Monday, 9 January 2017

Pink to make the boys Wink ;-)



Happy New Year dear readers!

For my first post of the year, I wanted to come in with style, and apparently fashionably late too, as the new year began a good week ago!

I have something special for you today, as an evening gown is most unusual outerwear for me (not so unusual worn casually around the house though!)


I came across this 1950s, fuchsia pink, satin cocktail dress whilst vintage shopping in Amsterdam in September. 
In fact I tried it on for a laugh more than anything else. But lo and behold, it fit, and dam, I felt a million bucks! So for €30, it came home with me. 


It wasn't until the yearly Harrods Staff Ball rolled around, that I realised I had the perfect dress to wear!
I wanted the dress to be a real show stopper, so naturally I added a sprinkle of seamstress magic to it!


I managed to find a fabric, almost the same shade (so close) and made a skirt to wear over the dress, with a full train in the back.
I started making this skirt the week before the ball, so it was being sewn right up the the last minute!
It was literally, a rectangle of fabric, pleated and attached to a waistband.


I pleated the fabric by eye, without a pattern, in a bit of a slap dash kind of manner, but it came together beautifully.


A 2am selfie from the night before, when I had just finished sewing the skirt.

I was clearly delirious with joy, having managed to pull the cat out the bag so close to the finish line.


I had to work the day of the ball, so I came in all dolled up.
False lashes and all. Lashes make the world of difference to a glamorous look, how did I not know that???


And there we have the finished look!
I'm so glad that I spent the extra time making the full train, it was a lot of fun swishing about!


Outfit Details
Dress- Vintage- (in Amsterdam)
Skirt- Me made
Shoes-Bait
Pouch bag- Me Made (in 20 minutes before the event from fabric scraps)
Fur Stole- Vintage- Paper Doll Vintage
Gloves-Vintage-Beyond Retro
Earrings-Vintage- Alfies Antiques
Necklace-Absolute Pearls
Lashes-Eyelure Volume 100
Lipstick- MAC- Girl About town


I was channelling my inner Marilyn all night!

By some miracle, when an entire glass of red wine was spilt in my lap during dinner, it wiped off without leaving even a shadow of a stain! So it is either a magical dress, the dress is made is of a waterproof synthetic fabric or the 60+ years of grime build up have created a wine proof finish.
 Either way I was mightily glad that I escaped the red wine debacle unscathed!
And proceeded to swish about mightily smug for the rest of the night!


And a big thank you to my lovely team, who made the night a success and dressed up to the nines!
Finally an event I wasn't over dressed for!

X O X O

Christina



11 comments:

  1. It looks amazing! That train really makes the dress stand out.

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  2. You look stunning! This dress was such an amazing find, and I think the train adds so much fun and drama. Pretty in pink indeed!

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  3. "Finally, an event I wasn't overdressed for" - that made me chortle!!!

    You look so beautiful, definitely a touch of Marilyn's cheekiness in your poses! What a great idea to make the overskirt. Just stunning.

    Wishing you much more glamour in the year to come!

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  4. What a dress!! My word, that is stunning and the skirt train just gives that extra pizzazz, I love it! I wish our work's Christmas do was as glamorous as yours. I'm always overdressed compared to everyone else. Grrr! xx

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  5. Wow!!! Absolutely stunning!! That is such a gorgeous dress and the colour looks amazing on you, I loveeee the skirt you made to go with it, so good finding fabric so similar! All the best for the new year x

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  6. So beautiful and glamorous! That is so amazing that you were able to find fabric to match too! I've always loved dresses with trains. It looks like you had a marvellous time.
    The Artyologist

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  7. This is amazing - I've always wanted a dress with a skirt train like this, and you just go and make yourself one (well, half make yourself one). So impressive and you look absolutely beautiful. Falsies are the way forward...

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  8. That fabric has the most beautiful sheen, you look absolutely dazzling! Your gown must have been the talk of the ball! I instantly thought of Marilyn too when I saw these photos, and in this case rather than diamonds, it's false lashes that are a girls best friend ;) :P

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  9. This is such an elegant gown, and I think your makeup compliments it perfectly, lashes and all! Personally, I'm actually a huge fan of natural style lashes, I think they just add a little somethin' somethin' which is a lot of fun. :D ❤

    xox,
    bonita of Lavender & Twill

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