Saturday, March 31, 2012

Same Tune, Different Lyrics

I generally come up with an idea of how to style a dress as I am sewing it together.  Makes sense, right? – spend hour after hour with some fabric, and thoughts of shoes and jewelry are bound to flash across my mind.

Okay, maybe not the best place to take pictures – those seagulls can be DANGEROUS!

The only problem is, I have a bad habit of getting stuck with that original idea.  And each time I come across the dress hanging in the closet, I tend to repeat that same look.  Does anyone else have this issue?

So, with a last minute opportunity to attend a Marin Symphony concert, there was no time to sew a new frock, but plenty of time to rework this red dress.

And it was the perfect chance to wear my thrifted black bead belt – this one has a fun pattern that is a nice contrast to the red satin.  Since the black belt broke up all that red, I decided to keep all my accessories red.

The hat was made years ago from a pattern I found on the internet by Ruby Carnahan.  Now I cannot find the site, which is a shame, because what I remember is wonderful vintage instructions for making numerous hats including all of the necessary pattern pieces.  It looks like there is a spiral bound book for sale on amazon and ebay, so perhaps someone decided to make money off of the information instead of sharing it on the internet.  Darn it!

Dress:  Made by me, VPLL 1949 Ladies Dress
Belt:  Thrift Store
Shoes:  Colin Stuart for Victoria’s Secret
Hat:  Made by me
Earrings:  Givenchy
Ring:  Grandmother
Fishnets:  Simply Vera
Clutch:  Banana Republic


  1. Perhaps it was this site?

  2. Beautiful dress. I've been reading your blog for awhile but to lazy to comment on all the wonderful things you make hopefully nominating you for the Leibster award will make up for it.

  3. Gorgeous, both times. I love how you used black to contrast in different ways. This is really a beautiful dress!

  4. Link to the hat book by R Canahan.