Saturday, July 31, 2010

Christy: Little house on the estate sale

Nearly a year ago I attended an estate sale in a richer part of Montreal. All of it was interesting from the vintage play boy magazines to the old furniture but the only things I bought were a vintage crinoline that I later chopped short and this strange jumper/pinafore/dress thingy. I just recently pulled it out and realized that while it's a bit strange, if i removed the top bib part it would make a very decent full skirt.

I decided to take pictures of it before it hit the chopping block. It has a very nice feel and is obviously hand made.

The check print seemed very prairie and reminded me of the days when the idea of wearing pioneer clothes appealed strongly to me.
Though this would have belonged to a very sassy pioneer lady.
I was a little confused as to which part was the front and which part was the back. I hazarded a guess and wore it this way but i may have gotten it wrong.
The next time you see this dress it will be a skirt.

I tremendously enjoyed reading all your comments on my last post about the obstacles in the path of fashion. I feel like I"m getting to know you guys so much better through your comments. Laura and I started this blog before we were really aware of how far reaching the fashion blog community is and I feel like only now am I really becoming a very small part of it.

Thanks for all the advice on the topic of ways to overcome laziness/lack of inspiration. I've been trying to plan my outfits ahead of time so we'll see if there's a spike in my inspiration in the future.

I hope you guys are all having a splendid weekend and I"ll try to update again soon.



Carys said...

What a lovely find, I can't wait to see it as a skirt too!
The gingham print is lovely, and the trimmings are so sweet!
From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

aurora. said...

such a cute outfit!
i love the gingham print :)

Ali said...

That is a suepr cute dress! I love the red trim along the edges, it makes it pop so perfectly! :) I kind of like the bib part, it looks sort of like an apron from Little House on the Prarie, hehe. :D
..and vintage play boy magazines? hahaha that made me laugh.

sweetdisposition said...

clever title! props for that.

i love the gingham and the red trimming makes it look so crisp. i think it'll look really cute as a skirt. and i totally can relate to wanting to be a pioneer haha. i read all the little house on the prairie books & played oregon trail.
& thanks so much. i really enjoy reading your blog too. i feel like we'd be really good friends if we lived closer haha is that weird to say?

KVG said...

I have a friend who's philosophy is: "I wear whatever is on the floor." She usually looks like a kaleidascope, but in the best sense of the word...

That dress makes me want to picnic and possibly frolic in fields. I can't wait to see it altered!

b. said...

That skirt is lovely ~ I am always jealous when I read of American estate sales. I wish they had the same thing in Australia, but we just don't.

b. of Depict This!

Half Dressed said...

Great find, good luck with the alterations :)

L x

Half Dressed

Bea said...

I love the title of this post. I was such a fan of the Laura Ingalls Wilder series as a kid. I made my Beanie Babies play ma, pa, Beth and Carrie back then.

Whoops, there goes all my street cred :P I love the colors of this dress, Christy!

B from A plus B

Catherine - The Girl In The Paper Dress said...

I love it! I am a sucker for gigham so this made me so happy. Can't wait until I see it's new life as a skirt!

The Girl in the Paper Dress

Teresa said...

That is a cute estate sale find! :)

♥ Teresa ♥

Chi Qast said...

cute dress!