Sunday, January 13, 2013

Polyester makes me hot .... and so does Elvis!

I have been loving the hot weather but....polyester makes me hot!  So I have had to wear cool cottons.  For Frock on Friday I wore a home made dress (cotton digital printed fabric from Tessuti, Melbourne) and I wore turquoise, red and yellow accessories.  Dear H and I had some time to ourselves so we went for a lovely walk to the Botanic Gardens to look around the aviary and the Mediterranean Garden.  

Left: in the Mediterranean Gardens, at the Dunedin Botanic Gardens,  home made dress
Right: in the main street of Port Chalmers, "Page Boy" Vintage sundress, made in NZ, 

On Saturday afternoon we all went to Port Chalmers for an ice-cream and a look around the few shops.  I bought a really cool book Street Style, by Ted Polhemus for only $5.  Its a very interesting book on fashion from the sidewalk, rather than the catwalk.  It was originally published to go with the exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum in the mid 1990s.  I wore a vintage cotton "Page Boy" Made in NZ sundress which I bought at the Shop on Taieri, which is a charity shop run by the Presbyterian Support Service, in Mosgiel.  I bought the dress earlier in the year but had not yet had the chance to wear it.  It is a little shorter than I would normally wear, but it was so hot I did not care.  I love the bright cheerful yellow and orange flowers and the black and white check print.  

Port Chalmers has a new-ish shop which I have not yet been in.  It is never open.  Its called the Costume Box  and I am not sure if it is a costume rental place or a shop which is a pity because there are some really awesome clothes in the window: 
Costume Box, George Street, Port Chalmers
Today was my first day back at work after the holidays.  I wore my favourite turquoise pleated skirt with a plain tee shirt and the obi sash belt I made from some Elvis material in my stash.  I also wore the vintage orange beads I bought in Mosgiel on Friday at the Butterflies Hospice shop.  I like the colour combination of this outfit - (I have just noticed that I am wearing my yellow sneakers in the photo, but I wore my black Melissa heels at work).  

Vintage pleated skirt from a school fair for less than a $,  Elvis obi belt made by me,
grey cotton tee shirt thrifted for $2, orange beads thrifted $2
I confess I made the obi very quickly in the weekend - I had started several other projects all in polyester and due to the heat I could not bear to finish them.  I wanted to make something in cotton and then I found the Elvis fabric which I bought years ago.  I used an existing belt as a template and some calico fabric as stiffening.  The end ties are from some purple cotton also in my stash.  Elvis made me hot around my middle today but not as hot as a polyester dress! 

Hope your week has started well, 


  1. Gorgeous colour combo, LOVE the Elvis obi and the necklace is gorgeous. I agree - cotton is a MUST for stinky hot days! Sarah xxx

  2. Love your colors choices, very pretty
    The obi belt is fantastic, love the fabric
    Too bad about the store always closed, that's is annoying isn't especially when you want to take a look

    Ariane xxx

  3. Thanks for your lovely comment. You know you can still wear polyester in the heat (well, not when it's REALLY hot) if you wear something cotton or natural underneath it?
    Also, I love that you have a cat called Handbag!????

  4. Yep....polyester makes me hot too. Nothing worse then a clingy poly on a hot & humid day. I do love them for winter, but during summer I mostly stick to cotton, which seems harder to find. I adore your cotton frocks, especially the second one. I LOVE the colours & the print. Turquoise really seems to suit you. I hope your return to work hasn't been too painful! Xx

  5. That's a great obi belt. I used to make obi's to sell on eBay many moons ago, I think these would have gone down a storm...x


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