The white flowers on this crisp rayon fabric remind me of magnolias, though sadly I have never seen any actual magnolia flowers here in Colorado. We had them back in California where I grew up, and seeing such large blossoms in a tree seems oddly surreal looking, and beautiful too.
This fabric was an Etsy find, and when it arrived I doubted it was truly rayon as the texture is very similar to linen. It had a rough crisp texture I don't associate with rayon, but as soon as I started to iron the fabric I knew it must truly be rayon indeed as no linen ever pressed so nicely and easily! This is the first dress I have made since setting up my mom's serger/overlocker to use and it was so wonderful to have the raw edges all finished before constructing the dress! No frayed seams for me! It will be nice to have an alternative to rayon seam binding for future projects as sometimes I am just too lazy to go that "couture" inside my projects.
I styled the new dress with cognac brown accessories including my beloved Gibson's from American Duchess footwear. Shoes that would really look even better with this outfit are Royal Vintage's new Peggy spectators, but as they don't ship till October (yes, of course I have pre-ordered the Peggy's in brown and white, they are the perfect shoe!) I'll just have to wait on those! I've snatched up two pairs from Lauren's new Royal Vintage 40's line so far, but I still remain tempted by others...thank goodness there are wonderful people out there recreating vintage shoes!
This necklace happens to be rather special too, it's a real Miriam Haskell! I found it for a complete bargain on Etsy and cant believe I got to add a Haskell to my collection. The beads are white milk glass interspersed with braided/woven straw beads, perfect to match all of my straw hats :)
Speaking of hats, I bought this straw hat last spring, but I'm not sure I'll be keeping it in my collection. As much as I like it, I feel like the crown is just a bit too tall for me. If I do decide to part with it it will end up in my Etsy shop with a few other hats I'll be letting go of soon. Trying to curate my hat collection isn't easy, but I cant keep all the hats to myself now can I? ;)
|Dress: Made by me|
Hat, Jewelry, Clutch: Vintage
Shoes: American Duchess