Thursday, 26 August 2010

wool skirt

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This time of year can get a bit draggy, really – it's still cold, it's often grey, a bit rainy. I love winter, but often by now I have had my fun with open fireplaces and red wine and cheese and general warmy goodtimes, and start longing for warmer days and sunshine. And, of course, less layers… This time it's been made a bit easier for me in a few ways; I recently got some new skirts that are good for cold days (and freezing mornings – less than 0C this morning! For us here down under, that's really, really cold!) This one is a soft, pure wool skirt I picked up at an op shop. It was a couple of sizes too big, and really very long – swinging around my upper ankles, nanna style – and so I took a deep breath and started altering. And I am really quite happy with the results. Surprised, even! The shape itself was already great, with its tiny waist and very full, almost circle hem; definitely nodding, friendly like, at the New Look. It does has pockets in both side seams, which did add a bit of extra trickiness, but by taking in two existing darts in the back it now fits perfectly. I then had to deal with the length; I like a longer length (ie a fair little bit below the knee) with full skirts, and needed to take this one up by about 5 inches. To be completely candid it is not the best hem job I could have done – I wanted to make sure the length was perfect – and that it was straight! – before I chopped anything, and I needed an expert second opinion, too :) Now I know that I have the length right, I am ready to do it properly – which will involve chopping and re-hemming and general faffing, but it will be worth it. The thing is, now we have Spring just around the corner, I have plenty on sewing projects for my summery clothes!

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Wow, well done if you got through all that :) Two other things helping to keep me warm right now – wearing gloves and a hat indoors. I am lucky that my job allows for both, of course. I find that they make a huge difference, and, hopefully, might help my poor be-frosted finger nails to recover, too. Fingers crossed (boom boom). xxx

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I have been thinking of putting my sewing projects on here – are you interested? I am basically a novice with some rather excellent guidance (lucky!) and am getting more, well, ambitious? overly optimistic? perhaps simply progressing?! with it all. Please let me know in the comments bit what you think :)


skirt, belt, top, scarf // op shop
shoes // those old target ones *hearts*
hat and gloves // vintage

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54 comments:

Dial V for Vintage said...

Lovely! You look very French and elegant!

ina said...

The belt and skirt are really good looking! Wow!

Vintagesuburbia said...

Oh my gosh, I think that is the best look you have ever done. A tres jolie francaise ingenue! Your figure is to die for, I am regretting now having that extra piece of chocolate slice after dinner after looking at your wasp waist! You need to write a fashion book . . seriously. Do it write now (get it?!) Mx
PS Would love to get your sewing tips, I ALWAYS need to alter stuff, especially waists and it costs me a fortune to get someone else to do it. Ta muchly!

Carys said...

I love your skirt so much, and the gloves look so sophisticated with it! This is one of my favourite outfits ever!
From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

harbourmaster said...

Yes please, show us the projects!

Loooove this skirt, nice work re-making it.

skye said...

I'd love to see more of your sewing projects! :)
Your blog always makes me smile, you're stunning and dress beautifully x

The Diva's Polish said...

Stunning... Love everything. When are you going to be on the cover of Frankie?

Katarina said...

Yes, sewing and refashioning, please!

Andi B. Goode said...

I love love love this outfit! You look fantastic. That skirt is great. I'd love to see your sewing projects. :D
Andi x

Hannah said...

Your blog is lovely! And I know how you feel, winter is just starting to drag a little now. I do not own many winter clothes and short sunshine days are just teasing me! But the wind is the worst part...

Sewing = win!

I love sewing, there's so much more to making your own clothes/other things :)

Debi said...

Yes! Please post your sewing projects!! I love your whole outfit!

Shannon Gillespie said...

Hurray for sewing. and definite hurray for grey wool. I love it.

Sarah J said...

I love the scarf.

renvintage said...

I would love to see your sewing projects - I'm at the stage of being able to re-hem and make very minor repairs, but would love to be inspired to do more radical things with the vintage clothing I find!

renvintage.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

That's an amazing skirt, really! I wish I could have the very same one...

And I am very interested in your sewing projects!

Keep up the great work.

Miss Claire said...

So glamorous!

I would love to read about your sewing projects! It might inspire me to get started on all of the dresses that I need to alter for spring :)

xx Claire

www.jemimaandgeraldine.blogspot.co

BaronessVonVintage said...

Oh, tres chic look!! I'd love to know more about your sewing projects!

Justice Pirate said...

this is hands down one of the ultimately best outfits you've posted. It is amazing. I love it!!

Monica said...

Yes Yes Yes Yes! I love sewing! I have quite a few projects going on myself!

Love the skirt and photos!!

~~Monica
thebestpaperdollblog.blogspot.com

Q's Daydream said...

That skirt looks amazing! Great job!
I love the entire look too :o)
Oh yes yes, sewing projects please! ;o)

Lulu and the Locket said...

you so pretty - I love the beret. Do put some of your sewing projects up, I love seeing peope create! x

Lisa said...

SO CUTE! I love it! Very Parisian!

Lisa
Butterflies and Daisys Vintage

Becca Jane said...

That skirt is lovely! As is your cute little hat. And projects? Definitely post them!

Natasha said...

ooh please to hear that you're getting into sewing, I'm a newbie too, just starting out with very basic things that aren't even to do with clothes!! (I'm currently making a penguin fluffy toy from a pattern..!) So I, for one, would love to see all your sewing projects!

Lauren said...

Lovely outfit, you have inspired me to wear gloves indoors, if I can ever find any to fit my giant hands!

Amy said...

I am very interested in your sewing projects. I've been wanting a calf-length wool skirt since seeing the Marc Jacob and Chloe collections (camel, or gray, please) and I have hopes of finding something vintage that will do the trick. Something like yours would be prefect, so now I have more hope!

free spirit fashion said...

lovely skirt! you make me wish it was winter here in the northern hemisphere!

Anniina said...

I am a little stressed about autumn and winter because of the layers! I'm bad at combinig clothes.. But this is a lovely look, I have a skirt like that, maybe I'll be able to come up with a beautiful outfit like yours! :-)

Tea Lady said...

I love this skirt! As well as your blog. You have a beautiful style.

Nice work!!

Em said...

Absolutely beautiful! Love the whole ensemble.

Velvet said...

I would like you to share with us your sewing projects! Really.

I'm fascinated by the work you did on that skirt. It's beautiful and looks perfect on you.

Sarah Jane said...

Beautiful shots! You look fabulous!

I would love to see what sewing projects your are up to!

Dizzy Dame said...

so stunning!!!!

Gaby and Jane said...

Yes please! Would love to see some sewing projects!!

I truly envy your ability to wear skirts this length - my short and rather shapely legs do not give me the freedom too hahah!

Gaby xoxo

Cara said...

Gorgeous skirt <3<3

Rebeccak said...

I would love to hear about your sewing projects! I have only just started learning to sew as well. I did some maajor altering to an op-shop find (which I will post on my blog this weekend!) It is amazing the new world of possibilities that has opened up. Everytime I pick up some daggy rag - I can imagine all the incredible shapes it might become. :)

Sleekit said...

So beautiful, you really are a stunner I have to say! Inspired!

Sleekit x

Elise / broom people said...

I would love to see some of your sewing projects! I am just beginning to learn myself and am always keen to see what other people are making.

Ellie Rigby said...

I'm totally keen to see your sewing projects - all of mine are mammoth failures that result in a visit to my mother for some general patching up.

http://ellieandtheimpendingzombieapocalypse.blogspot.com/

Krista said...

Totally agree about being over the weather down here - bring on Summer! I love this skirt and your whole outfit (as usual:) ) Definitely a very friendly nod to the new look.

Jen said...

Yes, put more of your sewing projects up! I would love to see them. I've always meant to get more into sewing!

The skirt is wonderful!

Hillary said...

I'd love to see your sewing projects here...as a matter of fact, I'd love to read anything you post, I discovered your blog just yesterday and completely fell in love with it!

Solanah said...

I LOVE this look so so so much, you look stunning!

I am stealing this look for fall/winter, when it rolls around!

xoxo
Solanah
vixenvintage.blogspot.com

Solanah said...

And yes, put your projects on here!

xoxo

Anonymous said...

Hi, this is the first time i write on your blog, and i just wanted to let you know that your style is amazing! This ensemble is just...oh so beautiful!

those tricks said...

well done.
the outfit kills.

Ellie said...

I'm utterly with you on the draggy - I'm sick of holing up, I want long beach walks! I would like to see sewing projects because it might get me motivated to make some inroads on my own stash of alterations :)

Emma said...

Just to let you know I love your blog so I'm passing on this Happy 101 award.

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Erica Louise said...

Fabulous, what a great outfit, you look amazing

Rosa said...

Perfection lady as usual!! xx

Hillary said...

I would love to see the sewing projects!

That scarf is so beautiful with your complexion.

Laurel said...

I totally agree about the dragging of winter. Though I have been looking forward to spring since it began! Just a few more days ...

You look tres chic in this gorgeous ensemble!

And yes please to posting your sewing projects!

x

RetroJetGirl said...

Really *love* that last photo. Totally gorgeous.

Lainie said...

oh I LOVE this outfit!! You always look so pretty and put together, and I would love to hear/see about your sewing projects! I learned to sew as a child, but am just starting to get back into it. So much fun!

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