Tuesday, January 6, 2009

NYE Outfit Revisited

Happy New Year!

Since I didn't have time to get an outfit shot of what I wore out on New Years Eve, I decided to wear it again yesterday and take some pics. Luckily, the party we went to was casual. I would have looked a little ridiculous prancing around the Goodwill yesterday in full evening attire ;)

And what better way to ring 2009 than while wearing this little green dress, my favorite thrift find of 2008!


Case of the Vintage(?) Coat

This coat had been hanging in my closet, unworn, since I found it at the flea market in the Spring. It was originally about 6 inches longer and had a really weird boxy shape that wasn't very flattering.

coat back

I folded the hem in on itself twice which just happened to be where the unseen zipper ended and pinned it there months ago. This brought it to just the right length, but my lack of confidence in my sewing machine operating skills and what to do about the fact that part of the hem folded up over the zipper, kept me from finishing the job.

I ended up hand sewing the folded hem to the inner lining and just stopped before the zipper so I could fold back the flap to zip the coat, this part is hidden anyway, and the stitching remains unseen. It took awhile to stitch, which is one of the reasons I didn't have time to take pictures (in true Missa form I waited till the last minute to perform the alteration). But, I love the way it turned out!

When I purchased the coat for 5 bucks, I assumed it was vintage. When I got it home and took a close look at the tag though, it struck me as more modern. A little internet sluething and I discovered that 'Elevenses' is a brand that makes vintage inspired pieces sold exclusively by Anthropologie. So, an Anthro coat for 5 bucks... not bad!

10 comments:

Hippy Chic said...

Great idea to shorten the coat, that is one of the common issues when buying vintage coats. and That green dress looks adorable on you!! Great NYE outfit!

thefashionmaven said...

i adore that dress!
i think you did a stellar job on the hemming. what a find to get an anthro coat so cheap! i hope you and yours are having a fabulous 2009 so far :)

Skye said...

I love that little green frock, and a most excellent job of sorting out that coat - it looks super cute on you now!

Milla said...

That coat is amazing and I so very much covet your booties. So very much!

Home Girl said...

the dress really suits you - love the colours. such a good feeling to tailor something to suit and finally wear it (i have such a big pile of stuff in the 'to do' pile - biggest problem with thrifting i rekkon) xx

Vasiliisa said...

Wow, what a perfecto dress! I do love the coat as well. I have a thing for toggles :)

StickyKitten said...

I love the pattern on that green dress! It's very psychedelic! The Irish CarBomb Cupcakes are awesome, btw, you should try them! Hint* we added extra bailey's and jameson to the icing!!xxx

Eyeliah @ stylesymmetry.com said...

lol, we both just commented on the fashion maven at the same time! ;-) Love the dress, I do that too, rewear when I forgot to take a pic. I really love the coat, reminds me of a fabulous one I keep seeing Britney Spears in :-)

Rachel C. said...

great find with the coat!i've heard the term, "elevenses", before. is it slang for something? i'm going to have to look into this now!

Jennifer said...

Wow! That dress is amazing! I just disovered your blog...what fun!