Friday, 31 May 2013

Easy gathered skirt

I love making skirts - so quick to make and so many options as to how to style them. This skirt was made with linen that I picked up for £3 at a vintage fair, and has an elastic waist to give it a gathered look. No zips, buttons or anything else difficult - it really is easy! 

  • Fabric - Any type or colour you like, although materials such as cotton and linen probably hang better at this sort of length. Heavier fabrics will probably stick out more and give a more 'puffed up' effect.
  • Enough elastic to wrap around your waist/hips, depending on where you want it to sit on you
  • Sewing machine/Needle and thread
  • Chalk or pencil to mark fabric with
  • Measuring tape 

Thursday, 30 May 2013

T-Shirt Refashion - Vest Top

I really like big baggy tank tops for going to the gym in and just generally lounging around the house in, but it seemed like something I could do quite easily myself. After poking around on Pintrest for a while I read a few tutorials and decided to give it a go.


  • 1 large baggy T shirt that you don't mind cutting into
  • 1 pair of good scissors
  • 1 needle and thread


Hello and welcome to Broke Student Fashion! 

Some key facts: 

  • I am 19, from England and currently attending university in the UK 
  • This blog is primarily a sewing and dressmaking blog. Sometimes I might post about shopping and other things, but mostly it is a record of my journey to learn how to make my own clothes, both from scratch and through refashioning other items. 
  • I am by no means an expert at any of this - I only bought a sewing machine in early 2013 and I'm mostly teaching myself, so I do make mistakes and I'm always learning. 
  • I love vintage fabrics, threads, embellishments - anything really! The stranger the better.
That's all I can think of for now. The best way to follow the updates of this blog is to follow me on Google+. but you can also find me on Tumblr, Pintrest and Twitter if you prefer. 

Hope you enjoy! 

Natalie xox