The sweet taste in your mouth turned bitter in its glass

Our Cousin Phylicia, also popularly known as my sistercousinwife Sarah's toyboy, came back to town for his father's (G's Uncle Laurie) 80th birthday celebration.
Naturally, we gussied ourselves up for an afternoon with old people and family!

This was the first frock I'd managed to make in about a year!
It's a 50's reproduction pattern, and this was the toile, using a 70's sheet, that came out far better than I expected!
Feck me, am I happy to have refound my sewing mojo!

After some beverages of the boozey variety, much merry making and schmoozing, I needed a lie down in the grass to recuperate.

Hat-60's, from Two Squirrels ages ago
Sunglasses-vintage Orotons, from my sistercousinwifey
Gloves-I think these are part of a lot I got off Trade Me, or else they're from Sarah...can't remember!
Shoes-a school fair
Handbag-a Rex, a gift from G
Earrings-from the sweetest Squirrel
Beads-60's, opshopped

Just look at our fine lad!
Australian life seems to suit him rather well!

Um, here's something you don't see every day!
G and I with the most recent addition to the family, Baby Ruby...I think she is a second cousin, or something??
G's cousin's baby....I'm never sure how it all works!
Not to mention how terribly alarming it is to hold a baby....

I just love this shot of Phylicia holding court with the oldies!!



Sue said...

Well I just love the whole bloody post, all the photos, just everything!! But your frock wins all awards for the day, clever miss sewing gal.

Sue said...


Angels have Red Hair said...

HA … that last shot is priceless.
Love your frock … I really do … and those shoes … I'm GREEN with envy.

Penny-Rose said...

Great photos - I also really like the last one and the one of you holding the baby :-)

Indigo Violet said...

It's Dad's 80th this year and you have thrown down the lime green gauntlet - how could I possibly improve on this outfit?!

Carina Rosenholm said...

Jesus woman how jelous am i ? Summertime and a fab frock ! Love it !

freckleface said...

You're such a nutter rolling around on the grass, but you DO make me laugh. Such exuberance, I love it. That dress is the business, not only do you look gorgeous in it, but look how beautifully made it is. Did the oldies comment on your magnificence? All that green coordination is sublime. That photo of you holding bambino is a peach, I love that the lady beside you has her arm around your waist. You're obviously popular. And look at cousin Phil holding court. A nice boy for sure! I'm rather partial to the oldies too, there's always something to 'jaw about' as my old gran would have said. xxxxxx

Vix said...

Oh god, I had to hold one the other day - I'd managed to avoid all contact with babies for 47 years and it was bastard terrifying, all squirmy and a bit odd! You look how I felt (G, on the other hand, looks a natural!)
How gorgeous is your frock and every detail...the hat, the Rex, the shoes. I bet those oldsters were all over you like a rash!
Love you! xxxxxx

Suzanne Carillo Style Files said...

ha ha! LOVE that last shot and your face when you're holding the baby!

That dress is divine. The green touches are especially lovely with your hair.

Oh if I could sew like that!


pastcaring said...

Oh my, I am peeking up that skirt hoping for a glimpse of your safeties, but you've just about held onto your dignity there, darling! Ha, who gives a stuff about dignity, it's much overrated; roll about on the grass with your pins in the air, that's what I say!
You look a total vision, heavenly frock, majestic cleavage with a delicious hint of brassiere, and matching gloves/hat/shoe action, like a proper lady.
Good to see Phil held it together despite obviously missing Sarah like mad (the Carlsberg probably helped); and wonderful to see you so alarmed by the small human! Yeah, babies are tricky little buggers if you aren't used to them, but I agree with Vix, G looks far more at ease, in fact I'd say he's positively enjoying the baby cuddle!
I love the oldies too, and I bet they all adore you! Oldies, hmmm... practically one myself really.
Loving you madly, sweetheart!
PS. Your forgetful story really made me chuckle! xxxxx

Renia said...

Super zdjęcia:))bardzo ładne buty i torebka:))Pozdrawiam serdecznie:))

Beth Waltz said...

Aha! I recognize that feeling of panic when one realizes that the little lass has a firm grasp of the beads 'round one's neck ...

daiseedeb said...

Well THAT made my Monday Maaahvelous!!
Especially the last pic.
Loved the shot of holding a baby. ; )
The dress. So, I have a huge stash of the Helga variety dress. Up for a trade? Best dress ever, you talented lady!!!!

Mariela said...

Looking good Helga! I love making dresses out of vintage sheets. So much cheaper than buying fabric by the yard. Your cousin looks like a fun guy!

In the Ruins of Berlin said...

that last pic is sooo cool, as your hat is! xxx

Tatjana Dmitrović Drljan said...

The blue dress are lovely and so pretty with your gorgeous headband!
Love it!!

señora Allnut said...

ohhh, all that greenery, and pics of you rolling on the grass!, it's simply delightful, dear lady!!mwahahaha
your dress looks gorgeous and cute, and your pretty tights and shoes are perfection!!
I always avoid to hold any baby, it terrifies me too!!
besos & green hats

Fiona said...

You are a marvel, I'm in awe of your sheet frock, oh to have such such talent. Your party with the oldies looks a blast, it's always fun to get them on the sherries and then ask them about the old days...only the juicy stuff mind!
Your comment on Miss Magpie's post yesterday had me howling with laughter. xxx

Lucy In The Sky said...

You look fabulous! I love the green accessories and well done on the dress - it looks great!

Sheila said...

That's how I look near babies! Yikes! So squirmy.

Looking fabulous - you made that dress?? Amazing! I love this colour combo - my favourite on redheads.

Brooke F said...

What a beautiful dress, and what a clever clogs for making it! A perfect frock for some lolling about on the grass. And the look on your face as you hold the baby is just hilarious!XXX

Sandra said...

Your frock is fab! the fitting on the shoulder/bodice is pretty awesome! older people are the best at any party, they are normally up for a laugh or sloshed (or is that just my lot!)babies are a wriggly lot, I do like the pic of you holding the baby! x x x

Forest City Fashionista said...

Phil certainly does look like life with Sarah suits him just fine. I had to laugh out loud at the sight of you rolling about on the lawn! You have most certainly recaptured your sewing mojo - that is a wonderful dress.

Holding babies and toddlers always makes me anxious - I'm afraid they are going to burst into tears or struggle and I'll drop them!

Krista Gassib said...

I wanna roll in the grass with you! Your newest creation is couture baby why just look at how it showcases your gorgeous girls! Hottie! Cousin Phil with all the oldies is classic and you and holding the babies is rather odd bit I'm sure kids adore you both. Pass the baby on the left hand side:)
Love you bunches babe!

Melanie said...

Bwa-ha-ha!! Awesome photos of splendour in the grass. The bag seems to have a leading man role in the context of your introduction. Hm. Alarming? Too right! Which way is up? Cousin Phylicia and G look devilishly handsome. There are many seams in your dress. How do you keep track? Outstanding work! Gorgeousness as a grand reward.

Teresa said...

Good golly! You made that frock! It's absolutely amazing. Love it!

Hollie "Jet" Black-Ramsey said...

Yeah, ok I'll admit it. I kinda lingered on the photo of your cleavage...shhhh.... I need to learn how to sew. No, I take that back. I need to hire my own personal fashion designer. There.

Trees said...

Glad to see you guys have gotten some sunshine down in Christchurch! Hurrah for the return of the sewing mojo - Fantastic frock! :D

Hope Adela Pasztor said...

The lime green accessories look fantastic with your hair color!

Catherine said...

Yay! you finished a frock and it looks most excellent!! I love it!

And who ever said blue and green should never be seen obviously hasn't had a chance to see you rolling around on the ground after a few tipples in all your finery! magnifique!