The 1950s isn’t really my everyday era of choice, therefore, I don’t actually own a great deal of full skirted dresses or skirts. So I decided to buy a new dress for this year’s Sydney Living Museums Fifties Fair. I’ve really been leaning towards brown tones lately so it didn’t surprise me when this dress I found on Etsy caught my eye. I also decided to buy this gorgeous hat which perfectly matched a pair of gloves I already owned. The big dilemma was a bag. I really wanted a basket style bag that was reasonably sized and didn’t cost the earth. A random trip to Vinnies saw me uncover this Wizard-of-Oz style basket for a crazy $1.50! It was filthy and the buttons were black. Some intense cleaning uncovered the beautiful Bakelite buttons and basket underneath.
The day before the Fair I tried on the entire outfit, only to discover the dress was a tiny bit too small around the middle. Such is the risk of buying online. I was devastated. I had been waiting to wear this dress for weeks. In steps my amazing Mother who, in a matter of hours, had let out the seams enough so that the dress fit! (NB. I am lucky that my Mother was a seamstress so projects like this don’t faze her). My outfit was back on track!
I was really happy with how the outfit came together in the end and the weather was so lovely a jacket was not necessary. Of course, practical shoes were a must, and I wore my low heeled brown court shoes which were perfect for navigating the rocky terrain.
Big thanks to Ellen for the photos!
All photos by Ellen. Check out her blog A Wild Tea Party.