Friday, 13 December 2013

When all I want is you

The Captain had a rare weekend off, which meant I was made it to the monthly Vintage & Designer Markets at West End. There were around 10 stalls with mostly clothing & accessories. I came away empty handed....I tend not to buy at markets because I'm such a cheapskate.


This dress was once a gigantic maxi. Very long, dragging on the floor, with long sleeves. Being a couple of sizes too big it looked huge with all that fabric. At first I brought the hem up, which made it more wearable, but it still felt like a lot of frock with the sleeves. Add to that the fact I overheat so easily. So I decided to cut the sleeves, & I'm so pleased I did, as I think I'll wear it regularly now. I'm always rather nervous about cutting up a vintage frock and changing the original style, but rarely have I regretted doing so.







Below is the original frock, before surgery








Outfit Details......

60's maxi dress - WAC clothing sale
Orange enamel brooch - had it since childhood
Orange & pearl rings - Op shopped
Gold bangle - Auckland vintage fair
Beaded bag - Op shopped
Flower clip on bag - Lil Buttons Lil Bows
Sunglasses - Ray Bans
Shoes & belt - Retail



21 comments:

  1. post op styling!!...I love it....and I bet you kept the offcuts for a rainy day x

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  2. Nice move. The dress is now the perfect for warm weather. (I run hot, too. woo hoo) I know what you mean! That first snip into a vintage fabric is always heart stopping. Eek! Have you really had the brooch since you were a munchkin? How sweet.

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  3. We love how you transformed the vintage dress in to something you should definitely wear regularly. We also like the accesories you incoporated and those shoes!!

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  4. Another perfect outfit. I love the way your handbag blends in, and the print is magnifarsent.

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  5. You look amazing.
    The floral print is such a pretty one.
    I've had to take to a couple of vintage pieces with scissors too. The length and sleeves are often not that flattering in their original state.
    x

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  6. You have done a great job with altering this vintage dress - it's gorgeous. : )

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  7. The dress looks fantastic and so great that you feel you will get a lot more wear out of it! Love that print and so nice with the vintage flower pin. I feel the same way about the heat, especially this year. I have found that it has been way too hot to wear any of my long sleeved vintage dresses or blouses, even in winter!

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  8. I'm glad you altered the dress to make it into one you will wear, Leisa, the colours and print are far too wonderful not to be seen and appreciated! You did a great job, the dress look fabulous. xxx

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  9. I LOVE it! Primo colour combo - classic orange brown and yellow..

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  10. The dress looks fabulous altered and I love the colours too, it is so vintage. I hope you enjoyed your weekend with the captain and that you are feeling well lovely. xoxo

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  11. Loved the dress before but it's far more you now! I love it shorter and minus the sleeves! x

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  12. love the colour and pattern, definitely more you now and you look fab xx

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  13. It's a skill to see the dress in the dress and know it's going to look good if you alter it. But who am I kidding with gorgeous vintage fabric like this print, how is n alteration not going to look good. Looking fabulous my love and the colour combination is wonderful.

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  14. This looks amazing after you have re-worked it. Super cute - plus I love your styling with those adorable shoes and accessories!

    Just stopping by from Passion for Fashion link up!

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  15. Sometimes a vintage frock just has to be modernised for our world, darling! I've butchered many, for good and occasionally for bad! I think you've done well. It's such a great print, you HAD to make it wearable!! Love those shoes!!!
    I'm always giggling about being a cheapskate, but have gotten a little bit better at lashing out on occasion, but only for something really special!! XXX

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  16. People get kind of funny about cutting up vintage but I think if it makes it more wearable it's definitely worth it. I think your frock looks great and still looks vintagey. I'm a cheapskate too. I hardly ever buy things at vintage shops because they're so expensive.

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  17. I love what you have done to this dress...you have given it new life! I'm always on the look out for vintage dresses, but sadly, I haven't come across many! Love this!
    Donna x
    www.polkadot-pink.com

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  18. Love what you did with the dress. It looks beautiful on you.

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  19. You did an excellent chop job on that maxi!

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  20. This frock looks amazing and honestly sometimes the chop just HAS to happen! Although I do agree with you, I ALWAYS feel nervous about chopping up vintage goodies, but there is no point of something sitting in your wardrobe if you're not wearing it. Nice up-cycling!

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  21. Oh my goodness...Orange is my favorite color and you made it look BEAUTIFUL!

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