Hi, the last day of Self-Stitched September; and I’m coming to you live from sunny Melbourne! Haha. That’s an in-joke amongst Australians, as Melbourne is … er, not very sunny. The weather here is notoriously fickle. The sky today is white white white… But dearth-of-sunshine notwithstanding, I still adore Melbourne. This is the shopping capital of Australia, and I’ve already laid down the plastic in two fabric stores and a wool store, and also visited what must be the most kitsch-ily fabulous (but kinda pricey) second-hand shop in the whole of Australia, the RetroStar Vintage Clothing Company, and therein bought a pre-loved maroon velveteen jacket and a beaten-up (in a good way) pair of shiny black men’s brogues.. hola!! It’s been a very successful day.
And as if the haul wasn’t enough, I spent the morning in the Royal Botanic Gardens and was totally spoilt for choice when it came to stunning locations. And the soft grey light that this city is famous for (thanks to the cloud cover) makes for dreamy photography. Win!
Today I feel a bit Alice-in-Wonderland-ish, wandering through the beautiful other-worldly treescape of the gardens in this floral floaty dress with black tights and booties (for warmth, I did say Melbourne is dismal, today is 18C or 66F, freezing by current Perth standards) It reminds me of the illustrations in my old copy of the book, by Arthur Rackham, and which shaped my childhood imagination of the dreamworld that Alice visited. My mother once said this dress was one of her favourites (thankyou Mum) It is based loosely upon Vogue 7748, a basic wrap dress pattern, but with a two layered frills around the neckline, a deep frill around the lower edge, back waist ties and sleeve ties added.
Dress; partly my own design, based upon Vogue 7748, printed polyester chiffon, with petticoat (not seen) my own design, pink jersey knit, seen first here
Booties; Django and Juliette, from Zomp shoes