7th March – my boyfriend took this of me dancing to the Monkees after which time I may have had a glass of ale. It’s a 60s minidress from a vintage shop I bought about a year ago with Hawaiian-y pattern flowers. I like that it’s kind of psych, kind of tiki – and has a ruffley neck. It’s comfy and fits well (rare for vintage clothes!).
8th March – I bought this at a flea market in Paris, vintage 60s wool with a cool op-art pattern on the bottom half. It got a bit moth-eaten in places but I tried to fix it a bit and it seems ok now.
9th March – 50s cocktail dress. I made this from a 50s pattern, using some 50s/60s Italian silk I got in a Chesterfield charity shop for £1. Win! I’ve only worn it 3 or 4 times but it feels very elegant.
4th March – Grey floral 1950s dress. I got this cheap on eBay, made a few minor adjustments to it when it arrived. I used to think of this as my ‘Paris’ dress but now it also reminds me of a very cold but wonderful walk through Ecclesall woods.
5th March – Another ‘Paris’ dress. Also from eBay, but was made new from a 1930s pattern. So comfy! I think I should wear this one more often rather than saving for best. Every day should be for best!
6th March – Op art mod dress. I made this one from a 60s pattern but kind of invented the pockets. I just love big white round 60s zips (I had to paint the rings white as I could only find silver ring pulls).
I did this mini project once before years ago and it seemed a good time to try it again – the plan is to wear a vintage (or homemade vintage-style) dress every day for a month! The main reason is because over the winter it’s so easy to bundle up and wear the same comfy things over and over again, and get bored with your own clothes. This will hopefully make me dig out and appreciate my wardrobe full of dresses that don’t always get their deserved airtime. Also, I might be able to decide which (if any!) can head for the eBay pile to make way for one or two new ones… My boyfriend said I should photograph each day, so posting updates here every few days should make me keep to the plan!
BE YOUR OWN ART!
So, to kick off:
1st March – Red and black spotted wiggle dress: I made this last year with some fabric my mum gave me; the shoulders and pleats were a bit fiddly to do but I was pleased with the result. At the time, it was the most complicated dress I’d made.
2nd March – Yellow 60s mini dress. A bit too big for me but it remains one of my favourites, bought cheap on eBay a few years ago – proper vintage with bell sleeves and hippy embroidering on the front.
3rd March – Black 70s disco dress. Found this in a charity shop and couldn’t leave it there. I like the lacy top – I think it was originally very long as the hem has definitely been taken up by someone at home (not me!).