Saturday, 18 September 2010

Not Made(very)Well

Because I am a rebel, a 21st century anarchist, a complete non-conformist, I have decided to do an outfit post! What a novel idea of mine.

I love outfit posts because I love seeing what other people wear. I love the seemingly neverending combination of ways that people can put their clothes together. It's quite inspiring. I have never done one myself, though, because I spend almost my entire life either wrapped up in three layers of jeans, shirts and hoodies (to stay warm) or in a black skirt and white top (for work). But today I actually went out into the real world (to go shopping with my mum and aunty), so I had to wear clothes suitable for public viewing.
Black DMs, vintage leather bag, tweed coat from Salvation Army, black scarf from my dad and black velvet dress.

The dress is a bit of a DIY job. Because I neither have access to, nor can afford, anything from the Alexa Chung for Madewell collection, I decided to craft something of my own.I want, please.

I started with this dress, from Argos Additions (far cheaper than Madewell!)I then cut the collar off an old blouse that I bought from ebay years ago and have never worn because it didn't fit. I have a habit of never returning things, thinking that I'll use them eventually...luckily, in this case, I was right.I safety-pinned the collar to the dress, et voila! An averagely made rip-off dress. Plus, this way, if I one day decide that I don't want to look like I'm heading to Sunday School, I can simply unclip the collar. Versatile is my middle name.


  1. That's so amazing that you managed to do that yourself. It looks so similar to the Madewell dress. Loving your first outfit post as well. Hope there's another one sometime soon x

  2. you look like a victorian dolly, love the dress, a whole load ^_^

  3. Wow, this is amazing. Well done, the collar looks so beautiful. :)

  4. Ohhh my gosh, it's looveeelly! I would buy it in an instant! Beautiful job :D want one! xxxxxxx

  5. wow great post!

    first of all, I love Alexa´s collection, but I can´t afford it either, the bad thing is that I´m the worst person ever at DIYs... But you made an amazing job, congrats!

    and second of all, you should definitely do more inspiring outfit posts like this, I love it!

  6. THAT is clever :)

    Chloe x

  7. :O:O:O I LOVE IT
    when your bored with it send it my way please

  8. love the diy jobby, the collar is really nice, it looks better than the ridiculously over priced madewell one! i think i might have to give this a go, i was desperate for that dress when i saw it but gave up hope of ever be able to own it x

  9. this is amazing! it looks so good!
    we have just has a very similar dress to that Madewell's one come into Peacocks in the new Pearl Lowe collection; black with cream lace peter pan collar and cream lace on the sleeves as well :) it would probably be the right length on you! (i tried it on and it was knee length lol) 40% off week is coming up and i was going to send hayley some vouchers anyway, so have a gander and you'll get it for nearly half price! xx

  10. the cake looks oh so cool :)
    alexa is baeutiful!


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