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!).
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.
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 Oh well, I wonder if anyone will notice I'm 100 years out of date with my dress?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!!