outfit: the purple dress

Mixing up the travel posts with a bit of an outfit post. Rememeber that Charles Anastase dress that I fell head over heels for? The one that retailed for a smidge over $1000? Well, before I left on my travels I attempted making my own version of that dress. I found an old pattern in my mum’s stockpile of sewing stuff, bought some purple material, and set off trying to make my own. It all went a bit awry when my mum insisted that I stop following the instructions and do it her way. After a bit of a mother/daughter disagreement, I let up and agreed to do it her way. This is only a sneak peek as I still intend to make a few adjustments to it. I wore this on Sunday on a mother/daughter date to the bayside and for a bit of a market trawl. I brought my camera but had left my memory card in the reader at home. So there are no photos from that day. Rookie error, I know.

(Music note: Go Outside by Cults)


  1. Vicky August 1, 2011

    That dress is gorgeous. Can't believe you made it x

  2. herecomesthesun August 1, 2011

    I've missed your outfit updates! You look lovely.

  3. The Headless Mannequin August 1, 2011

    Such a pretty dress…I love the colours!


  4. LOVE it! The colour is just divine xo

  5. Amie August 1, 2011

    such a cute simple dress! the colour of the fabric really makes it i think πŸ˜‰ i'd love to see it without the jumper over the top! and argh i hate when i leave the house and forget to check that the memory card is in the camera!

  6. Joy August 1, 2011

    What a lovely colour!

  7. jamie-lee August 1, 2011

    The colour is stunning – I do look forward to seeing the final version! πŸ™‚

  8. soph (owl vs. dove) August 1, 2011

    @Vicky: the pattern was relatively simple. A much better option than shelling out a grand!

    @herecomesthesun: thank you lovely! More outfit updates to come, promise πŸ™‚

    @theheadlessmannequin and @alexis: thank you

    @amie: I'm still fixing up the top half but I'll definitely do a full show and tell in the near future.

  9. alp August 1, 2011

    I wish I had the confidence to make my own clothes. I am completely inept at using my sewing machine! Your dress is such a beautiful colour!

  10. Natalie Leung August 1, 2011

    great look, you made a great outfit! πŸ™‚

    new follower


  11. rebecca August 1, 2011

    i never realised how expensive anastase stuff was! (i'm one to lust, but i refuse to look at the price tags. i can see why now, i'd be weeping). the fabric you've picked is perfect, can't wait to see the rest of it (: xxx

  12. i love the color of that dress, especially paired with the turquoise ring!

    i can totally understand picture mistakes; i was once at one of my husband's motorcycle races and started to snap pictures (i thought) and realized that i hadn't put film in the camera!

  13. Jazzabelle August 1, 2011

    the colour of your dress is beautiful, it looks great against the light grey. you look lovely. xx

  14. celeste August 1, 2011

    beauuutiful skirt! the color is super cute.

  15. Violet August 1, 2011

    i hate when i leave my memory card at home. i usually make reminders like leaving the part open where the memory card goes ontop of my bag so i remember to get eventually.

    and the dress looks nice from what i can tell cant wait to see the rest

  16. aelie August 1, 2011

    This dress is gorgeous! I loooove the colour! xx

  17. Elyse (Give Me Bows) August 2, 2011

    Oooo can't wait to see the dress in full! Love the colour of the fabric.

  18. muchlove August 2, 2011

    I love the colour combo!

    P.S. how do you post a youtube music (without the video)? help! I'm stupid and can't figure it out.

  19. sojourned in style August 3, 2011

    you do good work (even against parent resistance πŸ™‚ ! from these photos it looks fantastic and amazingly paired with a comfy sweater. cool song, I dig it.

  20. Lilla and Gii August 7, 2011

    we like your blog and your posts!
    we could follow each other:)
    Here is our blog:
    xxx FFI


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