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  • Our little angels in the rework department have been rustling up handmade clothes in all our UK stores from vintage fabrics, all in support of sustainability and our eCow promise. Instead of binning the leftover fabric from our own line garms, our rework team has spun the scraps into one of a kind scrunchies to sell in our stores. 

    As well as making hair accessories from vintage fabric to match our retro clothes, the gals in our Manchester store gave us a little tutorial on how to make your own scrunchie from any old or vintage scraps ya might have yourself. 

    1. MEASURE IT OUT

    Even though we're using scraps of vintage fabric for the scrunchie, you still need to have the right amount of fabric cut out for this to work. Martha measured a 50cm by 10cm strip of fabric, as well as 20cm of elastic to use later. 

    2. FOLD

    Take your strip of fabric and fold it in half, making sure the pattern, colour or best side of the material is facing the inside. 

    3. STITCH DOWN ONE SIDE

    Next, stitch down the side of the folded fabric that is open and this will create a tube. Can you start to see how this is becoming a hair scrunchie? While we used one of our machines, you can totally do this with a hand stitch.

    TOP TIP: leave 1cm of fabric next to the seam, this is called a seam allowance.

    4. PULL THROUGH

    Now you have to turn your tube inside out so the pattern is back on the outside. Just choose one end and pull the fabric through to itself until you have a lovely little tube. 

    5. FOLD (AGAIN)

    Choose one end of your tube and fold it into the tube, so it's not a raw seam but a folded one! 

    TOP TIP: Iron this fold down to keep it in place more easily.

    6. ADD THE ELASTIC

    Find your strip of elastic from the beginning of this journey and feed it through the fabric tube you've made. To make this a little easier, Martha attached a safety pin to one end to ease it through.

    7. KNOT IT

    A simple step! Tie the two ends of elastic together in a double knot. Make sure it's strong and secure.

     8. THE FINAL STITCH

    Tuck the raw seam on one end into the folded end of your tube, and sew them together to secure your new scrunchie!

    9. PUT IT IN! 

    Probably the best step in the whole process - throw your hair up into a 90s style with your brand new vintage scrunchie. 

    Hopefully this picture guide will be helpful in getting more time out of older clothes and promote a more sustainable type of accessorising. Be sure to let us know if ya want us to stock some scrunchies on the site and double make sure to send us any scrunchies ya make yourself!

    HOW TO MAKE A SCRUNCHIE

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    It's one of our best sellers, the Ollie dress is handmade from vintage Ralph Lauren shirts into a one of a kind strappy slip dress. Always made in the UK, always in a different shirt style from the next, this bit of rework has seen us through summer in style and with ease, because there's nothing worse than being layered up during the heat. 

    A slip dress is one of our favourite styles to see back on trend this year, as styling the simple dress can be done in so many ways - each to a customer's unique fashion point of view. For this styling series on the blog, we're getting members of our team (this time photo assistant Toni McCoy-Hopwood) to show off different ways to rock some of our best vintage pieces. 

    OVER A TEE

    Go for the 90s look by placing your slip dress over a cute tee, for a pop of colour and a more casual kind of style. You can buy this vintage lime crop top here.

    WITH A BELT 

    This styling choice is all about the accessories - by bringing in a belt you can change the slip style of the Ollie dress to fit in at the waist. Piling on patterned accessories is a great way to contrast with the block colour of this particular Ollie, and you can buy the leopard print denim jacket Toni wore here.

    TUCKED INTO SHORTS

    When you're tired of strutting your stuff in an Ollie slip dress, remember you can always access a bit of versatility from your purchase by tucking it into shorts or jeans. This way your pretty little dress can become the perfect vest for rocking as part of jeans and a nice top. Or in this case, shorts and a cute top. You can buy the JNCO shorts Toni wears here.

    3 WAYS TO STYLE AN OLLIE DRESS

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    In line with our reuse and recycle ethos outlined in our eCow promise, our rework collection takes out of date vintage and updates it to new styles, all handmade in the UK. Customising your style with one of a kind pieces is reflected in everything we do and most recently, in our collaboration with Donk, a Manchester based design house. 

    The launch of the collab this month in our Manchester store went down a storm and we're working on getting Donk to the masses before the end of the summer. 

    To see more from Donk follow the brand on Instagram and check out the video below for a BTS on how they turn boring vintage into bang on trend looks. 

     

    COW x DONK

      In line with our reuse and recycle ethos outlined in our eCow promise, our rework collection takes out of date vintage and updates it to new styles, all handmade...

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