Derby Day 2011
Greg & I went to Derby Day on Saturday. It’s traditional for women to wear black & white on Derby Day, though you occasionally see a few girls wanting to stand out dressed head to toe in a single colour (often red). Unsurprisingly I decided to make a new dress to wear. I wasn’t feeling particularly inspired by any of the patterns in my collection so I drafted my own. I made a simple fitted dress with princess seams & a boatneck. I added a waistline & some peplums around the waist. I decided on a white top, black skirt & some small panels of red underneath the peplums. Here I am posing in front of one of the lovely rose gardens at Flemington.
I haven’t really blogged about it, but I’m on a bit of a stash busting mission at the moment, so limited myself to only sewing with what I already have for this project. I used left over fabric from my reversible evening dress for the skirt & red highlight panels & I used a white broadcloth from my interfacing/interlining stash for the top. Because the broadcloth was a little rough I lined the dress with a silk cotton blend leftover from lining this dress.
The dress came together reasonably easily, though I always find princess seams a bit finicky. I used silk organza strips to stabilise the neckline & armholes & added horsehair braid to the peplums to give them a little more ‘flounce’. I was really happy with the results, in fact I might make this dress again this summer but in a softer printed cotton to wear as a sundress.
We had a lovely day at the races. Our friend held a BBQ in the members area & we had a wonderful time there sipping champagne & chatting with our friends (if you are a VRC member you can book certain areas & bring in BBQ equipment & so on to have a party – it’s really very nice). We put a few bets on too. Whilst Greg lost on every race (except one), I won on almost every race, so we ended up going home with more money than when we arrived, which is always nice.
I wore a vintage hat I bought last year. I’m so in love with it, I’ve worn it to two Derby Days in a row now. Greg wore his wedding suit & no, he hasn’t just forgotten to throw away the buttonhole from our wedding, it’s a Corn Flower buttonhole, which is the flower of the day on Derby Day. Each day of the Spring Racing Carnival has a flower dedicated to it & the men often wear the flower of the day as a button-hole, you can see all of the days and the corresponding flowers here.
Later in the day we went for a wander to see the horses we picked for the McKinnon Stakes. This was Greg’s pick, Efficient. I won some money on him in the 2007 Melbourne Cup but he didn’t do very well on Saturday & came in at the back of the field.
This was my pick, Glass Harmonium. He won. As you can probably tell by the photo, he was pretty spirited.