Easter Sunday dawned with clear blue skies, a bright shining sun, and a cool breeze, and it was perfect: as we couldn’t very well have bad weather on Easter Sunday, could we? It was a perfect chance for the “sundresses” I keep wanting to wear, we didn’t even wear coats, and had to wear sunglasses as it was so bright!
I made this dress from a Vogue 1044 reproduction pattern. I love how so many of the pattern companies have reissued their vintage patterns, as it is an easy way to get an authentic vintage look without having actual vintage- although, half of this dress was actually made from vintage material.
This dress might just squeak in under the “make do” section of “make do and mend”. The bodice and skirt of this dress were made of different fabrics, although they match so closely it would seem they were made to go together! The bodice is made of a pinstriped remnant of fabric my mom had left over from the 70’s, and the skirt is made of new eyelet material I purchased several years ago. I (foolishly) didn’t purchase enough of the material to do much of anything with, but was just able to squeeze the bodice pattern on the other remnant, and then use the entire piece of the new material for the skirt. It turned out well, and made a great Easter Sunday dress, paired with my off-white straw hat and thrifted rattan purse.
Just in time for Spring I recently acquired three winter hats. Of course, even though they are now out of season, I had to wear at least one of them before I put them away for the winter! I am getting a little tired of wearing my cold weather clothes, as that is pretty much all I’ve been wearing for the last few months, but now that I’ve got these new hats I want to wear them all! Sigh. I think that this hat will be a good winter staple, as it is a simple shape made of wool, adorned with just a nice soft velvet bow. I guess I’ll just have to wait until next year! Patience. . . This will be the last cold weather outfit I’ll wear until fall, even though it’s always a bit tricky to wear spring appropriate outfits when the weather doesn’t seem to cooperate very well- I will persevere! The cold and snow will not stop me!
I wore the hat on Sunday, and paired it with my vintage peacock plumage patterned pleated wool skirt, (wow that is a tongue twister if I ever heard one!) and black velvet blazer. Sparkly earrings and a fish brooch dressed it up a bit, and my favourite mary jane’s completed the look.
Happy First Day of Spring! Although the weather may not realize what season it is, knowing that Winter is officially over makes all the difference don’t you think?
And now it is time for the sundresses! Which I am very glad about, as my winter wardrobe was starting to feel stretched a little thin (“like butter scraped over too much bread”- as Bilbo would say).
This is a great dress I found in a thrift store last year. That was a lucky day- it was like a vintage blogger had just cleared out their closet, there were so many wonderful dresses. Not all of them fit, but I found this lovely gem, which fit as perfectly as if it had been made for me.
Paired with some black tights, boots, and a white faux leather jacket- it was a perfect ensemble for a warm day we had last week.
Hopefully it is starting to feel like Spring wherever you are- and you are able to enjoy the coming season!
I know that Spring must be on it’s way, because the weather can’t quite make up it’s mind! Last week was above zero, then we had a day of soft fluffy snowflakes, and then over the weekend it all melted away again. When it snowed, I just couldn’t resist going outside in the snow for some pictures; these look like Christmas postcards!
It is definitely the time for seasonal dressing though, and this outfit marries winter and spring quite well: a cotton sundress, warmed up with a sweater, wool coat and jewel toned tights.
This sundress is a reproduction I sewed of Butterick’s 4790 famous wraparound “walk away dress”, nicknamed that because it was so easy to make you could start sewing it in the morning, and walk away wearing it to lunch. (I wasn’t that quick at sewing it!) It has been a nice staple in my wardrobe for the last few years though, since it works well for all seasons: the jewel tones make it perfect for fall/winter, but the cotton material is perfect for spring/summer.
I’m looking forward to sundress season, and though the snow is nice, I am certainly ready for Spring- how about you?