Today I’m showing photos of my wardrobe I call it ‘The place I hang my colour’
Yesterday I had a day on my own (from 9.20-3pm – that counts as a day right?) and instead of cleaning – which still needs to be done, exercising – which seldom gets done or any other jobs – of which there are plenty! I sewed!
Yes indeed, I made myself a dress.
My mama gave me this Trelise Cooper fabric about 4 years ago for my birthday but I had been a bit afraid to cut into it. Anyway I had been into Annah Streton the other day and feel all inspired by her eclectic approach to fabric combinations – I think she must have grown up with quilts! so on Tuesday night I cut out all sorts of pieces and yesterday I selfishly sewed all day.
I used a Simplicity pattern that I have used a few times before (see yesterdays post for another incarnation) but this time I did the cross over front – oh my! I am pleased this wasn’t the first one I did – the pattern for this version is quite obscure in parts and has whole things missing out. I also ironed a point of the sash on too hot and now it has iron scolds!
I haven’t actually hemmed it yet but let’s not be worried about details shall we!
All up the dress cost me nothing because the fabric was gifted and the lining was leftovers, the zip was gifted in a big pile and I bought the pattern for something else and I’ve already made 4 other versions from it.
If you want to see me wearing it you’ll need to tune in for Wardrobe Wednesday next week.
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So I am so not built for the late 20s/ early 30s but this week I was going for capturing a bit of the era. I know the coat isn’t of the era but I do love it.
I would have loved long strands of pearls (fake are fine) to complete the look but I don’t have any so I used some of my school-fair 50c strands in blue.
The shoes are from Hannahs and I’ve had them for a couple of years now – I love the way they look (they aren’t very comfy though!)
The dress is the latest acquisition – I bought it at another SaveMart in Christchurch on Saturday. It is super comfy – think stretchy and soft and I have a feeling it might actually be a nighty – not that that stopped me wearing it to church.
Coat – bought in an op-shop about 9 years ago – original 1960s number.
Dress – $9.99 Save Mart Christchurch
Beads – 50c per strand school fair – bracelet is a long string of beads too
Shoes – Hannahs 2-3 years old
Tights – ancient!!
Headband – from one of those accessory shops in the malls about 3 years ago
Lipstick – a Lancome one I inherited from my sister ’172 rouge cristal’
So if you are like me and you like spying in other people’s wardrobes you can see some in these lovely places
or you can have a look through my wardrobe
This month the inspiration for Wardrobe Wednesday is the decade that suits you best
For me I’m a clear 50s girl – I have the ‘perfect’ figure or at least vaguely the right shape. Although I think the designs of the 20s/30s are gorgeous and the designs of the 60s a lot of fun neither styles are built for curves.
This means I go well with an hourglass shaped – either fitted or full in the skirt
This is the outfit I put together for my new haircut last week.
I bought the shirt from Timaru savemart at the same time as I bought this dress. It was a size or 2 bigger than I would normally buy but I used my dress makers dummy to make some serious depth in the darts and left the top part as it was. Then I added the black ribbon and I was all ready for a new do.
Top – $5.99 Savemart Timaru
Belt – ribbon from Spotlight
Skirt – bought on sale 10 years ago Catalyst
Tights – part of a set bought at Cosmic in chch
Shoes – bought in a bundle of 4 off trade me – 25cents!
and if I had worn the ugg boots I was in around the house or the gumboots I wore to go out I could have included the ‘something borrowed’ (both from my sister – who is due to return to NZ soon – at which time my wardrobe will shrink again!)
and a lot of ‘something blue’
Jacket – my mama wore this when she was pregnant with me and my sisters. My older sister had it shortened. I love it.
Tights – glassons on sale $5
Cardi – also from glassons (I had a voucher!) $30 – 1st wear!
Skirt – handmade and altered recently
Singlet – jay jays about 4 years ago
Necklace – Trade Aid
Earrings – won in a giveaway
He wears – pretty much all hand-me-downs and whatever he decided to put on this morning. My policy is to pretty much let them choose what they want to wear with some weather restrictions. This often means they look at little thrown together but I figure that’s okay. Neither own a pair of jeans…. they’re shorts and t-shirts kind of boys and because we get given so much clothing I make them very little.
What are you wearing today? Do you like colour in winter or do cosy up in dark colours?
and here as well
Okay so I can tell you with all certainty I don’t look glamorous or even presentable every day.
In the spirit of sharing I have included a selection of my holiday outfits at the Mt. John Observatory, on the ski field, ice skating. I know I am SO stylish!!!
This is my actual outfit of the week. I bought this at SaveMart in Timaru on the way home (we took a little detour). One strap needed re-sewing, very quick job – a reason for getting rid of a dress?? Maybe its original owner hated mending as much as I do.
Dress – $11.99 SaveMart Timaru
Top – Zara UK
Necklace – homemade, you like?
Shoes – The Warehouse – $5 on sale
I have been inspired by some layering going on by some of the Wardrobe Wednesday ladies. I love that this dress will also work for summer. Super comfy, stretchy, lightweight….
See what others are wearing over at Nin’s place.
Nin has been focussing this month on wardrobe staples for winter. Mainly I’ve just been wearing whatever I like because, well because I want to find something fun in my wardrobe every day without thinking about rules too much.
This week I am wearing a denim skirt I made about 6 years ago. When I made it it finished just below my calf which as well as not being a great length on me also makes me look rather conservative and slightly like I may be part of a particular religious group (this is made even more so with my long hair).
This outfit works well for bike riding in the winter – although I am still wanting something like these gorgeous fingerless gloves. You can buy them on felt – best NZ crafty website.
Gorgeous assistant dressed himself. Photos – what can I say? Winter photography blues!
Skirt – made by me
Jacket – op shop hand me down
t-shirt – jay-jays about 4 years ago
Boots – bought in the UK
Tights bought in Turkey
Bad hair – naturally mine!
What do you find yourself wearing again and again in winter?
More of what I am wearing on my blog
Last Wednesday it snowed in Christchurch
Really, really snowed in thick blankets
So in the interests of sharing this is what I wore when I went outside (rather briefly!)
Jeans – river island – hand me down
Boots – from my sister – I think The Warehouse
Coat – Handmade by me from old wool blankets and with needle felting
Hat – off cast from one of my sisters I think – crocheted cream cap
Check out what is going on in other people’s wardrobes over here