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Reinventing a charity shop purchase

Posted by Hannah Elliman fashion blogger

31st Mar 2015

I love nothing more than spending a Saturday afternoon hunting down vintage gems or scouting out charity shop bargains. The euphoria felt when finding an old treasure or an irresistible bargain is too much fun to pass up on. My love for all things vintage/charity shop is reflected throughout my blogs (and shown in the pictures below). I also enjoy adapting clothes to make them unique. 

I have been after a dark denim jacket for a good while, so when I spotted the 'bargain-licious' light denim jacket (below) in my local Oxfam, I bought it with the intention of dyeing it and adding some detail. Denim jackets are so versatile - they can be worn with anything from jeans (hey - if double denim is good enough for Rihanna, it's good enough for me) to a white lace dress and big ol' boots.

Ingredients for this DIY

 - A jacket (the one I used was 100% cotton)

 - Black Dylon Dye

 - Salt

 - Rubber gloves

 - Trim or material

 - Thread

 - Sewing Machine (optional)


The Dyeing Part

I used black Dylon Dye which was simple and easy to use. (Follow the instructions on the packet).

The Trim Part

Picking trims is the fun part. You can be as creative and quirky as you like. I've recently seen a denim jacket with a giant picture of a cat ironed on the back and another one with a leopard print panel, with a chain trim - you really can do anything!

Pick your trims and threads. Pin to the jacket and sew on.

There you have it. A charity shop bargain adapted into something unique. Here's a little picture of me taking my new jacket out for a spin. 

So, what are you waiting for? Check out the denim jackets on the Oxfam Online Shop, or find your local Oxfam Store and get DIY-ing!

Thanks so much for reading and I will see you next month! 

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Blog post written by Hannah Elliman

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