38. My little Black Dress & does a gal really need one?

My little black dress, just a drape over Gillian along with my Icebreaker wool shift dress.


I decided to design my own little black dress and as you can see I decided to start playing with different ideas by draping the jersey fabric around my dress form that my son named Gillian.

The Features:

  • The wrap with a slight lift/collar.
  • A-line hem, starting from the knee to mid calf.
  • Cap sleeves.
  • Wrap will fall above the breast line not below
  • A light drape to give the neck line a cowl feel.
  • Gathering on the side seam.

Influential People who I think made this dress what it is today

Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s

This lady wore the little black dress perfectly, and set a standard of dress for a lot of women in her era. Notice the black gloves instead of the traditional white. The designer of this dress is Hurbert de Givenchy for Breakfast at Tiffany’s 1961.

Coco Chanel broke social boundaries’ in women’s fashion.

I won’t even pretend to know everything about this women but I will say I admire her determination to be who she envisioned. She stepped out of the restrictive traditions and did it with style and I’m sure quite a bit of sass as well. She set her standard of dress and lived her life as she saw it and took us with her. Stepping out of the corset that caged women she gave us freedom in fashion/dress. Coco started off as a simple milliner to a fashion icon of women’s attire.

Coco Chanel Quotes that have influenced me

Why is less more, for me Coco stripped women of garish amounts of jewelry/fabric and the corset.  Using chosen pieces of jewelry to accentuate an outfit but not overwhelm the dress, she made life simple but elegant with jersey and threw the corset away.

For what ever reason the little black dress is important, we’ve made it so! It would never have taken off if we had not been so taken with it. Black is no longer in mourning, that was done away with long time ago. The elegant silhouette whether you dress it up or down has made its place firmly our wardrobe and most women have one or two hanging up.

Whether a mother, fashion icon or era. These play a part in what we will wear, so who influenced you?

If you’re interested on the history of LBD here is a great article, 1926 to 2010.

By: Real Simple (A Short History of the Little Black Dress)





30. Treasures found at the local Value Village.

Making a used cap new.


On the hunt for a good cap

I don’t know about you, but I’m always on the lookout for the right cap. It takes me years sometimes to find the right article to add to my closet, in this case a universal cap. I’ve come across many hats, caps, fedoras and your good old vintage toque. I’ve always admired people who can look good in any hat. I on the other hand have felt hat challenged, because I’ve always thought hats and I didn’t go necessarily together as well as I would have liked. Until I came across this cap at our local Value Village while I was enjoying a lazy afternoon wandering up all the isles. As a family we enjoy spending an hour or two at our local Value Village after morning Mass looking for those hidden treasures. My kids can be found in the toy section, my husband is lost somewhere between the utility and men’s wear and I go everywhere in that store, you just never know!

My alterations to the cap

I will be making an addition to this cap because its an itchy wool. I’ll add a lining to the inside head band to protect my forehead from the itchy wool. I chose a flannel lavender strip for the lining and yes! it’s not the same colour as the cap but that’s why I like this match. I have never been one too always colour coordinate my wardrobe. I’ve always wanted to do things differently, not sure if that’s good or bad, it’s just the way I am.  I’m drawn to things that are just on the other side of the ordinary, I like colours, furniture and such to not fit together perfectly but that’s how I think they work best. My mother would say I was a bit eclectic. What drew me to this cap was it’s colour, I like blues. The weave is fabulous, makes me think old English/Sherlock Holmes tweed. The hat buckle is wooden and a bit chunky and there is a strap around the head band that’s a plaid variation of the tweed that matches even if it’s a mix matched affair. I even like and think the embroidered writing on the back adds to the caps charm. I love mixing colours, pattern and textures all at once just like kids who wear plaid, stripes and poke-a-dots together and some how get away with it.

Things I learned along the way:

 As I hand stitch the protective band on the inside of the cap I realize that I should have cut the fabric on the bias so it would form flatter to the curve of the head band, we’ll see how it goes. I may not have to rip out the band I’m putting in.Well my addition worked out better than I expected, and I’m pleased with the results. If right time is taken anything can be found even a silly cap.

Have you found your right cap? or are you still looking?