Buy it? Leave it? Buy it? Leave it? It wasn't the price that was a concern but the afternoon of intensive laundering, refashioning, mending, and pressing I knew I would have to invest to transform this paisley men's dressing gown into the perfect silky over-gown for chilly spring mornings. But invest I did.
The repositioning of the sash, parts of which I sewed permanently into place at hip height on the front, is probably the most visible evidence of the makeover. I also handstitched part of the sash across the back at hip height to add visual interest.
There was such a deliciously feminine swish to the piece as I strode down the sidewalk - it's silky after all and there was a fresh green breeze. At the same time, the powerful spiritual residue of the previous owner had me wanting to chomp a cigar and flick ashes with abandon, gulp brandy from a crystal snifter, bark out dirty jokes, laugh at nothing in particular in a big throaty, raspy laugh, and devour a chili cheese dog. With the addition of the beret I confess to feeling like a twenties film director/mogul, a refined brute. All I would need to complete the image is a megaphone. And I'd like to carry a riding crop too, although I have Grushenka, my magic wand somewhere...
- maxi men's silky dressing gown with fringe-tipped sash, thrifted, $9
- stovepipe low-rider jeans under the over-gown, sample sale
- Miu Miu brown crackle leather boots, thrifted
- white long-sleeved V-neck cotton top/long-sleeved T under the V-neck/camisole, sample sale/retail
- men's tie, thrifted
- cotton gloves, retail, Canadian Tire, decapped and hemmed by me
- magic loupe, from O
- tool box handbag, from O
- sunglasses, vintage, thrifted
- wool beret, thrifted
QUIET ON THE SET. AC-tion! CUT! Cut!!
Let's do it again. But how about a little FEELING this time. Got it? Whaddya think I'm payin' ya's for, huh?
I hope you are all well. Your posts continue to inspire on a daily basis. Thank you so much!
When I go out, I often catch glimpses in a crowd of fellow bloggers continents away - a familiar profile here, a silhouette there, a pattern, a colour. I know these are shadows of yourselves but I can't help but wonder if they are also secret hellos dropped down magically from the cosmos. If they are, I hope you catch a glimpses of me too. Do you ever see bloggers from around the world wandering your streets?
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