Something old, something new!

So, I’ve never written a blog before. Not like this anyway.

There’s just a few ideas that have been wandering around for some time and I thought it was about time to actually do something about it. So, here goes…

I am a big girl. I always have been, and, until fairly recently, I didn’t like anything about my big girl frame. I spent many times agonising over things that I couldn’t really do anything about (cellulite, anyone?) and wishing for a miracle that would transform me into a delicious size 10.

Not. Going. To. Happen.

So, I started to look for things to help me accept who I am and I’m getting there, slowly and steadily.

You see, one of the things that irritates me about being a big girl is how expensive everything gets. Don’t get me wrong, I will be forever grateful for the beautiful, unusual and down right sexy styles being produced by some truly fantastic brands (thank the powers-that-be for Pinup Girl)! But, unless I’m looking for a crop top, that £5 sparkly mini-dress from Primark is going nowhere near my rather round behind!

What is a broke girl to do?

I started improvising.

This time last year, I was knee deep in seating plans, swatches, invitations and favours as I prepared for my wedding in October. My dress (of course) was sorted. However, having been a dancer since the age of 6, I wanted to do a ‘proper dance’ for our first.

The Viennese Waltz was choreographed, but the increasing amount of fleckles and spins was becoming less likely in my ultra long Phil Collins dress. Hello, ASOS!

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Unfortunately, I didn’t take any before shots – the colour I chose was cream. But the longer-length sleeves and wrap over back were just what I was looking for. On arrival however, the sleeves were too tight around my arms, a common problem I have found when the fabric has little or no stretch.

Now, I am in no way, shape or form a talented seamstress. I am however, a dab hand with a seam ripper!

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Following the seam closely, I removed the lace arms and found that, despite the way it was demonstrated on the website, wearing it back to front was much more me!

Adding a bit of bling and an ivory satin sash made sure I still felt like a princess while I twirled and swirled in front of our guests.

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This initial customisation led onto a few more ‘adjusted’ outfits.

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These beauties came from charity shops (a treasure-chest if you’re on a budget) so I wasn’t too fussed about cutting and chopping! Off came the sleeves, down came the hem (another bug-bear about certain dresses, but that’s for another day) and, voila – perfectly bespoke dresses with added sparkle!

And the tools of my trade…?

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So, if you’ve got hidden gems in the back of your closet that only need a bit of ‘adjustment’, don’t be afraid!

What have you got to lose?

Bye for now! xxx

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