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Upcycled Mutton Sleeve Statement Tassel Jacket with Gold Sequin Leopard

Baroque Matador Jackets

I do love a good collaboration. These jackets were a joint effort with the super talented upcycling label Red Mutha. These guys …

Patchwork Knitted Dress

Patchwork Dresses

Only someone who knits or crochets will appreciate how long it takes to make a garment. So when I find discarded knitting …

latitude festival shaboutique style

Festival Season 2018

When preparing for the season ahead its always difficult to predict what the weather is going to be like. But as we …

Purple Pocket Watch Kimono

Festival Kimonos

The kimono. The perfect garment to throw over anything night or day to create a bit of va-va-voom. Well, these aren’t strictly …

upcycled acid smiley pink on blue jumper

Acid Smiley Jumpers

In preparation for the festival season we always try to stock up on one of our staples, the upcycled acid smiley. We …

brighton upcycled patchwork upholstery armchair

Patchwork Tubchair No 8

Looking at my previous armchair post, it was nearly three years ago I upholstered one of these. Well overdue! I found a …

upholstered recovered corner sofa brighton

Corner Sofa Re-Upholstery

Have you ever been searching high and low to find that very specific piece of furniture and eventually you find something that …

glastonbury acid smiley

Festival Season 2017

After last years challenging one I was in two mind about doing another season.  But as they say time is a great …

denim jacket Karl Marx fringing

Customised Denim Jackets

I love working with denim. Especially embellishing denim jackets. It’s a great way to use all those beautiful little trimmings, borders and …

embellished suit jacket

Embellished Jackets

The world is overflowing with textiles! We buy them, wear for a bit, then get rid of them, either by donating to …

sustainable eco kimono

Summer Kimonos

I really love making these kimonos. Well, they aren’t strictly kimonos, but a floaty summer layer inspired by. They are made from …

distressed welsh dresser

Chalk Paint Furniture

Sometimes I get the urge to paint furniture instead of working with textiles. Even tough in some cases I’m really against it. …

chequered coffee table

Chequered Coffee Tables

My client had a nest of tables that she wanted painted in chequered black and white. I knew there was going to …

acid smiley mikee

Festival Season 2016

Wow! Festival season 2016 is going down in history, and maybe not for the best reasons. The weather gods were definitely playing …

festival bra top tassle pompom

Festival Bra Tops

June is finally here and its officially summer!  Not long until Glastonbury, which is our first stop this year. These neon bra-tops …

shaboutique boomtown crew

Summer Festival Season 2015

Another festival season bites the dust!  Glastonbury, Latitude, SGP, Boomtown Fair, Shambala and Number 6. This year you might have noticed that …

eco sustainable upcycled handmade summer kimono

Luxury Handmade Kimonos

  The sun is out and summer is on its way. Our festival preparations are coming along nicely. We have been mainly …

patchwork armchair upholstery service brighton

Patchwork Tub Chair No 7

I couldn’t resist to make another one! Had all these gorgeous bits of velvet left from the wing back armchair project that …

upcycled wool hotwater bottle moustach

Eco Gifts- Hot Water Bottles

That particular time of the year is approaching fast.  People are stressing out about what to buy for each other and end …

eco fashion sustainable design

Acid Smiley Jumpers

I embellished three oversized hippy jumpers with acid smileys a couple of years ago to take to festivals. They got snapped up …

leftover stall at SGP

Festival Season 2014

Compare to last years nine, we kept the numbers lower this year. Four festivals in four months and the 2014 season is …

luxury beaded kimono

Eco Kimonos

Summer is here which also means festival season is here! So we have been busy making our best sellers; one off a …

Patchwork patio chairs

Patchwork Armchair Upholstery

      Ysanne and Peter had these old armchairs that were left from Ysanne’s grandad. The armchairs were comfortable and structurally …

leftover threads stall

2013 Festival Season Highlights

Another festival summer marathon has come to an end! What a great adventure that was. Boy am I exhausted though! Meadowlands, Sunrise, …

reupholstered velvet wingback chair

Velvet Wing Back Armchair

I love making my patchwork upholstery chairs, but its time to move onto something different so I wanted to reupholster an old …

eco frirendly sustainable cotton trousers slacks pants

Pants-Trousers-Slacks

Oh the English language! Sometimes so rich with its vocabulary and diversity in words, and sometimes just so limiting. When you say …

black angel wings playgroup festival

2012 Festival Season

Wow what a summer!! Old friends, new friends, dancing, some more dancing, crazy antics, rain, mud, sun and lots of dressing up. …

patchwork-armchair-tubchair

Patchwork Tub Chair Upholstery

More patchwork chairs you say? Lynn was so pleased with her two matching deep button armchairs that she wanted me to make …

sex bomb fascinator vinyl record 7"

Upcycled Festival Fascinators

Its still officially festival season and our upcycled 7″ vinyl fascinators are still available in our Etsy shop! Grab em whilst they …

cotton onesie playsuit

Upcycled Cotton Onesies

I do love a onesie! Comfortable and stylish. Dress it down, dress it up! These are all made from reclaimed bed sheets. …

customised denim shorts

Customised Denim Shorts

The classic festi staple is a pair of denim shorts. Actually, not just for festivals, they are a great all rounder for …

tshirt dress red grey soft cotton handmade

Customised T-shirt Dresses

Did I mention the things you can make from old t-shirts are endless! There are whole books and websites dedicated to the …

upholstery armchair patchwork upcycled

Patchwork No.4

Reworked Tub Chairs It’s been a while since the last set of patchwork tub chairs. So I made two to make up …

upcycled snood wool

Hoods & Wristwarmers

Keep Warm! Here are some more winter warmers. All made from old lambswool jumpers lined with the softest jersey t-shirt fabric. Modelled …

badger hat hood faux fur

Frog & Badger

Animal Hats. The theme at this years Playgroup Festival was “Woodland Creatures”. So amongst some ears and tails I also made some …

book collage vintage story

Story Book Collage

I loved the illustrations in this vintage story book. So I wanted to used them for a simple collage. Found some perfect …

dyed stitched distressed levis denim jacket

Customised & Dyed Denim

 Stitched and Repaired. I had these Levi’s denim jackets kicking about that needed a second life. I put them in the washing …

vhs video book dvd shelf diy

Video Casette Recycling

VHS Furniture Most materials are recyclable, but videos are a hard one to dispose of properly. In theory some of the parts …

vinyl fascinator record 7"

7″ Vinyl Fascinators

Here are the latest collection of our upcycled vinyl fascinators. Modeled by the lovely Sharon. All available apart for the egg. I’m …

patchwork tub chair upholstery

Blue & Purple

Patchwork Chair No.3 Here is another one. This time I used denim, brocade, and velvet in all shades of purple and blue. …

Super Onesies

By now I would say I am a pretty confident pattern cutter. But designing a one-piece and making it look flattering is …

eco patchwork reupholstered armchair

More Patchwork Upholstery!

Patchwork Armchairs. Well the first two armchairs I upholstered found homes pretty quickly, so I made another one! Using different colour fabrics …

pinstripe eco shorts

Hello Sailor Shorts!

High Waisted Shorts. I wanted to make a flattering pair of high waisted shorts. A pattern that would work with various prints …

tub chair patchwork eco

Upholstery Project No.1

Patchwork Tub Chair. I finally got around to reupholster some armchairs. Hurrah!! I chose these tub chairs as they are probably one …

feather hair clip

Sustainable Feather Accessories

Hair Clips. Even though feathers are natural and completely biodegradable they aren’t always ethical. Some birds, like the peacock are sometimes bred …

cashmere wool snood

Eco Snoods and Wrist Warmers

Magpie Recycling ends up with a load of old woollen jumpers that people either shrink in the wash or can’t be bothered/ don’t …

wedding silk dress

Alternative Wedding Dress

Making someones wedding dress is always a little nerve wrecking. The pressure to get it right and everything else that goes with …

7" record vinyl fascinator

Vinyl Fascinators

Ready for the Races. I love a good fascinator. But I see nothing fun in those beige and boring “mother of the …

made to order customised embroidered ants insect jeans denim

Customised Jeans

Repair and Embroidery. Everyone loves a pair of jeans. Whatever the cut might be is a personal choice, but when I find …

1950's print purse

Retro Off Cuts

Pretty Purses. I got given some lovely but very small pieces of 1950’s retro print fabrics. I had them for a while …

embroidered table runner made into a dress

Summer Collection

Ethnic Prints and Folky Fabrics. For the summer I wanted to create a collection that was vibrant and casual but using some …

upcycled earring vegetable steamer

Upcycled Steamer Earrings

Hot and Steamy! Brighton and Hove residents can recycle their old metal pots and pans with Magpie Recycling, or drop them off …

made to order blue bow dress

Made to Order Evening Dress

Blue Bow Dress. Lucia wanted something stylish for a wedding. Again, I used my basic pattern that I also used for this …

made to order customised suit

Customised Two Piece Suit

Made to Order Pimped-Up Suit. I like guys and girls in suits. But sometimes they can be a little formal and plain. …

Applique floral khaki jacket

Updated Jacket with Simple Applique

Customised Jackets. What to do with plain jacket lacking character? Embellish them of course! The floral print fabric on these jackets were …

luxury eco clothing grey pink dolly dress

Upcycling At Its Best

Luxury Eco Clothing. The Dolly Dress was created from the same pattern I used for these dresses. But with this one I …

Customised tie back t-shirt

Customising T-Shirts

Customised Tie Back Top.   So many different style tops can be made with a simple t-shirt. Here is open ties back …

pink jersey cotton one of fairy dress

Eco Cotton Fairy Dress

Jersey T-shirt Dress. There is something really satisfying about a pile of jersey tops aIl in the same tones waiting to be  …

one off 20s inspired pleated blue dress

What Coco Said

Why follow trends? They are only made up for you to shop more. Break the cycle! Take a pledge, buy secondhand or …

customised eco fashion skirt top

The Most Sustainable Denim

Real Eco Clothing People sometimes ask me my opinion on which sustainable brand is the best. I say the one that was …

customised wedding dress

Customised Wedding Dress

From Mother to Daughter. My friend Deniz wanted me to customise her mothers wedding dress for her own wedding.  I wish I …

custom made corset fairy dress

Custom Corset Dresses

Sustainable Eco Fashion. I wanted to get the lovely ladies Aji and Ruth who kindly modelled for me at Brighton Fashion Week …

eco fashion show dress suit

Eco Fashion Show

Brighton Fashion. My collection for Brighton Fashion Week also got showcased at a local Eco Fashion Show. Modeled by local students.

brighton fashion week catwalk show leftover dress

Brighton Fashion Week

Leftover Threads Showcase. After two months of hard work I managed to get a collection together for Brighton Fashion Week. I wanted …

1950 style open back made to order cotton dress

Made To Order Summer Dresses

One Pattern Many Styles. This is the first pattern that I have made from scratch using a 2D pattern cutting method. I …

hand embroidered layered button fairy dress

Labour of Love

Dark Fairy Godmother Dress. I got asked to take part in this years Brighton Fashion Week. How exciting!  The only thing I …

upcycled eco customised bug applique blue sweatshirt

Sweatshirt Applique

Beetles and Dragons. This is one easy way to update your old plain sweatshirts. Pick a shape silhouette or similar, decide on …

blue wool jacket black frill

Embellished Wool Jacket

I love the shape of this jacket. But it was a little plain. So I added some frilly fringing and lace. Also …

yellow tutu frilly pants shorts

Meet JC

This is JC. Don’t think I know another guy that looks so good in a tu-tu. These are more like big frilly …

custom made white lycra hoop dress

Fiona Soe Paing

Sometimes I take on fun commissions too, like creating stage outfits for eclectic performers. Electronic producer and singer Fiona Soe Paing wanted …

upcycled jersey dress red black

Remade Jersey Dress

I didn’t really plan to do a colour coordinated photo shoot, but it turned out that way. Great!! The jersey dress in …

customised upcycled assymetric tshirt top

Twisted T-shirts

A Sleeve Is a Neckline Is a Sleeve. Here is another easy and fun t-shirt upcycling idea. These are all ordinary tees …

layered stitching applique

Experimental Applique Tops

Layers. I wanted to experiment with some vest tops I had to hand as they didn’t really offer much of a look …

customised strapless denim dress

Old Jeans into New Dress

Upcycled Denim Dress. My lovely friend Jess asked me if I could make her a dress in the style of the upcycled skirts …

upcycled remade button top

Remade Denim Skirts

Denim Skirts With A Twist. 1000’s of jeans are being discarded everyday. Sometimes it is the crotch or the knees that are …

T-shirt Upcycling Ideas

Slashing and Weaving Have some t-shirts lying around that you don’t wear? Let loose with the scissors! Here are some upcycling experimentations …

upcycled jewellery button toy trinket brooch

Trinket Upcycling

Button Brooches. Do you have odd bits of broken jewellery lying in a drawer that you don’t want to get rid of …

First Fashion Photoshoot

Thank goodness for friends who wants to model your wears in the cold autumn days. This was my first experience in styling …