Monday, December 22, 2014

༺ Lavender Lace ༻

1940's maternity style in a vintage maternity dress | Lavender & Twill

Lace work on this purse matches my lacey hair flower and the lace on my dress | Lavender & Twill

The square shape of the shoulders and neckline help balance out the baby bump below | Lavender & Twill

If I poke hard enough, do you think my belly will pop? XD  33 weeks pregnant | Lavender & Twill

I only have one vintage maternity dress {they are fairly rare and hard to find as you can imagine!} and this is it.  It’s a little too big for me ~ particularly across the shoulders, but beggars can’t be choosers. Plus, it’s such a pretty dress. (✿◠‿◠)

I really love the lace work that creates a square neckline around the v-collar, and that the little lace bands on the skirt help draw the eye down past your belly. I think that this such a cleverly thought out detail that gives this dress a more ‘slim-lined’ feel. And every pregnant lady knows that slim in the latter stages of carrying a baby is definitely a bonus!

I almost wish I could wear it when I’m not pregnant, but at the same time it is nice to have some special clothes that make you feel pretty when when you are at such a… shall we say limited?… stage of style choices.  (^∇^)

Mind you, as pretty as it is, wearing vintage does have it draw backs. I think I have resewn all the back seams of the bodice in this dress because the cotton was rotten with age, and would simply pop when I moved. I had the whole back of my sleeve come away at one point!  The rest of the stitching does seem to be holding up now though, which is very nice.

I tend find seams pop in vintage clothing fairly frequently ~ mending your vintage dresses seems to go hand in hand with wearing them. So do you have an handy tips for mending, repairing or preventing tears in your vintage pieces? I’d love to hear all about them if you do. ❤



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Lace & Pearl Hair Flower | Equip, Old
White Rose Wreath Brooch | Va-VaVoom Vintage, Instagram Sale
Lavender Lace 1940’s Vintage Maternity Dress | Etsy
Pearl Heart Charm Bracelet | Proud’s, Current
Pandora Charm Bracelet | Pandora
Lovelace Purse | Thrifted
All Around Brown Heels | Rivers, Current

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  1. You look so beautiful! Such a lucky find with the dress, it looks wonderful and the colour is just perfect.

    I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

    1. Thank you sweetie! I certainly did have some good luck with my dress, I do love the color so much. :)

      I hope you have a marvelous Christmas too, with lots of fun and good times! ❤

  2. I just discovered your blog via a vintagesecretsanta hashtag, and I'm loving it! It's so light and airy and fresh looking, and you really have the most adorable outfits. :)

    1. Hello and a warm welcome Hannah! I am so glad you are enjoying having a poke around the ol' blog, and thank you very much for your sweet comments. :) ❤

  3. Sweet Bonita, you look radiantly gorgeous! Purple is really one of your best colours. I noticed the lace on the skirt as well and agree that it's such a charming detail.

    I generally wash all my vintage in cold or at most luke warm water, not only to help prevent shrinking and colour fading or bleeding, but because I'm convinced it helps most garments last long between repairs.

    ♥ Jessica

    1. Thank you Jessica! I'll certainly keep lilac and lavender purples in mind, as I happen to know a certain Mister likes purple a lot. I'm sure he'll like it even more if it's a dress color choice.

      And what a handy tip ~ the funny thing is, I was already doing that without trying! We didn't have a hot tap in the laundry of our old house and now I'm in the habit of washing in cold water all the time. Plus, I do know that hot water can set certain stains, so that's another reason to use cold water for me. I'm not sure if the reverse is true however! : )

  4. What a lovely maternity dress! It is certainly nice to have special maternity outfits to make you feel special during the challenging times. You are looking so pretty and well and happy! It's just lovely to see. I think I've become all emotional about pregnancy now I've experienced it! And now that it's over :P

    1. Lol ~ I do the same thing... Get overly emotional about/during and then after pregnancy! For all the immobility and clumsiness that comes during that period, I'm always surprised when I actually have moments of missing my bump after the baby is born. Crazy, but hey - nine months of bump-age IS a long time! :D



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