23 June 2014

Feeling Tropical


I love how evil Yugi (my cat) looks...


Playsuit - New Look (Old)
Leather Jacket - eBay
Gladiator Sandals - eBay
Choker - eBay

Do you want too know a little secret?  This 'so-called' playsuit didn't exactly begin life as a playsuit... It started off as a dress, living it's simple dress life in New Look, then relocating to my wardrobe where it would hang neglected and unworn for around 3 years.  

I decided I didn't like the fact it was a dress.  I don't know why.  Maybe it was the way it hung.  But the print in the oh so vibrant colours, and the off the shoulder style has always stood out to me.  So I thought it would be a good idea too try and up-cycle it into a playsuit; something that you would imagine too be quite easy.  Wouldn't you?  Ha.  The YouTube tutorials said differently...

They all involved cutting the dress apart into shorts, and lots and sewing... Lots of sewing.  Ain't nobody got time for that!  Instead, I just sewed bits of the dress together to make the join where it would be in a pair of shorts. It literally took two minutes. Simples!  I know it would probably look better if I did it properly, but I really couldn't be bothered. 

Just one more thing.  I couldn't not get on board with the whole fringing trend.  I bought this leather jacket years ago off of eBay for like a tenner, and thought this would be a good outfit to throw it over the top of.

What do you think of up-cycling old dresses into playsuits?  Would you do it the proper way, or would you be lazy and do it like I did? 

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  1. You did a fab DIY job! Love your bargain jacket too x

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  2. whaaaaaat i would never guess it was just sewn willy nilly at the hem. i'm SO doing this, it really does look much better as shorts! I can't wait to dive into my closet and do this to an old dress i'm bored with, haha! thanks for the idea :)

    xo marlen
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  3. cute print for summer x
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  4. Great style! That's what I call rock n roll! Amazing DIY! I love your playsuit xxx

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  5. That's such a clever idea, I would never have thought of that!
    Eden from edenroses xx

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  6. Love your playsuit, I've never actually worn anything with only one shoulder before!

    Laura x
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  7. Love the print of the playsuit, I wouldn't have known you made it into a playsuit unless you stated so - good sewing work!x

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  8. i really love it! these shoes are adorable x

    kim
    http://fullmoonthrills.wordpress.com/

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  9. That playsuit looks fabulous on you!!! :)
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  10. loving the prints of your dress!

    styleandchocolates.blogspot.com

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  11. I love this playsuit and the colours of it. You look fantastic. Wish to check out my blog.
    Leja

    justabriefmoment.blogspot.com

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  12. Such a good idea, I never would have known it started off as a dress. And I'd definitely have done it that same way you did!
    x

    sabrinaharriet.blogspot.co.uk

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  13. I'm crushing on this gorgeous look so much <3

    Love the fact that you've transformed your dress into a playsuit, I honestly never would have guessed! I really like the way it's clinched with your stylish belt, really admire your innovative, fashion forward thinking! xo

    Sophie | soinspo

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  14. Fantastic idea, you could have fooled me, i thought you bought it like that!

    Love Emma xx

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  15. YOU'RE AMAZING!

    My new post is online, what do u think about?
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  16. I think you've done a really good job of up-cycling the dress! I looks great on you. It's better than throwing clothes out that are hardly worn! I really like the picture of you with your cat :D

    Yazmin xx
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  17. I love that fringe on your jacket! So stylish and edgy xx
    Hope you're having a lovely Tuesday!!xx

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  18. love the jacket much!
    i have just followed your blog via bloglovin
    follow mine if you like it <3
    xoxo
    style frontier

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  19. Amazing jacket! (and such a cute cat!)
    xxx

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  20. What a good upcycled piece!

    Hannah xo | hannatalks

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  21. Firstly, oh my god, that leather jacket. I'm now gonna go on an Ebay shopping spree looking at all things fringed. It's great that you've saved a dress from wardrobe purgatory (I'd definitely have sewn it the lazy way, too).

    Yugi is the perfect accessory to this outfit xx

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  22. love your playsuit! the print is wonderful! and that jacket is so awesome! :D

    katslovefashion.blogspot.com

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  23. Cool jacket! Love it with the playsuit.

    Ravishingly

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  24. Great job turning it into a playsuit - it looks fab! Love how you've toughened up the pretty, girly print too! :)

    Style Sunrise

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    x

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  25. Thanks for checking out my blog:)
    cute dress
    xo
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  26. I'm so jealous of your jacket! I've been after one exactly like it. I'm the opposite and have always been a sucker for a bit of fringing!

    I think you've done a bloody good job of upcycling that dress into a playsuit. I'll definitely be trying that with dresses I'm not too fond of!


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  27. I' m loving in your smile girl :)
    You' re looking fantastic, great jacket :D
    Kisses from Poland !

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  28. Love the romper and how you have styled it!
    xx
    Mia


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  29. Amazing DIY, the playsuit is lovely

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  30. LOVE all of the tropical prints going around atm...need to invest in some! xx

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  31. Lovely playsuit! Anything floral gets my vote. Your cat is so cute too! x

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  32. Aw your kitty is adorable! And I looooove this look. You look great xoxo

    Emily xoxo
    daisylocks.blogspot.com.au

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  33. Nice romper!
    xo,
    yaudy
    http://yaudycristinafashionista.blogspot.com/2014/06/white-t-love.html

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  34. Hahahaha I love that you took the easy route. I definitely would have done that too. I'm pretty sure I tried to turn a dress into a playsuit before and it went disastrously wrong. I am not a DIY girl, trust me. Looking beautiful hun and your cat looks devilishly cute hahaha.

    Chloe @ The Little Plum

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  35. You look incredible Alice, that jacket is just to die for x

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  36. Great post,love!xx
    You have an amazing blog?
    Would you mind checking out mine?
    keep in touch xoxo

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  37. Love this outfit!
    The leather jacket is absolutely amazing, so interesting yet simple!
    Floral with leather is one of my favorite combinations and you absolutely nailed it:)
    Also, omg... your cat is soooo cute!


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    xx

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  38. This playsuit is fab, I would never have guessed it was upcycled! I'm definitely going to get on this, I've never thought of it before.

    Em xx

    http://whatemmawearsdaily.blogspot.co.uk/

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  39. Oh my God ! you have a great style!
    beautiful girl ;) your cat is cute >.<
    xx

    http://ladydiene.blogspot.com.br/

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  40. Absolutely gorgeous outfit, and I love the photo of you and your cat - I'm such a cat lady too!

    Meg xo
    UK Health & Beauty Blog

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  41. what a fun romper!! love the jacket too!

    Animated Confessions

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  42. Such an amazing look! And your cat is the cutest :)

    http://www.le-young.com

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  43. That playsuit is so pretty, love the print it has :)

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  44. Great idea, I'll remember that - I love playsuits. Btw, your jacket is so cool!

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  45. That leather fringed jacket is amazing! Reminds me of a different era, specially paired with the funky playsuit! Thanks for stipping by, xx
    mortem blonde

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  46. Those shoes!!! I love gladiator sandals, and those are a much cooler version than the ones I currently own. )

    Beth. x

    http://bethsearle.blogspot.com.au/

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  47. omg i love your jacket!! x
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  48. This outfit is too perfect :)

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  49. The leather jacket is just... perfection ♥
    I really enjoy your blog and your style is gorgeous.

    mooonkat.blogspot.com

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  50. Love the fact you customised it and I want that jacket! I never got into fringed stuff but always wanted an old, huge leather jacket with a fringed back!

    Oh, and the cat is super cute!

    lorrieloves.blogspot.co.uk

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