Friday, 3 June 2016

Kiwi Cotton Frock Friday

This post is from well over a month ago, so I figured I'd better publish it before it's too old!
I hope you're all doing well...I don't get much blog reading or writing done these days.
Anyway onto the frock....
This original 60's cotton dress was one of my favourite purchases from New Zealand last year. It was a bargain $10 from Search and Destroy on K-Road. The cotton is so crisp I doubt it's ever been worn before. It's got a wonderful big collar and a button front. The beaded bird bag was a gift from my Instagram friend Nicola of Florie and Me. 

My big bouncing boy.....stop growing up so fast!!!

Outfit Details.......

60's cotton dress - Vintage shop in NZ
Old brooch & vintage rings - Op shopped
Vintage button bracelet - Made by me
Beaded bag - Gift from my Instagram friend Nicola 
Shoes & sunglasses - Retail

Friday, 6 May 2016

Grey Frock Friday

This is a rare retail sale dress from Dangerfield. I feel like I'm cheating on my vintage style when I wear 'new' stuff, but I do like the sweet cotton dresses that Dangerfield produce. I chose this one because of the price, as well as the button up style while I'm breastfeeding. It's a grey dress with blue & orange stars on it.  

Brooch made by me and a silicone teething necklace from the Collective Store

Ring and vintage bracelets all op shopped


Vintage bag from a garage sale
Kids shoes retail on sale

My boys!

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


 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 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!