Japanese-esq Outfit

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I bought a dress this spring, that has become an absolute fave in my wardrobe. Stretchy, comfy, oddly shaped, and oddly wonderful. So easy just thrown on with leggings, and I love the pop of colour from my red turn lock purse!

Please excuse the poor photo quality. I have the itch to revive this wee space, and at the moment only have photos from my phone. 

Bunchy Pant Problem Solved

I love the look of skinny jeans or cords worn with tall boots. There is however, that pesky issue of the pants bunching up above the boots. I think I may have come up with a solution. Remember stirrup pants? I wasn’t about to sew permanent stirrups on my pants, in case I decided to wear them with a low boot or shoe. Instead I sewed buttons onto the inside seams, and attached a length of buttonhole elastic. Voila! Removable stirrups. Now I can sit, stand and move around without my pants bunching up.

Elastic

Rust Cords

Rust Cord: Joe Fresh
Striped Sweater: Tommy Hilfiger
Boots: L.L Bean
Messenger Bag: Cath Kidston
Scarf: thrifted

Thanks to Iolan the Wears for inspiring this post.

Laura Ashley Love

My love for all things Laura Ashley peaked in the late 80’s, when my room was festooned in baby blue walls, a Laura Ashley bedding set, and straw hats on the walls. My friend and I had a little flashback moment a few years ago, when we thought that it would be a great idea to pull out our old Laura Ashley dresses, and start wearing them again. Our husbands quickly shut it down.

My heart however, still skips a beat when I spy a vintage Laura Ashley dress. This particular dress was made of lovely, heavy velvet and printed with cabbage roses and brooches. Oh, and it had large puffed sleeves. Very Dynasty! You can see what the dress looked like here from a seller on Etsy. No, I didn’t pay $125 for my dress, and I did have a split second of regret about cutting it up, after seeing the going price for it. Never mind. I am happy with how my self drafted a-line skirt turned out. I guess I am a bit old to be rocking puffed sleeves anyway!DSC_0005

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Frumpy Dress Makeover

Last weekend I visited one of my very best friends. Between cups of tea, catching up on sewing projects and our latest favourite reads, we squeezed in a bit of thrift store shopping. I spotted this April Cornell dress, fell in love with the print, not so much the size or shape. It reminded me of this dress from Brora, so I popped it into my cart. My friend agreed that a major chop was in order, and I set to work on transforming it this week. I shortened the hem, took in the side seams and darts, and made the sleeves 3/4 length, gathered into a band. I’m pleased with the results! I thought that I would feature the dress 6 different ways. Something I love seeing on blogs such as Handmade by Carolyn. The frumpy dress ‘before’. The ‘after’, styled 6 different ways. Dress: April Cornell, thrifted Brown woven belt: thrifted Brown leather boots: LL Bean Grey tights: Joe Fresh Glasses: Anna Sui Mustard wool shawl: just off the needles! Burgundy tights: Walmart (thanks for the tip Andrea!) Red velvet jacket: American Eagle Outfitters, thrifted Hand beaded headband: Quirky Beauty Glasses: Kliik Knit vest: thrifted Black boots: daughters closet Grey wool sweater: Merona, thrifted Mustard scarf: kids dress up bin Mid photo shoot cuddle!