-shops – is done so well. By the time you leave you feel like you have just made a major difference to the homeless by choosing to shop there.

In the evening we had an amazing Vietnamese meal with The Atlas’ cousin and his  lovely wife.

We were so pleased to get home to our beautiful boys last night and we’d definitely be happy to visit

Melbourne again anytime. There is so much more to see and do there.

I even managed to do some crafting in the airport and on the plane.

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(I think normal programming will resume tomorrow – it depends how much unpacking happens today!!)


Wardrobe Wednesday – A little light Charleston?

So I am so not built for the late 20s/ early 30s but this week I was going for capturing a bit of the era. I know the coat isn’t of the era but I do love it.

I would have loved long strands of pearls (fake are fine) to complete the look but I don’t have any so I used some of my school-fair 50c strands in blue.

The shoes are from Hannahs and I’ve had them for a couple of years now – I love the way they look (they aren’t very comfy though!)

The dress is the latest acquisition – I bought it at another SaveMart in Christchurch on Saturday. It is super comfy – think stretchy and soft and I have a feeling it might actually be a nighty – not that that stopped me wearing it to church.

Outfit breakdown:

Coat – bought in an op-shop about 9 years ago – original 1960s number.

Dress – $9.99 Save Mart Christchurch

Beads – 50c per strand school fair – bracelet is a long string of beads too

Shoes – Hannahs 2-3 years old

Tights – ancient!!

Headband – from one of those accessory shops in the malls about 3 years ago

Lipstick – a Lancome one I inherited from my sister ‘172 rouge cristal’

So if you are like me and you like spying in other people’s wardrobes you can see some in these lovely places

or you can have a look through my wardrobe

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Wardrobe Wednesday – Of Your Era

This month the inspiration for Wardrobe Wednesday is the decade that suits you best

For me I’m a clear 50s girl – I have the ‘perfect’ figure or at least vaguely the right shape. Although I think the designs of the 20s/30s are gorgeous and the designs of the 60s a lot of fun neither styles are built for curves.

This means I go well with an hourglass shaped – either fitted or full in the skirt

This is the outfit I put together for my new haircut last week.

I bought the shirt from Timaru savemart at the same time as I bought this dress. It was a size or 2 bigger than I would normally buy but I used my dress makers dummy to make some serious depth in the darts and left the top part as it was. Then I added the black ribbon and I was all ready for a new do.


Top – $5.99 Savemart Timaru

Belt – ribbon from Spotlight

Skirt – bought on sale 10 years ago Catalyst

Tights – part of a set bought at Cosmic in chch

Shoes – bought in a bundle of 4 off trade me – 25cents!

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or clothes I’ve made, re-made and altered

Wardrobe Wednesday – Apres Ski

Okay so I can tell you with all certainty I don’t look glamorous or even presentable every day.

In the spirit of sharing I have included a selection of my holiday outfits at the Mt. John Observatory, on the ski field, ice skating. I know I am SO stylish!!! 😉

This is my actual outfit of the week. I bought this at SaveMart in Timaru on the way home (we took a little detour).  One strap needed re-sewing, very quick job – a reason for getting rid of a dress?? Maybe its original owner hated mending as much as I do.


Dress – $11.99 SaveMart Timaru

Top – Zara UK

Necklace – homemade, you like?

Shoes – The Warehouse – $5 on sale

I have been inspired by some layering going on by some of the Wardrobe Wednesday ladies. I love that this dress will also work for summer. Super comfy, stretchy, lightweight….

See what others are wearing over at Nin’s place.

Leave them a comment they’ll be stoked.
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Op-Shop Swap

I was partnered with Deb for the winter op-shop.

Deb is such a lovely person and I had fun buying stuff I thought she would like.

I bought some napkins and embroidered her family members names on them so now they have a personalised set. I know Deb tries to only use fabric napkins so I hope these will be well used.

Thanks Jody for this cool swap!

Wardrobe Wednesday – Remix May

So here is version 3 of my re-mixing efforts.

Version one:

Version two:

I pushed the boat out this week and wore a skirt over the dress – this is a big deal for me. I’m quite pleased with the results.

Now I need to get my thinking cap on for my remix next week. It has been a lot of fun seeing people’s remixers – some real transformations.

This week I am wearing – shoes $30 on sale about 5 years ago, skirt – The Atlas bought me when we were in Pisa, Italy, necklace – 50c from an op-shop held together with a badge also 50, earrings – handmade,

and wearing one of my very favourite rings bought for me by 2 very special friends about 8 years ago.

Check out the others here –  a bit late – I just realised I hadn’t published this!!!

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Wardrobe Wednesday #20 – The Re-Mix!

Due to my rebellion on week 1 this is my first remix for ‘remix May’.

Apologies for the photos this week The Atlas was running late out the door and I couldn’t be bothered re-shooting!!(it explains why my face is cut off in most of them, oh and it’s driving me nuts that the belt and cardi are all off centre! – I’m a bit precious like that sometimes!)

So $8 portmans/op-shop dress mixed with

Tights, belt, necklace and cardi all hand-me-downs from my sister (I know what does she have left in her own!??!)

Boots from Debenhams (UK department store) bought about 6 years ago

I think this outfit looked better in real life…. so you’ll have to trust me on that

See what other lovelies are re-mixing here and enter your self the prize is AWESOME!

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Wardrobe Wednesday #19 – She’s a Mod

So last week I kind-of remixed a dress but this week I am revealing my proper ‘remix may’ garment.


This is my NEW stripey dress for $8, unworn, from my local oppy.


I bought it on Wednesday last week and put it on when I got home and styled it up.


I think it will be fun to see what else I can do with it, although I feel a bit brave working with a dress – ideas please?


Naomi I know you will have some!


I’ve taken the photos next to my ‘needle work wall’


Dress – $8, Shoes cheap sparkly sequined numbers from the warehouse a couple of years ago, tights $11 Farmers, Belt (which I wore last week too) $10 on sale from Dotti. And the final photo for fun!


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Judging by The Atlas response to this dress I could have happily spent a lot more than $8!

Make My Week #12 – Patchwork

Last year I learnt the ‘stack and slash’ method of quilting.

I have finally applied it again! This top was made entirely from vintage sheets in my stash and is backed with super soft 100% brushed cotton.

I also hand quilted some of the pieces so the layers stayed together.

I love the softness of all the blues side by side. This has been made as a raffle piece for a very special cause you’ll be hearing more about at the beginning of April.

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