Dorothy and The Yellow Surrounded Road
I finally got my sunny pictures in the bright yellow canola field! And, I had the perfect outfit to wear with the field. (There I go again- matching my outfits to the farmer’s field!) Well, that is not the whole story. The real story is, I thought to myself, “What could I wear for pictures in the sunny yellow canola field?” A cursory examination of my current wardrobe revealed that I had nothing that would coordinate or contrast with a bright yellow and blue background, that I haven’t already worn a billion times, or catalogued on the blog here before. (And I really wanted to do the field justice!)
So, what to do? Why sew something new, of course! I had an old, 1980’s, baggy, rayon, navy gingham dress in my stash, that I had purchased from the thrift store with the sole purpose of refashioning into something new, and I decided that now was the time. It had been sitting there for a couple of years, waiting for the right project- and this was it! (I will detail that project’s process later.)
So, I had a pinafore, a white blouse to match, and then of course some white sunglasses as it was bright out there, (and I am nothing if not colour coordinated) and a straw sunhat to finish off the look. It was the perfect 1940’s Hollywood interpretation of a farm girl or a milk maid. (Which means that it is nothing like what a real farm girl or milk maid would actually wear, but there is nothing better than a fake Hollywood interpretation of reality, right?) So, that leads me to the title of this post- Dorothy, of The Wizard of Oz. I was almost done making this pinafore when I realized that my outfit looked very fairytale like, although I couldn’t place my finger quite on which character. At first I thought of Alice in Wonderland, but then I remembered that Alice has a solid blue dress with a white pinafore. So then I was trying to remember whose dress mine looked like- and then I realized that it is strikingly similar to Judy Garland’s outfit in that movie- and it was completely by accident! 🙂 I don’t have a yellow brick road, but I do have a road surrounded in yellow- so does that count?
Do you have any dresses similar to movie costumes, either on purpose, or by accident?
Blue gingham pinafore: refashioned by me
White blouse: thrifted
Earrings: gift from my parents
Shoes: Hotter Shoes, “Shipley”
Sunglasses: bought online several years ago
July 26, 2016 @ 8:05 pm
You look so cute here! And holy cow, I really need to find a field full of flowers to take photos in, because these last couple of sets that you’ve done have been ah-mazing.
I don’t really have anything too reminiscent of movie costumes, but I’d love to find a great blue gingham dress a la Dorothy.
July 26, 2016 @ 8:24 pm
Thanks 🙂 The blue gingham is really fun to wear- I’d definitely recommend a “Dorothy” dress!
July 26, 2016 @ 9:15 pm
Ahhh SO MUCH LOVE FOR THIS OUTFIT!!!! I would wear this in a heartbeat. These photos are MAGICAL! What a stunning location – we don’t have anything quite like this at all where I live, it must be so fun to frolic among these flowers. It’s like a dream landscape, so very Wizard of Oz indeed! You did a fantastic job refashioning the 80s dress into a 40s pinafore, love it. And you know me hehe, I am a sucker for going for outfits inspired by movie costumes 😀
July 27, 2016 @ 6:05 pm
Thanks! I’m not sure I was really frolicking- haha- the ground was rather uneven, so it was more like tripping through the flowers. 🙂 I agree, movie’s are so great for outfit inspiration, especially vintage, as the costumes are usually so lavish and a great representation, not of what the average person was wearing, but what the “ideal” of the time was.
July 27, 2016 @ 1:55 pm
Awesomely lovely photos and outfit! The Dorothy vibe here is just the coolest! I love that you channeled such in a way that is totally chic and not the least bit costume-y (nothing wrong with costume-y, of course, if that’s what one is intentionally going for, bust I sense that you weren’t here). These photos are sweet, fun and super inspiring. If only we had canola fields out this way. Zero to be had, that I know of, but there are plenty of orchards, which look especially nice in the spring and early fall.
Big hugs & many heartfelt thanks for all of your terrific recent blog comments,
July 27, 2016 @ 6:09 pm
Thanks. I’m glad that it doesn’t come across as too costume-y as that was my one “worry”. We don’t have many (any?) orchards out here. Orchards always sound so lovely to me, and remind me of Anne of Green Gables or some other romantic historical time period.
And, thank-you for your lovely recent blog comments too 🙂
July 31, 2016 @ 8:57 am
Lovely pictures and such a beautiful dress! 🙂
August 1, 2016 @ 2:34 pm
Thanks so much 🙂
August 1, 2016 @ 2:51 pm
These pictures are amazing! What a beautiful backdrop and outift – I love the Dorothy vibes you got goin’ on!
August 1, 2016 @ 3:24 pm
Thanks so much Jamie! The canola has finished blooming now, but I sure enjoyed it while it lasted 🙂
August 3, 2016 @ 3:47 pm
More amazing pictures! You do live in a beautiful part of the world, for sure. And I love the outfit too. Off now to read about how you made it!
August 4, 2016 @ 11:46 am
Thanks Tanith 🙂
August 14, 2016 @ 12:19 pm
What a beautiful location! Those colours are just amazing. It really suits your Dorothy dress.
August 16, 2016 @ 7:43 pm
Thanks so much 🙂 It was a beautiful day when we took this pictures- and I appreciated it all the more as it was sandwiched in between so many days of rain!
August 15, 2016 @ 12:27 pm
What a beautiful backdrop! Your photos are lovely I also like what you did to your thrifted dress, very nice 😉
August 16, 2016 @ 7:48 pm
Thanks so much! I am pretty happy with how the dress turned out too- although I had to have a period of separation before I started wearing it as I was so frustrated with all the trouble it caused me! But I have forgiven it now 😉
January 31, 2017 @ 10:00 am
This is so Dorothy, what great shots.
I love how the dress came together in the end. The little challenges were well navigated. X
January 31, 2017 @ 10:57 am
Thanks! It did turn out to be worth it, as it is now one of my favourite dresses. Getting to that point was a bit difficult but . . . 😉