Thursday, July 23, 2015

Birds of Paradise















After making a dress with a full circle skirt earlier this year, I just knew I wanted more! I ordered a few fabrics from a great etsy shop based in India (which has since closed sadly!) and finally managed to make up one of the two planned dresses. I just adore this tropical print! There are even parrots among the leaves in this print, along with some vague leopard print spots. I am super happy with how the dress came out as the fabric turned out to be quite thin and a bit delicate to work with. The dress is lined with a light beige cotton/poly blend to add some strength and opacity to the dress. I ended up using the same printed fabric to make bias binding to hem the sleeves and skirt of the dress as anything else would have been just too heavy.

These aptly tropical photos were taken on a trip to the Denver Zoo! My mom and I spent a few hours yesterday walking around, soaking up some sun, and then getting ice creams to help keep cool. I woke up knowing I wanted 50's-ish hair, but that if I left it down I would be way too hot. I searched pinterest for a solution and found this tutorial. I fixed mine a little bit differently, but it did the job of both looking vintage and keeping my hair off of my neck in the heat. I only have this one nylon scarf in my collection of many scarves, can you believe that? I need to invest in a few more colors so I can do my hair up in scarves more often! Off to etsy I go...

Dress: Made by me
Shoes: Nine West
Jewelry: Vintage
Belt: Target
Scarf: Vintage
Sunglasses: Random stall in Camden Market

12 comments:

  1. Oh I just love this dress. The fabric is beautiful, and the fit is perfect. Well done!

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    1. Thank you Lauren! I wish the fabric store I had gotten this print from hadn't closed, it was only $4 a yard!

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  2. Beautiful dress, and what a good idea to take the photos at the zoo. love your hair, off to check out the tutorial now

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    1. Thank you Kaitlyn! This hairstyle was super easy actually! It's basically a ponytail with the ends looped and pinned, then most of the rest is covered by the scarf!

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  3. What a dreamy, captivating floral print. I love the depth of colours and size of the pattern elements.

    As always, you found the perfect setting to shot this outfit in. The dress and greenery + birds compliment one another divinely!

    ♥ Jessica

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    1. Thank you Jessica! I just love tropical leaves, so this fabric had to be mine. I had been wanting to visit the zoo anyway, so it seemed like a perfect fit!

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  4. You look beautiful! What a lovely dress!! Ciao from Italy :))

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    1. Thank you so much Caramella! And Hello in return! :)

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  5. Wow, I love this dress! Brilliant photography, too! Your photos tell a vibrant story, in a way. :D

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    1. Thanks Ellie! I somehow roped my mom into being my outfit photographer a while ago and we have got it down to a science these days!

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  6. Beautiful dress, such gorgeous fabric. Perfect backdrop at the zoo too, nice to see all those colourful birds. Love the hair, going to take a look at that tutorial.

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