worn: DIY embroidered skirt and vintage knitwear

As you probably know by now (because I talk about it every now and then… ahem), I’m a huge fan of charity shops, eBay and basically limiting my consumption when it comes to fashion and clothing. The only thing I like better than finding something fabulous second-hand, is finding a way to cobble it together myself. I might only have limited sewing skills, but armed with a few excellent dressmaking books and the internet, I like to think that there’s not a lot I can’t achieve (and if there is, I can always take it to the tailors…) 

I’m over at Ms. Wandas Wardrobe today, with a handy little tutorial on transforming an unloved mens shirt into an ace embellished skirt – it’s going to be the first of a few similar DIY-upcycling posts, including a laptop sleeve, removable collar and other lovely little bits and pieces. I’m hoping you’ll check them out and have a go! (PS Make sure you get involved in their incredible 1% Campaign too!)

I’d actually been searching for a button-down denim skirt for a while, but never found one I liked enough to part with my cash for. I came across the idea of making my own when I was folding the laundry one day, and found the mens shirt on eBay for a few quid. I paired it up with some stripes, mustard knitwear, and clogs, and was very happy indeed. Hurrah for upcycling!

Knit – Charity Shop // Breton top – New Look // Skirt – Homemade // Clogs – Lotta from Stockholm // Owl Pendant – eBay


  1. KatGotTheCream
    May 13, 2013 / 1:50 pm

    This is complete genius and it looks so cute on you. I'm inspired!!! xx

    • Vicky
      May 19, 2013 / 9:23 pm

      Thanks lady – make sure you post pictures if you make one! xx

  2. harriet gray
    May 13, 2013 / 2:49 pm

    so cute! i love your little yellow rack on the wall too (totally going to steal that idea!)

    • Vicky
      May 19, 2013 / 9:23 pm

      Do it – it's actually a cake-cooling rack thingy sprayed yellow!

  3. Kate Pirouette
    May 13, 2013 / 5:13 pm

    That's fabulous, it looks great! Good work!!Kate xJust Pirouette and Carry On…

    • Vicky
      May 19, 2013 / 9:24 pm

      Thank you so much 🙂 x

  4. Ceri (Style Eyes)
    May 13, 2013 / 7:19 pm

    I love this! Mr S better watch his denim shirt

    • Vicky
      May 19, 2013 / 9:25 pm

      Haha, steal it while he's out!

  5. Anonymous
    May 13, 2013 / 8:55 pm

    Wow! Fantastic job on the shirt! Love this outfit…love the colours!

    • Vicky
      May 19, 2013 / 9:25 pm

      Thank you! Let me know if you give it a go 🙂

  6. Elizabeth @ Rosalilium
    May 19, 2013 / 7:29 pm

    Love your style, missus!x

    • Vicky
      May 19, 2013 / 9:25 pm

      Thank you lady! x

  7. Charlotte {theteapotexplodes}
    May 30, 2013 / 7:53 pm

    This is an absolutely brilliant idea! I am so going to try this. I have the same Lottas and wear them with tights too. Best shoes ever! x

  8. kopiluwak nya
    May 12, 2015 / 3:29 pm

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