Two on a Tuesday






I found this dress in one of the charity shops in Eastbourne. It's barely sewn together, with the basic darts and waist seams in place but with an open back and sleeves. Someone's half finished project said the shop lady and I'd have to agree. Never one to shy away from a craft-based challenge, for £1 I bought it and hoped desperately that it was vaguely my size.

When I got home and looked at it properly, the fabric is silk and the print is beautiful. Can you see it? Trees and branches, foliage and bushes. It think it's screen-printed as the print is so blocked. And the best bit? It could have been made for me. The fit is perfect and once the seams are sewn I think it might become a wardrobe favourite.

And the hat? Bought for 50p from a car boot sale for purely decorative purposes! I look like a crazy lady in it but couldn't resist the vintage silk flowers!

27 comments:

  1. Wow I love that dress! I come from near Eastbourne. A place called Bexhill - a charity shop HAVEN!
    I found an amazing £1 falling-apart dress myself the other day but my size estimation skills are clearly crap. I couldn't get it past my knees, let alone my arse!
    x

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  2. ELLIE! I love these finds. The print on the dress is just stunning, and the hat - although slightly crazy - is amazing! Great thrifting. x

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  3. Wow, it's fab! I love bargain charity shop finds like those. My hunts through them recently have left me disappointed, hopefully a gem like this will turn up soon though! xxx

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  4. Oh wow, couldn't be more jealous of both of those items Ellie! Will you be posting a photo of you in the dress? I hope you do! I'm planning on hunting down a bunch of vintage fake flowers for some projects I've got in mind. I miss you! <3

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  5. The print on that dress is so beautiful, I'm sure you'll make it look wonderful :) The hat is v cute too! x

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  6. That hat is great. I have a feeling this summer is going to be one for loads of fake flowers and verging on the crazy old lady look. x

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  7. The print on the dress is lovely, good luck with the challenge of finishing it off!

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  8. That dress is amazing! When I saw the first picture I thought it was a scarf and loved the print, a dress is even better! I'm sure you'll have it all stitched up in no time.

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  9. Wow that print really is beautiful, i can't wait to see it finished and you wearing it x

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  10. Oh gosh, what a stunner - and such a bargain too! I'm so envious of your crafty skills, i'd never be able to repair/finish anything like that! x

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  11. that dress is a winner, hope you can fix it up. I am sure it would look lovely on you.

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  12. The print on the dress is gorgeous, a great find! x

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  13. You've got some amazing finds here! That hat is awesome.

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  14. Amazing blog and charity finds! I am also a lover of charity shopping! def going to follow to see more! x

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  15. Wow Eleanor, both buys are gorgeous. That hat reminds me of Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady ;) x

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  16. I'm very jealous of how gorgeous that dress is! Love how it's made to measure too...I'm gonna coin the phrase thrift couture :D

    Maria xxx

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  17. aaw the hat is beautiful even if it's just for decoration. Hope you show us the dress when it's finished, it's such a pretty fabric x

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  18. That dress is beautiful. The print kind of reminds me of the painting in The Witches, although on second look there's no house! I love the hat too, crazy though it is. Crazy is a good look for you.

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  19. What a find! The print is beautiful and it's silk... I guess if it hung in Liberty London or Browns it could easily have had a 1000x pricetag and no one would have raised an eyebrow. Aahh, the beauty of charity shop hunting!

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  20. The dress is absolutely gorgeous! The hat is pretty too! I can't believe you got it for 50p! Definitely a great find! :)

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  21. That's gorgeous, even if it didn't fit £1 for the material is an absolute bargain. Can't wait to see what you do with it.

    Penny x

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  22. All such brilliant finds! And those antlers, oh I have been wanting some like that for the longest time.

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  23. Wow, spectacular dress - is your shop launching soon Ellie? can't wait to see all the bargains you turn up x

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  24. that print is amazing..
    it reminds me a bit of a royal doulton plate.. but definitely in a good way.. :)

    http://goldielondon.blogspot.com/2011/05/gracing-rooftops-in-motion.html

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