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Avid thrifter and vintage clothes wearer. Love 1960s and early 1970s styles. Partial to Art Nouveau, Pre-Raphaelite, Victorian, Renaissance and Medieval art. Former art historian. Current packrat. On a continual quest for good-looking, comfortable vegan shoes. Bhangra dancer since 2002. Fascinated by all things Indian. Vegan and animal advocate. 

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Frock on Friday

I’m actually doing a blog post on a Friday and I’m wearing a frock. What are the chances? So, this is my very first Frock on Friday post!

I had curled my hair again, so I was looking to wear something floaty and romantic to go with the curls.

I bought this not-vintage dress at TRAID in Camden when I was in London in the spring. I liked the color and the art nouveau-ish type design. Even though the skirt was too poofy on me, I thought I could make it work.

Uttam London dress, £2, TRAID, London. Black cotton tunic from a clothing swap 20 years ago, free. 1970s purse from the Rock and Roll Yard Sale, $7. Silver necklace purchased in Turkey in 1999. Silver and carnelian (?) necklace from Cultural Survival bazaar. Bangles from India. Vegan sandals purchased new from MooShoes, New York.The skirt still sticks out too much, even with a lightweight cotton sleeveless tunic over it, so I may alter it someday.

Swapped the jewelry for earrings purchased at Cultural Survival Bazaar and a couple thrifted beaded necklace In other news, I am still taking care of my friend’s cat Tigro, who likes to sleep with his face pressed into the side of his bed.

I don’t know how he breathes. Is it just me, or does he look like a garden slug?

So as not to leave you with an image of a slug, I’ll post my latest thrift find -- a stunning panné velvet maxi skirt. It has the most vibrant fuchsia, purple, green and orange flowers on a black background.

late 1960s-early 1970s F.A. Chatta skirt, Goodwill, $3.75 Panné velvet is impossible to photograph –neither photo does it justice. The skirt has a 24-inch waist, and I don’t, so it will go into the pile of clothes purchased for their fabric, to be made into something. I now realize that the print and colors are similar to the chenille velvet of the purse in the photo above.

I am going on a daytrip tomorrow to a town where I hear there is a great vintage clothing store with reasonable prices. Not that I need to buy anything. I'll just look...

Reader Comments (7)

Just looking, huh? We'll see about that!
I love the green and black pattern of the dress, do you think maybe it's a shame to cover so much of it up with the tunic? But then that's me, I like a bit of poof!
One of our cats often sleeps with her face pressed into the bed, it must feel secure.
That velvet is stunning, can't wait it see what you make. And as always, your bag makes me have a little envious moment...! xxxx

September 15, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpastcaring

Your hair looks lovely! I love the outfit but I agree about covering up the pattern on the dress. It's such a beautiful pattern and the best bit of it is on the skirt of the dress. Not sure how you'd make the skirt less poufy though. We're always calling our cats slug-cats, they do look quite sluggy when they have their legs all tucked under. Tigro looks so snug like that.

The velvet is fab too, it must be a gorgeous skirt. Looking forward to seeing what you transform it into.

Nikki x

September 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPenelope Cat Vintage

Ooh, there's that amazing purse again. I love your look here, and the velvet is gorg - any ideas what you'll do with it? Tigro certainly looks like he's all settled in - can't say I've ever seen a cat sleep like that! Mine tend to put their wee paws over their eyes to shield them from the light, spoiled pussies that they are. :)

September 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGrunge Queen

I agree, your hair looks great! I like the way you layer too. I'm looking at one of my dresses differently by the things I can layer with it because of your past post when you were at the street festival. We always think dresses are worn all my themselves usually.
I'm intrigued by your vegan days putting the squelch on your sinus issues. Are you gluten free as well? I've been wondering if grains are doing it to me more than meat. I seem to get stuffy when I drink beer too.

September 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoni

I love your curls and the Uttam dress is fab, not too pouffy at all! The village we stay at in Goa has a fabulous boutique crammed full of Uttam , Namaste, Monsoon and Nomads dresses, I love admiring them but always come out empty handed! Tigro is adorable, I loathe slugs but must admit that the markings on that one are rather lovely. xxx

September 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVix

A jewel of a dress, doesn't seem at all poofy to me. And a teaser for the velvet...

I've been through all your shoe painting projects - wow, what a collection. I think we've worked on some similar style shoes. I haven't heard of the paint you chose. I just used artist's acrylic that I had on hand. I know when you want to paint light colors on a dark surface, it helps to prime it first with white. Then you won't need so many coats for coverage. I like the bowling-type shoe redo, and the oxford redo, and the blue starry clog, and...

September 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpao

This look is awesome. I like everything about it. Thanks for the closeups of the bag too. You could go all freakish and wear a crinoline under the dress and tie it at the waist - accentuate the flaw. But that solution sounds like too much work, and crinolines can be prickly.

September 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

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