New vintage dress love

Ok, so strictly speaking this dress isn’t new to me…but it feels like it because I’d never worn it.

The dress in question was bought in a job lot of vintage way back in my first year of uni (oh the perils of job lots…this was in my first ever job lot purchase if memory serves me correctly). I sold everything else from that job lot and kept this with the hope that eventually I would get round to repairing the zip…I didn’t but thankfully took my lovely dress to Splendid stitches for repair and it is now looking back to its best!

The dress is by Judy Clare of London. I just love the way it fits me and the ra ra skirt means it is perfect for swishing about it. I’m wearing it here with Butler and Wilson spider earrings and Miss L Fire shoes. Apologies for the weird places for all the pics, I’ve lost part of my tripod so can’t take pics how I normally would!

Vintage repairs

A few weeks back I took a few of my dresses that needed repairs to the wonderful Nanna Sandom aka Splendid stitches. I left 6 of my dresses with her, and what can I say? She did a WONDERFUL job. I wish I had taken pics of the dresses before so that you can see what I had done, but these are just a few of them dresses I had fixed.

Now, I have a bit of a thing with altering vintage. I will only ever alter things that have been altered previously, and this was the case with all of these garments. If a piece is in really superb original condition I don’t like to do it as I feel that it “alters” the history of the garment.

This is my infamous giraffe print Horrockses. The back of the dress had been altered at some point and was incredibly messy. Look how great it looks now! I think I’ll be wearing this at Epsom festival of vintage…it should make me pretty easy to find.

This one had a new zip put in it. I think I bought this about 4 years ago and hadn’t got round to putting the zip in. I’m so happy to have this back in my wearing collection…I’m wearing this one tomorrow night so I’ll share pics of this properly on tuesday!

And this STUNNING Rhona Roy dress is one of my best recent purchases. This had been previously taken out, so I had it taken back in to fit me better around the bust.

If you need your vintage repaired visit splendid stitches website.