Hello! I'm back from a sunny visit to my Grandma with new enthusiasm and energy for work. I had a wonderful time sifting through old photo albums, hearing stories about what life was like in Sydney in the '40s and visiting the historical society to discover more about my family history.
These photos were taken in my Grandma's house. She and my Grandpa bought the place in the '60s and went there on holidays, then retired there in 1976. I remember visiting as a kid, but this visit I was really struck by the style of the furniture and fittings. I don't think much has been changed since they first decorated. I love those golden tones and simple lines, particularly as they are illuminated by the ferocious Queensland sun.
Now this dress is very exciting - not only does it have a lovely tie-neck, fantastic print and amazingly incredible pleats within pleats (!!!)(does anyone know what that is called?), but I found it at an Op Shop for $10! It was waaaayyy waaaayyy too big, so I had to do some pretty big adjustments to make it fit. I am still not crazy about the fit on the bodice, so I may make that a little more shapely. Regardless, I am pretty pleased that I could tackle such a big reconstruction.
Also a big thank you for all your lovely comments on my last post - I really appreciate your kind thoughts! I think you may have saved the yellow dress from the dyeing pot :)
Dress: Red Cross Op shop
Belt: The Way We Wore vintage fair
Shoes: Clarks originals
Shiny Face: Courtesy of the crazy Queensland heat