Wednesday, 10 September 2008

progress...


Today is beautiful, sunny and warm, blossom everywhere... perfect. I just had to take a little break and go for a walk. I am wearing something truly spring-like: a striped vintage skirt as a dress, a cardigan, a scarf and a beret. I think I need another, similar cardigan to this grey one, because it gets so much wear!




striped pleated skirt, worn as a dress – vintage
Witchery cardigan, Sportsgirl beret and socks
soft wool scarf knitted by me
second hand belt, shoes and bag

The night before last, I did something amazing... well, amazing for me. I did sewing, and it worked! Nothing complicated, but I am so happy with it – and I only jabbed myself with the needle about 5 times. Believe me, this is progress. I fixed up the arm holes on this dress...



I got this '80s dress last weekend. It's made of silk, and fits me perfectly. I love the black collar and the contrast with the pale cream. However, there was one problem – tiny sweat stains along the edges of the arm holes. Ewww. I was hoping that a good soak in stain remover could fix this (not exactly ideal for silk, I was careful), but, though faded, they were still there. Yuck. Yuck! Time for Plan B: cut off the stained bits and sew the dress back together. Now, I'm not the most ambitious sewer – in fact, far from it. I am scared of it. What if it goes wrong?! This actually puts me off (remember the yellow silk skirt? I will do it... one day) and I was dreading it. But I really want to wear the dress this Friday, and so out came the scissors and the needle and thread, and away I went. One short hour later, it was done. Easy. What was I fussing about?

38 comments:

K.Line said...

Gorgeous dress and a great fix.

Lady Smaggle said...

Oh you so look so springlike! And well done on the sewing. I get so terrified of sewing.

Erin said...

I love those cherry blossom trees, I get so excited when they start to bloom.. they signal the warmer weather to come! Beautiful photos.

WendyB said...

I have some vintage stuff with serious sweat stains. What are you gonna do? They're still worth wearing, IMO.

Lilac Stevens said...

I love the long skirt worn as a dress!

Skye said...

That dress looks like it's going to be gorgeous - well worth the pain of the jabbing!

Theresa said...

absolutely lovely pictures

Louise said...

I really like this outfit, and that beret is just so perfect for Spring, if I haven't already emphasised that point! I also love you detail photos like those flowers, you do that so well. Sweat stains are the most offputting thing about second hand clothes, so good work on remedying that one!!!

Nadine said...

What a cute look! I love the layering! Makes me think of fall!

Shannon said...

She knits! She sews! She's superwoman!!

Can't wait to see some photos of the dress on. Your spring outfit is gorgeous!

sparklemag said...

your cap is beautiful! did you make it?

LookingGlassGirl said...

I love you style.

A dreamer said...

all the blossoms look so beautiful. that's what i love about spring. you look beautiful as always and I think this is the first time i've seen so much sunlight in your photos...? haha

StrikeMatch said...

The dress looks amazing and I love your cute beret. Congratulations on getting past your sewing reservations! It's totally worth it!

Miss Karen said...

Congratulations on the sewing! Wasn't the day simply marvellous?

You looked brilliant as always - I love your beret, it looks so sweet :D

Alicia said...

It's definitely spring - I also took my outfit picture today next to some blossoms -- of the apple variety though!
I'm pretty scared of sewing and altering too, I bought a sewing machine with the idea I was going to alter everything into fabulous new ensembles and it just never happened. Congratulations on your sewing success!

dlittlegarden said...

Great job on the dress! I'd love to see how it looks on- it's very austere and lovely.
I'm also terrified of sewing. I can never seem to get things right, but I'd like to improve.

Sal said...

As a fellow non-sewer with loads of crafty friends, I'm super impressed with your handiwork! How proud you must be.

leah said...

The dress looks fabulous. Clearly, you were fussing about absolutely nothing!

a cat of impossible colour said...

The blossoms are so lovely!

Spring is still unsprung here :(

porter hovey said...

What a cute look for such a great day!

esme and the lane way said...

K.Line: thanks!

Lady Smaggle: thank you! And it really wasn't so scary after all... deep breath!:)

Erin: me too, it is very cheering. Thanks!

WendyB: I am quite relieved, I was worried people might think I was gross for doing it! ABsolutely worth wearing IMO too!

Lilac Stevens: thanks! I've never even worn it as a skirt before, maybe I will try...

Skye: thanks! The jabs weren't even bad, just itchy!

Theresa: thanks very much :)

Louise: thank you! I like the detail pics, I'm glad you do too. I agree, the sweaty bits had to go.

Nadine: thanks! Autumn/Fall was always my favourite time of year, but Spring here is nice too, which helps me dress for it:)

Shannon: haha:D thanks! I will get pics of it on Friday.

sparklemag: thanks, I wish I could, but no, it's a shop bought one...

LookingGlassGirl: thank you very much.

A dreamer: I think Spring (and not Autumn, as in England) is my favourite season here. It is so beautiful! Thanks! And yes, they are cheerier photos, I didn't hide form the sun:)

StrikeMatch: thank you! I'm glad I did – now I have a hem to do.

Miss Karen: thanks! Oh it was great, and it is looking good now, too – fingers crossed!

Alicia: thanks! Isn't the idea of sewing so nice?

dlittlegarden: but you are such a talented knitter, I just imagine it applying to all fabric-making-things, no? Thanks!

Sal: thanks! Yep – but I won't be showing anyone the stitches. They have a, um, naive charm..?!

leah: thanks! Yes, I can be a bit concerned for no good reason sometimes... :)

a cat of impossible colour: it just sort of happened all of a sudden. I hope it does there soon, too – it is nice to leave the cold behind!

porter hovey: thanks very much! :)

Hailey @ stylesymmetry.com said...

Your seasons are oppisite, fall is about to start in Canada.

esme and the lane way said...

Hailey @ stylesymmetry.com: I know, I've been here five years and I still feel upsidedown!

PorcelainBlonde said...

Beautiful pictures! You've captured the light here in melbourne at the moment perfectly :) Love the cherry blossom trees...sigh:)

As for your outfit, you're the layering queen. I love a belt over a cardi too although for some reason I only seem to do it in summer?!

The Paper Doll said...

Love the cherry blossoms - dont they just make you feel happy and content!

rosa may said...

isn't spring fantastic! I've been going around grinning all day just because of the sunshine...
those photos are lovely, especially the flowers

Lady Melbourne said...

Ooo, I love to hear sewing success stories! I love the look of that dress, I'm sensing a lovely black and white affair so you must show us photos.
The cherry blossums are beautiful right now aren't they?
LM
x

kirstie said...

i love this warmer weather! i feel like i can do so much more and i don't have to cover up with a huge jacket. i wish we had cherry blossoms here in brisbane, they look so pretty!

Keshe said...

What a perfect post... I love the cherry blossoms and your beret matches them so well :) Haven't the last few days been simply lovely?? Just wondering, is it okay if I link to your blog? I visit it often, and I've just worked out how to link to other blogs! I'm not sure how blog etiquette works so I thought I'd ask!

The Clothes Horse said...

Pretty. I like the greys in your outfit. Also, spring blooms always make me happy.

esme and the lane way said...

PorcelainBlonde: thanks! The trees are so pretty, and smell so nice...

The Paper Doll: they do, it's so cheering!

rosa may: thanks very much! The weather is making me happy too.

Lady Melbourne: black and white and strong lines... I am wearing it tonight, so there will be pics soon!


kirstie: no cherry blossoms in Brisbane? Really? Strange! Do the other trees blossom in spring?

Keshe: thanks very much! And I'd be chuffed if you linked to my blog :)

The Clothes Horse: thank you! Yep, definitely more cheery than in the gloomy days of last week. Maybe I should call them cheery blossoms?! :D

Thumbelina said...

Oh I wish I had cherry blossom trees in Alaska... they just seem to be the epitome of springtime--so fresh and beautiful. And I can't wait to see how you pull off that dress! I wish I had a sewing machine so I could start altering my pile of 'need to be tailored' from thrift stores. And love the outfit, the pink beret is so darling.
Ciao ciao,
Marisa

esme and the lane way said...

Thumbelina: thanks very much! The dress is being worn tonight, so I should be posting pics tomorrow... I can't wait to wear it!

Mila said...

Wow, so amazingly pretty!
I love it all!!

<3
Mila.

Penny said...

the blossoms are beautiful :)
i really like the long cardigan with the belt over the top, very cute!

Mo said...

you look adorable on those pics...i love your style

esme and the lane way said...

Mila: thank you! It is really beautiful here at the moment...

Penny: thanks very much!

Mo: thank you! :)

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