Tuesday, November 17, 2009

More Little Towns...

Hi everyone,

Sorry the posts have been few and far between lately, I've been a bit busy making Etsy custom orders while also trying to make a few new things to put up in the shop - that part isn't going so well, but I hope to have some new things up in about two weeks (I feel like I say that all the time!).


17th November 09

The weekend just passed, David and I took a day trip to Oamaru - NZ's Victorian town. Its a sweet little place that we've only ever driven through on the way to Christchurch. There was supposed to be an amazing garage sale there that actually turned out to be only around 10 stalls, and that's being generous!

So after that little flop, we headed over to the old precint and I'm so glad we did. There is one amazing vintage shop there, owned by a very victorian-esque chap who makes custom victorian mens wear on a very victorian-esq black singer sewing machine (the kind that comes attached to a table). I managed to pick up two vintage dresses for a steal, and while I tried on said dresses, David got chatting with the man and walked away extremely tempted to buy a custom made, wool victorian suit. The one that was on display was beautiful and if it had fit David, I think we would have bought it.


17th November 09 2

As luck would have it, we are back in Oamaru this weekend for the Oamaru Victorian Heritage Festival. And while I own nothing of the sort that could even pass as victorian, one of the dresses I bought could pass for the Regency period, which is about 100years to early. Oh well, I wonder if anyone will notice I'm 100 years out of date with my dress?

Once that's over, I plan to make the sleeves less puffy (they are incredibly puffy) and shorten it a bit to make it more 20th century!

The outfit I am wearing today is inspired by Solanah - she called it a Spring outfit, and since I'm in a Spring cold snap, I made my own version. The pants are by Tara Starlet - I've been wanting some since the start of the year when I read about them on several other blogs. I bought two pairs and am still deciding on whether to buy some of their shorts too...

This pair fit me perfectly around the wasit, but were really baggy around my hips. Luckily I'm a bit okay on a sewing machine and have since put this right!!


XX
Jen

34 comments:

  1. This is such a beautiful outfit and the silhouette is just perfect!

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  2. I love the old precinct in Oamaru, there used to be the best baker in there, but I couldn't find him the last time I was in there. That tailor sounds wonderful!

    The Festival sounds like it will be tons of fun! Take lots of pictures :)

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  3. Oh Oamaru! I spent the first seven years of my life there so it reminds me of childhood.

    I really love the little cardi you are wearing! It is so cute!

    Have fun at the festival. The old precinct is lovely. I love Oamarus tone. It's beautiful.

    xxx

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  4. Love that outfit, so adorable!!

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  5. Great outfit! I love my TS shorts, I want red ones too! :D
    That town (and shop!) sounds great. Haha 100 years too early :) It sounds so pretty though!

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  6. LOVE the outfit. Very 1930s. Ooo the Victorian town sounds wonderful! Have you been the art deco town? Or is that in Tasmania...??

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  7. I love the buttons on your trousers! The Victorian town sounds awesome... I'd totally love to check it out one day (and maybe I will, as Taiwan is not too far from NZ!)

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  8. I love the Victorian part of Oamaru, I actually thought that shop had closed last time I was there so I'll have to check it out when I'm there in two months time. I'm also going to be in Dunedin so I'll be visiting The Modern Miss which is always great as well.

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  9. Cute cute cute!
    I like trying to time our drives from CHCH to Dunedin to be in Oamaru around dusk to see the penguins!

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  10. Cute! I love the sailor inspired pants!

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  11. The pants look awesome with the cardigan :).

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  12. this outfit is totally awesome! the pants are superb. love the color on the cardi. love the pop of white with the scarf and shoes. brilliant i say!

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  13. Pretty outfit!
    Those pants are incredible!!!

    xoxo

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  14. What an adorable outfit! The sweater and pants look great together!

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  15. i love this style of trouser, i have some similar

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  16. What a lovely outfit!! I wish I had the confidence to wear pants like that..
    Your cardigan is to die for!! ♥

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  17. Aw, your vintage shop experience sounds so memorable. I'd love to see your Regency-esque dress! Will you be sharing it and its alterations here on your blog?

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  18. i so love that blue sweater you have there :D

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  19. I love that outfit it looks great on you!! xx

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  23. I just love this outfit, those pants are so gorgeous, your lucky that you had the sewing skills to make them fit you just right.
    That Victorian Festival sounds really cool. I guess a Regency style dress wouldn't have passed, but that sounds like a realyl neat dress though!

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  24. Glad to hear things are going so well with your Etsy shop. I'm headed there right now to take a look!

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  25. I've been day-dreaming about a pair of pants like those.

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  26. I adore that little story about the Victorian suit tailor. Little shops like that make me want to never ever go into another mall ever again.

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  27. I like your outfit, it looks so effortlessly chic! I love Oamaru, actually I love the whole of NZ South Island :) Including its lovely inhabitants!

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  28. I love your pants! They're so awesome!

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  29. You remember me an angel in this beautifull dress :D

    xx

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  30. Hi - new reader here. I thought I would pop in a comment to say hello and I love your style. These pants look great on you. I have been looking at the Tara Starlet stuff for a while wanting to buy something. My problem is deciding what to buy because I want all of it!

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XX
Jen