So this is what i wore to the Texas Style Council Posh Party. I think this might be the best thing i’ve ever worn! Bar this dress, obviously. There’s really nowhere I can go from here, except downhill. hehehe kidding. Seriously though, I am really really in love with all these pieces together!
I’m so thrilled that I finished this skirt a few weeks before I left for Texas! It’s really been a labour of love. Sometimes when I buy fabric it’s for a specific project, but sometimes I buy fabric because it’s just too special to pass up. This fabric was one i just couldn’t pass up. It’s a gold and black silk brocade, and it was calling my name. I bought it 5 years ago when Chris and I were in Paris, at the Marche Saint-Pierre, which is one of the best fabric stores i’ve ever been too. I fell in love with it, but had no idea what to use it for. I just knew it had to come home with me. So it sat neatly folded until a few months ago when Casey made a black brocade circle skirt – and that’s when i knew what i wanted to do with it!
Oh yeah, and I added pockets. I really can’t help myself – i’m addicted to pockets. At this point it’s like i really can’t live without them. I was very tempted to make the skirt reversible because the wrong side of the fabric is actually really really pretty too – but in the end the thought of pockets won, and I just lined the skirt with black china silk instead.
Sunni was kind enough to send me some really fabulous horsehair braid from her wonderful sewing supplies store (which also stocks my patterns, by the way) – i totally recommend her store, she is a sweetheart and sells a lot of hard to find notions/supplies. Anyway, the horsehair braid is what gives the skirt that amazing body. It’s amazing stuff! I love how it has a similar effect to wearing an crinoline, you know, without having to wear the giant petticoat! My one regret is that I got reallllly tired of handsewing the horsehair braid in, and kind of rushed towards the end – leaving a slightly visible line in the back of the skirt. Maybe I’m the only one who’ll notice? I am pretty critical of my own work… i can’t help it, I like things to be perfect.
Oh and do you like my new necklace? I nabbed it from Merl’s store before I left – and it is quite the statement piece. She is such a talented jewellery designer, it’s not even funny. Though if I keep up this adoration for her designs I will soon be broke… whatever, its worth it. I do after all love pretty things hehehe
So there you are. I think this is my favourite outfit ever, it was perfect for the party and I really can’t wait to wear all the individually pieces in different ways!
Top: Megan Nielsen, also seen here and here
Skirt: Megan Nielsen
Shoes: Banana Republic
Necklace: Merl Kinzie // Clydes Rebirth
Wrap Bracelet: Kristin Hassan
Gold Bracelet: Vintage, found in a little antique store in Virginia