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Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Get on the bus..

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Shoes: Irregular Choice 'Wiskers'
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Bus Print Dress: Cath Kidston
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Cardigan: Matalan
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Necklace: Gift (H&M)
I couldn't wait for a chance to wear my new Cath Kidston bus print dress after picking it up in the capital the other week. I'm pleased by their decision to use the same barkcloth fabric which their mushroom and bird print dresses were made from last year. I find that a much nicer, more structured fabric than the flimsy cotton of some of their dresses.

I'm considering wearing it next month when I take the rangers to London. But I'm wondering if that's a bit geeky. For work last week I teamed it with a sparkly red necklace I'd received from a friend for Christmas, along with my Irregular Choice Wiskers heels. Hardly groundbreaking stuff, but I liked it.

I know that dressmaking has made me reconsider some of my clothes purchasing habits, but I don't think that just because I make my own dresses I will completely stop buying any high street offerings. I'll still shop with my favourites but I think I'll be a little more choosy when it comes to the lower end of the quality scale as I've found that with places like Topshop, prices have gone up over the years whilst the quality of their items has gone down. I now find I take back almost everything I buy from there when it falls apart, usually after one wear.

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  1. Aaaaah the bus print dress is a beauty- so pretty! I guess the beauty with dress making is that you understand how well or not clothing is constructed, so as you say, you can be more choosey to get the things you like.

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    1. Yeah, I think that's it. TBH there are some CK dresses which I've looked at and dismissed because I could make something similar but with nicer (IMO) fabric.

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  2. love these photos, this outfit is a winner! You should wear it to London, such a fun print x

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  3. That is a cute dress. I know what you mean about some Cath Kidston cloth :)

    Dressmaking has made be a little choosier about the clothes that I buy too and my "I think I might be able to make this" fixation is going a little barmy these days!

    I love the bus! I used to catch a bus like that everyday for years till they made it into a stupid bendy bus then a regular double-decker the now a silly stinky Boris bus with no conductors.

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    1. I wish I had time to make all of the things I've snapped photos of with the intention of making one myself!

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  4. This is my favourite purchase from your day in London and it all goes together so well. I think it would be the perfect thing to wear returning to London.
    I have purchased anything from Topshop for eons, probably since I was at college and even then the quality could be a bit hit and miss. If I could see like you do I'm sure I'd buy a lot less too.

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    1. Thanks, Hazel - I should think I will wear it again when I go!

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  5. I'm so annoyed that I didn't buy the mushroom.print dress, I really like it!!! The bus is super cute too x

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    1. They do sometimes come up on ebay, I've noticed a few lately x

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  6. This dress is absolutely lovely! I don't think it would be geeky at all to wear it to London :) xx

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    1. hehe, I think I probably will do.

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  7. I love this dress! The print is amazing, and it looks fantastic on you. You definitely need to wear it to London- I would! xx

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  8. Love your new dress, it really suits you! I've definitely been far choosier with my clothes over the last 5 years or so, but I partly think that's because the quality of fabric in many high street stores has got worse (and prices sometimes higher like you say.) The number of times I've walked towards an item of clothing in a shop, touched it and gone "ugggghh!" is getting annoying. Not that I'm going to stop browsing places like New Look or H&M (I still find the odd lovely piece) but I'm generally shopping in slightly more expensive places to get the quality I'm after.

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    1. I definitely think that whilst prices have risen, quality has gotten worse in some companies. I still browse, but where at one point I would have bought something just because I liked the print even if the fabric wasn't amazing, I would these days just try to find something similar in a better quality or feel of fabric.

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