Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Gail Carriger bids Happy Retirement, My Pretties

In addition to getting rid of a number of dresses recently, I've also retired some items of clothing. I've either given them to friends, or put them into storage, because I can't quite part with them. I rarely store clothing. I simply don't have the space, but I do have a small wish fulfillment trunk for items that may fit me, post Rack-reduction. These are a few that made the "I love you too much to let you go forever" list.

Black & White Check Suit

I know, I'm sad to see it here too. So many memories. I adores this suit. Black and white, nice fabric, beautiful fit, pairs well with everything, lots of great memories. But the dress is too small for the Rack now (stop growing Rack!), and it requires so many repairs fuze would have to be employed, argh. I hate working with fuze.

 In Frankfurt in the full suit, in Budapest with the dress part as a skirt and a belted top.

 In Frankfurt with the dress paired with a cardy, and the jacked paired with my red dress.

 At my first offical WorldCon as a professional author 2008.

And at the WorldCon where I was nominated for the Campbell 2010

Black & Green Cocktail Dress

I adore this tulip skirted I. Magnin dress. Adore it. But after the event pictured above, I broke the zipper. I can't stand repairing hidden zippers, so it's gone into retirement until I find a tailor I trust. It'll need a YKK. Also, it was tight over the chest at the time and I'd like to see if the zipper has any extra material to let out. It's a big sewing project.

 In Portland and & ComicCon

Crazy Pink Gown

I got a great deal on this dress at $15, although it needed repairs, and then I really only intended to wear it for the one event. However, I did want to wear it again recently and found it no longer fit in the top. Because it is such a unique statement piece, I'm going to keep it for now.

Big White Hat

This is one of the ones I fitted with magnets to make it hold different colored flowers for any outfit. Unfortunately, it's hard to pack, and I so rarely have outdoor events, I never seem to wear it.

Black Gold Purse

This one is real vintage, possibly as old as the turn of the century. I inherited it from my great great grandmother. Unfortunately, it's so old the leather is dieing, and the handle snapped from pure age. It's going into the heritage trunk in storage, and I don't know what will happen to it in the end.

Purple Flower Blouse

A truly wonderful piece, but it's slightly too small all over. I'm considering passing it over to a truly skilled seamstress to deconstruct, pattern, and size up into muslin. Get a fitting, and then commission a whole bucket load in various different fabrics and colors. The fit is that stunning on a really curvy girl, it might be worth the expense, but the blouse itself would be destroyed in the process.

Green Miz Mooz Booties

I actually didn't retire these, I had them died chocolate brown. Don't get me wrong I adore the green, but they didn't go with anything in my wardrobe so I wasn't wearing them. Now they go with a bunch of my steampunk stuff, not to mention everyday, so I'll be in them more often.

Retro Rack is also on facebook where I post additional images and fashion thoughts.

1 comment:

  1. I hope you can get the purse repaired, because that would be such a treasure to hand down to your own children, or nieces or nephews. That's the genealogist in me talking, of course. :)


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