Nothing heralds the arrival of spring as much as tulips do.
My mom received this glorious bouquet of tulips for an Easter gift- and what a wonderful gift it was for all of us! This was one of the most beautiful bouquets I have ever seen.
The thing that I love about tulip bouquets is that they are so wild and untamed. Tulips keep growing even after they are cut, and try as you might to arrange them in some semblance of order, when you come back to look at them later, they will be sprawled in every which way and doing their own thing. Some people put a penny in the water to keep the flowers upright, but I love them like this. It was sad when they were finished blooming, but now we get to wait for the tulips coming up in the ground now, which won’t be far off!
Apparently Sunday was bird celebration day, judging by my outfit. This Butterick 4790 dress, which I’ve already worn on the blog, is covered in hummingbirds, and continuing the theme, (because you know you might as well go all in where these things are considered) I topped off the outfit with my owl pendant necklace. Too bad my hat didn’t have feathers on it!
It doesn’t have feathers on it, but this black straw saucer style hat is covered in pearl dotted black veiling (which I tucked up under the brim). I paired the dress with my favourite black mary jane pumps, a faux patent leopard print purse, and light black knitted bolero as it is warm enough to go without a coat.
As for these photos- they were taken in between clouds. 🙂 The sun was so incredibly bright on Sunday, and far be it from me to complain about the sunshine, but it does wreck havoc on photos! We couldn’t find any good spot in the shade to take the pictures, but the sky was dotted with just enough big puffy clouds to cover the sun long enough to take a few photos where I wasn’t squinting in the bright light.
Hats are by far the easiest way to introduce a vintage look to an outfit, for as much as people wear dresses these days, hats are few and far between. Millinery is always something I have been interested in, but not very good at as I am attempting to self teach myself the art. There is a lot of information online for sure, but it is always tricky to start something when you have no idea what you are doing- just a vague idea of what you want the finished product to look like!
Here are the three hats I mentioned a while back, that I picked up at an antique mall for a good price. The two black ones are modern, and the feathered hat is a vintage one from the 1960’s. I love the feathered hat just as it is, but the black caps, especially the one with the brooch and netting, are actually rather boring once put on. My thought when I got these, was that I could make them over and embellish them with a bit of vintage flair, without having to make the hat itself from scratch. As Lydia in Pride and Prejudice says, “Look here, I have bought this bonnet. I do not think it is very pretty; but I thought I might as well buy it as not. I shall pull it to pieces as soon as I get home, and see if I can make it up any better.”
So what are my plans for the hats?
The pheasant hat was easy since I liked it as is, minus the broken feathers. I pulled them out and added a few turquoise feathers, once of which I twisted into a loop, and the tiny spotted feather. Much improved. Although now I still have to wait several months to wear it. At least I have something to look forward to!
As for the other two, about a month ago I came across this beautiful mint coloured felt hat by master milliner Philip Treacy. (Phillip Treacy has made many of the hats we see the Royal’s wearing). I absolutely fell in love with the giant pompom flower, and immediately started wondering how I could make something like this. When I came across the black hat, I had my answer. I haven’t started construction on it yet, but will attempt something of the kind. I also really love the red hat, so if the flower doesn’t work out, I could always make a ginormous bow. If something in life needs embellishing, a bow should do the trick!
I am thinking that I will also make a large bow to fit on the other black hat. It needs some oomph too, as the velvet bow is a little understated. There is a hole under the velvet bow, where I think someone ripped some kind of embellishment off, so I need to keep that in mind whatever I decide to do. If all else fails and I can’t figure out how to attach a bow, I could always go with this.
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.