Saturday, 31 May 2014

I'm just sitting watching flowers in the rain

Outfit details:
Dress: Handmade
Shoes: Orla Kiely x Clarks
Bag: 1960s vintage (Mattel)

I've been so busy noodling about adjusting my blog layout recently I quite forgot to actually update the thing. I'm never satisfied with it and can never get it to look just right to my eyes. I love the look of a sleek minimalistic layout, but I also love bold patterns and gaudy colour schemes. So you see my problem! Whenever I try and do the minimal thing everything feels too empty, but I love it on other blogs. I drive myself mad with it! It's strange, my side blog's layout was put together really rushed and haphazardly and it's my favourite so I've tried to incorporate a little of that over here, but I'm not sure it works. But I've pretty much hit a wall with it and am just at the "it'll do" stage (I'll bet it doesn't even look all that different to you, huh?)

This dress I made myself using a vintage pattern and fabric. Way back in January Catherine at Sewingthe60s posted about Australian designer Norma Tullo and featured many images of the patterns she'd designed. I completely fell in love with 4681 and Googled it immediately. It was obviously meant to be as ten minutes later I had located the pattern in my exact size on an eBay auction that was due to end in 20 minutes! I then spent some time scouring for the perfect fabric, and located two yards of this beautiful vintage 1960s paisley. Because I procrastinate a lot and my sewing is very sporadic I finally finished this dress about six weeks ago and I couldn't be happier with it. It really was so simple I imagine I'll be churning out a few more in various colours over time. I placed the cotton voile bow on a brooch fitting so it's detachable depending on my mood.

I was also delighted at how well it matches my Orla Kiely shoes and prized Twiggy tote. My Twiggy bag is one of my favourite things to use, it's the perfect size to fit in my sketchbook and an abundance of supplies. I got it for an absolute steal too at only £15. These bags were part of a special vinyl collection made by Mattel in 1967 along with the special Twiggy Barbie doll. I've probably given this bag a lot more use than I really ought to have over the years but I just love it so much and it would feel like a shame not to use it (and it already had it's few scratches when I bought it so I don't feel too bad!).

I have such a backlog of posts, so expect to see me again very soon!


  1. oh my gosh i totally understand the blog layout thing. when other blogs have clean white backgrounds and simple graphics, i'm all like making everything different colors and changing around wacky 70s wallpapers LOL. but i think your blog is really great and i love the layout and colors.
    what a darling dress! the print is absolutely perfect, but i have to say that the bow really makes it.


  2. Oh yay! you made it! I'm so happy to have introduced you to Norma and you look so sweet and perfect in your version! i love it. And that bag - wow what a great little item to still haven and for only 15 pounds.

    I Love this outfit!

  3. Oh this is such a lovely dress! I just love the fabric and the bow really makes it - so sweet!

  4. IN LOVE with your dress and that Twiggy bag!! I just bought a book on Twiggy & Justin and I cannot wait to read it. :-)

  5. I completely relate to the pain of adjusting blog layouts. I'm never fully satisfied with mine, but I guess it's just the artist in us? I do love your layouts and your aesthetic!
    Your dress is so, so stunning! I adore the fabric, and it kind of reminds me of the floral design that encompasses your blog! All this inspiration of dress-making is reminding me to get started with mine :) Oh, and your Twiggy tote! What a great find. I've never seen anything like it before!


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