Place your bets… spring racing season starts!
It’s finally spring again… which means snails hiding in peony flowers, beautiful blossoms everywhere, and more to the point…the spring racing carnival looms in Melbourne and all the lay-deez are trying to get their fancy frocks organised.
I’m intending to make mine from scratch for the amount of money that most of the girls would spend on their train ticket in to the race track, like I did last year, but I haven’t actually started yet. Hmm. I’m starting to go through my wardrobe for options just in case I can’t rustle anything up on the sewing machine.
What do you think of this little number? I bought it at a second hand sale in Tokyo for about $10, it was sold as a dress from the 40s but as it had velcro in the shoulder seams I have my doubts. The waist was teeny-tiny-much-smaller-than-miney so I had to fiddle around taking a bit of material off the hem to insert into the side seams.
Ignore the hair, it will hopefully (miraculously) look a lot better than this when I actually go to the races! The hat is from the Salvos, I’m actually wearing it backwards as I like to wear the ruffly bit at the front. The belt is from last year’s outfit, made out of a straw hat, and the shoes are from an op shop in Japan but are actually not an option as they kill my feet. Pity, as I think they go well with the dress. What do you think about this outfit? Have all you Melbourne girls got your outfits ready yet? How much are you planning to spend? Have you ever won a fashions on the field event?
I looooove the dress! That is funny about the velcro in the seams…sometimes people really have no idea! I like the heels with it too!I refuse to go to the races, even though I like the idea of getting dressed up! Luckily we have been invited to a 'Spring Races' themed 21st, so I will get the chance to pull together a spring outfit for that! It will probably consist of an op-shopped dress, of course 🙂 I wish I had the skills to make one.Looking forward to seeing what you create!xx Claire
Lovely, and so pretty on you!
You look great – love the fabric. Did you see the latest Lincraft Spring Racing catalogue? If anything would turn young women away from sewing it be this hideous array of poly satin monstrosities and bad home made hats.
hahaha… I will have to check it out, Gail.. or not!! I can really see Claire's point about avoiding the races… the bad thing about the races is the races!!!! Much better to just have a party where people dress up instead.
That dress is gorgeous!! Same goes for those beautiful flowers (and your doggie companion).Spring is such a lovely time of year.
Flowers in bloom are one of the things I most like about Spring and your ensemble is tres cute!PS: have you seen Louis Vuitton Spring 2011 – your tassle earrings are back! I loved them before LV but still need to make a pair myself!
I'm not loving the belt, but I am thinking a thick black satin ribbon would look fabbo.
That dress is gorgeous, whether or not you end up wearing it. Love the print and shape. Seeing your spring photos really makes me want to head south for the winter!
that dress looks wonderful on you!I love all those big sunnies, too ;)I'm in awe that you worked near anna dello russo!