Friday, 29 May 2009

I WANTED TO COME UP WITH SOME SMART HEADLINE BUT I DIDN'T


Some time ago I wrote about the advantages of revamping a piece of clothing so it becomes more wearable. But as great an idea it may be to reach for the scissors, do think twice - I did a small closet clean out and cursed my 17 old hippie ass for destroying a lot of fine clothing; making high waists low, changing the shape of skirts, and worst of all, drawing with this awful decoration paste on some pieces making them totally unwearable for someone who does no longer spend the days burning incense listening to, ehrm, goa trance.

After crying blood for a little while it was however time to get on with some cutting, as I am wiser now than ten years ago (amen! to that). My gradmother recently gave me her hand made foot-long dress that hasn't been worn for a couple of decades. It's ultra thin and beautifully flowing, so for a while it felt like a shame to cut it. But hey, if no one wears it the way it is, why hesitate? After scrweing up and cutting it off too much and then managing to save it again, it turned into something that might become my favorite new summer dress - so unbelievably light to wear, with such a lovely collar and what best, the ugly-pretty pattern makes it go along with my yellow, purple, blue green and pink shoes and sandals! (Or red ones for contrast, like now, together with the belt. No need to mention black shoes since they go with everything anyway but yeah those too). Now that's what I call a versatile dress!


As for the hair, I did a mixture of these two hairdo's (my number 3 and 4). The vintage bow comb is from Hoochie Mama Jane.

Psst. I'm featured as a vintage style muse this week on Debutante Clothing (where also the most fabulous and funny vintage dress ever was featured too)!
www.debutanteclothing.com

31 comments:

Bucca said...

it's a lovely dress :) and I love your hair!

Linda said...

I love the hair too! But I could never make it like that :(

Eda said...

You look so chic...I like the contrast between the dress and the red accessories!

esme and the lane way said...

Beautiful dress, you are so lucky!
And I love your hair, of course. I just re read the tutorials and they are very helpful. Now I just have to find a sponge rat thing...

Aisling said...

I'm going to give that hair a go today, but I wish I could expect it to look half as good as yours.

Casey said...

Oh! I love how that little dress revamp turned out! :) And your hair is super gorgeous--as usual! :)

AlicePleasance said...

That's a wonderful dress!

Parapluie said...

Very beautiful!

Sal said...

Glad you were able to restyle it - that pattern is glorious!

Cathy Voyage said...

What a lovely dress!

WendyB said...

The dress looks perfect.

mysterycreature said...

The red shoes do work so well! I want them (but have spent far too much on shoes in the past day!)

Cheryl Lynn said...

Ooookay...
Those red shoes are calling my name!
That dress is lovely. Beautiful for the summer, indeed. And your hair is divine, my dear!

Have a great weekend.

Eloïse Sunshine said...

Well, you look PERFECT! I love the dress, the shoes (my favorite color and plus it's varnish). The hairdo, the bow! Wow!
I havent tried yet the aloha hair do, i kept them all curly fluffy untill then!

Katy said...

Hello, I have juste discovered your blog a few days ago, and it's great. I'm from Paris, France and I want to tell you that I love your style, you're gorgeous

Vanessa said...

That's such a pretty dress. Also, I love the way you do your makeup. Have you ever done a makeup tutorial on this blog? I'd love to find out some of the products you use and how you always manage to get that perfect "swoop" at the corner of your eye.

madeleinemiranda said...

We forgive the lack of inventive headline after having shown us that fab hairdo! Fantastic, well done :)

Such a pretty dress too!

xx

Démo Forever said...

jag älskar dina frysirer.
Ska spara mitt hår så jag kan sätta upp på liknande sätt.

Nataly R. said...

I think you may like this :)
http://fashiononmymind.blogspot.com/2009/05/playing-on-contrasts.html

georgeina said...

very pretty dress! i couldn't quite work out - did you make it from a commercial pattern or cut it freehand?

bit jealous!

the freelancer's fashionblog said...

Thanks thanks y'all.

Vanessa - No, I haven't posted any makeup posts but I've received many requests on it... I wil do it one day, just haven't figured out which way to do the post yet...

Georgina - I've never treid sewing acording to patterns as I always draw up everythin myself. But this dress is revamped from my grandmother's old, so I only shortened it and changed its hem!

Natali said...

Hi! My name is Natali, and I am from...Argentina!! pretty long :/ jeje.
I saw you on ''FTV'' (fashion tv) and I wrote the name of your blog just to..take a look :P
And I love it! I really that stile, well...see you! and...good luck.
:)

the freelancer's fashionblog said...

Natali : Oh the mini street interview from last summer? I've never seen it! If you have a link it'd be great if you posted it. But thanks for the visit and nice comment anyway!

Ranna said...

Somehow I'm having a very hard time imagining you as a hippie listening to goa trance. :)

That dress is truly perfect for the summer.

the freelancer's fashionblog said...

Ranna : Hehe, I know. But I was still a pretty stylish hippie. And I never let go of rock n' roll in between :)

Ranna said...

By the way, are you coming to Ofelia this weekend?
Me and Piksi would love to bump into you there!

the freelancer's fashionblog said...

No, I just changed my work to that weekend ages ago so that I'd be free the week after, for the Honolulu burlesque party :( I was asked both by Olivia, Tyra and Mimi to be in their vintage fashion show so I feel really sad to miss it all!

Anonymous said...

Love your blog! I think you remind alot of Krisse...

chloe said...

your hair is just amazing, it always looks gorgeous! and the new tattoo is so... sweet, hehe! x

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