Monday, November 28, 2016

Fallen Leaves










This amazing, silky, jewel toned wonder of a fabric was just $2 a yard. Yep, $2 a yard. What?! The score of the year! Silky wonderful rayon in one of the best prints I have ever seen, in gorgeous colors, for $2 a yard! Sometimes I discover magical things on Etsy, what else can I say :)

This dress came together rather quickly too, once I finally got started. The fabric was actually a dream to work with on top of being a total bargain. I decided on a simple style of dress since the all over colorful pattern was going to be the star of the piece anyway. The skirt is just a basic A-line shape, and I gave the full length sleeves 1/2" shoulder pads at the top for the full 1940's power shoulder. The gathered neckline was created by moving the fullness from the side-bust dart (which is then eliminated) to the neckline and gathering it in a self bias tape finish. I certainly think I'll be using this same arrangement of dress pattern again soon, hopefully in a nice solid color wool of some kind for winter.

For it's first outing I paired the dress with a new black hat I bought earlier this year that had been waiting for wool hat season. I kept the rest of the accessories black to match, with my black Marilyn's from Royal Vintage shoes, a black suede belt, and a new-to-me black wool handbag that I am so pleased with! You never quite know what to expect when ordering vintage online from a seller you aren't familiar with, so it is the greatest relief when something shows up in perfect condition. This handbag was one of two I added to my collection last week that turned up in near mint condition. I'm so glad to have other options for a black handbag instead of always using my black patent bag which just doesn't "go" sometimes. To combat the chill in the air I threw on my big faux fur shawl which is always super cozy. A citrine rhinestone arrow brooch added a bit of sparkle and is quickly becoming a fall time favorite of mine this year.

I hope you all had a nice holiday weekend. I know I'll be walking head on into a raging storm of work this week after the undoubtedly hundreds of orders my workplace will have relieved on black Friday. I did quite a bit of damage myself in the sales, online of course, and now I shall have to be on a strict budget moving forward! I am so dangerous with Etsy, I really must set some resolutions to be thriftier over the next year! (Don't I always say that?) Please tell me some of you were just as dangerous ;)

Dress: Made by me
Shoes: Royal Vintage Shoes
Handbag, Brooch, Earrings, Belt, & Hat: Vintage
Tights: What Katie Did
Fur (faux): Made by me


20 comments:

  1. That fabric is stunning - you won at shopping when you found that. Actually, it's a whole outfit of WIN.

    (Etsy is soooo dangerous.)

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    1. Thank you! Etsy is the most dangerous, I need to block it again! eek!

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  2. That is one of the nicest Autumnal dresses I have ever seen. Ever. The fabric is utterly divine, and I love the classic clean shape of the dress pattern, with long-sleeves, hurrah for cosy dresses! I am bowled-over by it x

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    1. Thank you so much Porcelina! I need to make more dresses with long sleeves but at least this one brings my total to 3 now ha!

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  3. Great dress! That fabric is lovely! :)

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  4. That dress is amazing! I love the 40s style sleeves.
    I was also pretty naughty over the weekend. Just couldn't help myself!

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  5. This dress is just gorgeous! The pattern on the fabric is perfect for this time of year and what a bargain!! The fabric sellers over here on Etsy aren't all that good, so I tend to give them a wide berth.
    I love the idea of moving the side dart into a gathered neckline. I may have to try that at some point, it looks really good on your dress.
    Oh, and in terms of Black Friday, I spent £90 on fabric and nearly £50 on faux fur accessories, so don't beat yourself up! xx

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    1. Thank you Cate! Moving the dart like this is super easy to do too which is always nice, I'll have to put together a little how to!

      I'm glad I wasn't alone in shopping! I did pick up some fabric on the day too, mostly lovely black wools for some winter skirts!

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  6. What an AMAZING look! That fabric is truly stunning, both on you in general and for this time of the year in particular. You look like a drop dead femme fatale here.

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    1. Thank you Jessica! Shoulder pads always make me feel fierce ha!

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  7. Holy smokes! That fabric is AWESOME!!! And that dress is superb, simply amazing. Gorgeous.

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    1. Thank you! I got so lucky finding this fabric!

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  8. Great fabric find! It fits the style of the dress really nicely.
    The Artyologist

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  9. I love this outfit so much! The gorgeous fabric and the shape of the dress are just perfect. Those shoulder!

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    1. Thank you Kate-Em! I do like a strong shoulder <3

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  10. This dress is STUNNING! First, talk about a deal on the fabric, and then superb job making it!!!

    xoxo
    -Janey

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