Saturday, April 23, 2011

A Motley Crew

New vintage dress
(um..I really need a haircut)

I bought this lovely summer dress off Trademe a few weeks ago. I have a bad habit of buying/making things that are completely weather inappropriate. I do tend to wear my summer dresses in Winter though. Of course, I usually pair them with thick wool socks, thermals, cardigans and coats.
The dress originally came with a plain light blue ribbon threaded through the bodice but I didn't think it really went with the dress. I made a bow out of some black petersham (my favourite kind of ribbon). It threads through slits in the bodice and closes under the bow with a couple of snaps.

Handmade bow

The lovely Reana Louise from Curves, Patterns and Pins has passed on the I am all that! blog award to me.

This is the description from Beangirl's blog:

The recipients of this award are asked to answer the following questions, link to whoever awarded them and then pass it on to five, no six people (who they think will actually be willing to answer these totally intrusive and possibly inappropriate questions). Feel free to snag the badge too, right?


1) What size shoe do you wear? If you wear a size 7, can I borrow your shoes?

US 5/UK 3. I have freakishly small feet. Everyone thinks small feet are cute but let me tell you it's a total pain finding shoes that fit. Most shoe stores here start their sizing at six so I pretty much wear vintage shoes or too big shoes. Sure, you can borrow my shoes...if you can squeeze your feet into them.

2) 30's or 60's?

I don't own any clothing or patterns 30's because it's so hard to find here. I just bought this cute pattern from 1960 though, so I guess 60's.

McCalls 5458

3) Have you ever kissed someone you shouldn't have?


4) Have you ever been poisoned? Was it by the girlfriend of the person you kissed?? That is awesomely "Knot's Landing".

No. The closest I've come to being poisoned is having an allergic reaction to a nectarine. My lips swelled up and I got a rash on my face. It was not pretty. I guess if you want to poison me you now know to feed me lots of nectarines though.

5) Who's on your "Celebrity Free Pass" list (top 5)?

Patti Smith, Janelle Monae, Ellen Page, Beth Ditto and Joan Jett.

So now I'm going to pass this on to:

Kat's Creations

Helga von Trollop

The Velvettes

Sew Darn Tired

The Evil Dressmaker

Sewing and So on

By the way, thanks so much for all your suggestions on my last post. I tried a few and it looks like the bleeding has faded quite a bit so I can finally finish it. Hopefully I'll be able to show you it soon.


  1. So great to see a picture of you! As for the hair I'm a big fan of the curly-wurly-messy-look (thankfully as it's my only option). Great answers except for #3... More information please!!!

    Ps. The dress is gorgeous

  2. Ooo,thanks darl,looks like fun.
    I LOVE the frock,what a sweetie!And petersham is the best,isn't it?!
    You do have freakishly small feet.Poor lamb.
    G is allergic to stone fruit,he gets itchy throat and sometimes swelly tongue.Ugh!

  3. Reana Louise- It's my only option too. I have given up trying to control my hair- it has a mind of its own.
    I knew that would happen about #3. My Mum reads this so that's why I didn't elaborate.

    Helga- Thanks. Yes, I love petersham. Every time I find some at the op shops I snatch it up.
    Poor G. Allergies are a pain in the ass. I seem to be able to eat other stone fruit fine just not nectarines.

  4. Why thank you! What a fun little award. I got another award while I was overseas so I will have to post about both of these soon.

  5. Love the dress on you and the bow is such a nice touch!

  6. I love your dress, it fits you like crazy! Love your hair too, it's that time when you can sweep your bangs on one side and look glamourous while doing so :) Thank you for the award, it's such a fun one! See you soon with your salvaged coat!

  7. I adore that dress, it's so beautiful. You do have tiny feet though, I'm way up the other end of the scale at a UK 8.

  8. I don't think I've ever seen that kind of petersham ribbon before. I've only seen the usual matte versions, this stripy one with shiny bits is new to me. Very nice indeed! Goes nicely with the dress.
    Thank you for the award, will be posting it soonish :D

  9. Aaaah fair enough. I hope to one day hear a scandalous story with sordid details!

  10. Now I know why I never find any gorgeous vintage dresses on TradeMe - you're snapping them all up! That dress is beautiful. And it would look lovely on my, just FYI! Also, we have the same size feet so I can totally borrow your shoes! I often pick up adorable wee shoes in the kids' section!