31 May 2012

my creative space . . . 'fancy frock fixes'

Greetings all,
I learned to sew via osmosis from my mother, specialising in alterations & how to fix things.  I've always been able to snatch a bargain dress with a tiny flaw i can repair, so when i found this Alannah Hill frock (i'm wearing to a wedding in a few days) on a rack marked down from $569 to "$80 broken zip" i was thrilled.  
 Look at the detail, so so pretty.  It's knee length with matching sequins around the bottom, soft & floaty.  I had an invisible zip in my stock so fixed it, carefully.  I did get new shoes, on sale, which will go with a gazillion frocks too.
 I've also decided to carry my silver sequin heart clutch/ handbag (it has a strap) as it will go perfectly with this headband, also an Alannah Hill 'broken' bargain, for $19.  It's not even a missing bead or snapped sequin issue, simple fabric stitching undo at the bottom of the headband, glee!!  Took a minute to fix & of course, loving the 80% discount??!!
You don't even have to be an experienced seamstress to fix many fancy frock flaws, i hand stitched these, for tiny detail accuracy.  Don't by shy . . . or find someone who can sew - cook them a lasagne or bring a bunch of flowers, swap skills.  Must admit i did feel like a couture designer working with such delicate fabric, invisible thread & fine stitching.  For more creative spaces, check out village voices, love Posie

24 comments:

Lisar said...

What a stunning dress....and love love love your shoes...please show us photo of you in all of your finery...and have a wonderful time at the wedding with your darling man.

The Accidental Housewife said...

Clearly I'm going to have to spend more time hanging around the Alannah Hill shop!

I'm glad you bought new shoes, and the heart bag does match the dress and headband. Hooray!

Nat - Muddy Farmwife said...

Oh my goodness you are going to look stunning! Again I wish I had sewing skills, I definitely didn't pick them up from my talented Mum.
I definitely go into full scale preparation for big events, nothing is as easy as it used to be. I think the other wives will love you, how could they not! Enjoy xoxo

Mum on the Run said...

I'm loving your ensemble!
And clever skills.
:-) x

Jane said...

Oh Jennie! You crafty minx. What a divine outfit. You must post photos of you, all dressed up in your finery! J x

Claire said...

Yay, well done, what a bargain.....

Looks like a gorgeous dress and I love the shoes you bought.....

You certainly are a savvy shopper...

Claire :}

Sam said...

Wow, what great bargains, gorgeous dress, and just as well you are handy with a needle and thread, they must have been meant for you, love the shoes too :)

Mama of 2 boys said...

Oh Posie, you are going to dazzle in that outfit, I love it! What a huge bargain! It all fits together beautifully. The shoes are divine. Would love to see a followup post with a pic of you wearing it all xo

Jan-Maree said...

What a gorgeous outfit Miss Posie! You are going to look a million bucks for a much better price - bet you have a ball! Hope u share some photos - enjoy!

TexWisGirl said...

a great skill to have!

Sindy said...

well done you! I love a bargain. And lovely to think your daughters (and son) will be the same and able to mend things without a murmur. Not to mention their carpentry skills from all the furniture you fix from the Recycle place...

Posie Patchwork said...

Oh thanks everyone. I'm really happy with my hair too, so yes, a photo will come later, love Posie

jennie said...

Jennie - that dress and those shoes!
SO gorgeous!! You are going to look amazing - can't wait to see you!X

Samantha said...

Oh beautiful dress, what a lovely outfit to wear to a wedding.x

Seaweed and Raine said...

Gorgeous outfit Jennie! And what a steal!!! My question is - WHERE did you source such magnificence? :)

CHD said...

Fantastic dress and whole outfit. Enjoy frocking up. Look forward to seeing a picture. Cx

donna said...

beautiful dress, gorgeous shoes, and the bag with that headband - so worth the effort - all that thinking and planning. Can't wait for the pics!!!!!

Mookah said...

Stunning taste as per usual. Can't wait to see the snaps!

Bron said...

Way to go..I hope we get to see a photo of you sporting your beautiful expensive dress?
x

le_third said...

loving those shoes - how fab are they ! enjoy the big day out - best le

Prim and Pretty said...

Love the dress. Lilianne has a large flower headband from Summerblossom that would match that dress perfectly if you want to borrow. I have the zipper ready for you. x

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