Vintage Von Trapp

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Who doesn’t love The Sound of Music? What better way to pay homage to the Von Trapp family than with my very own DIY dress made from furnishing fabric.

My mum loves fabric and has quite a hefty collection she’s been collecting for 30 years. She loves clothes just as much as I do (possibly more), both shopping and making her own, and has always had the knack for thinking outside the box and not limiting herself to a fabrics intended purpose.

She picked up this cute, retro vibe fabric from the furnishings department back when I worked at Spotlight. Despite being designed for upholstery, mum immediately thought it would make a super cute 60s inspired pinafore.

Played off perfectly with my heart shaped sunnies, this outfit is simple yet fun, perfect for a weekend of domestic duties, wondering through Camberwell Market and having an impromptu brunch with Helen.

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Regardless of how much I like to pretend I’m a sophisticated lady, I’m still 13 at heart. I tend to get over excited in the moment and forget important stuff. This has resulted in me losing at least 3 of my favourite coats – devastating!

I’m really glad I took this picture a few weeks ago featuring one of my favourite coats of all time. I’ve worn this classic black coat more than almost anything else I own for the last 3 years since picking it up at a Vintage sale. In an attempted to be sensible, I wore it out on a Friday night (it’s getting very chilly in Melbourne) and it didn’t come home with me. *sheds a tear*

I’m considering making Lost-Pet-style posters in the hopes it will turn up – sadly I think it’s gone forever!

Outfit: Coat (Vintage, $10), Dress (Myer), CottonOn Bag (Ozsale, $13) & Heels (from mum)

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly – Part 3

This is the third and final instalment in The Good, The Bad & The Ugly series. I probably could have written another 15 posts about of all the weird and wonderful things my mother and I have been hoarding, but I am trying to keep it to the most standout pieces – like this collection of (truly awful) Hawaiian shirts that my dad was reluctant to get rid of. By the end of the weekend we had gone through 6 large bags, 3 clothes racks and several boxes of clothes. Considering how many items we still loved, we were very restrained in how much came back into our wardrobes. We are now in a position to pack everything neatly back into boxes and bags ready to sell at Markets.

If you live in Melbourne keep an eye out for details of where and when we will be selling it all off!

Here are a few more of my favourite finds:

{wore this beanie around all day, was so cosy I had to take it home}

  

{We don’t do understated, this vest is the perfect example}

  

{my whole family are suckers for a good knit – this one is going to live with my brother}

  

{we also cleared out our dress ups box, there were some creepy things in there – witch fingers?!}

    

{something a little different for me, keeping these work overalls for painting}

  

{A complete vintage work outfit. Keeping, keeping, keeping!}

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly – Part 2

Day two of the clothing clear out was extremely productive. We sorted through five extra large bags filled with clothes and arranged them into sizes ready for selling – there also may have been a few things that snuck back into my bag to come home with me. I’m really enjoying hearing about how mum came to own all of these interesting pieces – especially the ones where I go “eww, thats awful” and mum goes “that was my good going out clothes”.

Here are a few of day two’s best finds:

{full black satin formal outfit in perfect condition}

{The fluffiest jumper – great for giving hugs}

{floral cotton blazer, such a shame it’s too big for me}

{Scarf with a zip, for those too important to knot}

{here’s a book to assist those who can’t afford the zip}

{Loving these fur trimmed gloves}

{free sunnies and bumbag from TV Week circa 1990}

{I kind of like this 80’s jumper, except for the fact I look like I have a huntsman on my chest}

{denim vest with galaxy AND rose print, so bad it’s good – KEEPING!}

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly – Part 1

It’s been a bit quiet  here on EK’s Daily Dress lately. But good things come to those who wait!

As mentioned here, I’m at home for the Easter long weekend to go through a huge amount of old clothes in preparation for selling them – both at markets and online.

Despite arriving after 10pm last night, mum and I got straight into it, going through some of the nicer and more unusual vintage pieces that have come from a huge variety of places including garage sales, opshops, friends, grandparents and mum’s pre-children wardrobe – 80’s much?

Check out some of my favourite finds so far:

{amazing 80’s jumper – trying to encourage my brother to keep}

{shirt dress & jumper dresses – mum’s favourites from 1987}

{vintage high waisted pants that were a perfect fit on me – KEEPING!}

  

{mum modelling an unusual use of animal print, awful or awesome? What do you think?}

 

  {loving this two toned vintage bag – KEEPING!}

{vintage socks, mint condition, 39 cents, any takers?}

  

{wide brim hats are so hot right now!}

  

{These vintage Dunlop Volleys could be mistaken for brand new – they haven’t changed the design in over 30 years!}

St Patrick’s Day

Happy St Patrick’s Day!

I never miss an opportunity to be festive and dress in a theme and today it’s all about green. It actually took me a while to settle on this work appropriate St Paddy’s outfit because it turns out I own a lot of green! When considering what work appropriate items I had I found a green blazer, cardigan, jumper, top, skirt and belt. In the end I decided I don’t have enough excuses to wear this awesome vintage green belt and decided to base my outfit around that.

I plan to wear something a little more out there when I go out for a drink (or two) tonight – green beer anyone?

Outfit: Country Road Cardigan, Top (Jacqui E), Belt (Vintage), Forecast Skirt (Opshop, $6) & Heels (BooHoo, $35)

Monday Mornings…..

Monday mornings are definitely not my friends. When my alarm goes off I’m always hoping that when I open my eyes it will somehow be Sunday again – this method never seems to work. So when I finally pulled my self out of bed (after the 3rd snooze) I thought it was best to roll with the success of last weeks Monochrome outfit.

My parents visited on the weekend and showered me with belated birthday presents (score!) which included a fantastic new Review suit, whose jacket came in handy this morning. By the time I was choosing shoes I had perked up a little and thought I would switch things up a bit with these fun Zebra print kitten heels – not bad for Monday morning!

Outfit: Review Jacket (Myer, $99), Top (Vintage, $5), Pants (Thailand, $10) & Therapy Heels (from mum)