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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!

May Dress by Jones and Jones

May Dress Jones and Jones Yellow

May Dress Jones and Jones Yellow

Cute sixties style dresses in serbert-hue colourways.

May Dress Jones and Jones

May Dress Jones and Jones

The Whitepepper

The White Pepper Spring 14

The White Pepper Spring 14

I’ve always got an eye out for unique pieces, and came across this brand, the whitepepper, whilst browsing topshop’s website. I like their pink floral shirt dress and midi skirt as part of their Spring 14 collection.

The White Pepper Shirt Dress in Floral Print

The White Pepper Shirt Dress in Floral Print

The Whitepepper Spring 14

The Whitepepper Spring 14

 

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

Ditsy Dorothy Dress

Ditsy Dorothy Dress by French Connection

Ditsy Dorothy Dress by French Connection

Ok, I’m now officially in love with this pretty dress from French Connection. The colour is described as Tea Tree with pink floral embroidery all over. At £195, I’m not sure I can justify wearing this often enough for the price, so I may just swoon over it 🙂

Ditsy Dorothy Dress

Ditsy Dorothy Dress

 

Ditsy Dorothy Dress

Ditsy Dorothy Dress