Dear Friend,

A few weeks ago I went down to Tyabb to pick up a lay-by (a beautiful ‘New Look’ style winter coat).

I swore that I was not going to buy anything else that day…but that was before I found this rose bedecked woollen dress.

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It was love at first sight! Besides, it would plug a gap in my Winter work wardrobe.

It is made of the softest rose pink wool with divine satin roses gracing the bodice.

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The roses were all in good condition and the fabric had worn beautifully (with the exception of a few tiny holes). 043

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I was prepared to overlook a few minor blemishes because it was such a pretty dress and it had its original matching belt which is a rarity.

It has the most beautifully cut and detailed pattern to the bodice, giving it an almost bullet shape.

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It must have been owned by quite a short lady, as I nearly always have to shorten the bodice on dresses, but this one fit like a glove. I was so happy as it would require no alterations-but then I discovered the stitching was loose in several spots. Sometimes the  cotton thread used to hold vintage garments together can be brittle, even though the fabric itself is fine. So I decided In order to unpick and re-stitch the dress to avoid embarrassing seam splitting and subsequent bodily exposure! This took the better part of an afternoon…so much for no sewing!

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This special dress needed a special headpiece, but all my hats seemed too heavy- besides, I couldn’t wear a hat at work. One evening I chanced upon this headband in one of my dress up boxes and found it matched perfectly.

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I am ashamed to say that I own many, many hair pieces like this that I find myself buying and not wearing… but I can’t resist them! I bought this one at the Alannah Hill outlet a couple of years ago and found it just too big to wear in my everyday hair.

I was determined to make it work so I removed one of the roses from the headband and wired it onto a separate hair pin so that there wouldn’t be too much at the front. I then constructed this high up-do to coset and frame the soft, blousy blooms, making them look comparatively smaller.

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I was really happy with the combination…although I did get quite a few stares and second glances at work the day I wore it. One patient even asked me if I was going to a party!

xx

Princess Pin Curls