This is almost a straight repeat of the previous outfit blog post. Hahaha. Grandma Chic at its best. Alas, no me-made items here. But I do have a few in the works which will hopefully be completed and blogged soon.
The skirt is from my local Vinnies. It's so similar to the green one I made and blogged about. This blue one has more pleats, but equally as lovely and easy to wear. A classic pleated skirt crosses several vintage eras. They can take you from the 20s a loose top/kimono and a belt through to secretarial 60s/70s. Then straight into the 80s/90s - when this skirt was born!
These blouses from Uniqlo Australia are getting such exposure recently. It's so easy to throw them on and go out the door. They dry fast, are easy to iron and fit my shoulders. That's three wins!
Blouse: Uniqlo Australia
Wedges: Target 2016
This skirt pattern was a Christmas gift from my in-laws. I love a good pleated skirt, they never go out of style.
(Full disclosure, there will be lots of pictures)
The only pictures I took of the sewing progress was on my Instagram stories... I made the size 12, but I had to let out the side seams. Even though the waistband measurement was fine and had some wiggle room, it wasn't comfortable at all. Especially considering this will most likely be a work skirt. I let the side seams out as much as I could, graded the seam to the normal 1.5cm allowance by the length of the dart, and reattached the waistband. This fit is perfect now. Much love.
I made the long length, C, with pressed pleats. It has a centre back zip and waistband extension for a skirt hook closure. The waistband is secured with stich-in-the-ditch. Mate. That is the best way to do a waistband. Easy, fast, brilliant. If you are still hand stitching waistbands down, you gotta level up!
There was enough fabric left to make a matching neck tie. I even went so far to purchase pearl and bronze popper/snaps for the neck tie. Pearl won. I hope to make a few of these neckties to use up some scraps of fabric. I'm even thinking about doing a free pattern for you guys. Or selling them? Don't know. Hit me up with your thoughts.
Honestly, the hem doesn't look that bad in real life! I will need to press it again and steam it and press it once more. I used an invisible hand slip stitch on the hem. I am happy to hand sew a hem when I don't hand sew a waistband down.
The pleats were pressed and set (on mums advice) with a spray of diluted vinegar water. What a great vintage technique! I have cheap cleaning vinegar in my laundry so that wasn't a problem. It certainly makes the pleats look crisp. Well, not at the hem as previously mentioned...
There are three pleats at the front, three in the back and 4 waist darts in total. The pattern closes with a very short back zip (I think the zip could finish one inch lower) and a skirt hook. It fits smoothly over the hips and then softens into the pleats. I would absolutely make this skirt again. In a delicious wool blend. Or a plaid. Or a tweed. Or all of the things.
Seriously Vogue, you make great patterns. I might almost be a full time convert to only Vogue patterns....
These shoes are from a brand called Bondi Baby. After a quick Google search, they seem to not exist anymore. Shame.
Epic sun glare this morning. But look at the little matching tie! Check out the gorgeous pearl popper.
Necktie: made by me
Blouse: Uniqlo Australia
Skirt: Vogue 8066
Shoes: Bondi Baby
There is something about beige and cream colours that remind me of 1930s explorers. In Egypt. Not sure if this is from The Mummy, or something else.
The women are often in shades of beige, cream, latte, brown, with a belt and boots. A billowy blouse to catch the wind and some sort of excellent hat.
These pants are from Hell Bunny and are a linen blend. I had worn these trousers through breakfast and getting ready. Look how creased they are! Already! Outrageous. I purchased the size medium which is a bit too big, hence the belt to cinch them in.
The white blouse was an eBay find. It's 80s, billowy and fits my shoulders. I'm proud (?) to say that these shoulders are all mine. No shoulder pads to be found in here. The blouse has some gorgeous detailing and texture on the collar. The shape of the collar sold me. It has a great 30s/40s vibe which I love. Thank you eBay.
This jacket is another vintage item. Classic 80s and found in my local Vinnies store. It works will with 1940s style outfits due to the boxy shape. I bought it for about $12 and it has been in heavy rotation.
It's the second Tuesday of November which is Melbourne Cup day here in Australia. As far as I know, a bunch of horses are forced to race for the enjoyment and financial loss of the nation.
I do not condone casual horse torture - there's plenty of info and stats out there about the treatment of race horses. I don't participate in sweeps or gambling, I don't often watch the race.
But I will take any excuse to wear a hat.
Melbourne Cup has turned into a hat wearing day, and a chance to over dress. Where anyone can wear a hat and no one looks twice. This is the first year that I've been able to frock up and hat up. As a dancer teacher, it's hard to wear a hat while working. No fancy hats go with dance pants and a sweaty work top. But now with my office job... I can frock up all the time!
My Melbourne Cup outfit this year is 60s inspired. My saucer hat is from Etsy, New Look 6000 dress made from a ponte knit which has never let me down. The vintage 60s glo-mesh handbag is from a gorgeous vintage store in the Dandenong Ranges. It's in brand new condition. Very happy M!
Seriously, look at this hat! It's pretty gorgeous. We were told to wear a crazy hat. This hat is crazy to me. Sticking a saucer on your head is fairly mad. But it's still pretty! It's a beige/crème colour. It's got a couple of marks, but that builds character.
Hat: Ehranjadevintage on Etsy here
Dress: Made by me, New Look 6000 (my tried and true pattern)
Seams and underthings: What Katie Did
Shoes: Sheriton Shoes (Inniu)
This ensembleh rocks my world. Suitably 1940s for work. Very comfortable. I have a few button up blouses which should be back in rotation now it's getting warmer here.
I curled my hair with pillow rollers. They were actually pretty great! I have tried foam rollers (ouch) and bendy rollers (not great). Pillow rollers can totally work for me. I had 18 in my hair. Even though my hair is 'short' now, it is very thick. It takes a lot of curling effort to curl my hair. Le sigh. And it drops really quickly. Even after employing wet hair with mousse/setting sprays. I'll just have to keep trying until there is a perfect combination.
Shoes: Windsor Smith
Lapel Pin: Besemé Victory pin
Hair: by pillow rollers!
Knitter. Home seamstress. Dance Teacher.