I spend my cash on looking flash and grabbing your attention!

Ta dah!
La square dance frock extraordinaire!
It turned out beautifully, and I have plans, and a retro sheet stash, for more.
I'm right into this mutton dressed as lamb thing, and the world can go to hell!

Ah, that full, flouncy skirt.....the gathering drove me up the wall a little, but it's so worth it.
I have been nagging myself to do more sewing this year, but realised I have actually made about 7 or 8 frocks this year, and I do feel rather motivated.
This is a good thing, and I'd better ride that wave before the next slump!
I'm nearly finished with another frock, just doing the hand sewing, and then I think I will bust out a stripey sheet set for another square dance frock........argh....I get all excited, but the trick is to stick to one frock at a time, I have found.
I used to be terrible for cutting out several frocks at a time, then getting overwhelmed and throwing them all into a box and never finishing them...it's all about being disciplined and focused these days, and dammit, horribly grown up about it all.
O dear!

Flower-retail, years ago
Sunglasses-Catch a Thief
Necklace-G's folks bought it back from the States for me many years ago
Earrings-gift from G
Handbag-tooled leather delight, opshopped many years ago
Shoes-Trade Me

Captain Crutches!
Shirt-made by moi
Jeans-Indonesia, I think, or maybe Thailand
(those snakey little hips do so well in Asian lands)
Nasty orthapedic shoes...who cares?!
Sunglasses-I think they were a gift from me years ago...



Sheila said...

How terribly grown up of you! I adore the dress - the fit is amazing on your smokin' self, of course. Love the skull earrings and that bag!

Connie said...

Oh money and time well spent! Rick rack makes my heart go pitty pat. A beautiful dress. And you made a man's shirt? Props to you! Orthopedic shoes are quite the thing. We should ALL wear them. I'm not kidding!

Fiona said...

I'm in awe of your dressmaking abilities, that dress of yours is bloody fantastic. Hope the ric-rac made you dribble. And you also ran up a shirt for your dandy highwayman....seriously impressive!

Carol said...

I'm also a huge fan of ric-rac Wowza, you are so friggin talented and awesome.

G's stylin' the crutches!

Curtise said...

That frock is perfection on you, what a wonderful fit! You look beautiful, darling. Ooh, get you, being all grown up about your sewing, I am most impressed. I need to get my sewing arse in gear - maybe this weekend, the kids are away, and I can spread out!
Gorgeous colours, those tights are fab, and a bit of ric rac is always a welcome addition.
G looks HOT! When will the crutches be cast aside?
The devil take your stereo, and your record collection - loving yooooou! xxxxx

mondoagogo said...

Well, I must say you look rather fab, and was admiring G's shirt just *before* I saw you had made that too. And your shoes are like the grown-up version of mine (which are flats)! Although these photos do make me mourn the loss of my turquoise tights....

btw the captcha says "lovingst two", well it might be "lowngst two" but I prefer the former :)

sister outlaws said...

YOU MADE THAT DRES???? it's amazing! And feck the MDL (short for mutton dressed as lamb)you look like lamb dressed as PHEASANT!

Sue said...

Baaaaaaaaaaaaa Ha ha ha ha, to anyone that thinks you are mutton dressed up as lamb, and if you are I want to be a sheep in your flock, the flock of hot frocks!!!! I have a green gingham sheet in my stash that has your name written all over it, best I post it to you very soon while your sewing mojo is happening.

Beth Waltz said...

I, too, was admiring G's shirt before noting you'd made it. Well made! And G wears it well!

There is nothing lamb-like about that pretty floral frock when you wear it with those shoes, belt and sunnies. The rick-rack is extraordinarily dainty in design -- how nice you were able to use it near the face on this special project!

Vintage Bird Girl said...

Oh you're killing me! Such gorgeousnes! I ADORE that frock on you, & all the matchy matchy details. Believe me I see mutton dressed as lamb all the time over here & that does not describe you. Xx

Ivy Black said...

Bloody perfection, darling. Nothing mutton about you. I love it and you wear it so well.
What is life without a bit of ric-rac?
G rocks his you made shirt and is crutches as it goes.
Much love.

Vix said...

Do I detect a bit of an Adam & The Ants thing going down? He was a hottie back in the day, wasn't he?
Talking of which you look glorious in your frock. Its a masterpiece. It would take me a year to make one dress as fabulous as yours. The fit is sublime and the colours glorious!!!
Mutton, my arse!
Hope the gorgeous G ditches those crutches soon.
Love you! xxxxx

Bobbi said...

Wow - that dress is both cool and adorable and you made it. You have some masterful sewing skills. G's shirt, too? Awesome.

Carina Rosenholm said...

Yeay !! looking so great !!

Jazzy Jack said...

This is what I will do(say it a hundred times) I will only work on one project at a time! Thanks for the tip!
That blue is heeeeeeavenly on you. I love the cute as a button skull earrings :-)
G seems to have been incapacitated forever! I'm sure it seems longer to him (and you).
Wishing you success with the next creations...and G's shirt is sublime! xo JJ

Krista Gassib said...

Now you will be extra picky when buying square dance frocks because look at how sweet the one made is! Sweetie it's beautiful, I mean like outta the friggin park! All you gals sewing making it look easy I need to get off my ass and just try! I adore the time on the neckline.
G! Hi honey, never have crutches looked better than on you. You guys are hot, you know that!
Love you both!

PinkCheetahVintage said...

Great job on the dress---love the ric-rac trim!

Goody said...

Sewing men's shirts is insanely difficult-you did a great job. And your dress is magnificent. You are NOT even CLOSE to being mutton, but yeah the world can fuck the hell off anyway!

Gold flapper shoes. My god, where do you find these treasures?

freckleface said...

No question, I'm going to have to go onto Youtube and immerse myself in a bit of Adam and the Ants now. In the late 70s/early 80s my parents lived in Paris and I liked to pretend Young Parisians was about me and my sisters! :) Anyway, let's get back to you darling! Where do I start? With the perfect square dance frock, which you wear like no one else? The fact that you are the very model of what anyone would be delighted to look like at any age? Or your incredible sewing skills? A shirt for God's sake! See-through, naturally, you minx! Glad to see G is on the mend. Xxxxxxx

thorne garnet said...

G can make those crutch things rock! Silver shoe, I can say no more.

ArgentGal said...

Fantastic job on the dress. I'm impressed with the self control you've developed. I still am prone to fits of start-itis.

Shawna McComber said...

Flashtabulous! You are so glorious you nearly broke the internet or at least blogger. When I was a lamb I dressed as mutton so feck, may as well do it the other way round now! There are only two rules: Be yourself and have fun! G makes crutches very sexy. Your sewing skills are most enviable!

peaches mcginty said...

I love square dance dresses, I love you in square dance dresses and I love you for making me have a lightbulb moment, you made this wonderful dress maybe I could, hmmmm - you just look magnificent! totally delicious and you made a shirt! feck it's fab! how hard though? x x x

The Pugnacious Vegetarian said...

Great job! You are so talented! The dress looks amazing on you :)

Hollie "Jet" Black-Ramsey said...

Oh my buxom friend, the dress is awesome! I need to taste those gold shoes! Yummy nummy

Trees said...

Such a fab dress, I am LOVING all the ric rac and I am also guilty of cutting out several projects at once *opps*. Rich can also always buy clothes when we are traveling in Asia! I am quite jealous!

ThriftyParka said...

Ugh, I know what you mean about starting several projects at once, then getting overwhelmed and throwing me hands in the air.

You are doing awesome with the grown-up discipline. Just focus on finishing each luscious frock.

hugs and jellybeans,

Sila from ThriftyParka