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vic & lily collection summer 18
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We've been sourcing, taking apart, designing and sewing over the past few months to bring you this latest drop of vic & lily collection. We headed to Paris to showcase our fave new pieces, available now on our Etsy store.

Jump Around:

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We love, like really LOVE a Jumpsuit. It's like wearing your jammies. Well almost. We have transformed tired dresses that have great prints into jumpsuits, using a basic wide leg block pattern for the pants we have tried to offer various silhouettes that offer comfort as well as style. We ourselves have tried and tested the v&L jumpsuits so we know that GOOD TIMES come to those that wear them.  Each jumpsuit was created using the fabric from another style, waste if any is being added to the scrap box to be used for another project or garment. These garments are truly sustainable. #ethicalfashion

Julia Printed Jumpsuit €40

Julia Printed Jumpsuit €40

 

Cream of the Crop:

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It's summer, what better way to go about town than in a V&L crop top. Perfect with high waist pants, shorts, skirts you name it. Each style is based around the same basic block cut from tired dresses or Tops. Like our jumpsuits, any wastage is added to the scrap box to made into something new.  If lucky, a matching pair of pants or skirt is on offer to co-ordinate. God bless tent style dresses.

Kaila Festival Print Crop Top €28.50

Kaila Festival Print Crop Top €28.50

Bisous, Au Revoir! 

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Latest Additions....May '18

We're now in the 5th month of 2018 (how'd that happen?), and we've been adding items to the shop. We'e got some gorgeous little dresses that are great for summer, and until then we still have some sweaters to keep you wrapped up when the sun goes down. Check out our Etsy and ASOSMarketplace shops for updates to the inventory.

We are also currently hosting a little pop-up shop in Berlin at AA Collected a very beautifully curated boutique on Skalitzer Strasse 77.  Where we are selling our latest additions as well as some vic & lily collection pieces that will soon be available online. 

Prices range from €25-40.

Happy Tuesday xo

New Arrivals on Etsy
 
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We've been here in Berlin for almost 2 months now and we are loving it so far. We finally got our studio organised so we are back to re-designing for our label. You might've noticed that we are also continuing to add cute vintage pieces to the shop too.

 
 
 
 

There are some fancy dresses that will be the start of many a conversation as well as some cute skirts that can be a staple in the best of wardrobes.

 
 
 
 
 
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These should keep you browsing til we can drop the next selection from our own label.

 

Happy Humpday !

x x x

vic & lily collection
∆ Teri Palm Print Tee

∆ Teri Palm Print Tee

Hooray! Launching today we have the first few pieces in our vic & lily collection. We have dabbled in the past at redesigning or updating vintage pieces that have found their way through our door but this collection has been completely handmade from scratch from unwanted and outdated vintage garment fabrics. Recycling in a completely new way.

∆ Suzy Striped Crop Top

∆ Suzy Striped Crop Top

Taking silhouettes that we love, we created the patterns that would make this first collection be all about basics. Easy to wear shapes that can be dressed up or down depending on how you feel. Every piece has been made by us, cut from fabrics that were once vintage garments, carefully taken apart and utilised to ensure minimum wastage. It is as sustainable as we can get it - for now. We love creating new from old and these are just the first pieces of our namesake collection, which hope to build on from our new studio in Berlin.

∆ Teri Check Print Tee

∆ Teri Check Print Tee

Prices ranging from £22 - 35 (US$28-45), it is handmade, sustainable and affordable. Current sizes are S-M. The vic & lily collection will be available on Etsy, head over NOW! 

Happy Friday Everyone!

 

xoxo

Before & After: The Jumpsuit
 
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We love a wedding and like us you feel the need to wear a new outfit to every wedding you know that it can be not only costly but not exactly sustainable. A wardrobe full of one time wear dresses isn't the best for the environment, wallet or space. SO with sustainability being one of top beliefs here at v & l we decided to make our own outfit.

Where to start you ask? Well, we were sifting through the piles of vintage that were hiding in the studio when we came across this little printed gem of a dress (see below) and although it wasn't quite right for the summer wedding outfit we had envisioned the print was on point. So what a better start for the wedding outfit. Taking it apart wasn't as time consuming as first thought, which can always be a draw back for a project such as this. 

Next step we scoured the internet and Instagram for inspiration until we had an idea of what we wanted. Initially we were looking to make a dress but why make a dress when you can make a jumpsuit! Bold move on our part but we were determined. Looking at the pieces from the dress we knew that it would be a stretch but also very little waste to make this a jumpsuit. Using the sleeves as the front pieces allowed the skirt and body to be used for the pants. Drafting the patterns was made easier using previously bought pants as a template (always a good idea). It became clear that for the wide pants that we were looking for would have to be made from several pieces. (This thankfully turned out OK as the fabric is printed and not noticable, but if  using a solid or less densely patterned fabric we would advise against this.).

Making the pants was surprisingly easier than expected, the top part however was slightly more tricky to get right in terms of fit. Everyone is different, so we made this to fit our body - tailor made shall we say. Not going to lie, it took a few tries to get the gaping down to a minimum - no one wants a flasher at their wedding! 

We used the lining of the original skirt to line the top and to make the bias-cut straps. We even used a section of the original fastening to close the back above the zip. We used pretty much all of the original fabric with the majority of left overs being the lining. We are really pleased with how it turned out, it was great to wear to wedding and will be useful for summer nights out for sure.

Below is a breakdown of the steps of how to get achieve a complete re-design from something you already own. Happy DIY-ing peeps.

  1. Find a garment you love the fabric of, and carefully take it apart at the seams and press pieces flat, it might not be necessary to unpick the fastening at this stage - see point 5.  

  2. Using inspiration create a pattern based on the idea or use garments as a guide.

  3. Sort pieces to find which will work best for the new pattern, for example the sleeves were great for the front of our jumpsuit allowing the skirt and bodice to be used for the wide leg pants and waistband.

  4. If needed sew pieces together to allow for pattern (like we did for the pants).

  5. Try and use as much of the previous fastenings as possible - we cut a piece of the front to form the back waistband and used a button and buttonhole already existing as a closure.

  6. Always try on your piece at various stages to ensure the fit is just right for the intended purpose. When still our jumpsuit was great but with movement (dancing) it was clear the front gaped too much so some delicate hand stitching was needed to keep things modest.

  7. If possible try to use all the fabric from your original, thus creating a zero waste DIY! Our leftover lining will be used in binding for other projects.

 

xoxo

All images by me with exception of the group wedding photo - Real Simple Photography

 
News: Introducing the Salvage Short
 
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We are so happy to introduce to you our little labour of love for the past few months, the Salvaged Short. 

 

Salvage by name and Salvage by nature. Each pair of the shorts had been made from fabric that was once something else. Whether it be an ill-fitting dress or unloved silk blouse, each original piece was taken apart and the salvaged fabric re-cut into our shorts. Even the binding is made by hand, selected from other unwanted pieces. Each pair is unique in their own way.

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Our decision to go with this track style silhouette was comfort. We love the ease in which this style can be dressed up or down, can be worn at home or out on the town. It's perfect for down at the beach, lunch with friends or even that important dinner date. How do we know? We tried it. We road tested our very own pair, they are our new uniform.

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We have used a range of printed fabrics for these little shorts, including silk versions (our personal favourite). We'd love to hear your thoughts, don't be shy. 

There are a limited number of these, so head to our ASOS Marketplace store before it's too late.

 

Happy Monday Folks!

 

xoxo

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World Recycling Day
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So, today is World Recycling Day. Never knew that. Thank you people on Instagram that are more aware than I for bringing it to my attention. The term 'recycling' can be interpreted in so many different ways these days. For example, it is something I do almost everyday. My kitchen counter has a special 'zone' where the plastics, glass and paper go, so that come Friday they get collected by the big ol' recycling truck to be reincarnated into something even more fabulous. Then there is recycling of products - which is more fun to talk about than where you put the used cereal box - like clothes, shoes, your dad's turntable etc. Personally, I've always been one to donate old clothes, toys, books if they were in a condition to do so. I have also been one to buy goods that were second hand - I was born in the wrong era, I'm a sucker for nostalgia, what can I say. I've found many of my camera collection in second hand stores, saved me many pennies. To me it's not recycling as such as more of a way to get rid of the old to make room for the new. And if you can help others whilst doing it then everyone's a winner. Recycling it seems is now almost crucial to slow down the damage we are doing to the planet, we as consumers are contributing to so much waste whether it be fashion or otherwise that we are running out of space. We just have to think - is it all worth it?

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For vic & lily, recycling is our business, we find objects and make them available to those in search of them. It's more like re-homing. Even our HQ is filled with awesome 60s furniture that has had a previous life. We love it. We believe in it. We do our bit. Try it, you'll probably love it.

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Shop Update: What's new and coming soon...
 
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2016 seems to be flying by. We're mid way through April and we are playing catch-up. After moving (again) we have settled in London (YAY!). We're trying to get things out of boxes and the photographed ready to be uploaded to the shops. 

Whilst at home we managed to get some cute accessories courtesy of Gran (her attic is like a treasure trove) and although there was a couple we couldn't part with some have found their way online for purchase.

In other news we managed to get a great haul of clothes last weekend, we're excited about a few of the pieces - think sequins and glamour. When the sun decides to show itself we will be photographing them and getting them upload to the shop. Until then we have a lots in the shop to brighten up the days until Summer arrives so head over and take a look.

ALSO, remember that we are offering FREE shipping on all order over on Etsy. Just use code VLFREESHIP at checkout.

Happy Friday y'all.

 

xoxo

 
New In: ASOS

It's the end of the first month of 2016 and boy did it go fast. We've had the craziest of weather here (there was a snow, thunder and lightening moment yesterday) so we thought it was about time to add some new summery items to the shop to make us dream about the warmer months to come. 

 

It has taken us awhile to adjust to the colder climate of the UK, layering has been key to dressing albeit at the cost of free movement. All we keep thinking of us the long summer evenings. 

You can shop all new and current items over in the ASOS boutique here

Happy Monday!

 

xoxo

Shop Update: New In.

It's gotten quite chilly, and after years of warmer climate we've had to perfect the art of layering here at vic & lily HQ. As well as a digging out our winter coat. 

If like us you are in need of some cozy layers we've added some sweaters and coats to the shop, like what you see? Head to ASOSMarketplace to see our full collection of goodies.

 

Happy Wednesday!

xoxo

Behind the Scenes: Making new from old

As a vintage seller I am always searching for new pieces to add to the shop. As well as finding ready to list styles I often find pieces that have 'potential'. Sometimes there are dresses or skirts or tops that have the cutest print but the shape is not quite right (look more like tents than dresses) which I know that with some redesigning I can use the fabric from the old style to make a whole new one. We have been spending most of our time here at vic&lily HQ going through our 'potential' pile and deciding which new garment we'd like to make it into. It's been fun brainstorming ideas for the new lives we will be giving to each of the fabrics.

Here is a sneak peek at what we have been doing so far:

xoxo

... vic&lily... December Favourites

We can't quite believe that Christmas is only two weeks away, where has 2014 gone?! The past few months have been pretty quiet at the shop but fear not we are working hard at bringing you some new and new to you items over the next few weeks just in time for the start of a new year. I leave you with our current favourites in the shop for December...

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1/Petite Doctor's Bag, 2/ Camel Coat, 3/ 1950s Crochet Gloves, 4/ Floral Print Dress,

Side note: The gloves actually belonged to my Grandmother.

Seasons Greetings!

xoxo

...vic&lily...August Favourites
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Summer is almost over and I don't know about you but I am looking forward to some cooler temps, perhaps even an autumn breeze. I am loving the prints that we have over in the shop, you could say I am little obsessed.

Here are my faves:

 

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Perfect for the coming autumn months no?

1/ Pineapple Print Dress, 2/ Lace Polkadot Blouse, 3/ Leaf Print Skirt, 4/ Bright Print Dress

 

Are you a print person?

 

Happy Wednesday Friends!

 

xoxo

Handpicked by I'm a Norbyah
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NorbyahPicks Selling vintage has introduced me to some really great customers, especially here in Hong Kong when I get to meet them face to face. And when one of your customers keeps on coming back I think its safe to say that we become friends. One such customer is Norbyah of I'm a Norbyah, who not only loves vintage but wears it well too. As well as teaching, blogging and being a mum she has been kind enough to take some time to handpick some vintage pieces for the shop.

All the pieces that were picked will be listed in the shop throughout June and July, so stay tuned for them.

First to be released are these gorgeous dresses, they are available to purchase NOW!

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1/ 40s Style Printed Dress, 2/ Nautical Print Dress, 3/ Mauve Printed Dress

 

Happy Friday!

 

xoxo

 

By the Book: Embroidery Stitches
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IMG_5679 Whilst in Melbourne this past Christmas I picked up a book at a thrift store 'Mary Thomas's Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches'. It has sat on my desk hidden under piles of fabrics and papers and I think it is about time that I gave it some light and opened it up. I've never really embroidered before, not since the days spent round at my Gran's when I was little. And it's not because I haven't wanted to, I suppose life got in the way of craft. So it is only now that I begin my embroidered stitch journey. I shall now read Mary's Dictionary with the hope it can teach me some basics and I will share my efforts on here. Join in if you like.

 

For this hobby (lets call it) you need a few supplies:

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embroidery hoop

embroidery thread

needle

fabric that you wish to embroider - obviously

 

I thought it best to start at the beginning and after reading the introduction I felt ready to get sewing.

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Stitch 1: Algerian Filling Stitch (click on photo for bigger photo)

Putting the  embroidery hoop on the fabric, I start to sew the Algerian filling stitch, roughly 1cm high, 3 in a row which is staggered in the pattern seen in the book. I'm not exactly perfect at first (see below) but the more I do the more regular the stitches start to become. Practice, practice, practice.

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I felt that I was getting into a rhythm and it was surprisingly therapeutic.

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Confident that with practice I will be as good as the next grandma I am ready to take on the next stitch.

Happy Stitching!

 

xoxo

 

side note: in the book were these two random pieces of ephemera...love that this tells part of the books previous owner.

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How to...Make your own bralet
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IMG_5523A I came across some beautiful embroidered silk blouses awhile back but unfortunately they were too damaged to wear (sad face). After seeing some customized bralets over on Pinterest I thought that it would be the perfect way to use the fabrics from these blouses ( I hate waste) and make my very own. I am a huge fan of the bralet as they are pretty enough that if they can be seen its not so offensive (unlike the t-shirts bras my mother sends me, love you mum) and they are functional too.

So here is how to make your own bralet:

What you will need:

Supplies

Template - I am using a store bought one as a template (size small) that I picked up at Urban Outfitters.

Fabric - I used embroidered silk but most lightweight fabrics will do.

Mesh/Tulle

1" Elastic - for band

1/4" Elastic for straps

Hoops & Buckles

Hook & Eye

Scissors

Sewing Machine & Thread - can also be achieved by hand if desired.

 

Step 1.

 

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Using the template as a guide cut out two identical (or as close as you can for patterned fabrics) triangles from both the main fabric and the mesh leaving a seam allowance of 1/2" / 1cm around. Mark where the dart will be with some chalk or notches.

*measurements are roughly 6 1/4" on two sides and 7 1/2" on the bottom*

Taking one main fabric and one mesh triangle, fold in half with the right sides facing each other. Tack from top to bottom along the dart line and then sew to secure.

Once sewn fold out and press.

Repeat on the other side.

Step 2.

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Folding both sides of one triangle in towards the mesh side 1/4" tack along the edge then stitch to secure, I chose to use the straight stitch here but a zigzag stitch would've worked too.

Repeat on other triangle.

Step 3.

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Taking the wider elastic (1") cut the length long enough to fit around your chest comfortably, for me it is 24"(+2" for hook & eye fastening). Fold in half and lay flat, take a pin and mark the centre.

With right sides facing down place the two triangle on the elastic, one 1/2" either side of the pin, set 1/2" from the bottom edge. Tack the triangles in place, then sew. Using your stitch of choice, again I went for a straight stitch.

Step 4.

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Fold the top of each triangle over 1/4" and stitch to secure.

Taking the thinner elastic (1/4") cut two lengths,  18" long and the other 1 1/2" long. Taking 1 of the plastic buckles feed one end of the long elastic through and fold 1/2". Stitch to secure. Using the plastic hoop feed the elastic through and fold towards you and feed through the buckle. Take this loose end and sew it to the top of the of on of the triangles, ensure that it is attached securely - I tested this with a couple of light pulls.

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Now take the shorter length of elastic, tack to wide elastic band on the same side as the triangle that you have just attached the strap to. Set about 3 1/2" from the edge. Fold the loose end through the same plastic loop and tack again to the wide band leaving 1/4" loop, trimming the excess. Secure the loose end on the wide band. One strap complete.

Repeat on the other side.

Step 5.

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Last step is to attach the fastening. I opted for a single  hook & eye but snap fasteners could work just the same. Folding over the edge of the elastic 1/2" at each end stitch the 'eye' to the left hand side and the 'hook' to the right. Add a row of stitching to the elastic to secure.

And you are done!

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I think I want to make more...

xoxo