I've been admiring the sort of Neo-Romantic wave in fashion lately. Unfortunately my pocket-book doesn't admire the cost. So, of course, I decided to make my own. I was looking on-line for inspiration, and I found a shirt from the British store Topshop that I adored. Here it is.
Fortunately, I had some creamy rayon in my stash that was perfect for the lining, or shell of the blouse. I also had bits of silk voile left over from past projects, and I found some inexpensive lace at Hancocks, bought a yard for nearly nothing, and voila! I was set to go.
I don't particularly like the way it look on me when it's hanging loose and free like it is in the Topshop image. But belted, or tucked in...and I'm a happy camper.
It's really quite dreamy and soft to wear.
It puts me in mind of Anne of Green Gables, or A Room with a View.
While I like to wear clothing that fits my style, and is evocative of vintage or antique outfits, I am not an outgoing, extroverted person. I don't like being the center of attention, nor would I ever seek it. But, I'm fully aware that if I choose to wear things out of the norm, I will get "looks." I'm always battling my shyness, and constantly trying to get over my self consciousness when I dress vintage or "artsy" (as some people would call it.) And because of this, I am soooo glad to see that Romantic and Vintage styles are coming back into the fashion scene. Now I can wear them without fear of being stared at. I took my daughter to swimming lessons this morning, and one of the female, college aged, life guards smiled at me and said, "I love your outfit!" A positive compliment....
Another stash project completed.