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Jonquils!
I adore the scent; can't think why I never see it as a fragrant oil.
I'd totally buy it!

Frock-made it myself out of a curtain years ago! (Had forgotten about it!)
Cardigans-opshopped
50's coat-opshopped
Tights-retail
Boots-Trade Me
70's vinyltastic bag-opshopped in Australia
60's headpiece-the splendid Sarah !
60's necklace- the fabulous Tamera


Here's another frock refashioning!
I'm on a bit of a roll....
My gorgeous Sarah gave me this frock when we first met up in Sydney early last year...I just adore the colour, the spots, the shape!
But it didn't seem quite right. So I added the collar a little later....but it still wasn't quite right.
Then shazzam!
I realised it needed the sleeves shortening and a little jabot type thingy made with the cut off sleeves!
I added a little left over from the white frock refashioning to give the jabot type thingy a little more punch.....and I'm really rather pleased with it!
Wacko!

I just received the copy of Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing I had ordered a while back in an effort to inspire myself into some hardcore sewing, and I'm jolly excited about it.....but will it work?!
I really am the worlds laziest sewer, partly because I have so many plans and ideas I overwhelm myself, partly because my room isn't set up for easy sewing yet, and partly because I am just a lazy tart sometimes!
We will see!

X

31 comments:

Camelia Crinoline said...

I love your curtain frock. That blue dress refashion is fabulous. If in doubt, add a jabot. Jonquils are lovely. All the spring flowers at the moment are so pretty.

Sara said...

Oh that blue dotty dress looks so cute now ! Greatly tuned !:) And your outfit is always so magnificently colourful, I like your looks!

Frocktasia said...

Dearest Helga,
dreamy grain effect on those outfit pics, reminds me of some snaps of my mum when she visited Poland in the 60s. Your outfit is fab especially that fab frock, I do love a bold floral print and curtain couture RULES...I think a book should be produced about the subject!
You've done a grand old job on the frock refashioning, it is a million times more fun & flirty now and like you say the colour is adorable.
Lot's of love,
Jennie...xXx

Melanie said...

That blue dress is gorgeous! I love, love, love what you did with it!

Sue said...

I love spring flowers, especially all the scented ones. You truely are the sewing goddess of the south with your super duper remodeling of the blue dress. I am on a gardening roll at the moment, that is my buzz!

pastcaring said...

You look so warm and snuggly and delicious, I would give you flowers just for being wonderful! I am a bit ashamed to admit that I forget clothes too, which must be a sign I have too many... Oh well. I am very pleased that great frock didn't stay forgotten!
Love what you did with the polka dotty beauty, you have Mrs Slocombed it up with that frilly jabot. Not a word I knew until I started blogging. See, it's educational!
LOVE from one lazy tart to another! Xxxxxxxxxxx

Trudie said...

Totally fabolous refashion on the blue dress, I can't wait to see striking a pose in that one.

Vix said...

You are the queen of the jabot! That dress transformation is absolutely stunning.
Love that sexilicious frock you're wearing and the mitchy-matchy hair bow although itr's those killer orange thighs I noticed first.
I've never heard of Jonquils which may explain why my garden's a wilderness.
Love you!
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Lucy Nation said...

I love the dress refashion. Right up my street that is. Your outfit is also fabulously Miss Slocombesque. Kudos on the sexy pins missus! xxx

CityScape Skybaby said...

I must admit I don't know what jonquils smell like, though they have a very pretty name don't they. I find stuff I've forgotten about all the time which is a nice surprise when it happens but definitely a sign I need to de-clutter. Lovely outfits as always Helga! xx

Misfits Vintage said...

FARK ME! You look positively radiant in that beautiful curtain frock, mi amor - like a sunset! And the polka dot dress revamp is AMAZING! I absolutely love the wonderful collar and the lovely ruffles - can't wait to see you model it. I do like the scent of jonquils... but unfortunately they make me nauseated! Unfortunate. Luckily gardenia and I are wonderful friends. Love YOU more than gardenia! Sarah xxx

c... said...

Thanks for the ideas to start sewing and doing som changes on my oold frocks! The problem is that a have no patience - I want ready !!!!I am also convinced that the sewing machine fu**s with me...

menopauselsupermodel said...

You look smashing in your autumn tones!! Ah Jonquils--I keep forgetting it's spring there not Fall.
I love how you Mrs. Slocumized the dotty dress. It definitely made it more "Helga".
I'm seriously considering buying Gertie's book. I need to start sewing more. Crap--I even have a serger!!!
{{{{hugs}}}}
Tamera

thorne garnet said...

Nice re-style on the blue dress. When I tell people what I do, they always ask me if I make my own clothes. After sewing(sometimes 10 hours a day) the answer is "Fuck no!"
When I get home, the last thing I want to do is sit at my sewing machine and spent a relaxing evening sewing! That's why I took up knitting.

Penelope Cat said...

They're both gorgeous dresses! I love how big the print is on the floral frock. The spotty dress definitely needed a little something too - it's much livelier now.

Nikki x

MistressCatgirl said...

Lovely outfit! Love the ribbons in your hair. The refashioning of that frock is marvelous!

Mary Lou said...

omg omg omg i don´t know where to start well that frock refashioning is brilliant i love what you did, the frock was amazing before but now it is asbolutely fabulous-gorgous-unique-one of a kind!!!
and then i i love this orange floral/burgundy outfit!
kiss,mary

Melanie said...

If you are a lazy tart at sewing then I am a lazy pie! Your makeover is superb - what a great fix. Now let's see you prancing about in it! You look peachy in your warm colours with the flowers.

Louise Mc said...

I'm a terribly lazt sewist too, I've literally made one frock this year, lame I know. Love your autumnal colours. Xx

SACRAMENTO said...

I wish I coul make a dress, ahhhhhhhhhhhh
Wonderful.
We are still soooooooooo hot .
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Fiona said...

Love jonquils too, they are so delicate and their fragrance is divine. You are so clever, your frock transformation is amazing and so very Mrs Slocombe.
Do tell me, what are those extremely phallic looking plants in the background ?

Abblyfish Wibble Bartonia said...

LOVING the blue dress you rejiggled :) FAB-U-LOUS :) just like your marvellous self :) xxxx

Dashfield Vintage said...

You my dear are one clever lady! Wow I love what you did with the blue polka dot dress. I have a box full of clothes that I plan to jazz up one day... the problem is that one day never seems to come! Mmm and yes definitely with you on the daffodil things, they smell delicious. I can't put enough of them around the house at the moment. Oh and Jasmine as well at this time of year.

Mrs. D said...

Argh, it's when i see posts like yours that I feel like I should be able to sew and make amazing things too! But, alas, I am lazy and I don't have time :(

Look gorgeous as always!

Style Sud-Est said...

Hi lovely Helga!

So happy that G wants chairman Tao for his birthday bash!
I have the right dessert for him as well , i made it last week for mr. D's family- it is coconut milk chocolate mousse -so easy to do!
Put a couple of coconut milk cans in the fridge overnight, open the can , put the thick coconut milk in a bowl, there wiil be water at the bottom of the can put it aside.
Mix the coconut milk with about half a cup of cacao or more to taste, use an electric mixer the coconut milk will get thicker and then add a bit of maple syrup or honey

Give a big kiss to G !

Ariane xxxxx

Stacey said...

I love these dreamy outfit shots. And who would have ever guessed that gorgeous frock used to be a curtain? I love the blue dress refashion as well - the jabot really makes it pop!

Vintage Coconut said...

I do love your curtain dress it's really lovely, bright and amazing.
I don't think I have ever smelt that kind of flower but it is rather pretty.

Your revamping skills are magnificent and your polka dot dress is so cute! Hope we get to see you modeling it soon.

Hannah said...

Oh my I wish I had your sewing skills, that dress looks amazing And you look beautiful sniffing those pretty flowers xxx

vintage_kitten said...

beautiful dress I love the new collar and shorter sleeves.can't wait to see you in it.Those flowers are beautiful and look like they smell nice.Love your coat.xx

Amber of Butane Anvil said...

Is your curtain dress ever beautiful, and I love how you created the gradient tones form orange all the way to wine in your outfit. Fabulous coat!

I always so admire even folks who call themselves "lazy" for their fantastic re-fashions!

Miss Simmonds Says said...

I nearly had a tantrum when sewing yesterday - it's so DIFFICULT.

Anyway, you had Slocombed that dress right up. It looks fantastic, you look fantastic, everything is amazing!!! xxx