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My Tea Dress Again and Trying to De-Stress…

Normally I try not to post the exact same outfit too close together but I knew we were going to look around Berrington Hall and I thought that my 1930s dress would look best in the dairy of this neo-classical mansion. Dave took this lovely picture of me, I think the coral colour of the dress stands out beautifully against the colour of the tiles.

Dress: 1930s vintage from Tea Gowns and Textiles

Cardigan: Topshop

Tights: Falke

Brogues: Topshop

Berrington Hall is only 10 minutes away from Tea Gowns and Textiles which is where I bought the dress from several years ago. It seemed the perfect opportunity to pay another visit! I didn’t buy anything as I’m trying to save money but there was a beautiful red velvet 1920s turban that I was covetting!

I’ve been getting myself a bit stressed out this afternoon, as I’ve mentioned before I have to write a business plan for my module “Start Up Planning and Promotion” and so have been doing a lot of research into living costs, business start up costs etc and just generally thinking about where I want to be in 5 years time. I have so much that I want to achieve and am so determined to be successful in the fashion industry, but it is hard. Don’t get me wrong I absolutely love it, if I won the lottery I’d still be doing what I’m doing. Come to think about it, winning the lottery would take away the things that are worrying me, fingers crossed for Saturday night eh?!!

I got myself so het up that I wasn’t actually getting any proper work done, so I did what I always do when I get stressed out: closed my laptop, wrote a list of everything I need to get done and then made a timetable hour by hour for the next severn days. It alway calms me down and also means that I put my time to best use.

Once I had calmed down, I created two surveys for research for my business plan. One for potential customers, Click here to take survey and one for potential suppliers (boutique owners) Click here to take survey. I’ve emailed this to various companies and posted it on blogs too, hopefully I’ll get lots of replies.

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My 1930s Tea Dress….

I don’t think I’ve featured this dress before, which is surprising as it’s one of my favourites. It’s a 1930s silk tea gown, it was my first proper vintage buy from a shop called Tea Gowns and Textiles in Leominster. I love the coral coloured silk and the hand embroidery on the collar is exquisite. I had my second tutorial with Lindsay today for Start-Up Planning and Promotion; I discussed my business idea with her and we agreed that over the next week I need to identify if there are companies producing anything similar and also boutiques through which I could sell my product. I need to write a questionnaire that I could take to these companies to help me understand what they are looking for when they choose their products. I also need to come up with a rough idea for a range plan, Lindsay suggested 12 pieces e.g 2 dresses, 3 tops etc.  There’s lots of research and thinking to do, I’m really enjoying it though. I don’t want to see this as a brief for uni, I actually want to treat it as a  live project so that I could actually take the business plan and put it into action straight away. The sooner I get the research and everything for this done the better, there are a couple of boutiques nearby that I want to take the questionnaire to before the next tutorial so writing that is one of my priorities.

I wanted to get a better picture of my new brogues up too, I picked these little beauties up in the Topshop sale on Friday.

Dress: 1930s vintage from Tea Gowns and Textiles

Cardigan: Topshop

Tights: Falke

Brogues: Topshop