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.)


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.

beforeWho doesn’t love old muumuus?

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


Then I took it in along the sides.


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


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.


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

after copy

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


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


Leave a Reply