Friday, May 25, 2012

She’s a Clown, that Sally Brown!

I recently heard a crazy statistic:  the average person wears 20% of their clothing 80% of the time.  Now, I have no idea how accurate that may or may not be, but I can definitely say that if it is not visible when I slide open that closet door, chances are I am not going to put it on.

Where, oh where, can my walk-in closet be!?!

In an effort to avoid becoming a mere statistic, I reached way back in the depths of the closet and found yet another polka dot friend. 

I honestly had no idea just how many polka dot pieces I have.  As I dig further and further back in the closet, I keep finding more.

I may soon need an intervention.  Does anyone want to go in for a group rate?  I just know there are quite a few of you out there with the same addiction!

And I know exactly when my obsession began.  I blame my role in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.  Living in Sally Brown’s shoes for a few hours every day for a couple of months was enough to get me hooked, and years later, my passion for polka dots is still going strong.

Sally is a bit of a brat, but she loves her arts and crafts! 
That coat-hanger sculpture is A+!

This was one of those dresses that started with the fabric.  

I had avoided this particular Vintage Vogue reproduction because it did not seem like anything special.  But the right fabric can change all of that.  And a summer dress with matching bolero jacket - well, it just doesn't get much better than that! 

I found the dotted cotton in the quilting section at JoAnns and realized that it was way too sheer to wear as a dress without another layer.  So I underlined the whole thing in a peachy colored cotton which worked beautifully.  It is my perfect Spring frock.  

I am off to search for more forgotten polka dots.  And I would suggest that everyone shop their closets for some hidden treasures this week - it really is a lot of fun!

Dress:  Made by me, Vogue 2267
Necklace:  Made by me
Earrings:  Macys
Shoes:  Nine West


  1. I JUST Tweeted a small fraction of the 'dots in my stash... just the blues to be exact.

  2. I love polka dots too :D
    some times I try to stop myself from buying more polka dot stuff / fabric but I cant help it!

    the dress is lovley :)

    Liebe Grüße!

  3. Well it's fresh, summery and I love it!

  4. I played woodstock in the play. So much fun, and even now 15 years later, when I go back to my hometown, that's how some people think of me, as woodstock.

  5. I have that pattern! I cut out fabric for it, realized the fabric was all wrong, and put it away - years ago. Lovely to see it made up on a real person ... may have to try again! (I'm not the right size for your giveaway, but like your blog!)

  6. Everything about this outfit is beautiful. It fits you to a "T".

  7. I like dots too. But I got my first fabrics recently, it's not so easy to find some here.

    Your dress is beautiful.

  8. I admit to a bit of a start when I saw the picture of you in that blonde wig. But your dress with matching bolero is beautiful and the buttons are perfect for it too. Let's see more dots!

  9. I, BusyLizzie, also admit to having a polka dot addiction. But they are so fun and happy feeling!

  10. In my books one can never have too many polka dots, nor too many vintage garments (especially when they're as divinely fantastic as all of yours!), so I say keep the addiction going strong! :)

    Wishing you a serenely wonderful Sunday,
    ♥ Jessica

  11. You have made many beautiful items to wear, but this simple frock has got to be one of my favorites!