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Adela and the Hatted Victorian Child

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

35 comments · 1 · November 2, 2012

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  1. vintage top hat, DIY restored

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    Oxfam charity shop

    , in Hats
  2. white satin and lace top

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    DIY altered from nightgown

    , in Tops
  3. long-sleeved white chiffon top

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    charity shop

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

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    homemade

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    charity shop

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

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    Office

    , in Leather Heels & Wedges
  6. ragdoll (Adela)

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    Keel Toys

    , in Home
  7. wicker basket

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    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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♡Anita Kurkach♡
wow !!! so cool )
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CHI CHI O
Very nice
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Mary L
this is such a lovely look!
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Lucka S.
this is so pretty!
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Joyce Salazar
beautiful ♡
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Virna Alyssa Cabuhat
romantic and sweet <333
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Zara May
ADORABLE XOOX
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Mimosa Deer
a heart for absolute beautifulness
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