Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Random Harvest

Floral frock - made by me // Grey tulle skirt - Kellie Falconer Design
ballet flats by Crocs // spoon ring - gift
It's been such a long time since I've sewn anything for my very own self, just because.  Not for a prototype, not sourcing materials and making sure they are procurable in bulk.  Just the last three yards of a beautiful summer clearance fabric that cried out to be made into this dress and worn to the contra dance.

I found this gorgeous copy (just drink in the typography on the cover!) of Random Harvest at the thrift store the other day and couldn't be more thrilled.  The 1942 adaptation is one of my favorite movies, and I've heard reports that the book more than holds it's own as well.

Hilton's description of autumnal London:
"For London... was of all cities in the world the most autumnal - its mellow brickwork harmonzing with fallen leaves and October sunsets, just as the etched grays of November composed themselves with the light and shade of Portland stone. There was a charm, a deathless charm, about a city whose inhabitants went about muttering, "The nights are drawing in," as if it were a spell to invoke the vast, sprawling creature-comfort of winter. Indeed no phrase...better expressed the feeling of blanketed enclosure, of almost stupefying cosiness, that blankets London throughout the dark months - a sort of spiritual central heating, warm and sometimes weepy, but not depressing - a Dickensian, never a Proustian fog."


Paired with the new frock; the Grey Tulle skirt is now on our shop shelves!  I take great care to find the perfect material for the lining of each tulle skirt, and this grey Duchess slipper satin is absolutely dreamy.  So heavily draping and liquid.

Won't you stop by the Wall Tent Studio this evening and catch the last few chapters of Bleak House with me?  The rocking chair is on the porch and I'd love to show you what I've been working on first hand... 

22 comments:

  1. Gorgeous outfit! I just adore your tulle skirts....
    I love the song that you chose for this post! In fact I just saw The Piano Guys last Saturday in concert and they actually played that song all on the same piano like in the YouTube video. If anyone's curious, here's the link to post I did about the event: http://chumaniphotography.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-piano-guys-and-lyceum-orchestra_12.html
    Eva

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    1. That is awesome, Eva! I loved your blog post. How fun would that be to see them perform live?

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  2. um,
    I love your dress.

    I am wondering...what lip color you might be wearing? I love it too.

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    1. Thanks, Denise:) I'm actually not wearing any lip color with this outfit - plain and natural!

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  3. Lovely! Dress. Book. Story. Everything. Good job taking time for yourself. If I lived closer I'd swing by for a dose of Bleak House. That ending is such a relief!

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  4. This is surely Anne of Green Gables worthy...
    aimee

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  5. Wow, that dress is beautiful Kellie! Alex

    tobebeautifulingodseyes.blogspot.com

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  6. Oh, Kellie, this dress is stunning! You look like a dream in it, and your grey tulle skirt works perfectly underneath (and over top!)
    So beautiful :)
    I'm glad you took the time to create something just for you.
    Have a beautiful evening!
    -Carley
    xx

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  7. Your new dress is beautiful! I love the fabric and the piping. You did a terrific job. : )

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  8. What a perfect summer outfit for the contra dance! What a beautiful blend of Tulle and linen ! I love the description from Hilton about autumn while looking at this grey tulle skirt. You can almost feel the grey blanket of fog and cool mist of the late fall eves. And, if I could stop by the Wall Tent Studio for a visit this evening, I would come armed with wonderful lavender shortbread cookies from a recipe I found. Lavender Fields was the gift that keeps on re-creating itself and the perfect late summer cookie with tea. What time is the visit?

    Ohh, with Fall rapidly approaching, it would be too fun to peek at the preview board in your studio full of ideas getting marshaled into the new KFD fall line!

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  9. Kellie, that dress is so beautiful! From the beautiful floral to the accent of the blue bias trim. It's divine!
    The Day after Day dress has actually been on my list of dresses to copy too! :P
    How nice it would be to have a nice little visit to the Wall Tent Studio! "Sigh..."
    Blessings,

    Brigid
    The Middle Sister and Singer

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  10. Your dress is lovely!
    Oh wow. Hilton does description like few others. <3

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  11. Loverly, loverly frock, Dahling! Very Molly Gibson--reminds me of the dress she wears when we see her as a young woman for the first time. Love the colors in yours--so cheery and Summery. And the piping--the perfect touch!

    See you later! :-D
    God bless,
    ~"Tom"~

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  12. Major book envy!! And loving the dress - so perfect for contra dancing. :)

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  13. That dress is darling, and I just love that ring you are wearing! :)

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  14. Such a gorgeous dress! I'm sure it was fun to dance in. :) The fabric you used is so pretty and kinda reminds me of the feedsack dresses from the 1930's.

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    1. Yes, I loved the fabric for that reason, too. Definitely a delight to dance in:)

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  15. What a beautiful frock! I love it with the tulle skirt underneath as a petticoat, but I also love it with the tulle on the outside.(: That grey tulle is gorgeous!
    Ooh, and a bit of Bleak House sounds wonderful! I've got such a pile of books on my reading list at the moment, and I think I may have to add some Dickens to the pile.(;

    ~Vicki
    Decked Out in Ruffles

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    1. Dickens will not disappoint... definitely pop him in there:)

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  16. Hey Kellie,
    I want to ask you a fashion question for a blog post that I am going to be putting up in the future. Is there some way that I can contact you? email? You can email me at: boyerfamilysingers(at)gmail(dot)com. Thank you so much!

    Blessings,

    Brigid
    The Middle Sister and Singer

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  17. Gorgeous Kellie! Love the floral pattern and the quote! What a lucky (book) thrift find!

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  18. Loved every bit of this post!
    Your dress is so sweet! Absolutely darling. =]
    I love old books so much! They are so much more beautiful than any new book could be.
    And we had to rent the movie cause we hadn't ever seen it. It was SO good! I love Greer Garson and Ronald Colman is definitely going on my list of 'must see more of's. =]
    When we finished the movie my Mom said, We should own this one. Ha ha.. So, it definitely scored big. =]

    Thanks!
    ♥Emaline

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