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Sundresses in the Rain

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It is lilac season again! I’ve never lived in a place with so many lilacs before, so it is very nice to experience this year two hedges just bursting with lilac blooms. Are the lilacs blooming where you live? Or are they already done and gone? (Alberta’s spring comes slowly!) This is a photo heavy post I warn you, simply because the lilacs are so beautiful, I couldn’t narrow the photos down. . .

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It is so strange how quickly the weather can change, as earlier this week the temperatures were +30 (celcius) and now for the next few days we have hit a rainy spot. So, what do you wear when it is Spring, but you look out your window and it’s raining? Why your sundresses, of course! Dressing as though it is the sunniest, warmest day does wonders to improving a cloudy day. (This is my scientific hypothesis of course!) Do you ever dress contrary to what the weather demands?

image of trenchcoat lilacs and umbrella the artyologistOk I concede, I did wear a coat when I went out! But the rain did stop long enough for these pictures.

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So, this seersucker dress is one that I got a nice little kick in the pants to finish, because of my Me Made May challenge. I was looking at my closet at the beginning of the month thinking, “wow, I don’t actually have that many me made garments at the moment”, and then I saw this one sitting in my mending pile, (yes… pile) as it had been sitting there for months just begging to be fixed.

I sewed this dress last summer and spent an extreme amount of time on it, even hand picking the zipper in place, and meticulously sewing the lace waistband in place, because the seersucker was a bit of a pain to work with. The lace piece that I used for the accent detail was the perfect shade of grey/brown and it matched the stripe in the seersucker perfectly. It was wonderful, but I only got to appreciate it once, as when I washed the dress the colour washed out of the lace and faded to a disgusting shade of yellow 🙁

image of lace waistband before after the artyologistJust gross.

Now, that feeling of accomplishment you get when you finish a dress and it is hanging proudly in your closet is one of the nicest feelings, but that was very abruptly replaced with the horrible feeling of having to redo something. And if there is one thing I hate, it is redoing something I have already finished- especially when it was perfect the way it was. So, alas, what to do? I didn’t have any other coordinating lace in that width, and the waistband looked so bland without any accent. I wasn’t sure what would be the best option with the least amount of deconstructive work (I really didn’t want to take the dress completely apart), and then my mom suggested that I edge the waistband in narrow lace, and tada! It worked!

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Whew, a dress saved, and just in time to wear it out into a rainshower! Ah well, the rain won’t last, although I actually do love a good stretch of rain, and goodness we need it, but for now, when I wear my sundress in the rain, I’ll be singing in the rain 🙂

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Wide Legged Trousers: Burda 7122

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Now here enters the only pair of pants I own.

When I was little (up until about grade 3) I wore dresses all the time. Then, somewhere along the way, I decided that pants were much better for running around at recess in. I wore mostly jeans for many years, until one day, about 5 years ago, I realized that actually I love dresses and skirts so much more. I guess I have come full circle- reverting to my childhood as I now wear mainly dresses!

However, pants are convenient sometimes, and it’s always good to have a pair. The thing about pants though, is that they are so difficult to fit! I never find ready-to-wear pants that fit, and I am the worlds slowest seamstress, so this is the only pair I have. (Aside from another pair I sewed, which shrunk and are now gauchos, and a pair of skinny jeans with a hole in them. They don’t count)

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These are Burda 7122. I chose this pattern as it has a high waistband and looks vaguely vintage. I ended up having to alter the waistband when I made these- so unfortunately I didn’t end up with my “sailor” pants. One thing I discovered is that, though this pattern has a retro look to it, they definitely fit like a modern pant. I have read about the differences between modern and vintage pants, and how the crotch depth and leg width are so different in modern patterns. That is definitely true of this pattern. I don’t think I would make this pattern again, even though I don’t mind how the pants turned out, and if you are after a more modern wardrobe these would fit the bill, but because I would like to actually get a true vintage pattern. I think that a vintage pair of pants would be so much more comfortable and also, really give that authentic look I am after. The drape and style of vintage pants is just so much better. . . Oh well, in the meantime, these will tide me over!

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The first dandelion of the season. Even though they are a terrible nuisance later, I can’t help but get excited when I first see them popping up!

Spring: Dreams vs. Reality

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April is a saucy flirt, teasing us with sweet sunshine, gentle breezes and the chatter of songbirds. Beckoning us to come outdoors, breathe the fresh clean air, see the spring bulbs poking their brave heads up, reaching for the sky only to tempestuously change her mind in a fit of rain-shower rage and send us back indoors scrambling to keep dry.

And so it was on this day here: waking up and planning what to wear, only to have the weather dash those dreams on the soggy ground. Only this time it was a spring snowstorm, rather than rainstorm. I don’t know why I am surprised: every Spring is the same. There is always more snow, and it usually comes on the first day of Spring itself!
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So, the dream vs. the reality: I had hoped to wear my black loafers with this outfit, but instead ended up wearing rainboots. I kept dry though, and I suppose there will be days enough for the loafers.

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So a few words about this outfit. This is the first year that I have owned white tights, and I must say they are great for seasonal dressing, as they are light and bright, and perfect for spring, while still offering much needed warmth on days like this.

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You may have noticed that I shortened this skirt. It was a bit too short to be long, and bit too long to be short. If that makes sense. I had hoped for a long, elegant, sweeping floral skirt, but instead ended up with something a bit more frumpy. Not the look I had envisioned. It didn’t hang quite right, so I made the decision to chop it off instead, and it is much improved. It has become so much more wearable. Who would have thought that a few inches could make such a difference!

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the artyologist: image of spring dressing with floral skirt, black hotter loafers and white tights

Also, as we were out taking pictures, my sister’s little “pets” came to visit us. They didn’t want to stop and pose for the camera, but I was able to get at least one photo!

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Beginnings

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Hello everyone and welcome to my new little corner of the internet! For many years I have followed the blogs of many people, learned so much from what they have shared, and enjoyed the online community – but mainly from the outside. I have finally decided that it is time for me to get involved in the online world, and share with you what I have to offer in return.

So, why the artyologist? Well, it seems to be the best way to describe what I want this blog to be: the creative outlet of a vintage loving, artist/photographer, who loves to make & wear 1930’s-1950’s fashions everyday and create a bit of beauty wherever she goes. The play on words with “archeologist”  pretty much sums up my love for all things vintage, and the “arty” sums up my love for creativity.

I’m looking forward to sharing this with you all.

So here is to new beginnings!

-Nicole