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Easy DIY Fashion Fix Ideas | Fashion Revolution 2017

By April 30, 2017 DIY & Lifestyle

Fashion Revolution Week was created after the Rana Plaza factory disaster in 2013. The factory home to many big name fast-fashion brands collapsed, killing over 1,100 people and injuring thousands more. In order to create change within the fashion industry, transparency is needed across the board as well as commitment to ethics and sustainability. Fashion Revolution asks you to get involved by sharing a photo/selfie of your favourite clothes asking the brand, #WhoMadeMyClothes?


easy diy fashion fix ideas - fashion revolution - diy patch jacket

easy diy fashion fix ideas - fashion revolution - diy patch jacket

With my penultimate Fashion Revolution post being quite a heavy piece, I thought I would tie this week up along the simpler route by listing out a few of ways that you can make your clothes last longer. Although I talk an awful lot about shopping with more ethically focused brands, the way you care and dispose of your clothes is equally as important as what you buy.

One of Fashion Revolution’s campaigns for 2017 included the #LovedClothesLast short film which focuses on exactly that; how loved clothes will last a lot longer than those which aren’t, whether that means how we care for them or how they were produced. You can watch the full short film here. On top of that, Fashion Revolution are also trying to encourage people to start “fashion fixing”; making your clothes last longer by fixing them rather than throwing them away. Scroll down for some easy ideas that I can guarantee all of you can do from home…

easy diy fashion fix ideas - fashion revolution - diy patch jacket

easy diy fashion fix ideas - fashion revolution - diy patch jacket


~ DIY PATCH JACKET ~
Read the full tutorial here.


This is the jacket that some of you long time TDP readers may recognise. I also featured it in my recent blog post of my trip to Lottozero’s Fashion Revolution event in Prato, Italy. I originally bought the jacket from a jumble sale with the intention of adding more to it; it was a blank white canvas which meant there was an awful lot of room to play with. If you click through to the tutorial you’ll see that not only did I dye the jacket but I also added some patches. 

Iron-on patches are extremely easy to use (all you need is a tea-towel and iron) and are what I used for all of the patches upon it. However, some of the original patches did peal off in the wash, so if you access to a needle and thread, sewing the patches on will make them last even longer. I simply re-ironed them on this time, adding my Fashion Revolution patches along with them. It is possible to find more sustainable patches; Avery Dennis (who produced the exclusive patches) use 90% recycled yarns. 

easy diy fashion fix ideas - fashion revolution - diy patch jacket


~ DIY SLEEVELESS JACKET ~
All you need is scissors!


This might not seem like much of a DIY but it saved this jacket from being taken to a local charity shop. I was wearing this denim jacket “cropped” for a few years, styling it so it looked purposefully fit to be smaller but unfortunately it had reached the stage where it simply just looked too small. I took to it with some sharp scissors though and I have a whole new item in my wardrobe; a sleeveless denim jacket (or waistcoat).

I’m also planning on adding some white pleated ruffles around the armholes using an old white dress. I’ll be getting out my sewing machine soon and will most definitely report back on my progress in the future.

easy diy fashion fix ideas - fashion revolution - diy patch jacket


~ MORE IDEAS ~
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Ripped & Dip-dyed Jeans…

To go alongside my dip-dyed jacket, I ripped up some of my white jeans and dyed them in a similar style. They’re still going strong and you can see them styled up in a recent outfit post. Quick, easy, and once again doesn’t require much skill if you haven’t necessarily got the time to learn a new craft.

Crop It…

Take the same principle as I did with my old denim jacket and cut off the length of a t-shirt. It might not seem like you’re doing much but you might just end up falling back in love with its new style. If you want to neaten it up and save it from fraying, find a sewing machine and create a simple hem line, or ask someone who knows how to do it for you.

Add Pom-Poms…

I love this idea from Fashion Revolution themselves; pom-poms are really simple to make once you learn and can definitely add something more interesting to an item you’re getting a little bored of. It also saves you from going out and buying a new pom-pom trend led piece which often aren’t much more than just a sweatshirt and the pom-poms themselves. Being in charge of the process will guarantee that it will last for longer and you can make it look exactly as you like it. 

Use Off-Cuts…

With DIYs, especially those involving cutting and slicing off arms, you’ll often have off-cut pieces of fabric lying about. Don’t throw these out! You can make accessories or use the old buckles and buttons for future projects. Try and reduce your waste as much as possible. 


How will you make your clothes last longer? Have you got any quick DIY ideas? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you so much for joining me this Fashion Revolution Week! Be sure to subscribe to my newsletter as I’ll be sending out a round-up shortly.

Lots of Love… Tolly Dolly Posh xx

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Kitsch Iron-on Embroidered Patches Wishlist

By November 12, 2015 Wishlist

Howdy folks! How are you? I haven’t done a producty/wishlisty post in a very long time mainly because I’ve tried to steer away from that sort content but today I just wanted to do a relaxed post that you can appreciate with all it’s simplicity. So today I thought I’d look at a bunch of iron-on embroidered patches because I’m a pretty big fan. They can add a really cool touch to a denim jacket (dress, dungarees or shorts) and most of them are pretty inexpensive. Here are my favourites… 🙂

Iron-on Embroidered Patches Wishlist - Etsy Mooi en Lief Strange-Ways Sick Girls Official


MOOI EN LIEF // JESSWARBYSHOP // COUCOUSUZETTE // BELSART // SICK GIRLS OFFICIAL // STRANGE-WAYS (123)


My personal favourite style of patches are either bold slogans (like the #MooiEnLiefbyTDP one – FREE with every order of socks!) or the selection from Strange-Ways… they’re simple yet bold and would look totally awesome with different aesthetics (that chill pill would look awesome on a plain sweatshirt). But I also absolutely love the more detailed versions (like the SPACE OUT patch from Etsy) because they’re so intricate and beautiful.

I have a real thing for intricate embroidery as you will probably already know *cough* Valentino *cough* so you can probably tell why I love these patches all so much. Also a lot of these sellers (especially on Etsy) do pin badges on their sites too which is pretty awesome… is it me or do tiny illustrations look way better than big ones sometimes?

Plus, it’s pretty awesome I kind of have my own “Dare to be Different” patch floating around, am I right? Every order peeps, every order!


What did you think of this little round-up? Do you know of any funky patch designers/shops? Definitely let me know in the comments! 


Lots of Love… Tolly Dolly Posh xx

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Customised DIY Iron-on Patch Jacket with Jennie Maizels*

By May 10, 2015 DIY & Lifestyle

A new DIY! Ooooh yeah! I know my DIYs have been fairly simple so far, but because my bank balance is that of a teen, it means that you may just have to deal with simple but super customisable DIYs for now. But, like I said, they’re super customisable. I discovered the awesomeness which is Jennie Maizels recently, so I wanted to share with you a little DIY on how to create an awesome jacket with her adorable iron-on patches. Let’s GO!

DIY Iron-on Patch Jacket & Dip Dye - Jennie Maizels - DYLON Dyes

DIY Iron-on Patch Jacket & Dip Dye - Jennie Maizels - DYLON Dyes


WHAT YOU NEED: Iron-on Patches (Jennie Maizels)* // Jacket (Jumble Sale) // Tea Towel // Iron // Ironing Board


DIY Iron-on Patch Jacket & Dip Dye - Jennie Maizels - DYLON Dyes

DIY Iron-on Patch Jacket & Dip Dye - Jennie Maizels - DYLON Dyes

DIY Iron-on Patch Jacket & Dip Dye - Jennie Maizels - DYLON Dyes

STEP 1:

Take your super adorable iron-on patches and decide what you want to do with them. I decided I wanted my name on the back, and a few extras on the front. I used a white jacket that I dip-dyed (more on that later) and I think it was a perfect canvas for the patches. The backs of jackets are a great place to start especially for names!

STEP 2 & 3:

The next thing you need to do is layout exactly where you want iron each patch. I re-did this after every patch I ironed down, so I knew exactly where things were going. After you’ve put down your first patch, cover it with a cloth (a tea towel works great) and follow these instructions…


Constantly wiggle your iron on top of the tea towel and patch for 20-30 seconds; then repeat on the reverse side too! You can also remove the tea towel and apply direct heat if it needs a little bit of help.


DIY Iron-on Patch Jacket & Dip Dye - Jennie Maizels - DYLON Dyes

STEP 4:

Repeat the same process anywhere else on the jacket. I chose to go with a “LOVE” patch above a faux-pocket and 2 kitsch flamingos on the collars (I love them).

VOILA!

Your super cute and customisable jacket is finished! I love the outcome and the patches were super easy to use. I really do think Jennie Maizel’s patches are the best in terms of design. I can’t find any letters like hers… SO COOL! Now let’s style it up…

DIY Iron-on Patch Jacket & Dip Dye - Jennie Maizels - DYLON Dyes

DIY Iron-on Patch Jacket & Dip Dye - Jennie Maizels - DYLON Dyes

DIY Iron-on Patch Jacket & Dip Dye - Jennie Maizels - DYLON Dyes


WHAT I WORE: Dip Dye & Patch Jacket (DIY) // A-Line Denim Skirt (Jumble Sale) // Pom Pom Headband (ASOS)


DIY Iron-on Patch Jacket & Dip Dye - Jennie Maizels - DYLON Dyes

DIY Iron-on Patch Jacket & Dip Dye - Jennie Maizels - DYLON Dyes

I absolutely love the outcome! I never really used to wear this jacket, but now not only have I discovered it works great as a fitted “jacket top”, I am also in love with my customised tweaks. It’s totally me and could be styled in so many ways. I love how it looks with my new denim skirt (£1 from a jumble sale, uh thank you very much!) too. Ahh I love it! Do you love it too? Let me know in the comments!

DIY Iron-on Patch Jacket & Dip Dye - Jennie Maizels - DYLON Dyes


DIP-DYE: Dylon Flamingo Pink*
See how I created this dip-dye effect over on a previous DIY! It’s a very similar process…


Lots of Love… Tolly Dolly Posh xx

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