Posts tagged fashion
Update: Summer 2019
 
Dawn Dress, Berlin

Dawn Dress, Berlin

Just like that Summer 2019 is almost over, where did it go?

We didn’t even get to a lake like we wanted, or have more picnics in the park. The summer seems to have left without warning and left behind muggy grey skies.

So, what have we been up to if our summer adventures were not ticked off the to-do list?

We have been busy planning our new collection, ofcourse! The latest instalment from our namesake label will hopefully reach more sustainable fashion lovers whilst still adhering to our core values.

How you ask?

As you know we have crafted new designs from old vintage pieces before, we are now taking this one step further by creating fabric from vintage and second hand so as to make more than one garment and possibly more than one size. We are pretty excited, (and scared but mostly excited). So far, the sketches are done and we are getting ready to make magic happen with the fabric.

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It has been a lot of work, requiring a lot of patience but we are sure it’s going to be worth it! Follow our Instagram for updates on the process and a sneak peek at the latest pieces from our Berlin studio.

Happy Monday

xoxo



 
Thoughts: On Sustainability
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It’s Sunday, and it’s raining here in Berlin. We started the below ramblings back in August 2018, funny what you can forget to publish when life happens. So here we are, tucked up in bed with the laptop re-reading our past thoughts and agreeing that they are still relevant.

Sustainability now seems to be a buzz word. More and more people are talking about it, and hopefully taking action to become more sustainable. Even the big fashion producers are taking steps towards acting more sustainable. However, is it all still about getting the consumer to buy more and not better? 

Our thoughts on sustainable fashion come from tackling the issue of fashion and textile waste and turning what we already have into something new. Educating ourselves and others to see past outdated silhouettes and turning them into timeless pieces that fit into any wardrobe. If you follow our Instagram you will be familiar with our #vicandlilycollection. Our in-house label which turns vintage clothing into tops, shorts and jumpsuits etc. You could say that we too are just using sustainability to push for more sales, but what we really want is to build a community that sees what can be achieved from old, unwanted garments. We all have things that we no longer want, need, fit in to and although donating is a great way to declutter we could always take a step back and think whether we could change the item in question to something else. Now we are not saying that everyone can sew a jumpsuit from a dress, but changing a hemline or removing sleeves are small, simple steps that can instantly change a garment.

As a community we should strive to be more aware of what sustainable fashion means. Let’s educate each other in what can be done before we purchase our next item. Let’s have clothes swaps, join sewing bees and make something together. Let’s make the future awesome.

Happy Sunday

xoxo

New In: Salvage Collection - Jumpsuits
 
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You may have read our first salvage collection story about our runner shorts (read it here) and you will be pleased to know that we turned some dresses into jumpsuits.

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As with all our salvage projects once we take the garments apart we are able to see what exactly we have to play with, allowing us to use the fabric in the most effective way. All handmade in our studio here in Berlin we think the results are some fine looking garments, hopefully you agree.

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These will be available here very soon.

Happy day to ya…vx

 
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! 

Follow us on Instagram for the latest items to drop in our store. 

 

 

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

vx

 

 
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

 
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:

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...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

 

...vic&lily... May Favourites
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April has been and gone and now we are in May - how did that happen? We are hoping for some more summery weather here in Hong Kong (fingers crossed) so we can start to wear lighter layers. Looking forward to wearing skirts and shorts with open toed sandals...

Here are some of my summery picks from the shop :

may picks

 

1/ pretty pink cami, 2/ lemon pencil skirt, 3/ spotty maxi dress, 4/ditsy floral apron, 5/ bright jungle print dress

 

What's your favourite?

 

xoxo

...vic&lily... March Favourites
March Picks

When running your own business there are perks, especially when its a vintage clothing business. I often have to be very harsh with myself so as not to keep everything I find otherwise there would be nothing in the shop. So with that in mind here are my top picks from the ...vic&lily... shop this month. March Picks

1/ Beaded Purse, 2/ Cropped Mint Tank, 3/ Customised Denim Jacket, 4/ Palazzo Pants, 5/ Turquoise Lace Dress

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...vic&lily... Looks
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This is something I have been thinking of doing for awhile now. I love putting looks together with my own vintage pieces so I thought it would be fun to show you guys some looks using items from the ...vic&lily... store. Let me know what you think!

Look 1 Look 2 Look 3 Look 4

Look 1: top / shorts / bag

Look 2: jacket / top / shorts

Look 3: top / skirt / shoes

Look 4: cardi / dress / shoes

Happy Wednesday!

xoxo

New items on Etsy this week...
New items on Etsy

After a busy start to the month with the DB Backyard Bazaar, I had to do some more hunting for items to add to the ...vic&lily... Etsy store. Luckily I found a few gems, here is what has been added so far this week...

top row: here, here, here

bottom row: here, here, here

Is there something you are looking for? I LOVE a challenge, just let me know and I'll try my darnedest to find it!

xoxo

Vintage: Quick Fix
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If like me you are unfortunate enough to discover that a cute vintage dress has actually got stains on its sleeves then fret not! It is easily fixed by...you guessed it, removing them. The dress in question was this spotty little number:

It actually has raglan sleeves which made this transformation slightly trickier than a usual set in sleeve. What I decided to do was remove the sleeve up to the smocked yoke. This allows for some of the shoulder to be covered - ideal for hiding bra straps!

I left 1/4" around the armhole, then turned it inside and used the sewing machine to secure. This could also be done by hand sewing too.

Now it looks really cute, don't you think?

*Getting rid of sleeves is also an instant update to any piece whether it be a dress or blouse. Try it out.

xoxo