Budget Gal Outfit Ideas – Sewing Lady Bugs

When I started this blog, not only did I want to keep things real, but I also wanted this blog to be a place for all different types of people, including all different types of budgets. Now if you are anything like me, I do not have a super huge budget to spend on clothes; I would consider myself a bit of an average Joe, with a bit of an average budget. Now this can get a little complicated when my love for fashion comes into play. I absolutely love clothes and accessories and am always trying to expand my ever growing wardrobe, but this can be a little hard on a budget. For the last two years, I have been trying to think of ways to own more vintage inspired items whilst still not spending too much; so I thought I’d share some of those ideas with you guys.

When I first put this outfit together, I didn’t initially mean for it to go on the blog, but after taking my OOTD photos, I was like, ‘oh this outfit is super affordable’. Now I will admit, the skirt was handmade by myself, and I know that not a lot of woman know how to sew, however, I hope that this post still gives some great affordability ideas. On that note, if you are considering learning how to sew, I would definitely recommend giving it a go; especially since Vintage skirts and dresses can be extremely expensive.

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I will start off with the top of my outfit which is these amazing hair flowers from Shop Miss A. This is an American site where almost everything is $1USD (works out to be about $1.30AUD) which is so affordable. I personally find that you don’t need to spend a lot of money on basic hair flowers and I do own quiet a few from both this site and cheapy shops as well. I have seen a few more expensive hair flowers on Etsy that are a bit more special and if you have the money, they do add a little something extra, however, if you don’t have a lot of money these ones work just as great.

The next thing I managed to get for an absolute steal was this yellow off the shoulder top. I managed to find this amazing top from Kmart for only $12 and I could not believe it. Although this top isn’t, it does have a very peasant vibe, which fits into a 50s wardrobe perfectly. When I was both in store and looking online, I have notice that Kmart is stocking a lot of off the shoulder tops at the moment for all different prices under $20 and this makes me so excited. I find that regular (non vintage) shops do often stock a lot of great basic tops like scoop neck Ts, off the shoulders and tons of other tops can be worn in a vintage outfit for a lot less money than if you were to buy them from a vintage reproduction shop.

My super cute lady bug brooch was something that I found off of eBay. When I first got into the 50s (before I realised how much I love Erstwilder), I bought a ton of inexpensive brooches off eBay, including this lady bug. Now I won’t lie, ever since I have started wearing Esterwilder, Louella DeVille and some other handmade brooches, I don’t reach for these eBay ones as much, but I do still appreciate them. Brooches are a super vintage accessory and really make any outfit pop just that little bit more, however they can be a bit expensive when you first start out. Although I don’t remember which seller I got this one from, I do know it was for around $3, which is pretty affordable for something so cute.

The main attraction of this outfit is this beautiful ladybug patterned gathered skirt. I managed to find this amazing fabric from Spotlight, however, this was a little while ago and I haven’t seen it since. Now I know not everyone knows how to sew, but for those of you who do, or those of you interested in learning, sewing your own vintage skirts really helps in the budget department (as well as having something unique). Typically, budget wise, I tend to buy fabric for around $5 a meter; now when it comes to a gathered skirt, I use about 3(ish) metres of fabric, which ends up being around $15 per skirt. Now a skirt will also require a zip and thread, but neither of those cost too much.

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Now when it comes to buying fabric to make clothing on a budget, I have a few tips.

  1. Have a look in the Utility and General Purpose section. This section usually sells fabrics more for home use, but occasionally, you will find a fabulous, yet soft fabric that is affordable to make clothes out of.
  2. Try to buy more when they have sales. Recently I have purchased a fair bit of fabric from Spotlight; one was during a 40% off sale and the other was during a spend $100, get $40 off sale. During this time I was able to get a lot more fabric for a lot less.
  3. Check the clearance section. I have found some serious steals from this section, sometimes I have even found fabric for roughly $2 a metre, which is insane.
  4. Use bed sheets as fabric. This many sound weird and won’t work with all bed sheets, but in reality, sheets are just large portions of fabric. I haven’t had a chance to try this yet, but I have bought a few bed sheets from the thrift shop I am excited to try out.
  5. Check your local thrift shop. Personally, I have not found any fabric at the thrift shop that either I liked or was enough, however, I am on some sewing groups on Facebook and I have seen some other ladies find amazing, large amounts of fabric from their local thrift shop.

Lastly in this outfit is my shoes. These are the Deluxe shoes from Novo and retail for around $60, which, depending on your budget would not be considered budget friendly. However, here is the thing, almost any ballet style shoe will go great with a vintage wardrobe and I was having a quick look at Kmart and they sell many ballet style shoes for less than $20. Personally, I prefer to spend a bit more on comfy shoes and these shoes I am wearing are by far the most comfiest flats I have ever owned. The thing with shoes is though, you can get away with almost any shoe that fits into your budget.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post. I love fashion a lot and do not think you need a huge budget to look good. I am wearing a petticoat in this outfit, but didn’t include it because if you are on a budget and can’t afford one, I don’t think a gathered skirt really needs one like a circle skirt does. If you liked this post and want to see more, please don’t forget to follow my blog and add me on social media.

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