Sunday, September 21, 2008

Everything old is new again

On my recent jaunt to Ballarat, I picked up, along with that awesome denim jacket, a perhaps not quite so awesome skirt. On the hanger it looked fine, a dark blue floral print maxi skirt, so I ponied up $7 and thought no more about it until I got home and put it on. Turns out it's size 18 and as such has an enormous amount of unflattering hip accentuating fabric billowing out of the waist. I have absolutely no idea how to sew (except for perhaps the odd button) so was prepared to send it back to charity, then on a whim, hoicked it up over a shoulder, added a belt and voila:


Sandals - Sportsgirl; Belt - some market.

What was a hideously unflattering skirt is now (with the addition of one little crafty safety pin) a cute one shouldered dress. I'm waiting for some warm weather now.

Meanwhile yesterday my sister was taking advantage of her 50s curls, which with the assistance of half a can of hairspray survived the night:


Top - Cotton On; Cardgian - Target; Jeans - Sportsgirl; Shoes - Myer.

Unfortunately my sister and I are different sizes, which means we can't really share dresses. I stole her Stella dress to try on but could only make it work by cinching it at the back. Sigh. Curse my flat chestedness.

It works so well with my Hot Topic combat boots, yes?

Anyway last night I was meant to be working but it was terribly quiet at the restaurant (combination of footy finals and school holidays) so I got off at 8:30 and headed into the city for drinks. I probably could have used my cardigan but didn't want to have to lug it around in a bar. We went to this classy place on Lonsdale Street called Seamstress, all decorated with chinese silk garments and bolts of fabric and wooden tiles. There's a sister bar downstairs called Sweatshop, which we didn't visit, but imagined that the drinks would be served by big eyed skinny five year olds chained to the bar and cowering in the presence of their sinister middle aged boss. Or maybe not.


Skirt, T-shirt and Jacket - Jay Jays; Shoes - Rubi; Bag - vintage.

- Robyn

12 comments:

Elli said...

Ha! Cool skirt/dress conversion, very cute!.

Tara said...

that looks great! there must have been heaps of material if you could make it into an almost-down-to-the-knee dress!
also i've given you an "i love your blog" award, it is on my latest blog post! :)

kirstie said...

you actually make clothes from jay jays look good! i didn't think that was possible haha... you've given me faith to possibly shop in there again someday...

Miss Karen said...

That is such a fantastic idea - the skirt/dress looks amazing. And I love the Stella dress on you too!

Miss_Red said...

Wow-you can't even tell that first pic was a skirt to begin with! Good thinking, it look great as a dress!
I love the Stella dress on you, very cute contrast with the boots :)

Miss_Corrine said...

Wow, I can't believe what you constructed such a fabulous dress out of that skirt - incredible!

Elizabeth said...

Oh gosh! Seamstress is my favourite bar. The Irish bartender makes me and my friend special sloe gin cocktails, with sloe gin, lemon juice, sugar syrup and egg white. Let's get frocked up and go there sometime!

Robyn said...

Thanks for the comments everyone :D Yes, there was a HECK of a lot of material in that skirt! Elizabeth that cocktail is exactly my kinda cocktail, an old fashioned gin fiz...yummy :) I didn't have a cocktail at seamstress as they all had either tequila or bitters in them....gross. I'll definitely have to go back with you for one of the gin cocktails!

Elizabeth said...

Let's do it! I've been dying for an excuse to get frocked up for AGES. If I wear my vintage grey squirrel fur cape will you throw tomato sauce all over me? Cos I've been wanting an excuse to wear it out for a while, but if you're anti-fur I'll leave it at home :)

Anyways.. my email address is imaginarylion(at)gmail.com... get in touch if you'd like to hang out! xx

esme and the lane way said...

Wow, that is the best way of wearing a skirt as a dress I've ever seen. Srsly. I must do an out-of-town op shop trek soon!

Annie said...

Love that last outfit!

PorcelainBlonde said...

Oh my gosh, what you did with that size 18 skirt is nothing short of fashion genius!
And it looks so good on you. I think it's the cutest, sexiest outfit you have on this page. You look really, really hot and chic in it.