• Knitting,  Sewing,  Style,  Vintage

    2018 Retro Round Up

    As the end of December approaches, as do my university deadlines, I thought I would make a little round up of my sewing year. I usually take time out of the online world during the Christmas period to enjoy time with friends and family, but before I do enjoy this final post of 2018.

  • Sewing,  Style

    PSB – Challenge No.2 – Dress Refashion

    Charity Shop Playsuit Refashion - Retro Claude

    Charity Shop Refashion - Retro Claude

    Charity Shop to Playsuit Refashion - Retro Claude

    And so another Sewing Bee challenge is complete! Continuing the WW1 theme, this challenge was again inspired by war time austerity but unlike the previous challenge, challenge No. 2 required us to make something new from something old. Or as I would call it, a refashion!

    I love a refashion. I think it is so inspiring to transform something unwanted or unloved into something new and exciting. For this refashion, I headed to my local charity shops to find a likely looking garment for a makeover. I struck gold with this enormous, boxy maxi-dress which was … 100% linen eek!

  • Style

    Charity Shop Refashion – Asymmetric Playsuit

    Take a look at my latest project, a playsuit refashion.

    Refashioning is a great way to get more life out of a garment that is maybe past its best. The idea is not a new one, in fact I get a lot of my refashioning ideas from Make Do and Mend, the WW2 advice pamphlet.

    However, it has been a little while since I have taken the time to actually do one. I have a list of possible makeovers a mile long. But recently, thanks to my health being on the blink, I have had lots more free time for this sort of thing.

  • Style

    How to Start Dressing Vintage?

    How to start dressing vintage is a question I hear so often as if vintage is a mystery that I have somehow unlocked the answers to. I get it, it can seem intimidating when you are surrounding yourself with images of professional pin up models and hairstylist thanks to Instagram and Pinterest. But it’s important to remember, those people ARE PROFESSIONALS. They have dedicated a lot of time and money to getting to the point they are at. If you’re New Year’s Resolution is to take up jogging you’re not going to be running a marathon in February are you?

  • Environment,  Style

    Fashion Revolution Week

    This week is Fashion Revolution Week, which for those of you who don’t know is an ethical fashion week when we as consumers demand more from clothing brands by asking “who made my clothes?”

    The idea is simple, by finding out where our clothes come from, we can call brands out on damaging and exploitative practices. We as buyers have the money, and money is power. By supporting brands who abide by good, safe and sustainable practice we can start a fashion revolution and promote ethical fashion.

  • Style

    Are you ever too old for hand-me-downs?

    As I sit here wondering how to begin my very first post for Retro Claude, my mind struggles to find something to talk about. Believe me, I am not lacking in things to say, far from it. My issue is how to introduce the ideas and concepts behind this little project of mine in a way that sets the tone for things to come, doesn’t give too much away but leaves you all wanting to come back for more.