Everything Bright and Breezy

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Dress: Sohomode

Belt: Dangerfield

Shoes: Wittner

Presenting: The New Wall!

What did you think? It’s actually in my bedroom, which courtesy of a wall-sized floor-to-ceiling window is flooded with natural light, and I thought it provided a good neutral palette to show off the frocks.

Like thisΒ new frock, which is a Sohomode dress with a difference. Both my previous Sohomode dresses have been her traditional tea-dress style, with the cap-sleeves and ribboned yoke neckline.

For my third I thought I’d try something Β a little different, both in style and in colour.

Louise suggested I try her “scoop” variation, which has a wider, scooped neckline (my favourite!) and does away with the capped sleeves.

I choose a dreamy pastel blue fabric, because there wasn’t anything in my wardrobe that vaguely resembled it.

When it arrived I decided it was a pretty confection of a dress that resembled the classic party dresses of the 50’s and early 60’s. The fabric’s much floatier than the heavier cottons in my two previous dresses, and the skirt is fuller. When I wear my pink petticoat from Domino Dollhouse underneath it completes the vintage look.

I love the wider neckline, and the way it plays up my shoulders and collarbones and doesn’t flash any cleavage. I might have to sew in some bra-keepers as the straps to have a tendency to slip on my slopey shoulders

It still has all the little details that are a signature of Sohomode’s beautifully made dresses: lining in the bodice, hidden pockets in the side seams, a beautifully dipped feature back, and it comes with it’s own belt, though today I subbed it out for this narrow navy blue one.



And a gratuitous photo of Suki, who ventured out of her hiding place in the wardrobe to investigate what was going on.

We’re both gradually settling in – my brother’s made us feel very welcome – and though I still feel a bit disorientated if I wake in the middle of the night, I think both Suki and I are going to like living here. There’s fantastic cafes all around, a pilates class only a few blocks away, and one of Melbourne’s best craft marketsΒ an easy walking distance from the front door. Maybe I’ll see you there one Saturday.

49 thoughts on “Everything Bright and Breezy

  1. This is such a dreamy light dress- looks beautiful and airy and oh so pretty!
    I think youll love fitzroy..and the rose st market is such fun! Enjoy your exploring!

  2. I really have to stop being such a tightwad and get one of these dresses. I think it’s part concern over measuring myself and part indecision as to which fabric to choose! But it is so my style and I know I would get a ton of wear out of it!

  3. Oooh! Love the neckline on the dress It really suits you, Lilli. Louise really does create fab dresses.

    Glad you are settling in to your new home. Welcome to the the new wall πŸ˜‰

    1. Thanks Jo, and yes she does! I love the neckline on it, too – I’m not usually a huge fan of the scoop neckline, but I think because this one is so wide it just looks elegantly classic.

  4. LOVELY! I’m trying to decide which fabric to choose for my first tea dress from Sohomode, so many to choose from!

    1. It’s gorgeous, isn’t it? I had to wait to wear it because of my ridiculous sunburn, but it’s going to be hot for a while, I think, so I’ll get lots of wear out of it before it turns cool again.

  5. The dress looks really nice and like it is springtime. (Envy you for the warmth in Melbourne right now. But it is getting brighter here (in Germany) everyday.)

  6. Welcome to the neighbourhood!! Fitzroy is a lovely place to live, my housemates and I had to move away last weekend after 3 years there. It was very sad, but we’ve only moved to the other side of Carlton gardens so it’s no TOO bad.
    If you haven’t been already, you should go to Slowpoke, they have great coffee, delicious food, lovely relaxed atmosphere and friendly service (unfortunately doesn’t apply to all the cafes in the area)
    PS love those colours on you and the photo of you and Suki πŸ™‚

  7. Those colours are gorgeous on you! Really, really pretty dress. And I love the new wall: here’s to many great outfit shots πŸ™‚

  8. I have been lusting after a Sohomode dress for a while now. I am going to have to get one soon, I think!

    I’ve also been reading your blog for more than a year now, and I have never said before that I really love it. I do though, and thanks!

    Your cat is gorgeous as well. Who’s a lovely Suki?

  9. I love this dress, it’s beautiful. I haven’t had a chance to wear mine yet, but I’m already lusting after another. They’re stunning!

  10. By far your best sohomode dress, and your best dress, period, IMHO. I have been thinking of ordering this style, and am going to take the plunge- just love this

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