Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Dresses in Waiting.

Dudes, I have been waiting to wear this dress for ages. I almost wore it two weeks ago for a daytrip, but decided against it. Today we hit eighty degrees, and a few above, with sun, sun, sun and a nice little breeze. It couldn't have been more perfect--all the funny little buds are starting to pop out, so all the plants are kind of hazy and lovely, and some of the flowering trees have already started (much to the chagrin of my sinuses--but we're armed with all manner of pills and allergy accouterments around these parts) blooming.





I stared at this dress forever. It's a total weird-o. It's a wrap dress, with a button at the nape of the neck, with giant pockets and a scalloped neckline. And the print! Ahh! It's one of the spring and summer vintage dresses I hoarded while being barraged by frigid winds and snow.

It had a sister dress, but that one was a bit more fussy, and I couldn't justify taking them both home. Even at half-off I almost left this pretty lady on the rack, but an impulse said I ought not to, thinking wistfully of summer days. It's got a few holes in the back, teeny ones, that I still have to mend, but at the moment those aren't so bothersome and I wore it to the park anyway. Lots of people, lots of dogs, and a few ducks.




Despite my allegiance to pin curls, last night I attempted rag-curling instead. I'm not used to it at all, and it took me a while to get them in, but I do quite like the result. It's a bit frizzier, less prim, than the pin-curls, although a few of the back curls fell out by the end of the day. Practice, practice! If I have patience, but I might just stick to the pins simply for speed.


(Photos taken by John M.)

47 comments:

  1. This dress is so pretty -- perfect for spring weather!

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  2. I want that dress!!! what lovely photos!

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  3. i love your dress. such pretty colors and great collar. :)

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  4. oh what a lovely dress! You look awesome.

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  5. Love this dress, the print is gorgeous :)

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  6. Such a pretty dress! Gorgeous photos, too :) I've never tried rag curls, but I do find pin curls are the best for me... your curls look really pretty here, though.

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  7. Absolutely stunning! If you haven't already heard of her, I recommend you listen/look at the delightful miss Sarah Blasko, because you two lovely things could be twins.
    I am so jealous of this dress, actually, I wish I were near where you are, so I could steal it from you!

    Much Love darling,
    Norah xxx

    thislittleblogbelongstome.blogspot.com

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  8. Sweet sweet post. The dress is a devine weirdo indeed, love them radical pockets on a dress like that. You could probably stick a small novel in them! You look a thousand times lovely in the dress's colors. Cheers to yur anticipated dress :]!!
    Much peace and love and merriment♥
    - Ginela

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  9. such a beautiful dress!

    also .. your eyes are so beautiful!

    i cannot wait until my hair gets long enough to sponge curl!

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  10. Gorgeous photos; particularly the close up...

    XO
    Carly

    All this is Grace and Charm
    http://allthisgraceandcharm.blogspot.com

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  11. That last shot of you, just beautiful.

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  12. You look so lovely Kater (: that dress is fantastic, I love the giant buttons!

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  13. you look just plain pretty in this amazing dress. the colours suit you so well!

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  14. What an absolutely adorable dress - you def made the right decision in taking it home! ck :) x

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  15. What a lovely dress!I really like the pastel colors that make the pattern...very spring-ish.Absoutey gorgeus!!!And i like your curls too:)

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  16. Oh that dress is beautiful *and worth the wait*

    :)

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  17. You genuinely look like a painting by Rossetti in the second photograph. Win!

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  18. aw that dress is so pretty!!! makes me long for summer even more!! xx

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  19. Very much love the dress... I'm glad it came home with you and you waited for the perfect day to wear it. I do that too but last summer was so crappy I never ended up wearing some things...patience...

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  20. The scalloped collar detail on that dress is beautiful. And I wish my hair was long enough to curl in any way at all- at the moment if I try it just ends up sticking out everywhere-not good.

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  21. the colors are so beautiful on you

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  22. Your hair is getting so long!

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  23. Ooh, pretty dress! I was wondering, is there somewhere where you explain how you do your hair? I've yet to get my hair to curl when I want it to. :)

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  24. that dress is too adorable...for some reason (that i can't explain), it goes really well with your hair. :)

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  25. Beautiful, beautiful hair! I love it! And what an eccentric, cute dress. So perfect for spring!

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  26. Lovely photos today miss and yes that dress is a stunner!

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  27. How utterly lovely! The print and shape are so pretty--a perfect springtime dress! :)

    ♥ Casey
    blog | elegantmusings.com

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  28. I also think the dress is a great find

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  29. I love buying spring things while it's still obviously winter.

    lovely dress

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  30. amazing find! I love your curls as well, I never quite figured out how rag curls worked.
    -indigo

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  31. That dress is gorgeous!!! :D I can see why you were so excited to get it! I'd never want to take it off, it's just so pretty!

    http://playingdressupwithkellie.blogspot.com/

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  32. The close up photos is great.

    I like your dress even I don't dress like that :D

    xxx

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  33. Fabulous! with a capital F!
    XXX

    http://gypsy-diaries.blogspot.com/

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  34. Lovely spring time post, the scallop collar is perfect.

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  35. Such a sweet dress especially with the detailing at the neckline. Love it!

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  36. That last picture is very beautiful!

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  37. Just found your blog and loved this post in particular. The dress is just lovely on you :)

    flnw.blogspot.com

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  38. Becky here;
    Beautiful dress, I stumbled on your blog while looking for wrap dress patterns for my daughter's bridesmaids, and
    that one would be perfect. Pattern?

    For rag rollers: Since I sew, I always have scraps. You also need setting gel and a fat Marks-a-lot, or other smooth tubular object.

    Tear strips at least 1 1/2" wide, 8" long

    Hair should be freshly washed and dry or almost dry. Wet hair never dries in a rag roller.

    Apply setting gel to a section of hair, comb through to the end.

    Lay the fabric along the length of a Marks-a-lot. Wrap hair around marker and fabric and roll up.

    Tye a knot, then slide the marker out. Ta-da!

    Use a smaller marker and less hair for tighter curls. You can achieve ringlets, soft curls, or crazy Diana Ross hair, depending on how you do it.

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  39. I simply adore your dress, and your blog! I am looking at beginning my own so if you have any tips I would love to hear them. Keep up the inspiration.

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  40. Soooo, when you're done with that dress, would you mind sending it my way?? :)

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  41. you look so lovely in these pictures! The dress is beautiful and makes me long for spring even more now ;)

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