Eliza Doolittle Day!

It’s the 20th of May, so that can only mean one thing… It’s Eliza Doolittle Day!

Lady-by-casareidotnet1Her day.

For those of you not familiar with mid-60s musicals, Eliza Doolittle is the main character of My Fair Lady. (Which is based on Pygmalion, but I’m not going to get into that.)

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Somewhere toward the middle of the movie, everybody’s favorite frustrated Cockney flower market girl angrily imagines (in song, of course) a future where Professor Higgins is penniless and she is successful. So successful, that the king gives Eliza her own holiday – May 20th.

To commemorate her special day, I decided to refashion something inspired by Eliza’s costumes from the movie. There were a lot of great pieces to choose from, but I decided to base my project off the pink ruffly number she wore in the last scene.

1298204125_audrey_hepburn_hqcit-4This one.

My dress isn’t solid pink, and it’s not as ruffly, but it does have the ruffle around the shoulders and a similar wide v-neck. And the print is definitely fit for a flower market girl.

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I started by taking it in a bit in the back.

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Then I took it in along the sides.

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The last thing I did was remove the bow in the front…

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Then I replaced it with a vintage button. Eliza’s dress had a giant flower, but I figured there were already plenty of flowers on the dress.

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I paired it with the beaded floral earrings I fixed a while ago,my “grown up saddle shoes,” and a vintage disco belt.

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That is, until I got home. Then I ditched the shoes and spent some quality time in my own personal flower market.

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Just you wait, there’ll be more projects coming soon! ;)

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