Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Gathering Dust



I've been going a bit mad bargain shopping on eBay lately. This 1970's dress turned up today, it's by Trina Lewis of Mayfair and even with postage cost me less than a fiver. Being a maxi dress I can wear leggings underneath to stay warm and hide a pair of lower than normal heels until my knee pain's improved.


I made the waistcoat last year using some leftover fun fur that my Mum used to make me a pram coat back in the 1960's and a couple of horn toggles from an old coat. To make it extra cosy I lined it with a silk damask cushion cover from a jumble sale.


Not much of a girl for routine domestic chores I noticed a few cobwebs whilst I was posing for photos in the lounge. Luckily I had my vintage feather duster handy.


Don't I look like the perfect little housewife?


 Polly's amazed, she's not used to seeing her mum doing the housework.

Pearl's inspired me to play with bigger photos, don't be scared, it's not a regular feature.

45 comments:

  1. Awwwww, Polly is adorable.

    Lovely dress! I wish I knew who Trina Lewis was...one of the many mysteries of the era!

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  2. Hi there-a very stylish and original way to recuperate the knee, the dress is a fabulous bargain and I do wish you a speedy recovery my dear xx

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  3. Great dress. It seems funny that there isn't more info about this label, as it originated (I believe) with Baker Sportswear in the 50s then morphed into Marjon Couture and Trina Lewis right into the 80s (I think). And the stuff is usually pretty fab - for instance this amazing dress!

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  4. I love this dress on you its amazing .. I have also been looking for a long feather duster for my chandeliers they have that really authentic cobwebbed effect too at the moment xx

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  5. Hope the knee problems clear up a bit soon! Is it just the weather making them flare up?

    Gorgeous dress - am especially loving the pattern on the bodice. I've banned myself from ebay for the rest of the month after getting a little carried away. It wasn't even on stuff for me! No fun :(

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  6. Love your dress Vix, its gorgeous! and love Polly's amazed look :) xxx

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  7. There,there,Polly,Mummy's just fine and will be back to normal in a minute!
    How gorgeous you look in that FAB frock & gilet!!And so wonderfully housewifey!hahahahahaha...I know the truth! I don't even know what a feather duster is!!! Considering my dust mite allergy,you'd think I would have learnt by now!
    That frock was a great score,darl!!
    Love Helga xxxXXXxxx

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  8. O,I love the slightly bigger photos-I can see your gorgeousness better! xxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  9. What's wrong with bigger photos?

    Thank you for more peeks into your fabulous, bright, warm, textured home. If you invited me over, you'd have to strap me down to keep me from poking into everything, and photographing still-lifes for my own fun.

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  10. What a stunning print on your dress, I am also obsessed with eBay such bargins. How cute is Polly!!
    Your photos look good. But oh dear have you seen the photos in my last post they all got a bit distorted due to excessive medling LOL! I think I will have to limit the resizing!

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  11. A gorgeous dress and it is lovely to see the re-emergence of your homemade faux fur number. I hope your knee gets better soon. How long until sunshine?

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  12. Love the print of this maxi-dress and ur silver necklace is indeed yummy!!

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  13. Please, please do bigger photos so we can see you properly. Love your dress and everything about you. I always wanted to say this: YOU ROCK!!!
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  14. fabulous dress and excellent dusting........looking like that you can come round and do mine anytime!!

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  15. The bargains keep on rolling in! I found a Trina Lewis & Marjon Couture at Baker Sportswear labelled dress in a local charity shop the other week. I guess it's 70s by the style. I also found a red Carnegie number and a gorgeous floaty Sidgreene of London dress (sadly a bit too small, but I couldn't leave it. There was a pink Carnegie too, but I left that on the rail - I really don't do pink! I guess someone must have had a clear out as it's the first time I've seen true vintage in any of our charity shops.

    Hope the knees get better soon x

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  16. Lovely dress, a fab bargain. Hope the arthritis flare up passes soon and put that duster away girl, making all that dust swirl around is not good for the skin! ... ;0)

    Shirl xxx

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  17. Another great find!! Hope the knees get better soon, that lovely sunshine you'll soon be jetting away to should help, bet you won't be doing the dusting there though!! xxx

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  18. you're the mst stylish housewife i have ever seen :o) gorgeous dress.

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  19. You have a teeny tiny waist! Love that dress on you.

    Put that duster down right now, get yourself a drink and relax. Far too much like hard work. I've just done mine, just the bedroom to spruce up now. Got some birthday treats (more candles and cushions!) so they are being sorted.

    xx

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  20. That dress is lovely and I'm sorry your knees are playing up ~ same here; I am like some old codger in a rocking chair forecasting the weather to passers by! I like the big photos better I usually zoom in on the smaller ones, my eyes are not what they were either , bloody hell I'm only 36 :)
    Kandi x

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  21. Like the dress but LOVE the chandelier! It's gorgeous and like one I looked at but couldn't afford - boo! You look fab as always x

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  22. But i love the larger photos, please make them regular!
    That's really sweet and touching that the waistcoat is made with the same fabric as your old pram coat. I'm so sentimental about clothes with good memories
    x

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  23. Such a lovely dress - what a bargain!

    Sally x

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  24. What a wonderful dress - and not only for cleaning! Sometimes I cannot believe I'm still an ebay virgin. When I see all your amazing finds, I know I need to overcome this! xxx

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  25. Fab dress, I've got a couple of dresses from Trina Lewis, although I think she may have done them in conjuction with someone...Marjon or something or other x

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  26. I am loving that vest! It's quite something. You are fab with your sewing skills! And very funny too! You do look like a perfect housewife! :)

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  27. I've gone a bit eBay mad recently too, I think it's the cold weather although I missed a lovely vintage dress tonight while I was at a quiz,gutted. Life's too short for domestic chores xx

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  28. What vampy beauty you are..still remind of an actress dear..love your chandelier..your so demure...I love your style of dresses and u fake cleaner,lol

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  29. Great dress and loving the waistcoat. Hope your knees are better soon.

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  30. You know how to find a bargain! The dress looks gorgeous on you. x

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  31. Your creative endeavours are wonderful. . I like how there is so much history in your creations even. Love the larger pictures (opposite of scary!) and . . oh my, your chandelier is divine!

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  32. Oooh I love the bigger photo size - better to see your gorgeousness with! Now that dress is certainly worth its weight in gold - it looks absolutely stunning on you and how perfect to pair it with the waistcoat. Amazing that you have that lovely fabric left over from when you were a wee one:) Ga! Red chandelier!!!!!!! xoxoxo

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  33. LOVE the long dress.....and the vest:)
    Great pattern!!

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  34. Hi, beautiful, could you check for me the blog of "pull your socks up"- She uses the same type as yours, but for a few days I haven´t been able to leave a comment. it is blocketed to me anyway.
    Un abrazoooooooooooooooo

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  35. I love the 'slightly lower than normal heels' bit - don't let flat shoes win! ; )

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  36. Thank you my lovely for everything.
    There must be something wrong with her blog, because I could contact her no problem before.
    An icon, he, he, he.
    Mil besos.
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  37. Such a lovely dress, the material looks very luxurious and the print is gorgeous. eBay never fails to amaze. What a fabulous chandelier too, the colours are beautiful! xx

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  38. I like you outfits! are you vintage? no, you aren't...you are very glamour girl!
    my name's martina and I come from Italy...I would like you follow me! I wait you and your tips!kiss kiss ^^

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  39. lovely dress!!!That pic of Polly watching you dust made me laugh!!

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  40. the most amazing fashionable housewife i have ever met

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  41. You have done well! What a lovely maxi dress - great colour and print. And the cropped fake fur waistcoat is adorable - what an inspired idea to use fake fur! I hope both your knee and the cat get better. I used to have a hot pink feather duster like yours but Mr V lost it during a house move. (He left it in a hire van and although he remembered he refused to go back for it as it would have been an affront to his masculinity!!)

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  42. Fab dress. I noticed cobwebs around the bathroom lights last week. Need to get the ladders out or get an extra-long feather duster. I'm such a big feardie about things like spiders and cobwebs though. xx
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  43. Dear Vix, what can I say? As ever you look fabulous! Great price too. And more wonderful patchwork for me to admire in your home xx

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