Thursday, December 29, 2011

Christmas Eve

Hello all, I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! I spent it with family and no internet, but I thought I'd share some of my festive outfits from over the holiday period. This is what I wore on Christmas Eve - for the carol service followed by cocktails and canapes at my cousin's place. Last year I sported a sparkly bird in my hair, so I've decided to make wacky headwear a Christmas tradition. This one comes from my lovely fabulous sponsor, Now, Voyager.

This blouse is actually one of my first make do and mend achievements. I bought it from a charity shop oh, well over a year ago. It's a late 70s / early 80s number, but I was attracted to the asymmetrical buttoning and jabot bow - put me in mind of a 1930s look. The problem was it was completely square, and was somewhat tight on the bust and hips while bagging unflatteringly around the waist. Tucking it into a waistband didn't even fix the problem because the taffeta fabric simply has too much body to do "blousy fit", and puffed stiffly around the middle - not a great look. But I liked the details (and knew it would make a perfect Christmas outfit one day), so I made it a make do and mend challenge.

I put darts in the front and back to make the waist more fitted, but because of my - ahem - excess decolletage that wasn't enough, so I unpicked the side seams and put large diagonal darts towards the apex of the bust. This of course raised the hem in the front by a couple of inches so it doesn't match the back, but since I wear it tucked in this doesn't show.


Yes, I mixed my tartans - is double tartan a fashion faux pas like double denim? I try to avoid it, but since these are totally different in colour and scale I figured I could get away with it.

Christmas bird fascinator, Now, Voyager; Vintage wool cape, charity shop; Vintage 70s-80s blouse, charity shop and altered by me; Pencil skirt, hand-me-down from a friend; Belt, ebay; Gloves, Sandra's Vintage in Chichester; Shoes, Marks & Spencer; Clip-on carved rose earrings, can't remember.

13 comments:

  1. I love your hair piece! How fabulous!

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  2. I really love those Xmas hat, so cute!!!
    Christmas already finished we will have to wait 12 long months for another one!!! Fortunatly New Year eve will be soon here to make a big fiesta.... VINTAGE MEXICAN PARTY for me!!!

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  3. Oh I love their wacky hair accessories! Yours looks so seasonal and lovely with your blouse - perfect Christmas wear.

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  4. Delightful! What a fun tradition :)

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  5. Double tartan sounds good to me, I love mixing up tweeds and checks

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  6. I think this is my favorite outfit of yours, that blouse is perfect! And your hair is amazing, like a pretty little present!

    xoxo
    Solanah

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  7. The blouse looks fabulous! i always mean to do this with non quite right fitting things, but I rartely get round to it. I also LOVE the cape!

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  8. ACH you look lovely! What a great job with the blouse.

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  9. Ooh, I love your plaid pieces. Delish!

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  10. Love your hair, it looks totally gorgeous -great outfit :)

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