Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Vintage florals and old lady loafers



I got dressed in a bit of a hurry on Saturday when I was rushing around, trying to get all my tidying and general faffing done before Tam came down for the weekend.  My logic was going along the lines of 'I haven't worn that for a while, it'll do!'  Then I carried on faffing.  Realising it was actually light enough to take outfit pictures came a bit later, and delighted me into putting shoes on my feet just for that purpose.  Disclaimer - I didn't actually go outside on Saturday, what with the gales and the horizontal rain.  Pretty dresses are not designed for storms.

I think this could be the first outing on the blog for this dress, post alterations anyway.  I got it way back in September 2013 and it sat about for a while before I attacked it with the sewing machine last year.  The sleeves came off and the waist pleats became gathers, an absolute faff of a job to do.  If you're me anyway - I seem to have a knack of doing things the awkward way before realising there's a simpler one and unpicking everything...  Because of this, I get ragey easily so my sewing tends to be done in small bursts.  In fact I don't think I did much more than a couple of alterations last year, but I want to have another go at sewing soon, plus a couple of girls at work recently got machines and seem to think I'm an authority on making things, so we've got a day of making planned for soon.

Anyway, back to the point.  The outfit.  Or, how to wear a summer dress in the winter.  My advice is doubling up your tights, wearing a slip and getting a warm knit for over the top.  Done and done.  And done.

Dress - charity shop
Loafers - M&S

:)

12 comments:

  1. I love it. I haven't been brave enough to purchase an object and then fix it to my liking. I have the ideas in my head but not enough hours in the day to follow through....

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    1. Time is always an issue! Especially when it all seems to take far longer than I meant it to...

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  2. Ooh I like what you've done with it! You have far more patience than me, I tend to buy things to adapt, start them and then never finish them properly - I think I've got about 4 dresses hanging around that I've yet to finish! One day, one day... :-) xx

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    1. Ha I don't know about that, I sure don't feel patient when the machine is conspiring against me! (That's my story on why it took so long anyway...)

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  3. I'm always so impressed by how people can see potential in clothes and re-shape them!

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    1. Thanks, the fabric won me over on this one or I might not have bothered! :)

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  4. wonderful dress! I'm always muttering to myself 'i'll alter this i'll alter that' and it never happens :p I too rage easily and much prefer knitting :) jenny xx

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    1. Haha its funny how one craft enrages us and the other calms ;)

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  5. Hello Elise!!! What a beautiful dress you have made it into! I am really umming and ahing about taking the plunge and buying a sewing machine!!x

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    1. Thanks! I don't use mine that often but it's really handy to have for fixing bits and pieces, I'd say go for it! :)

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  6. Summer dresses and tights are a lifesaver in colder weather. You look great.

    Meg | Meghan Silva's Blog
    @MeghanSSilva on Instagram

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    1. Thanks, it's my favourite combo on cold days! :)

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