Sunday, 30 October 2011

Lovin' Lurex


As soon as the nights start drawing in I like to ramp up the bling to counteract the gloom.


I was pleased to win this 1970s lurex maxi for £1.20 on eBay earlier this week and even more excited when arrived just in time to wear it to the pub last night.

Liz & Adrian

Isn't the print on Liz's vintage dress fab?

Adrian & Jon
Here's the boys, resplendent in their vintage shirts.


I haven't shared our curry with you for ages. Here's last nights' Rezalla Garlic vegetables and Jaipuri-style vegetables, with chips on the side, naturally.


Lurex is not only sparkly but it's also really warm and perfect when you're walking back home late at night.


It was freezing at chucking out time last night.


Despite the epic amount of booze I knocked back on Friday night I was up, dressed and in the jumble sale queue by 9.30am yesterday. Amongst other things I snaffled a large piece of 1960s lurex threaded crimplene for 10p. 


The fabulous Kitty sent me this 1967 Simplicity pattern a while ago and as I was up early this morning I decided to get cracking on this dress.


I wasn't keen on the original length, mid-thigh is far more me.

Handmade dress worn with an up-cycled fake fur collar and suedette platforms (£5, local boutique)

I didn't take my camera out with me on Friday but you're welcome to join us ladies next time, the more the merrier.
I'm off to catch up on all I've missed in blogland while Jon makes pizza.

Hope you've had a brilliant weekend.

See you soon.

71 comments:

Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping] said...

You look gorgeous - been drinking the blood of virgins again? Love the lurex, almost as shiny as your smile and hair - but your op print mini dress steals the show.

I had an interesting weekend - techno musical bumps and eyeball cakes for the kids Halloween party on Friday, then we gatecrashed the BBC bar at television centre last night and I drank JD and coke and totally failed to recognise any celebs from Strictly Come Dancing! The people I was with were fans though. Blogs and Downton Abbey tonight - rock n roll!

LUCEWOMAN said...

Lurex is a wonder-fabric. It skims over the body beautifully, keeps shape and requires minimal maintenance.
If I saw you and Liz on a night out, I'd be over in a flash to tell you how lovely you look.
So impressed with your latest make, great shape and length, gorgeous pattern. If my fingers were more nimble I'd be inspired to start dressmaking after seeing you and other bloggers' beautiful creations.
I see lots of fab patterns in the charity shop,do they have to be in your size? They tend to be size 16+

Enjoy your pizza, curry for us.

Lucy x

Please may I? said...

What a great top Vix and a bargain to. That curry looks yummy. You can't beat a curry foe a filling cheap night out.

X x

Sabina said...

I love your outfit (great eBay find) and Liz's. And that simplicity Pattern made me squeal. I love vintage illustrations. Want that curry too. Yummmmmm

Kitty said...

Lurex is always a winner for me too and that top is a great style on you. Looks like Jon's been out hunting some new threads for himself too-? Glad to see the pattern was useful and I love the fabric you've used for it! Love ya babe.xx.

Make Do Style said...

Gorgeous dress! And love the german clock. Your curry night looked fun - I got totally trashed last night at a Halloween party!

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maranda (persnickety vintage) said...

i just found a really similar pattern! i'm still on the hunt for a suitable fabric though. you look wonderful as usual, and now i want some curry and pizza. sadly for me, my Jon is not skilled in the kitchen :)

The Brunette said...

You look fab as usual esp in that mini dress and boots. I love those boots.

There is one thing I really want to ask you. As you know I love your hair, and I understand that you cut your own hair. I want to trim my own too as it would save money but I am not sure how to go about doing it.

I have looked on You Tube but people have different ways of doing it and I think your hair always looks fab, therefore I would love to know how you do it? Is there a special knack to it or is it simple?

Sorry deleted above comment due to typing errors xx

Sugar with Spikes said...

pretty sparkle blouse and the lower outfit is so retro love it!

IRENE
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http://unseenslaughter.wordpress.com/

Tomye said...

You both look fab on your night out. I love the hand made dress. Perfect print choice for the style. -T

Alexandra said...

I love the dress you made Vix its gorgeous! xxx

Kestrel said...

Eek! What a great job you made on your new dress - it looks fantastic!

señora Allnut said...

love your lurex outfit and your girlfriend vintage dress is really pretty!, so funny watching your weekend pub incursion!
And you made a fabulous new dress!, lovely print and really flattering shape!
besos & fun

sacramento said...

I adore that lurex beauty, and you eye lashes. Are they yours???
10.000 Besos.
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Cordelia said...

I think you look lovely, but I have NEVER been able to to wear Lurex. Being a large lady I steer well clear of Lurex as they seem to add it to clothes to may 'fat' clothes 'glamorous' (if you see what I mean). So even now I am losing weight I can't do it.

I am loving your home sewn dress though, I have so much fabric that I have bought and a lot of old patterns but I am so so scared to start to make things, at the moment that it is all just stacked in my craft shed!

xx

pastcaring said...

Ooh Vix, that lurex number was a brilliant bargain, I love the peplum waist and the gorgeous sleeves. You are looking most foxy!!
Liz's dress is beautiful too, and the boys have scrubbed up well!
I adore the fabric of the dress you've made from Kitty's pattern - you look very pleased with yourself, as well you might, clever girl! xxxxx

RETRO REVA said...

Hi Vix!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I missed you much!
I cannot believe you made that awesome dress- well yes I can!
Lurve it!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ya gave me a great idea to make my dresses pop - a fur collar,Duh!
I rarely wear dresses unless they are under tons of layers as they seem too odd on me, but now I have hope :)
Gonna go chop off some asap!
Hugs always!
Reva

Mum said...

Wow to the dress, wow to the price, wow to the amount of booze and food you can put away and still look ultra thin and wow to your dress-making skills. I've got a few old patterns I picked up at a car boot sale. I used to make my own dresses (and hot pants) when I was in my teens but haven't made any since. Must crank up the sewing machine.
Love from Mum
xx

RETRO REVA said...

ps,
is Lurex a thin sparkly fabric?
I found a fab jacket a while back and think it must be. It is kinda scratchy, but so lovely!
Reva

Anita said...

I love things with sparkle and shimmer! That maxi is perfect on you, and the print on Liz's dress is stunning. And the boys in their vintage shirts make nice arm candy for you two!
The dress you made is beautiful; what a great color on you!

daisychain said...

I am loving all things sparkly right now! Sequin and glitter magpie!

Louise said...

You two ladies look divine! I love both dresses. It's an age since I've been out for a curry, must give hubby a tap on the shoulder. You home made frock is gorgeous too, you clever thing. Xx

Perdita said...

Yep you just can't beat a bit of lurex on a cold winter night!

Helga! said...

Ha,I think Lakota may be onto the secret of your youthful gorgeousness,Countess!!!
Fecking glorious lurex score there,darl!! Lurex IS wonderful for keeping a gal warm,and who doesn't love sparkle?!The design of the frock is simply divine!You look like sex on a stick,and your makeup is superb!
Cracking job on that pattern,love the shape,love an easy style!Fab fabric choice!
Ah,you are a glittering glam minx and I love you!
Helga xxxXXXxxx

Rose&Bird said...

Looking good as always, particularly like Adrian's shirt and scarf combo!

Looks like you had a great night out - would love to join you guys one day x

My Vintage Vow said...

The pattern on the dress you made is fantastic. You look gorgeous.

the gardener's cottage said...

you are such an inspiration to me vix. i can't tell you how happy i am that i found your blog. i cannot believe you can just whip up a dress so quickly. i run out of curse words within the first 15 minutes of sitting at the machine.

xo
janet

WeShop said...

LOVE the lurex! Sorry have been a bit quiet, laptop died and had to splash out on a new one. Off to read back through the posts that I've missed...xx

Leticia said...

retro looks and drinks! isn´t there anything better? the last dress is so cute! love the suedette shoes. lovely as always, dear Vix! peace

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Sue, Joe and Michael Webber said...

How can you be up and about so early after a boozy night?? It took me 2 days to get over me anniversary night out lol! Perhaps I'm not doing it enough! Whaddya fink?? :D

Mimi and Tilly said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! Your self-made dress is beautiful. Em x

Veshoevius said...

You and Liz look stunning - how I lurve that lurex top (what a bargain!!). And the guys look great in their shirts (they should come teach some of these scruffy london lads a thing or two about dressing).

Miss Magpie said...

Wow that maxi dress is stunning!

Amie K said...

Love the lurex Vix! I think you look fantastic and I love the pics of you, Jon and your friends xxxxxxx

Ofelia said...

Lurex looks fabulous on you and I love Liz dress and tights.
I'm here admiring the last two photos of you in this mini dress; specially how the light gives you an ethereal aura in contrast with all the leaves decay under your feet. Great Shoots!!
Have a fun and happy week,

viviane / hippiebohoreloaded. said...

you both look brilliant, your friend liz and you!

simplyvintage said...

You look amazing in the lurex, and that dress you made is fantastic - you are one talented lady. xxx

makinggooduse said...

Ooh, you did a brilliant job on your handmade dress, it looks stunning. Your curry looked particularly yum too.

Jane Lancaster said...

that pub background is making me homesick! you are so great! xo

Vintage Coconut said...

Love the two top pic's of you and your gorgeous smiling face.
*Yes print on Liz's dress is FAB!
*The men look dashing in their vintage shirts!
*Your food looks absolutely delicious. "mmm mmm"
*Whistle* to you in the dress you made. "It is so damed cute!" LOVE THE PRINT.

I did have a brilliant weekend. I found my vanity & it's from ENGLAND! (Will blog about it soon)
I am still trying to name her.

Vintage Coconut said...

P.S. The lobster spreaders from my post are like mini little knives. Used for Parties with spreads or cheeses.
Would also be perfect for buttering your toast in the morning.

LoloDesigns said...

Loving the lurex. You all look so good and the boys are rather handsome! Thanks for liking my blinged up veggies lol! lolo x

Jennifer Fabulous said...

That delicious looking Indian food is making me feel a bit faint!!

You have good-looking friends, Miss Vix. ;)

I hope you had a fab weekend. xo

WendyB said...

Is that a peplum I see?

Misfits Vintage said...

Bloody hell, how on earth do you always score such amazingly fabulous bargains!!! That lurex maxi is FABULOUS and you couldn't look more beautiful or happy in it. The print on Liz's frock is gorgeous and those chaps are such spunks. That frock you made is AMAZING - that's the sort of pattern I need to start with isn't it?

Love, Sarah xxx

Sister Golden Air said...

Wow! Love that last dress. It's fantastic!!

tantmonokrom said...

Wow, love the print on Liz dress, that looks great on her. And the Simplicity dress is perfect.

delia hornbook said...

You look gorgeous and so sparkly i love the dress and i so very much agree that Lurex is a great fabric i get confused on what the vintage fabrics are called and many of my dresses are made from this. Liz looked gorgeous to and i love the fabric and colour of her dress its similar to my frontroom curtains and i love it. Well done on making your dress is lovely you wizzed that up so quickly. Have a lovely day, dee xxx

jules said...

Vix! I LOVE that dress on you!

And I totally agree about Lurex!

Jules

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Kelly said...

What a fab buy!! Looks gorgeous on you.
Piccies of curry have made me hungry (at 10.31am!) Looks delish.
Thanks for your lovely comment, I really enjoyed glamming up and taking inspiration from Miss Brooks! Gorgeous lady!
xx

fee~bee said...

cant believe how quick you made that dress it looks fantastic
xx fee

LadyBugSays ... said...

You look stunning as always! Love the little shift dress :) I'm hungry for a curry after seeing your pics

The Style Crone said...

I adore the lurex jacket and it fits you perfectly. And OHHH for a taste of that curry!

Straight Talking Mama! said...

I do love lurex, so fabulous and you look amazing as ever!

Krista said...

Ah Vix you are a gal after my own heart. I love that you counteract gloom with BLING and dang you are a sparkling beauty in that lurex maxi! I also adore the print on Liz's dress. You and Jon are cute puke I wanna bite both of you!!!! The boys know how to dress up too, major points there they both look pretty handsome!

That curry has me drooling and I have't even had breakfast yet. What a fun night out!

The dress you made is beautiful, I want 10 just like it in every color in the rainbow!!! You have legs for miles dear and they are just gorgeous!!!! That length is perfect for showing them off.

I miss you!!!!!!! Tons of LOVE~
Krista

Roisin Muldoon said...

Your handmade dress is FABULOUS, Vix. I love it!

Tanvi said...

How sparkly and glamourous! Looks amazing on you! :)

♡ from © tanvii.com

Sangu said...

That shift/tights/boots outfit is to die for, Vix, I love it! And it sounds like you've been having a fantastic time - love the bling xx

La Dama said...

Wow! lurex dress fits you like a beauty, you need to find me some cheap lurex dresses. I could never find any bargains on Lurex. yes, print on Liz's dress is stunning.
I love all your smiley fotos. they guys look so posh, love your pub looks really old skool. second dress is groovylicious , I agree I need more leg from you amor.
besos

Faff said...

Excellent bargain in the dress, its amazing! Loving the sparkles :)

DeniseAngela said...

looking very posh in your lurex....... & love the dress you made with the fur collar!

Little Blue Mouse said...

I love the dress you made, and the curry looks delicious, but most of all I love your smile!

Dolly Cool Clare said...

Love the way you just whipped up a little dress in a morning! Your bargainous spangly maxi is lovely and that curry looks delicious! x

Trees said...

Pretty sparkly lurex...I kind of have a soft spot for it. You wee frock looks excellent, I need to make more time for sewing so I a can whip up funky little frock like this quickly!

A Woman Of No Importance said...

That dress is just gorge! Can't believe you found just the fabric at that price - You are right, the length and the styling are so right on you - I do love you in the maxi you are wearing for the Italian Vogue shoot also, however ;) Happy Hallowe'en bargain hunting, Vix! xxx

Mrs Munster said...

I looove the silver top of yours. You are stunning looking.

Sarcastic Bastard said...

The photo of you and Jon is excellent. Love you, buddy.

SB

Alice said...

I must admit the lure of lurex is quite formidable. You look gorgeous in your maxi and too your handmade creation xxx