Hand painted Upcyled 2nd hand silk dress occasion/ wedding

July 2013

I’d several occasions this year requiring dresses and not enough budget to buy the few I actually liked – so I decided to make my own. I set a max Ebay bid on a few plain silk dresses of good makes that I knew fitted (mainly Monsoon) and refused to look until after each auction ended. I won 2 – both under £25 for dresses that had cost over £100 new, as each had a small stain that wouldn’t dry clean out.

As an experiment it seemed worth it!


I pinned the dress to a large cardboard box and began slowly outlining then silk-painting an abstract plant design with dandelions in my favourite colours. This took days and killed my bad wrist!


I was a bit annoyed that the intensity of the paints washed out even after fixing – I had to wash it to remove the clear gutta outliner.

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But it still looked fab! Its first outing was to Nic & Petes’ wedding, my face body- painter & model combo.

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I drove down to my mum’s in Bristol and Laurence collected me on Sat a.m. For the drive down to Falmouth. Traffic (and rain) was so slow we dashed into a supermarket toilet to change (I was fastest!) and made it to the sunning church on the cliff on time.

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Without knowing it, Jennie, Helen and myself all matched the bridesmaids colours!



Fab shots by Anthony Greenwood


I didn’t hurl on the reception boat (yay all those years living on one in Hong Kong worked? Though I was queasy in dock). Amazing weekend and congrats to the very happy couple.

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The dress I’m still loving – its done my brother in laws wedding and the Gogogorilla’s launch so far!