Friday, 15 April 2016

Simplicity 1609 Frock Friday

One thing I find challenging about being a new mum is finding the time and energy for 'me' time. This is made more difficult due to my physical limitations, because when Tobias naps I need to be resting horizontally so that I can make it through the day (at least until the Captain comes home and can take over).
But I still have this itch to be creative, which is actually kind of irritating, because there isn't much free time (or energy) anymore. I have been dying to sew something the past few months. I didn't want my recently acquired skills to go rusty. So I picked up this Simplicity pattern, in the hopes it would be a simple sew. The 60's shift dress is my signature style. I have lot of them in my wardrobe. I like them to not be too tight in case of weight fluctuations and for comfort. And I enjoy wearing something that I created. So I made up this muslin out of a op shopped vintage double bed sheet as a practice run, before I attempt the pattern with some fabric I really love. 
Now I'll admit I cheated a little bit. I cut the front piece on the fold so I wouldn't have to bother with the center front seam and a mismatched pattern, and I ended up skipping the zip, seeing as I can get the dress on over my head just fine...and I'm kind of scared of the whole zipper concept! I found I had to tweak the fit a bit. I cut out the size 18 pattern (I'm usually a 12 or 14) but I found the armholes too large, although I needed the size 18 across the hips. Also it was my first all in one facing, which worked out quite well really. Anyhoo for a practice dress it's completely wearable, and I managed to get it done pretty quickly too. It felt good to sew again. 






Outfit Details.....

Vintage sheet dress - Made by me
Deer necklace - Handmade by Red Essy
Vintage brooch & green bracelet - Op shopped
Cartoon bracelet - Handmade by Myclectic
Vintage button ring - Handmade by me
Vintage belt from another dress
Crochet bag - Gifted by blog buddy Trudie Scrumptious
Shoes & sunglasses - Retail






Here's a couple of pics with my boy
He's just the sweetest! 


Friday, 1 April 2016

Blue & Green should always be seen!

This is a handmade frock that I found at Lifeline, & I reconstructed it a bit by taking it apart at the waist & shortening the top part, as I like things sitting higher on my belly rather then lower. Recently I removed the flouncy sleeves too, as they sat kind of funny which put me off wearing it. I really enjoy altering things to better suit me. I'm SO glad I took up sewing again after last attempting it in high school. 



Excuse the pale skin...I need a holiday!





Outfit Details....

Handmade vintage frock - Op shopped
Tie belt - from another dress
Brooch scrum..... Green enamel flower from Instagram
Fox in frame made by me
Pink bling vintage brooch op shopped
Fabric button ring - Made by me
Patchwork toaster cover - Converted to a bag by me
Shoes & bangle - Retail


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 Here's our boy who's now almost 7 months old!


Wearing vintage above & below




Friday, 11 March 2016

Mark Warren Maxi

Sometime last year my friend Trudie of My Vintage Childhood gifted me this wonderful Mark Warren maxi dress. It didn't fit while I was pregnant, but does now, and how handy that it has a zip front too. The print is just glorious, with such vibrant vintage colours.

I know my blog posting is rather sporadic at the moment, but it's been challenging finding the energy to put posts together and take photos. I guess I'll post when I can, but who knows when that will be! I still wear vintage dresses whenever I leave the house (but I'm not leaving the house too often!), so I'm pleased that my style hasn't changed since becoming a mum.


I must remember not to cross my legs while wearing a maxi....it looks like I have back to front feet!





Outfit Details....

Mark Warren vintage dress - Gifted by Trudie Scrumptious
Tape measure brooch - Made by me
Vintage bracelet - Op shopped
Button ring - Made by me
Vintage bag - Gifted by my Mum
Shoes & sunglasses - Retail


Here's a few recent pics of our baby boy who's 6 months old! This is going to be the fastest year of my life!!!






Friday, 29 January 2016

80's does 50's Frock Friday

I bought this dress sometime last year at Salvos for $6. It was mid-calf length and I wasn't sure if I'd ever wear it, but I thought if I shortened it and created a belt with the off-cuts I might be more likely to wear it. It's a button front so it's handy for feeding. I quite like it now. Occasionally those dresses from the 80's hit the mark.







Outfit Details....

80's cotton dress - Op shopped
Wooden frame brooch - Made by me
NZ wooden hexagonal brooch - I feel Natty
Carved bangles - Op shopped
Handmade button ring - Made by me
Handmade bag - Gifted by Michelle of The Attic
Sandals - Op shopped
4 month old baby boy - Made him myself!


Friday, 15 January 2016

Boom Shankar Frock Friday

I very rarely go out wearing something that's not vintage, it feels kind of odd if I do. But there are some brands that I don't mind, like Dangerfield and Boom Shankar. I bought this dress from the Boom Shankar website. It's made from a stretch fabric and it's really comfortable. It's different from my usual vintage style but I kind of like it. 






Outfit Details....

Boom Shankar dress - Online sale
Wood stag necklace - Red Essy
Vintage rings - Op shopped
Chunky vintage bracelet - Gifted by blog friend Tam
Tooled leather bag - Op shopped
Shoes & Sunglasses - Retail


Here's some recent pics of our wee boy. 4 months old now and he's happy and thriving.