Friday, 15 April 2011

One Pound


One of the charity shops in town had a sale on the other week, in which all of the stock was reduced to £1! Although I had only visited to purchase a burgundy-coloured velvet blazer that I had tried on the previous day (unfortunately it had already been sold by the time I got there), when I realised that all the stock was so cheap I couldn't resist having a look.

I came across a rather fetching pair of navy and green tartan trousers, which I immediately envisaged as shorts - à la this post from all the way back in November 2009. They were pretty easy to re-hem as they didn't fray too much, although I did have a bit of a palaver when I accidently melted them with the iron... hopefully no-one will notice :). I tried to give them a 'turn-up' effect, rather than simply re-hemming them, which I think gives them a nice finish.

Of course, after cutting them down to short length, I had two trouser legs' worth of spare material, which I thought would make a nice neck tie. I borrowed this idea from Cait (from the blog Wayward Daughter), who made a very charming matching outfit from some gorgeous tweed material last year. As with Cait's outfit, I've gone for that 'Gossip Girl' look - complete with a boater hat. What do you think?

Before and After pictures:
It was a bit chilly outside so after taking the main outfit shots I also had a play around with the camera settings indoors, and ended up making loads of silhouettes against this frosted glass window. The photos aren't entirely relevant to the post, but I thought they came out quite nicely so I thought I'd share them anyway!

Sadie xxx

30 comments:

Cat said...

Love it! And the matching bow is so cute! I have a whole ton of stuff that needs re-hemming - do you fancy doing it for me since you've done such a great job with your shorts?! x

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T.V and Book Addict said...

The results are immensely adorable + you look so cute in them. I LOVE the ascot!

fashionismyh2o said...

Ooh I love the look when you combine it all together :) St-Trinians chic much!

Sarah
http://fashionismyh2o.blogspot.com
xx

Angela said...

Great outfit, well done! I can just imagine blair in this ;) x

DAKOTA said...

Very beautiful pictures, inspiring...

Mary said...

What a steal!
LOVE the outfit! xxx

liz said...

love it !!!! cute outfit.

Phara said...

Ow wow, love this look, very GGesque indeed!
Really adore those shorts.
X

Maria said...

awesome, love the DIY and the bargain! did you use a sewing machine?

Ani said...

very cute shorts! I wish I had that kind of imagination when i'm shopping!

Roxanne Rosensteel said...

Love love love this!! I adore the blouse tie combo.

Eva said...

Great post - I wish I had more charity shops about! The treasures you found are great :) I really love how you reinvented those trousers - and I love the hat!

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K said...

Very Enid Blyton! Pretty shoes, too

K xx

auxpaysdesmerveilles said...

Supercute outfit! I wish I could handle the sewing machine.

Pretty Confused said...

That is such an amazing outfit - makes me want to get my sewing stuff out again. I loved the last picture - so beautiful x

iris loves said...

Really lovely outfit. :)
the last pic is beautiful!
xx

Gillian said...

Such a cute outfit, I love it! The shorts turned out fab, I wish I was good at crafty things like that.

Ashley said...

Amazing outfit! I am envious of your talent:)

marta said...

What a lovely outfit!! I'm in love with it ;)

Marta, xxx

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benzerj said...

I love what you did with those trousers! Such a great transformation.

katieafox said...

Love love love! Also went back in time and looked at the 2009 pair, which are gorge too! I love charity shops that do that, there are some by me pack home that do 'fill a bag for £1'! No such bargains in Birmingham ey? xxx

Steffys Pros and Cons said...

love your adorable hat, and cute bow!

<3 steffy
Steffys Pros and Cons

Sophie - Country girl said...

love the trousers you changed imto shorts, really creative! I'm too static to see things' potential. you look fab!
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Alicia said...

wow! i just discovered your blog and both you just as much as your style is beautiful! cant wait to add you to my bookmarks and check for new stuff regularly :))

Also, those pants are awesome and i wish i could pull it of the way you do, especially with that tie. Super cute! :)

Alicia im Wunderland

Kezzie said...

That is SUCH a cute look! Great material mastery!

Vanessa said...

This is absolutely stunning! Love, love, love!

Ravenna Moreira said...

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charliegirl said...

Just bought myself a boater and loving it. I love Gossip Girl esque style. :)

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The Attic People said...

Pretty photos. Love this outfit and glad I came across your blog!

Marisa :)

http://theatticpeoplevintage.blogspot.com/

little lyzi said...

Ah I have some REALLY similar shorts that I made out of charity shop trousers, except mine are purple! :) yay! xxx