Sunday, March 30, 2008

On skirts that pouff

If anyone tells you that it's worth the time and effort to make yourself a petticoat to save you the £60 retail cost with £8 worth of net and a steady hand, take my word for it.

It's not.


Not in a million years of pins in thumbs and acres and acres and acres and acres of gathers, seams, pins and starching.

It's really not.


Thursday, March 27, 2008

Sensible shoes

I'm going to stop being silly. I'm going to stick within my budget and find something that may actually be purchased for my feet.

Moira Mary Janes - cream leather - £40

They ain't gonna set the world on fire, but they may just do the trick...

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Bows and Frocks

I'm partial to a good bow. Always have been, being a child of the eighties in lace and ruffles and pink. Always pink.

I've been pondering outfits for around the wedding itself: a dinner in the hotel with friends of the family the night before requires a party frock that is easy and comfortable but glamorous. The breakfast in hotel the morning after requires sedate and measured, and I can't decide if it needs the flounce of the recently undone (!) or to remain virginal and ivory. It could go either way really.

Regardless, this rather fabulous number, posted recently by Kate McKenzie, is exactly the style for the morning after the day before...

Retro style? Check

Subtle bow? Check

Comfortable shape and high neckline for coyness? Check

On budget?


Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Handmade to Order

I do love a good Etsy. Abby of Style Me Pretty has selected a beautiful range of handmade wedding products and led me down the garden path to vintage remaker Betsy of The Foundling.

Speedy answerer of emails, Betsy has given me a very reasonable quote to make a range of these gorgeous poppies for the hair adornment of me, my bridesmaids and flowergirls, replacing the black beads with found vintage pearl beads to continue my pearl and navy theme.

The Sis bridesmaid is to be convinced by the Mum this week and hopefully we can get the order in shortly.

Vintage, economical, handmade and bespoke. What more does a girl want?

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Frills and spills

I think my wedding dress' skirt will be big enough to wallow in big-bottomed pants with no concern for the dreaded VPL...

I love the vintage nod that these have:

What do you reckon - cheeky or cheesy?