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...vic&lily... May Favourites
may picks

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?



...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


How to...Make a fold-over clutch
How to DIY Clutch

Clutch I have been seeing a lot of these style of clutches lately and as I have yet to own one I thought why not try to make one. After rummaging through my fabric box I decided upon a black & white printed fabric - was the leg of a pair of trousers I made into shorts. It is thick enough to endure a day out with me and also can match with pretty much any outfit. So here is how I did it:



Fabric 15" x 24" - depending on the size you want Snap Fastener -18L/roughly 1/2" wide Needle & Thread Sewing Machine

Step 1. Fold your fabric in half, right sides together and lightly press. Pin or tack down each side about 1/2" from the edge then sew each side to secure.

Step 2.

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Step 3.

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Take the snap fastener and sew one part to the centre of one side of the back, ensuring to only sew through the folded layer. Repeat for other part on other side. Tack to secure this fold ensuring to follow the edge of the fold as neat as possible. Once done, turn the bag out.

Using a straight stitch follow the line of the tacking and secure the fold.

Step 4.

IMG_4953 Trim all ends and press. And you're done!

* if you want to line your bag, make a separate bag out of the lining fabric and slip over (seam to seam) the main fabric before securing the fold at the top. This will cover all the seams of the main fabric. ** also, if you choose a fabric that isn't as stiff as you'd like. Iron on some interlining to give it more structure before sewing.

How to...Embellished Cuffs

cuffhowto If like me you often find yourself chopping off sleeves to update a vintage blouse then you too will have lots of sleeves lying around. I never like to through anything away especially when it could be turned into something else, just like these cuffs. Once removed from the rest of the sleeve they instantly look like a statement cuff even without any customization. This DIY can be as easy or as complex as you like. Here is how I DIY-ed my Embellished Cuff...

What you'll need:

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cuffs - removed carefully from sleeves

needle and thread

embellishment - I chose hot fix studs

new button (if desired)

Step 1.


Measure your wrist and then check if the width of the cuff needs to be tighter/looser. Mark your desired width with chalk then remove button. Using your needle and thread sew the button on at the marked position, changing the button if you desire. I kept the original.

Step 2.


Try different layouts of how you want your design to look on the cuff making sure you know what you want to do before committing - this is especially important if you are using hotfix or stones which need to be glued on. Once the final design is chosen it is time to begin fixing the embellishment to the cuff.

Step 3.


Apply the embellishment, whether it be sewing or pressing in studs. For Hot Fix, it needs an extremely hot iron, pressed firmly. Be careful when applying this to the cuff as it can get very hot.

Step 4.


Once all embellishment is complete, you have your new statement cuff!

I also tried out another method using metal studs...possibilities are endless!


Happy DIY-ing this Wednesday everyone!


How to make use of scraps...Leather - Part 3

LC1 The final part (from these pair of trousers anyways) of what to do with leather scraps is here (finally!) After seeing this really pretty COS collar necklace I was inspired to create a leather version, here is how I did it.

What you'll need:

what you need

Leather scraps

Gross Grain Tape or Ribbon

Beads/Sequins for embellishment

Fabric Scraps for under the collar.

Needle & Thread



Template - paper

Step 1.

collar template

I created a template in paper before cutting the shapes out of leather to ensure it was the right size and shape I wanted. Once I finalized it I pinned it to the leather and cut out the shapes.


Step 2.


Depending on what kind of collar you want yours to be (bling, subtle, rock n' roll) will depend on your design for the embellishment. I decided upon a more subtle look and chose to have matt metal sequins. Depending on which design you are looking for will depend on the design, I was torn between just embellishing the edges or covering the whole collar. I opted to do the second option. I started at the point and worked my way up...this is fairly time consuming, but perfect to do in front of a good movie.

Step 3.


Take the fabric you have chosen as lining and cut out shapes like in Step 1. using the template only cut 1cm/ 3/8" from the edge. Keeping the template pinned to the fabric use an iron to fold the excess fabric over the template this will allow the raw edges to be hidden when attached to the leather. Repeat on other side.

Removing the template place the fabric on the corresponding leather shape and pin in place.


Taking the Gross Grain/Ribbon measure and cut two lengths 15"/38cm. Attach one length to each side of collar with a needle and thread. Cut the loose end at a diagonal to reduce fraying.

With a needle and thread join the two pieces together, I chose a simple running stitch to sew them together.  Repeat on the other side.


Step 4.

Attach the two pieces together at the inner point. Start by creating a few stitches on one side first then connect to the other.


And Viola! You are finished! This is a fairly easy project and can be repeated using different fabrics and designs.

Hope you have fun making your own version!


follow me on Instagram: @vicandlily to see sneak peaks of up and coming projects.

...vic&lily... Looks
Look 3

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!


How to make use of scraps...leather - Pt. 2

A couple of weeks ago I shared a 'How to' for making a clutch with scraps of leather and I promised to share the other ideas I had so here is #2!

I am lucky enough to be aunty to the cutest (ofcourse) little niece ever. So with her in mind I thought I'd make a little pair of moccasins. I would say this was a slightly more time consuming DIY compared to previous projects - having real sized feet would be a great advantage.

So here is what you will need:

Leather (or fabric) Scraps

Shoe soles - if you plan to wear outside

Large needle and thick thread - I used embroidery thread

Hole Punch



(pins to hold things in place too)

Step 1.

By using a template (draw round a shoe or foot) cut out and pin to the underside of the leather. Next cut around the template around 1cm/ 3/8" from the edge.

Step 2.

Using the same template pin to the shoe soles and cut around the edge. Next pin the shoe sole to the corresponding leather sole, making sure the right side of the shoe sole faces out. Taking a needle and thread (I used grey) stitch the two pieces together leaving 0.5cm/ 3/16" around the edge.

Repeat for other sole.

Note: this step can be skipped if you are not planning on using these outdoors or walking.

Step 3.

Once both soles are finished, using a template as a guide cut out the leather for the upper part of the moccasin.

*This was the trickiest part as I didn't have a shoe or little foot as a guide I had to guess how much to use. In the end I didn't use as much as I expected. It all depends on how high you want the moccasins to come up the ankle/leg also. Patience is key here*

With the rounded part at the centre begin to stitch it to the sole. Position the upper so it is face down with the edge on top of the sole, pin to secure if needed.

Using the thread and needle ( I changed to pink to make it more girlie) use large stitches and begin to sew around the sole gather the top so it fits along the shape. Once the whole sole is attached, sew up the back seam. Now the front should look a little strange, this is OK. What I did was made a slit down the centre about 6cm from the base - this may change for different size shoes, I suggest to cut a little then increase if needed - then made a fold with the edge going to the outer edge of the shoe. Secure at sole with extra stitches if needed. Trim round the top of the shoe if you feel it is too high.

Repeat for other shoe.

Step 4.

Next cut two strips of leather 3.5cm/ 1.5" wide. The length should be enough to go around the top of the moccasin. Taking one strip, snip 2.5cm/1" into the strip roughly 1cm/ 3/4" apart to make the fringing. Pin around the edge of the moccasin and stitch with thread.

Repeat for the other side.

Step 5.

Using a hole punch make 6 holes in each shoe - 3 on the top layer and 3 on the under, equally spaced apart. (I decided to use pink ribbon for laces but you could use cord or traditional laces). Using the needle thread the ribbon through the holes and tie a bow at the top.

Repeat on the other shoe.

And you're done!

A unique gift or if you have large scraps a great gift for yourself!

Happy Wednesday Everyone...will you give it a go?


How to make use of Scraps...Leather

As you have probably guessed I don't really like to throw much away especially when it comes to bits of fabric. Call me a hoarder if you like but I try and re-use/upcycle as many scraps into something also helps the environment and saves a few pennies too!

So, the other day I picked up these vintage leather trousers and made them into shorts. I was able to do so without any sewing - yay! However, I was left with two 'legs' of leather. Too much to toss out so I got to thinking...what can I make out of this?

I have come up with not 1 but 3 things I can do with said scraps (rather impressed with myself). The first of these ideas is a leather clutch, super simple and easy to do (hopefully). The other two ideas will be shared over the coming weeks, promise.

So here is today's 'How To'...leather clutch from scraps...

What you will need:

Scrap of leather or fabric.

Sharp scissors

Tape measure


Hole punch (I used an ice pick)

Needle n' thread

Stud with screw attachment

Metal edges - if desired

Step 1.

Take one leg or scrap of leather/fabric and open up and lay flat, face side down.

I decided I wanted to make an envelope style clutch so I made a rough template as a guide:

I pinned it to the fabric and cut around the edges.

Step 2.

Using the template as a guide fold the side edges in first and press the leather with a hot iron - be sure to be careful when using the iron.

Repeat with remaining folds. One complete up pin the template and remove.

Step 3.

Pin the bottom flap (one with straight edge) to the side flaps. Taking a needle and thread sew along the edge for about 3" / 8cm. Do this on both sides.

You could use fabric glue for this if you are not confident with sewing or the leather is too tough.

Step 4.

Taking the metal corner edges slide one on each bottom corner. Using a small scrap place over the corner (to protect the metal) and press firmly with pliers. Repeat on other side.

This step can be skipped if you don't want/have metal corners.

Step 5.

Using the template or your eye as a guide mark and punch a hole through the top and bottom flap. Also punch a hole through a small square scrap. The scrap will help to secure the screw stud from ripping through the leather.

Taking the screw part of the stud pop it through the scrap then the bottom of the clutch then screw the stud on until its tight.

Step 6.

If like me your hole punched a hole a little small for your stud, snip the leather in a cross and the stud should go through easier.

And viola! All what to put in it?!

Happy Wednesday Everyone!


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!


How to: Make use of Scrap Fabric - Clutch
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When I saw these strips of fabric I knew that I would be able to make something, I don't really like waste and this fabric was quite fun. I decided that the bold colours and patterns would make a great little clutch. So here is what I did...

Step 1.

I divided the strips into two piles, one for each side of the clutch. Each strip was about an 1 1/2" wide and 6" long. I laid them flat and overlapped the edges. Pinning them in place.

There is around 16 strips for one side.

Step 2.

As I wanted this to be quite a rustic look in keeping with the fabric I chose to use a zigzag stitch on the sewing machine in a contrast red thread.

If you don't have a machine this could easily be done by hand using any stitch that will secure the strips together.

Repeat Steps 1&2 for other side.

Step 3.

For a fastening for the clutch I chose a zip. To attach the zip, I placed the zip right side down facing the right side of the clutch panel. Pin in place then stitch to secure. Repeat for the other side.

Step 4.

Now with the panels attached to the zip, face the right sides together and pin along the edges.

Ensure that the zip is open so that you can turn it the right way when sewn.

Step 5.

Tidy up the loose thread and it's finished! Then all that is left to do is decide what to use it for...

note: you can choose to line this if you are looking for a more finished piece. Just cut your chosen lining to the size of the finished panels and sew together along 3 edges. Turn out and attach to finished bag along opening under zip.

What will you use yours for?


...vic & lily... @ DB Backyard Bazaar

I love running my online vintage shop, selling items to people all around the world but sometimes it is nice to meet and greet customers. So, this coming Sunday (2nd Sept) I will be hosting a stall at the Handmade Hong Kong DB Backyard Bazaar. I took part in the last Bazaar in May and it was such a great day.

So if you are in Hong Kong and want to pop along to say hello please do!

Stall #77

Ferries leave from Central Piers quite regularly at the DB Pier #3.

The Bazaar is open from 12-7pm and there is plenty to see and do as well as some yummy restaurants if you feel peckish.


Look forward to seeing you there!


Vintage: Quick Fix

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 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.


How to: Making use of Scrap Fabric - Backpack

Remember the blog post (read it here) of turning the dress to a cropped top? Well there was a lot of fabric (a whole skirt in fact) left over. And not one to throw anything away I did some brainstorming of what I could use if for. The print is really cute and with a trend arising for backpacks I thought, why not! So here is my Scrap to Backpack How to:

I decided to use all of one side of the skirt for this project, but you could use whatever size you like depending on how big a bag you would like. You will also need 1" wide Herringbone tape and 3/8" wide cord/rope, both in colours that compliment the fabric.

Step 1.

Firstly, I folded the fabric in half, right side of fabric together. Pinning the along the edges to hold in place.

Step 2.

You could do this step by hand if you do not have a sewing machine. Starting with short side first, sew 1/2" from the edge all the way up to the hem* of the original skirt.

*If you are using just a square of fabric and do not have an original hem to utilize. Single turn a 1/4" press then turn 3/4" press then sew. This should be done before sewing around the edges.

Step 3.

Turn bag the right way round and decide on what length the backpack needs to be (if you have not already done so). For this I folded the excess over, to act as flap.

Step 4.

Measure out the length of the straps on the herringbone tape. For me, I cut two lengths, 27" long.

Step 5.

Then pin straps to back of back, folding each end of strap 1/2" to secure raw edges.

Straps are set 7" apart. Stitch the straps to the back of the bag to secure.

Step 6.

Next, measure out the length of cord that is needed for around the top of your bag.

Ensure that one side is double knotted and the other is taped to stop if unwinding and making it easier to feed through the tunnel.

Feed the cord through the tunnel, knot the other end and remove tape.

And ta da!

Perfect lightweight backpack for yoga, beach and groceries!

What do you think? Will you try turning your scrap fabric into a new backpack?


Vintage: Quick Fix

I'm not sure about you but sometimes I think I find perfect little vintage dress and then when I come to wear it or post in my shop I find stains/holes. I often like to blame the laundry man but it's not his fault no matter how much I tell myself. This was the case for this sunshine flower dress:

You can imagine my disappointment when I not only found a hole but stubborn little stains and right smack bang in the centre front of the skirt!

Now, I didn't stress too much as I thought there must be something I can do to salvage part of the dress. And there was. I changed it from a dress into a cropped summer top! It was a really fast and easy fix, took under 10mins. From dress to cropped top:

First I cut the skirt from the bodice, this was made simpler due to the topstitching along the seam meaning there was no hemming required.

I wanted to save the ties so I made sure they were clear of the seam so I didn't snip them in half too.

After trying it on I realised the ties didn't make much sense without the rest of the dress so I decided to remove the front ones and create pleats, about 1" wide. I used my sewing machine but this could easily be stitched by hand.

And here you are...

By keeping the back ties it adds a little detail as well as cinching in the back to fit the body.

Perfect for summer!

Have you something that needs a quick fix?


5 Top Tips: Seeing Potential in Vintage

Finding that perfect vintage item is always the wish of any vintage shopper but more often than not we are left empty handed. However, it doesn't always have to be this way! Even the most novice of upcyclers can look for the potential in less than perfect vintage. All you have to do is ask yourself these 5 questions:

1. how difficult would it be to change?

2. is there cute details/trims/buttons?

3. does it have a fun print?

4. are there any stains/imperfections?

5. is the fabric good quality?

a great example would be this spotty dress:

Polka dots are always fun and will find their way into any trend. The buttons are cute and slightly asymmetrical and there are pleats down the centre front. It's a lightweight summer fabric, no stains (always a plus). The silhouette is fairly simple, it has lost the elastic waist it once had however making it too large - and looks it. First impressions mean everything.

To breathe life back into this spotty gem i decided to give it back the elasticated waist, giving it more shape instantly.

Next step, i shortened it - always a great way to update. As the skirt has a lining I sewed this first ensuring that the length is about 2cm/1" shorter than the outer layer. Then do the same to the outer layer.

I wasn't originally going to change anything else but after a quick try on (always a good idea) I decided that the sleeves would look better being shorter. I cheated here and just turned, pressed and sewed the fold.

And voila! a wearable and I'd even say adorable vintage piece!

What do you think?

I only needed to use basic sewing skills to achieve this, the trickiest part was knowing how much elastic to use.

Extra tip: If the garment already has a 'tunnel' for elastic at the waist simply remove old one, if any then measure how much elastic is need to go round your waist comfortably and cut it to length. Feed one end through the tunnel (attach to a chopstick, works a treat) and then sew both ends of elastic to the dress to secure.

how to: update a tired shirt

i found this little shirt whilst vintage hunting a few days ago. first glance it is quite plain but i could see the potential with a few upcycling tricks. statement collars are a great way to update any shirt, this is how i transformed mine...

1. firstly i removed the sleeves...luckily for me the armhole was topstitched so there was no extra finishing required.

(if you do have to finish the armhole: remove the sleeve leaving enough to turn in and topstitch around)

2. using some hot fix squares (you can use any kind of beading/embellishment)

i laid out different designs on the collar before deciding in which one i liked best.

3. once final design has been decided use a super hot iron applied with pressure to attach them. this should take around 2-3minutes.

note: if you choose to use hot fix, be careful when using super hot irons. if you touch them - ouch!

4. and your done!

please note that this will now be a handwash item due to the delicate collar.


I heart my...

i heart my... will be an ongoing feature to showcase favourite items. this week i have chosen my favourite vintage top.

i love everything about it...the fabric, the print, the goes with pretty much everything and fits with current trends.

Whats your favourite item?