Dress - Handmade
Shoes - Charity shop
Bag - Charity shop
Hat - Grandmother's
So I have to admit to something... I suffer from serious dress envy. You know when you see a girl in the street wearing a perfect vintage dress and wish it was yours, or just miss buying something on Etsy or Ebay? Well when I saw this lovely dress on Jess of the Cat's Pajamas I suffered quite a bit of dress envy. Since it was a vintage handmade dress there was no chance of purchasing one. However I thought I could always make one. It looked like a fairly straight forward dress and I have plenty of chambray lying around (because I love chambray) plus some scraps of checked fabric from my grandmother. I used and altered a juniors dress pattern. I chose age 13 but it turned out huge, much larger than a misses pattern for some reason, so I took it in a bit and voila! It's not exactly the same, I decided on a more Peter Pan style collar and the checks are different. I hope it's not too strange a thing to do, I suppose imitation is the greatest form of flattery?
As for the rest, the bag is the same brand as the one I had in the last outfit post. A brand called Marc Chantal. Both bags have the same style of clasp, of which I am fond. There is something very satisfying about the way it works. The whole outfit reminds me slightly of a school uniform and the Madeline books so I thought the hat and satchel would go well. I also have a thing for bird books, I just love the colour plates. This one was published in 1929.