Friday, 11 December 2015

12 Days of Giftmas -The Zipyard II ¦ Giveaway

On the eleventh day of Giftmas my true love gave to me, a way to get the clothes I really need...

A while back I worked with The Zipyard on a post where they took a piece that I loved but needed revitalising and breathed new life into the garment. The result was that something I always had to carefully style and felt guilty about not wearing enough becoming something ridiculously cool that I wanted to wear and show off.

At the press day that pre-dated the update of said garment, I was truly blown away by the company and the kinds of services they offered from tailoring to altering and from completely changing garments to replicating items. When it comes to updating the clothes, there are stylists and experts instore who will help you realise your vision for a garment, or even come up with and suggest ideas, if you're unsure yourself. If you peruse their website, you'll be able to see a selection of projects that they've worked on in the past and get a sense of the amazing things that they can do. Suffice it to say, however, that they can completely transform pieces, almost as if by magic.

Last week, I decided that I also wanted to try out their replication services. I have a particular black dress which is incredibly simple, a kind of shift that I wear as a pinafore over tees and shirts. It's a favourite of mine, I often wear it multiple times a week as it can be styled in so many different ways. And, as I do wear it so much, I wanted another one. I popped into the Zipyard branch at Jervis where the wonderful team and store manager, Patrick, in particular, were super lovely and helpful. Once I brought them the original dress and a similar, but thicker, fabric in navy, they were able to make me another. I was delighted with the result which is slightly more structured and flares out at the hem but has the same basic silhouette. It's impossibly well-made and everything I wanted.

Which is why I had to include them as an entry into the 12 Days of Giftmas.


"But what, pray tell, might this 12 Days of Giftmas be?" you're probably asking.

If you didn't read yesterday's post about VOYA, let me explain it again!

The 12 Days of Giftmas is a project that occurred to me last week. An idea that I ambitiously decided to go through with very last minute - I must be a lunatic. It's a sort of advent calendar for me and my readers, a way of saying thank you for reading and rewarding you in a small way. For the first 12 days of December, I will be writing a post every day on a shop, brand or item that would make good gifts. This is instead of the long gift ideas posts I've done in the past and offers a more in-depth look at some amazing companies and things. To complement each post, I've also teamed up with these fantastic brands and will be giving something away each day! So, the 12 Days of Giftmas will give you some gift ideas and the potential to win something for a loved one (or yourself!).

We all acquire so much new stuff that we often don't actually need each Christmas that I thought including The Zipyard might be a nice idea as an alternative gift idea. Whether it's getting a friend's favourite coat relined, a beloved dress taken in or up to be worn again or a holy grail top replicated; there's a service for all the people in your life. And for yourself.

Because, like me, too many of us have that coat hiding at the back of the wardrobe that needs re-jigging or a piece we only fell in love with later and wished we had multiples of. For a wardrobe that really works for you and things you really want to wear, you need to head to The Zipyard.

The coat I had pimped.

So, if you want to give this amazing service a try for yourself, enter my giveaway for €30 worth of vouchers to be used on alteration services in store.

1. Sadly, I can only keep my giveaways open to Ireland this time around. I apologise to those who might disappointed but I have to keep the generous brands that I'm working with in mind!
2. The prize is €30 worth of The Zipyard vouchers.
3. All you need to do is comment below here or on Facebook with who you'd give it to - or if you want it for yourself! However, you must be following me on at least one platform (FacebookInstagramTwitter, Google Friend Connect, Bloglovin'Tumblr), let me know which one in the comment if it's not obvious!
4. Competition closes a week from now on the 18th of December 2015 at midnight Irish time.
5. Winners will be chosen at random.
6. I will then comment below the winner's comment and ask you to email my official blog email address.

And that's that! Good luck and see you again tomorrow for the next brand and giveaway!

(Thanks to The Zipyard for everything!)


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  1. may aswell enter again :) following you on facebook :)

    1. Hey Amy, you're our winner! Contact me at and we'll sort out the details. Best, C

  2. Great alternative gift idea, would give this one to my Mam :)