Thursday, September 8, 2011
A rare floral moment
Spring must really be in the air for me to think about a print, and not just any ol' print but a floral one yowsa! Not that I don't love florals; I do, but in moderation and in general preferably on other people... :)
This is an old dress now, that I first made back here, and I've worn it here on the blog before. In fact I was clad in this very same outfit for my favourite day during self-stitched September last year and the dress was a year old then. It's stood up pretty well, I reckon... this is my darling Mum's favourite dress of my creation, and I've alway loved how the sleeve cuff/ties worked out and thought they were a particularly serendipitous detail.
So of course I do repeat outfits, sure. As we all do... And especially if I have found a fab combo that really works for me, or in this case a dress that needs nothing further to make it perfect for ... well, anything! Even though this is kinda "pretty" I'm not precious about any of my dresses and don't take particular care with them. When I took this to Melbourne I rolled it into a ball and stuffed it in the corner of the suitcase - no ironing!- ... today I've walked the dog, done the office work, had lunch with a friend, and am now curled up on the couch... when I wash it tomorrow it will get tossed in the machine on a normal wash cycle... You can do whatever you want with a zipless wrap dress in an easy-care fabric, you see, and it will loyally forgive you all your neglect and continue to look as fabudabulous as ever...
Digressing for a minute; the phrase "easy-care". Music to the ears, no? Think about it, easy care. Says it all. Now, if I wasn't such a snob about linen, silk, wool and cotton and didn't keep on stubbornly giving preference to all these delicious and decidedly LESS easy-care fabrics, my life would be oh-so-much easier, methinks... sigh.
I made a pink stretch-y petticoat to go underneath, for a bit of extra warmth, that you can't see in the above picture but is at right. Thank you Bessie, for agreeing to model a petticoat for the internet; something I am waaay too shy for!
Dress; Vogue 7748, but modified quite a lot, floral polyester chiffon, more details here
Petticoat (underneath, and modelled at right by Bessie); pink stretchy stuff, my own design
Shoes; Django and Juliette, from Zomp shoes