Adela and the Hatted Victorian Child

by Lute A., Bin Kitten from Dublin, Ireland, Ireland

34 comments · 1 · November 2, 2012

HYPE 113
  1. Vintage top hat, DIY restored

    Oxfam charity shop

    , in Hats
  2. White satin and lace top

    DIY altered from nightgown

    , in Tops
  3. Long-sleeved white chiffon top

    Charity shop

    , in Tops
  4. Vintage 60s/70s acetate wedding slip

    Homemade

    Charity shop

    , in Dresses
  5. Black faux suede low-heel Mary Janes with cut-outs

    Office

    , in Leather Heels
  6. Ragdoll (Adela)

    Keel Toys

    , in Home
  7. Wicker basket

    Oxfam charity shop

    , in Bags



I was going to dress up as a female peacock bird, but the attraction of a more ghostly, historically inspired character became overpowering in the end, and I am now a Victorian child spirit who carries her doll, Adela, on her spooky journeys.

The main dress of this costume is a 60s/70s homemade empire-waist vintage acetate wedding slip that I got in a charity shop last week. Under it I wore a long-sleeved chiffon shirt and a polyester satin top that I had converted from a nightgown some years ago.

But the quite old vintage hat, which I had fallen in love with when I first tried it on in Oxfam recently, is probably my favourite element of the costume, with its wonderful different colours and textures, and that big satin bow in the back (rather special for a top hat, I am sure?). It had been badly damaged however, with the lining and some of the sewing coming apart and the straw structure fallen in around the crown. It took me half of Tuesday to mend and restore the hat, putting in plastic foam to strengthen the structure and sewing the lining, straw base, and sweatband into place.

We shot these photos in town at Dublin Trinity College, on Halloween day.

My father and I bought Adela many years ago, and she has been the only doll I can possibly love…it is quite a mystery, is it not?

Please see my blog post for more photos!
prettybonesjefferson.wordpress.com/2012/11/02/adela-and-the-hatted-victorian-child/

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Susanna Vesna
Wow, Lute! U must be a time traveller! Ur such a treasure! I wish I could meet u someday!
Lute  Al-Raad
Thank you so much Susanna (Big Blush...)! Yay I do hope someday we can meet, too. Who knows, maybe I'll finally get to visit Dubai sometime...and if you ever come near Ireland please let me know! ^_^
Lute  Al-Raad
Sorry I keep mixing up Abu Dhabi and Dubai (only in name)... =]
AVA FLORENCE
wow pritty cutie you are so wonderful! love you my pritty angel <3
Lute  Al-Raad
Thank you Ava. ^_^ <3
AVA FLORENCE
welcome Helloangel <3
I am happy when I make you happy...
Nina The Cat
wow, amazing costume! wish you luck!
Lute  Al-Raad
Thank you very much for the support Nina! I really liked you Red Riding Hood look, too. ^_^
Patricia H
Of course I did! That's such a beautiful combination!
I love this romantic white style...
Lute  Al-Raad
Oh thank you Patricia! <3
Ekaterina Pakhmurnaya
Wow! Your photos reminds me not only victorian time, but films like Van Helsing etc :-)) I think, its because photos make special atmosphere. Fantastic dress!
Lute  Al-Raad
Thank you so much Kate! I thought the hat was sort of Tim Burton-ish. ^_^ I haven't seen Van Helsing, but we have some "personal" connection with Bram Stoker here...
By the way I love your new looks!
Ekaterina Pakhmurnaya
Oh, yeah, Tim Burton too!
...another association - Girl with pearl earing
Jomie Hospital
Vintage top hat is amazing, Lute!
LOVE THE WHOLE THING TOO.
Lute  Al-Raad
Thank you very much Jomie. Your Halloween look is great. =)
Joyce Salazar
adorable setting and dress xoxo
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Mimosa Kuu
a heart for absolute beautifulness
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