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Gail Carriger in Black Cotton Day Dress with Brown Accessories 2018


Hello my dear Fashionable Reader,

Here I am at my recent RWA chapter presentation dressed in a black cotton day dress with brown accessories.


This 1950s dress came from a vintage shop and it was in pretty poor condition when I got it. Half the buttons were missing and as you can see there are NO BUTTONS over the dreaded boob button gap area


Gail Carriger in Black Cotton Day Dress with Brown Accessories 2018

So I had to add invisible snaps to that zone, and replace all the buttons (I used some vintage shell ones I picked up years ago) and added some to the collar for cuteness. It was petty darn time consuming.

Gail Carriger in Black Cotton Day Dress with Brown Accessories 2018

I paired it with a vintage brown felt draped style hat (probubly 1950s), a brown belt (that serves double duty for steampunk events) similar $14, and vintage brown leather short gloves (similar for $33). I'm wearing steampunk earrings (similar $14) and my pen necklace (similar $28).

Gail Carriger in Black Cotton Day Dress with Brown Accessories 2018

I'm wearing these cute brown wedge booties on my tootsies. Now they aren't exactly vintage looking but they are comfy and they have full tread (it was raining that day) so they don't slip at all. 


Gail Carriger in Black Cotton Day Dress with Brown Accessories 2018

The brand is Kork-Ease and I recommend them highly. They are called the Gwenda and also come in grey. I'm thinking of buying them in grey (if I can find them in my size), because they are so comfy. 

Gail Carriger in Black Cotton Day Dress with Brown Accessories 2018

I love that particular sleeve length and skirt length, and the box pleating is great. This is, in the end, an awesome dress. It's also cotton, so it's quite cool. I am wearing it with a crinoline under it, but I'm not sure it needs it.

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Gail Carriger in Hayward in Brown Gingham

So recently, Fashionable reader, there was a little gathering in Hayward at the Golden Tea Garden with members of The Book Shop round the corner. I chose one of the dresses I purchased for Comic Con but didn't end of wearing, a brown gingham.

Gail Carriger in Hayward in Brown Gingham

As you can see, others were also dressed for the occasion. This dress is similar to my brown plaid, but different enough in cut and fabric that I decided it was worth having two dresses both in the same color pallet and check family.

Gail Carriger in Hayward in Brown GinghamGail Carriger in Hayward in Brown Gingham

One of my favorite things about this dress is the bow detail at the neck. You can't see it in the photo above because it was off the dress while I made some repairs. But trust me, it's cute.

Often vintage dresses have bow details at the waist.

Which I must say I also adore, but it's always fun to find a dress that has some kind of neck line interest, I feel it detracts from the Rack and draws the eyes up to the face.

Gail Carriger in Hayward in Brown Gingham
Geoffrey Beene, 1960s  Augusta Auctions

This particular dress is back to my old standard of pencil dresses.

Gail Carriger in Hayward in Brown Gingham

I always try to wear pencil dresses with heels but my ankle is still not mended. (I hate being old!) So I am confined to flats. I am inordinately upset about this. I'm loosing the beautiful summer months and my lovely lovely collection of heeled sandals is languishing because of this stupid ankle. I might have to do a bit of an Ode to the Unworn post soon, just to stay sane. So for this tea, I had to wear my oxfords, again. Ho hum. I seem to be living in these shoes these days. Thank goodness I have six pairs, a color for every possible outfit.

Gail Carriger in Hayward in Brown Gingham

Back to the tea. The company was charming, the tea admirable, and the food tasty. I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

Gail Carriger in Hayward in Brown Gingham

I selected an English Breakfast, because I have no imagination when it comes to tea and every time I sally forth into another blend I'm disappointed. And of the nibbles the roast beef and horse radish was my favorite by far.

Gail Carriger in Hayward in Brown Gingham

After chattering away about books and writing and such I signed really quickly and then scuttled off back into the night, or whatever.

Gail Carriger in Hayward in Brown Gingham

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Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day Two Flowered Day Dress

By the second day of Comic Con, Fashionable Reader, I was rather more into the flow of things. I had deduced the secret back entrance and was getting accustomed to sore feet. Even in flats.

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day Two Flowered Day DressGail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day Two Flowered Day Dress

For Friday I planned mostly meetings at the hotel, and had intended a day of rest for the ankle. I did end up back at the convention center in pursuit of a Firefly panel, story to come in my author blog on Monday. But you, Fashionable Reader, are here for the clothes!

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day Two Flowered Day Dress

So I donned an adapted version of my cream & brown & blue flowered day dress with mixed cream and brown accessories. You may be familiar with this dress, it had its first outing at the Alameda Vintage Faire.

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day Two Flowered Day DressGail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day Two Flowered Day Dress

 I don't really like it with my cream cardy, I'll have to come up with something else for warmth. Luckily I didn't need it after the morning, the weather being most cooperative.

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day Two Flowered Day Dress

I love the cut of this dress, it's a classic day dress. I might invest in a poofy cream underskirt for this and the blue & cream from yesterday. To make it more open, like one sees in vintage photos.

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day Two Flowered Day Dress
Madmen

It had an adorable little bow belt detail at the waist too, so cute.

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day Two Flowered Day Dress

Here are a few similar I have found online.

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day Two Flowered Day DressGail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day Two Flowered Day Dress
 Lovely shirt dress style; and a short 60s one with a pussycat bow and pleated skirt.

Here are two vintage pieces.

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day Two Flowered Day Dress
 1950's Hawaiian Casuals by Stan Hicks
Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day Two Flowered Day Dress
1950s Wiggle Dress Brown Floral Print


And how about something for my characters to wear in a similar vein?

First, something for Sophronia and one of her friends in the Finishing School series . . .

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day Two Flowered Day Dress
 1850

Something for her arch rivals Monique and Preshea . . .

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day Two Flowered Day DressGail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day Two Flowered Day Dress
 1852-55 by poteidia; 1855 day dresses

Something for Alexia to wear in the Parasol Protectorate series, possibly in Heartless . . .

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day Two Flowered Day Dress
 1870s early

Something a little more to Rue's taste, in the upcoming Parasol Protectorate Abroad series. (Rue has terribly good taste and is awfully fond of tea gowns, so sensible.)

Gail Carriger at Comic Con 2012 Outfits ~ Day Two Flowered Day Dress
1890-1895 Tea Gown  Worth  The Royal Ontario Museum

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