We have become such a throwaway society. Clothes arrive and leave our wardrobes in a matter of months or weeks, or sometimes just hang there, brand new, with tags still on them. It doesn’t have to be this way! Get yourself down to your local charity shop and about the rails for some bargains which can be repurposed. Let me introduce you to this pure wool “Eastex Heritage” coat with wonderful vintage buttons – my 50p charity shop bargain! Warm and cosy, it just needed a little glamorising. Add in a fur collar and cuffs (from a £1.99 charity shop cardigan a couple of sizes too big) and I have myself a unique, high quality, glamorous coat for just pennies!
So let’s all do our bit for the environment. Why not recycle and upcycle beautiful clothes, and enjoy the wonderment of who has lived and loved in the clothes previously! Oh and if you see something you love but it doesn’t quite fit then I can very likely help!
I wanted to sew a little holiday skirt out of the cool fabric we designed using Lee’s Bic Biro skull drawings and had printed through Spoonflower. Despite having hundreds of sewing patterns I couldn’t find one that matched the picture in my head and so I just drew up a sweet design myself.
I wore the skirt for the first time yesterday and had lots of compliments. Blinkin’ loved that I was wearing a skirt made by me, using fabric designed by me created from drawings penned by Lee. Now that is truly one-off skirt!
Oh and surely every girl needs a skull skirt?
I find sewing so therapeutic. My grandmother was a dressmaker. My mother sewed all our clothes when we were children, and my sisters both sew beautifully too. We even made our own bridesmaid dresses for a sister wedding once upon a long time ago. In need of distraction and soothing I set about making myself a new summery dress. I wore it for the first time last night and love it. What do you think?
I made this sweet brooch for my lovely friend for her birthday! She has seven adorable pussycats and so I really wanted to make her something cat themed. I decided I would try making a little felt brooch. I love how cute it turned out!
We had a commission from a dear friend of ours who wanted a special design Tshirt for his sons birthday. He wanted the design to be Ska themed and Lee went to work on the idea.
The result are blinking fab and both father and son were so pleased when they picked up the Tshirts from our studio this morning. The designs are now available for YOU to purchase too!
Why not dare to be different in a Trashcan Emporium locally designed and produced original Tshirt!
Oh and Happy Birthday Connor have a fabby day!
On browsing thorough my 1980’s Make it Easy set of patterns I came across an idea for a gorgeous playsuit. I love summer holiday playsuits but sadly the two vintage playsuits in my wardrobe are too small. (I am going to shrink into them one day honest!)
I cut the pattern suggestion onto brown paper and used this stunning bird fabric in bright blue, red and green. The bow, frill and turn ups were added from my imagination to make this playsuit our very first, totally original, Trashcan Emporium design.
The elasticated waist and bust make it so easy to step in and out of, and the lack of straps make it perfect for avoiding those holiday tan strap marks. Plus of course, no vintage inspired playsuit would be complete without a matching do-rag.
If you would like to buy one of these gorgeous playsuits then they are just £30 each and of course have a free matching do-rag.
I have lots of lovely fabric available;
- Red cats and dogs
- Red Scotty dogs
- White owls
- White hearts, flowers, butterflies
- Red little heart
- Blue rabbits and toadstools
- Cream cup-cake
- Light Blue dragon fly
- Bright blue dragon fly
If you would like to order a playsuit then just drop me a message indicating your usual dress size, waist size and chest size.
All orders will be completed beginning of September and if you are unable to collect from our studio then postage is just £2.85 ❤️