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Friday, 18 May 2012

I believe I may have mentioned my loathing of ironing a time or two.  It therefore won't come as a surprise when I confess that this rather cute shirt dress has been languishing at the bottom of the ironing basket since...ooh...last August?  I bought it in a charity shop because I liked the pattern, shoved it in the wash (not cos it was smelly, just cos I really don't like that washing powder that all charity shops seem to use) and promptly forgot about it.

It was jolly nice to rediscover it.  Not so nice to rediscover that it is a really odd shape.  It has belt loops at what you would assume to be normal waist height, but the actual waist is down below my hips and it looks very weird.  Only one thing for it.  Well, two things.  First, shove a big belt over the top to disguise the weirdness.  Second, poof the skirt out.

Ok, make that three things.  I had to make something to poof the skirt out with.  Twitter folk may have seen me beefing about doing battle with tulle last night but I think it was worth it in the end.  One mini petticoat!  It doesn't look like much but it does the trick.

Dress - Dorothy Perkins via charity shop
Cardi - Hawkshead
Belt - Primark
Shoes - Irregular Choice
Brooch - charity shop
Ring - Dorothy Perkins sale
Pearls - BoBijou

And for extra vintage styling, add ponytail and wear cardi in a different way:


  1. Oh you look awesome (again....yawn!) Try posting a crap pic from time to time to make me feel better!!! You always look so glam.
    Itching to see the petticoat under the skirt. Is it really short when on?
    It is a gorgeous dress and doesn't look at all weird!
    No one would know about the dodgy hip thing.
    Have a good weekend.
    xx xx

  2. Ooh I'm the first comment. Get me!!

  3. Very cute look - I especially like the 50s styling with the cardi and ponytail. Good job on the petticoat!

  4. You look utterly adorable! A really cute and stylish look!

  5. I echo the cute/adorable comment.

  6. That's lovely. 9 months in an ironing basket, that's average dresstation (see what I did there?) period.


  7. Oh wow, this is gorgeous! I love the petticoat idea, it really makes it look extra lovely :) ♥

    Sarah ^.^

  8. I am not an ironing fan either, life is too short!

    Love that dress, I neeeed a petticoat! xo

  9. Oh my that dress is too cute......very clever to give it such a marvellous new lease of life.......I hate ironing too but one day bought one because I thought it make me feel more grown up if I had one, my son asked what it was,,,,,,he was about 12 at the time.....!!

  10. Lovely, Alex. And you made a petticoat as WELL as ironing - I'm impressed! xxx

  11. I love the dress I am a sucker for checks and tartan.

    You and all your irregular choice shoes!

  12. It's lovely, you've done a super job!

  13. did I not comment already?! I have to say you've done a great job if this started off a difficult piece, it looks fabulous. A homemade petticoat never crossed my mind but thinking about it, would really help.

  14. Fantastic! you look amazing, what a great job you have made. Linda xxx

  15. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous xxxx

  16. Love the outfit, it's very 50's chic. And I'm with you- ironing is sooooo boring!

    Nat x

  17. Like the check and dots very much!!

  18. This is one of my favourite dresses ever!

    x x


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