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There’s A Story About This Suit..

9 Nov

It was 2000 – 2001-ish and I was looking for something to wear to one of the Spring Carnival race days.

On my lunch break one day, I spotted this suit in Bettina Liano. While I rarely wear pink it was actually the beautiful color that caught my eye – but, at around $1000, it was way beyond my budget at the time. Nevertheless, I went back and tried it on and looked at it 3 times until I finally decided I had to give up on it. I just couldn’t afford it. .

Then a few weeks later I was shopping with my sister and we stumbled on a Bettina Liano outlet store…..and there was the suit – for $50. I couldn’t believe my luck. We both bought one. Some things are meant to be..

I got heaps of wear out of it. To the races, to Christmas parties, weddings, etc – and then I retired it. I think I got a bit tired of it, but also then it felt slightly dated and it became too snug. .

Recently I pulled it out – it hasn’t seen light of day in about a decade – tried it on and had a good look at it. It was too firm across the back (could hardly button it up) and tight on my bum. (I could stand but not sit) It looked silly. Like I was squeezing into it. So I took it to Jose to see whether he thought he could do anything to it. (We worked together. I told him how I wanted the suit to look and what I thought needed to be done and then he looked at it and told me honestly, whether he thought that was possible.) He wasn’t sure how much there was available to work with in the seams, but he’d give it a go. When I went to pick it up, it was spot on. He has let it out in exactly the right amount of places, (in the right places) so that it wasn’t too much, or not enough.

Then next up I replaced the old buttons to update and modernise the look. (The original wooden buttons had been broken at the dry cleaners many years ago and new ones put on that I was never really happy with) . *I just found these ones at Lincraft.

…and yesterday I wore it again to Oaks Day. It’s looking a bit disheveled here. I got wet on my way home. If you scroll down you can see what I wore on my head, etc. (The headpiece was bought at the same time as the suit. My sister and I went halves. She’d wear it when she wore her suit and I’d wear it when I wore my suit. .

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When A Dress Becomes A Skirt

29 May

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When you’re giving your wardrobe a good edit and clean out, always keep this in mind.

Pieces can be remodeled and reinvented.

A pair of long, wide pants can be slimmed and cropped, a blouse can have the sleeves shortened or removed and just like here, a dress can be made into a skirt.

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All that’s required is a creative eye and a clever sewer/tailor.

This dress is available from H & M.  I’m not sure if you can buy it in Australia but details can be found here.

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Buckles, Buttons And Baubles

30 Jul

Sadly I had to say goodbye to one of my old favourites recently.  A trench coat, that brought with it nostalgic memories because I purchased it on a family holiday in Tokyo (Is it just me or does anyone else have sentimental attachments to their clothes like I do?), had come to the end of it’s life. I’d tried and tried to save it – stitching up the lining (several times) and cleaning and pressing it – but it was time to say goodbye.  It was starting to look shabby and I had no choice but to let it go.

But before I bundled it up and threw it in the bin, I quickly gave it a once over to see if there was anything on the coat that I could save.   I ended up keeping these buckles (pictured above) which were added to my crafty bits and pieces collection of sequins, buttons, beads, feathers, tassels, pompoms, etc.  I’m sure in the future something will come up where I think….I really need a buckle.  As I did here.

TIP Don’t discard anything from your wardrobe until you’ve thoroughly looked it over with a creative eye to see if there’s anything that can be salvaged and re-used.

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Breathe Life Into Something Old With Something New

28 May

I bought this jacket a few years ago while I was on holiday in Rome with my mum, aunt and uncle.  It’s not a fancy designer piece and it wasn’t super expensive but I still remember the day I bought it and it brings back special memories.   I won’t keep it forever, it’s not that much of a sentimental piece, but at the same time I’m not quite ready to part with it just yet.

Recently I pulled it out to wear and it felt a little tired.  I gave it a good clean and played around with it a bit – buttoned the neck a different way, rolled up the sleeves – to see what I could do with it to breathe some life into it.  What I found did the trick was adding  a different belt around the waist.  I realised the old belt, the fabric buckle in particular, was what was dragging down the jacket and making it look stale and worn out.  My Trenery waist belt (purchased on sale for $19) was all it needed to give it a new look and the boost it needed.

Go through your wardrobe and see what’s in there that can be rejuvenated by running it in, taking it out, taking it up, adding new buttons,  beads, brooches, belts or even some dye.

Be resourceful.  Don’t just dismiss something and toss it out before you really analyse it and look at it with a creative eye.

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