The 365 Day Challenge

My goal is to create something every day using something from my craft cupboard. I am a self-confessed fabric addict and just love to fossick through thrift shops and find treasures.

So here goes. Live, love, recycle and get crafting.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Day 225 - Mellow Yellow 1960's dress

Tomorrow is a public holiday in my town - Bendigo. It's Bendigo cup day, and I'm pretty new to this town (we arrived a little over a year ago) and have never been to this event. I decided to go with some other school Mums to see what it's all about.

Arriving at school and sitting down to talk details today, I discovered it's quite big. 2 mums were getting fake tans, frocks and shoes were discussed and nails were being painted. I wear makeup about 5 times a year, still wear the same lipstick I bought for my wedding day 9.5 years ago, and am basically a take me as I come girl.

This is my shoe collection.....Birkis, Doc Martens, Thai hill tribe boots and shoes, spotty rubber boots, coloured thongs....

A slight panic descended as I remembered past events being with girlfriends and makeup being applied etc and always feeling very out of it. Then I quickly zapped myself into action to get ready for cup day in my own way.

Enter 1960's dress. Awesome colour. Also, coincidentally yellow is a fashionable colour this year. (Not that I am ever fashionable). I purchased this dress about 10 years ago at on op shop but have only worn it a handful of times because the fabric is too sheer.

I went op shopping and found this nightie (I think that's what it is). A few sizes too big. I took it in and then sewed it into the inside seems of the dress - transparency problem solved. I wanted this lace to come out the bottom of the dress too. More on that later.

Vintage buttons were sewn into the neckline to cover a little stain on the white.

The lace ended up poking out only about 2mm from the bottom so I cut if off the bottom of the nightie/slip and sewed it onto the hemline of the dress.

And this is me.

I like it! It's going to be 33 degrees tomorrow! Lots of sunburnt people me thinks.

Now to work out shoes and accessories. Don't want to be last minute or anything.....


  1. Clever upgrade on the dress, it looks great. Are you wearing the sandals w/the flowers on them with it?

    Hope you have a really fun day!!...but no sunburn.


  2. Yes I wore both Joyce. Had a fantastic day - it was hot but we found a huge umbrella to plonk under. Wonderful people watching.