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A Perfect Dress for Spring

On a recent treasure hunt in the charity shops of a nearby county town, I stumbled across this beautiful floral glazed gauze from the 1930's and my heart nearly skipped a beat!

As a maker of vintage inspired handmade clothes, one of the biggest issues is finding dupes for vintage fabrics so when you strike gold, it's a wonderful thing!

I had recently made a shirt dress that has become one of my most favourite ever makes {you can read about that one here!} and I knew that this delicious Spring like print would be perfect for another version. I'm normally very loyal to my preferred colour palette of black, pink and cream but recently, I've been making the effort to step into new colour realms and expand my horizons. These beautiful fresh colours cheer my soul and any of them could be picked up in colourful accessories or a piece of vintage inspired knitwear. I especially love that zingy green, the peachy pink and the yellow!

The design of flowers weaving through a trellis is just so beautiful and whilst I don't gravitate towards browns or earthy colours, I did fall in love with this 1950's bag from the same charity shop and knew it would be perfect with this vintage fabric.

I had a lovely time catching up with my dearest friend, Georgina and she kindly took these photos while we wandered round our little Old Town of Hastings. There are so many nooks and crannies here and we stumbled across this tiny garden square which was the perfect backdrop for my Spring outfit. You can see more of Georgie's work here. Her work is just so beautiful and I always feel so thrilled to be photographed by her!

Having some lovely brooches and bangles that pick up the colours of the print is just the thing ~ this little brooch was bought a long time ago from Shop House Hastings, one of my favourite local treasures.

I drafted my favourite sleeve style for this shirt ~ a high puff sleeve and you can see the tutorial for this in my Youtube video on adapting the Simplicity 8447 blouse pattern.

It's so lovely to wander around in the sunshine, hear the birds merrily singing and see all the flowers begin to bloom, especially after all the trials and tribulations of recent times. It feels like wakening after a very long slumber and I can't take any of it for granted.

I found these shoes, modern M&S but very 1940's in style, from another charity shop for only a few pennies! They're the perfect shade of blush pink and I matched my belt to the shoes rather than opting for a brown belt to pair with the bag. My seam back tights are from What Katie Did and I'm going to have to get some more in other colours as they're really fabulous quality.

I hope you've enjoyed this stroll around Hastings Old Town on a lovely Spring Day and that wherever you are, the flowers are blooming and bringing you cheer,

Tara x

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