Tuesday, 28 February 2017

These boots are made for walkin'




This dress was my latest me made project. I'd been saving this crimplene for the perfect project, I hate to feel like I'm wasting vintage fabric because it's so finite (wasting and destroying vintage in general is my biggest pet peeve, I don't understand how people don't realise that this stuff is limited quantities so treat it respectfully. Anyway, tangent!) I kind of like this dress, and I kind of feel a bit disappointed with it at the same time which is a bummer. But I often feel like that after sewing projects, then after they've been in my closet for a while I'm able to appreciate them more.

I did a little pattern frankensteining on this dress, just on the sleeves. The dress pattern had elasticated balloon sleeves, but I liked the shape of these with the additional frill on the end and smocked cuff which were on another pattern. I'd never done smocking before, and honestly don't think I'd ever do it again, it was such a PITA and didn't even really come out like it was supposed to. The collar ended up a bit different too, as the white crimplene was so much heavier than the purple crimplene. It was supposed to be more of a dagger shirt collar, but the weight made the collar just lie flat so I embraced it and altered the neckline. I think it's the sleeves that are the biggest annoyance to me, especially as the frill at the end keeps flipping inside out. But it's easily fixed, I'd just need to unpick all of my smocking and add elastic to make it a balloon sleeve.



I bought these boots when I last went to Bristol. After going to Judy's I took a little wander further into the city than I usually go in search of an art shop, and there ended up being a vintage shop right opposite that I couldn't help but wander in to. I've never sought out the vintage shops in Bristol before, and entering this store confirmed my suspicions. It's all the same kind of tat sold in places like Brick Lane, and I mean actual tat with minimal real vintage. Secondhand converse, cast off jeans, more plaid shirts than anyone could ever look through. They'd even marked brands you can find in the likes of New Look as "vintage".

However tucked away on the sale rail, I did see these boots and I was smitten immediately. I've been looking at white mod boots online a lot lately, and finding these felt like serendipity. I haven't been able to identify their age, the label is "Richard Draper" which has apparently been around since 1937 and is still going strong. The Cuban shaped heel and contrast piping makes me think they're probably 1980s? But honestly I couldn't care less if they're not '60s, they look the part and that's all that matters! All of my other vintage boots are suede which isn't the best choice for rainy England, and so I've been after a pair of leather boots for the longest time. These also have sheepskin lining, so I'm not only cosy but feel like I'm walking on clouds.






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  1. You did a cracking job on the dress but I know what you mean, I have to let things hang around after I've made them. I think staring at the fabric for hours while I'm sewing makes me a bit bored with it.
    Those boots are very definitely 1980s and look great with the outfit. Richard Draper of Glastonbury always made the best sheepskins and slippers. x

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    1. Thanks! I'm always caught up on all the little nit picky things just after I've made something, I need to put things away until I've forgotten them which always happens. Thanks for confirming, I hoped someone would! I was fairly certain they were 80s from the style but I'd never heard of the brand before. Definitely a good brand though, they're still like new

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  2. I'm sorry you're a little disappointed with the dress, but I think it's absolutely lovely, especially the colours! I completely agree with your feelings towards to vintage, it needs to be taken care of! The boots are very cute, and really complete the look. Even if they are 80s, rather than 60s, they still really fit the part! x

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    1. Thank you! I think that's the problem with making things yourself, it makes you far more critical. I need to put it away and forget about it for a little while then I'm sure I'll forget al of the little things that bugged me.

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  3. I think the dress turned out looking quite amazing! I am loving that fabric. The boots definitely make the entire outfit, what a great find!

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  4. Nice fabric! I love your vintage style ;)
    Oh, and your eyeliner too :D

    www.bigdreamerblog.com

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  5. Heh hello, I'm thrilled to have just discovered your blog. I absolutely love vintage clothes and records too! :)

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    1. Thank you, I'm glad you like it! 💕

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