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reCOLLETTEtions

   Upcycle, Revamp, Recreate, lets just get creating!!

        reCOLLettetions is a blog about making things, recycling, up-cycling, recreating, whatever you want to call it. I am inspired by vintage, the 1950's in particular, the femininity and classic style of this era is reflected in a lot of my creations.

 I try to avoid buying mass produced anything,opting instead for up-cycled, re-used, repaired, recycled, second hand items. I don't like waste, one woman's trash can be another woman's treasure. Come along for the ride and explore some creative solutions to give things a new lease on life, instructions included! 

 

 

  • Another retro upcycled Swing Dress
    So easy and so fun, a simple skater style dress turned into a lovely vintage style swing dress, here's how I did it......
    Posted: Thursday 15 October 2015
  • Retro Vintage Inpired Apron by Collette
    This is the apron I drafted for a commission, so pleased with the mock up, I kept it for my own apron........
    Posted: Sunday 28 June 2015
  • Cardigan Clips vs Necklaces
    As I like to wear cardigans with my vintage dresses I've started finding I prefer cardigan clips to necklaces all of a sudden, so of course I had to make my own collection!
    Posted: Sunday 12 April 2015
  • It's coming up Daisies!
    I had an issue, I had found some gorgeous little daisy earrings, but I had nothing to wear with them, how did I fix it? Made a dress to match them of course.........
    Posted: Thursday 26 March 2015
  • 2 Dresses and a Shrug - Retro Restyled
    Restyles are one of my favourite things to do and these three projects worked so well I thought I'd share them with you......
    Posted: Tuesday 10 March 2015
  • Ladies... how to wear a neck-tie!
    What to do with that stash of mens neck ties, a tshirt makeover of course....
    Posted: Saturday 24 January 2015
  • How to use one pattern different ways
    I make a lot of my dresses from one pattern but how to make them look different......read on
    Posted: Tuesday 6 January 2015
  • The Walkaway Dress - Collette's version!
    Another 1950s dress, this one is called the Walkaway because...........
    Posted: Saturday 27 December 2014
  • Christmas Dress time again!
    Every year I try to create a new dress for Christmas, this is my 2014 effort........
    Posted: Tuesday 16 December 2014
  • Pink Plaid Swing Dress
    Another new dress for summer! A new design with a few hiccups, but still a pretty dress and a great new addition to the wardrobe.....
    Posted: Monday 24 November 2014

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