Upcycled vintage clothing, accessories and homewares

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Janine Rudkins

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Janine Rudkins

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On Etsy since 2011

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Lesley's Girls Upcycled: Where neglected vintage breathes again

We are two sisters with a shared love of history, fashion and family. Running a vintage shop on Etsy allows us to indulge in the first two without neglecting the last.

Over twenty years ago our mother passed away when we were children; she was a great inspiration, a fabulous seamstress and a brilliant mother... and she had killer eyeliner flicks in her youth! Although there is no rhyme or reason for a family to lose their mother so early, it has led to us being closer and stronger as a family, and ultimately thanks to our close sisterly bond we decided to set this shop up together, and we named it in memory of our mother- Lesley.

We aim to make vintage wearable, usable, easy and affordable. We want you to love the romance and beauty of the pieces but want to use and wear them too.

Janine selects the majority of our stock for the vintage shop; and all stock is hand picked as being a quality item, there are often things which get passed by because they don't meet our standards even if they fall into the vintage period specified by Etsy. After which garments are carefully laundered and pressed; any faults are noted and, if necessary, sympathetic repairs are made by Susannah. Any repairs are to put the garment back to the original state (and always noted in every case) not to alter the size or design of a garment.... any which are beyond repair are sent to the upcycling pile for this shop.

Researching, photographing and listing is a lengthy process involving Janine (as the most reluctant of models) and Simon as the keen photographer- the children often want in on the act too! For our research we have a huge pile of source books, use a range of reliable websites, as well as the support of Etsy teams, all combined with our own knowledge painstakingly acquired over time.

As Susannah has just given birth to her third child she is taking a back seat for the time being, although she is involved in every major decision of the shop. Her creative prowess will come into it's own soon with the launch of this- our second shop and its range of upcycled and reproduction handmade vintage products, so that any finds that are not usable or wearable in their current state get a new lease of life.

Shop members

  • Janine

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Upcycler, Sales, Shipping, Customer Service

    I am a full time mum of 2, vintage seller & blogger. I drink too much coffee and read- a lot. As a history graduate from Uni of London, I feel history and vintage go hand in hand. I am a great believer in following your taste not just the fashion.

  • Susannah

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Seamstress Extraordinaire

    I am a full time mum of 2 (number 3 on the way!) and when I am not looking after my growing family I love to sew. I have been sewing since I was 8 years old, creating clothes for my dolls with scraps of fabric given to me my our mother, Lesley.

Shop policies

Last updated on May 9, 2022
Lesley’s Girls are two sisters on a mission to revive timeless style by reviving and renovating original vintage fashion and lifestyle items. We celebrate the elegance of yesteryears clothes with a range of handmade up-cycled clothes & accessories where vintage items are beyond repair. See our other shop http://www.lesleysgirlsvintage.etsy.com for our range of ORIGINAL and UNALTERED vinatge clothing, accessories, homewares and haberdashery items.

We want to make vintage wearable, usable, easy and affordable. We want you to love the nostalgic romance and beauty of the pieces but want to use and wear them too.

Follow us on Twitter at Lesleys_Girls, like us on Facebook and check out our blog at http://www.lesleysgirls.blogspot.com

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Returns and exchanges
Lesley's Girls hope that you will be entirely happy with your purchase; however please be aware that the majority of our stock are vintage items and as such sold as seen and described as they have been pre-loved.

We endeavour to accurately describe any faults, and ensure that photographs are a fair representation of our goods; however we acknowledge that as Lesley's Girls are only human, mistakes can be made. So if you feel the item has been misrepresentated or we have missed a fault please contact us within 7 days of receipt and we will offer a full refund; the refund will only be issued if contact has been made first to discuss this and on our receipt of the item provided it is in the same condition it was dispatched in.

We are happy to exchange or credit/refund for any items you are not satisfied with (less shipping paid) if you notify us by convo or email of your decision on receipt and the items are returned immediately and no longer than 7 days after receipt unused, in their original state you received them in. Please quote your original order number on the package. It is advised that you obtain the minimum of a certificate of posting from the Post Office (or overseas equivalent) as we can not be held responsible for goods lost in transit. Please note the returning customer is responsible for payment of return postage.

Buyer is responsible for postage on exchanges or refunds, unless there is an error on my part.

If in doubt ask us as many questions as you like- we will reply within 24 hours but usually sooner.
Lesley's Girls wants your shopping experience to be easy and safe so we only accept payments via PayPal.

If you don't have a PayPal account, you can still use their website to pay online with a debit/credit card using a guest account.

Once you have added your piece to your shopping cart and checked out, please pay within 48 hours.

(Please note that buyers are responsible for any and all duties and customs charges that may be incurred)
Lesley's Girls will ship items within 48 hours of receiving an order (not including UK bank holidays), but will do our best to post as soon as we get an order.

Items are shipped from the UK and are sent recorded delivery. UK and EU deliveries should be with you within a week; anywhere else in the world allow 2-3 weeks.

Shipment fees are inclusive of both postage and packaging. All items are lovingly packaged by Lesley's Girls to ensure they are protected in transit, and we include care instructions for your special purchase- it is vintage so treat it with the love it deserves as it continues to stand the test of time.
Additional policies and FAQs
SIZE AND MEASUREMENTS: Please note that vintage clothes sizes are often very different from modern sizing, so read the measurements (all pieces are measured flat) and then measure yourself to check. It is the extra room which makes a garment wearable, so the measurement of the garment you are looking at should be slightly larger than your own.
Tip: Measuring something that fits you well and is a similar type of garment to the one you're buying is a good way of checking it will fit you well. If you need any additional measurements just ask.

LOOKING FOR SOMETHING: If there is something specific you are looking for let us know... we may be able to make you that unique scratch piece from vintage fabrics and patterns via the Etsy shop; or source that special vintage item for you.

All of your details are safe as houses with us and we won’t share them with anyone!

Thank you for looking and we hope you enjoy Lesley's Girls style!