Vintage Laura Ashley.

shoes Have I ever talked about how much I love thrift shops? Welp, I really really really love thrift shops. They're great for the environment, they're great for your wallet, and they're great for finding treasures of all sorts.

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About a month ago I travelled to Sydney with Rohan to hang some V'Shapes posters around near the venue we were going to play at. We also stopped in at a couple of thrift shops. One of my finds for that day was this lovely vintage Laura Ashley dress (dresses from this era (late 70's early 80's) for $100 of dollars on etsy). Now, as beautiful as the dress was, it wasn't perfect. It was slightly too big, slightly too long, and didn't have enough lace on it.

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It's been staring at me from my "to alter" pile ever since I brought it home.

I finally had time to make the alterations to the dress, and this is how it turned out! I ended up cutting 25cm of fabric off the bottom, and taking the bodice in about 6 cm (which doesn't sound like a lot, but trust me, every cm counts when it comes to fit) The collar was already lacy, so I added lace on the sleeves and the bottom hem.

I did feel a little guilty altering such a beautiful vintage piece, but the dress is much more "me" now, and I can see myself wearing it heaps in the future (especially on lazy days. This dress is so comfy!)

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I actually wore this outfit for a short period last night for a gig I played at The Rhythm Hut. The Rhythm Hut runs this monthly jam band called 5 lands (basically, you don't know what your instrumentation is going to be till you show up). The jam band plays a set, and then they have a special guest artist.

As always, 5 lands was so much fun to play! (it was a bit different this month though. There weren't many of us on stage, so the sound changed dramatically. It went in some really unusual directions, which was rad)

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Last night the guest artist was a guy called Nick Saxon. He's one guy on an acoustic guitar and a loop pedal (with various percussion instruments) but his sounds is very very different to all the other guys on an acoustic guitar with a loop pedal a miscellaneous percussion instruments. His sounds is very folk, and very beautiful (almost haunting in a way, but describing it as haunting does not do it justice)

I also really loved his use of the loop pedal. It was very subtle. He also used a reverb pedal on his vocals, which I really loved as well. His live production is on point!

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After doing some internet stalking, it turns out my band will be sharing a stage with him at Wollombi music festival. I'm really looking forward to seeing him play again. (hopefully we'll get to have a jam this time!)

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