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   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! 



  • 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 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
  • 1950s style Newspaper Skirt with extras!
    Whats not to like about an outfit that looks like its made out of newspaper? There was only 2.5m of this fabric available so what to on
    Posted: Saturday 15 November 2014

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