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La Poubelle Vintage: 1960s Floral Print Wiggle Dress

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Description:

Vintage 1960s Dress / 60s Floral Print Wiggle Dress / Blue and Pink (XS)

Sweetest little ’60s wiggle dress done in a blue and pink rose print cotton blend. This charming dress features a surplice neckline with bow accent, pleats at the waist and sleeves, and a narrow “wiggle” skirt. A stiff partial lining under the skirt maintains the classic shape. Metal zipper closure in back.

Modern Size: XS
Materials: No label, but feels like a cotton-silk blend
Condition: Some very faint spots on the skirt near the hem.
Brand: None Listed

I love Etsy (etsy.com), and bought this beautiful vintage blue & rose wiggle dress last summer from La Poubelle Vintage. I was a bit worried in case it didn’t fit, as it was being shipped from the US, but it turned out fine, and I got a lot of use out of this. I love the midi length and floral print, looking forward to wearing this again this summer.

Hand-Made Cath Kidston Woodland Rose 50’s Style Dress

Hand-made in the UK - Cath Kidston Woodland Rose Dress

Hand-made in the UK – Cath Kidston Woodland Rose Dress

Hand Made Cath Kidston Dress

Hand Made Cath Kidston Dress

My first boss introduced me to Cath Kidston eight years ago, he said I’d like her designs, knowing that I love anything floral! He took me to their first shop on Clarendon Cross (Holland Park), which closed down, but relocated to Portobello Road. Ever since then, I’ve been a devoted fan 🙂

A few months ago, I was taken with their Woodland Rose print. Their cotton duck fabric is supposed to be used for making cushion covers, curtains, upholstering furniture, tea towels. It didn’t mention use for clothes making, but I thought I’d give it a go, and see what happens. I wanted to create a 50’s style dress, sweet heart neckline, circle skirt and a midi-length. I approximated 2.5 metres of fabric would be required, but given that you can’t purchase half-metres, I had to buy 3 metres (total cost £60).

I was worried that if the dress didn’t turn out as expected, that would be £60 down the drain! Luckily, the measurements I took were accurate, and I also took into account that this fabric can shrink slightly in the wash. I loved my own unique dress, with piping around the bodice, grey lining and elbow-length sleeves, although I should have made the sleeves longer (three quarters) that’s my only regret. In terms of washing, the material is fine and dries well. The print is gorgeous!

Woodland Rose Cotton Duck Print

Woodland Rose Cotton Duck Print

Cath Kidston Woodland Rose Cotton Duck Dress

Cath Kidston Woodland Rose Cotton Duck Dress

I wore it to work but it took longer to make than anticipated, so I needed to wear tights with it. This is more of a Summer’s dress, especially with the sleeve-length. My colleagues were impressed, although they didn’t like my choice of lipstick, Chanel Rouge Velvet in L’eclatante (42), it was far too bright for them, but I was trying to match the tiny pink flowers on the dress – men!

Cath Kidston finally makes a size 6 for Spring/Summer

I’ve been a fan of Cath Kidston for years, but they’ve only recently created size 6 clothes. Their current Spring/Summer 2014 collection features two beautiful prints, Aubrey Rose & Painterly Rose.

Aubrey Rose Skirt by Cath Kidston

Aubrey Rose Skirt by Cath Kidston

Aubrey Rose Print

Aubrey Rose Print

 

Cath Kidston Painterly Rose Dress with Collar

Cath Kidston Painterly Rose Dress with Collar

Cath Kidston Painterly Rose Dress with Collar 3

Cath Kidston Painterly Rose Dress with Collar

Painterly Rose Skirt

Painterly Rose Skirt

 

Orla Kiely Floral Birdcage Umbrella

Practical as well as stylish umbrella for cheering me up when it rains. Bought the last one online at John Lewis for £32.

Orla Kiely Vinyl Floral Birdcage Umbrella

Orla Kiely Vinyl Floral Birdcage Umbrella

French Connection Autumn 2013

My favourite pieces for Autumn:

Marie Stretch Embroidered Dress

Marie Stretch Embroidered Dress

Pepper Tweed Skirt

Pepper Tweed Skirt

Daisy Chain Lace Shift Dress

Daisy Chain Lace Shift Dress

 

 

 

Pilgrim Jewellery

Finally coming out of hibernation now that it’s finally got warmer after a very cold Spring, managed to dig out an old Pilgrim lily necklace that I bought about six years ago! Very unique piece bought both the turquoise and pink, I used to love Pilgrim jewellery but for the past few years, they seem to have lost their sparkle with me, I miss this Danish brands pretty floral designs 😦

Vintage Pilgrim Lily Necklace

Vintage Pilgrim Lily Necklace

Pilgrim Lily Pink Necklace

Pilgrim Lily Pink Necklace

 

Erdem Spring 2013

The prettiest collection of dresses imaginable, a few of my favourites below. I don’t think I’ve ever been so enamoured by designer fashion before 🙂

Erdem Spring 2013 - This dress is my favourite.

Erdem Spring 2013 – This dress is my favourite.

Erdem Spring 2013

Erdem Spring 2013

Erdem Spring 2013 - Second favourite :)

Erdem Spring 2013 – Second favourite 🙂

Erdem Spring 2013

Erdem Spring 2013

Erdem Spring 2013

Erdem Spring 2013

Erdem Spring 2013

Erdem Spring 2013

Close up - beautiful detailing.

Close up – beautiful detailing.

 

Myleene Klass Floral Dress

Myleene Klass

Myleene Klass

Such a pretty dress worn by Myleene at a Sony Radio Awards event. The sheer lace top is a bit daring for daytime or evening come to think of it!, much prefer a bit of lining as I don’t want my bra on display to all and sundry. Not sure who made this dress but a similar style is this one by ASOS:

ASOS Midi Dress

ASOS Midi Dress

Pretty Dress Alert: Miss Selfridge Embroidered Floral Dress

This is just gorgeous, reminds me of my vintage gunne-sax dress that I bought off ebay and which is still in pristine condition. Super sweet and girly for summer strolls in the park…

Miss Selfridge Summer 2013

Miss Selfridge Summer 2013

Miss Selfridge Embroidered Floral Dress

Miss Selfridge Embroidered Floral Dress

Summer Trend: Cut Out Dresses

It seems that the trend for cuts in clothes to expose flesh has transcended from Autumn (cut out shoulder jumpers) to Summer. ASOS have two lovely summer dresses with cut out detailing, but I feel they’re best reserved for when the weather is considerably warmer and probably whilst on holiday on a beach – a bit too much exposure for daily wear, unless of course you’re a teen, then you’d probably get away with it!

ASOS PETITE Exclusive Skater Dress With Tie Back 1

ASOS PETITE Exclusive Skater Dress With Tie Back

ASOS PETITE Exclusive Off Shoulder Dress

ASOS PETITE Exclusive Off Shoulder Dress

ASOS PETITE Exclusive Off Shoulder Dress With Flower Appliqué Detail 2

My preference is for subtle flesh exposure 🙂 This dress by Topshop is a great way of investing in the trend – a pretty 50’s style tea dress with a twist.

Topshop Daisy Print Cutout Teadress

Topshop Daisy Print Cutout Teadress