Triple the thrifty holiday fun!
Can you believe it’s JULY already, people? Where on earth does the time go? This time last week I was sitting on a beach in Bali, and now here I am back in chilly Melbourne, reliving tropical memories through my happy snaps. I have quite a few stories to share with you from my trip, but before I start on those, here’s a DIY from my holiday wardrobe.
Many years ago I made this dress from some batik material I bought at a jumble sale in Tokyo for $1. I wore it a bit but in recent times it’s been buried in my wardrobe as the frilly hem – which I originally added to make the micro-mini length a little more modest – hasn’t really felt right, and I’m not so keen on the spaghetti straps either.
I put quite a lot of thought into my Bali holiday wardrobe as it had to be functional in the heat and humidity, but also had to be something I actually wanted to wear. Also, for some reason, I had “touring 60s royalty” as my wardrobe theme – I wanted to dress the way a visiting lady might have done in the 1960s – then-Crown Princess Michiko of Japan, for example, although not all in white as she is shown here as that would just be a recipe for disaster…
(Seriously, where DID I get this idea!? A few more images here
if you like the empress’ style.) Anyway, I suppose what I mean is that rather than flowy, easy-wear pieces, I had more structured garments in mind, and I had a real urge to use batik, partly because there is such a strong tradition of it in Indonesia and I’m sure visiting aristocracy often dress to honour this, but partly just because I love it and it travels so well! So I started deconstructing this dress to create my travel wardrobe. Here it is minus the hem frill…
And here is what I made the dress into – I basically just cut off the top part, gathered the waistline and added a waistband to create a skirt (it has a zip at the back).
I had a bit more of the material lying around so I made a T-shirt top and a headscarf too (note the bias binding around the neckline, I still have heaps of it despite using a lot in this project last year).
Talk about matchy-matchy!
Anyway, here I am on location in our hotel in Ubud, modelling the whole set. Three items from a $1 piece of material – not bad, hey?! (Actually, once I make a bralette from the remaining top part of the dress, I will have got four items out of that piece of material!!)
I completed my outfit with a necklace that I found recently at an op shop and some malachite bangles from a market in South Africa. All those verdant hues made it an extremely apt outfit to wear to the Green Village – but more on that next time!