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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Vintage Outfit Post-Miss Lemon's Dress,Two Ways

First I want to thank everyone who was so kind about Tuvok's picture and name worries in my last post.  To be clear, I don't really expect anyone to recognize his name, that be silly, and I dont want anyone to think I am offended.  I just find it kind of funny that so many people think his name is Tuna!   I even briefly considered changing his name right after we got him and the confusion started, but I love his name.  I just think the groomer who gets 90$!!!! should learn his name. 

Since I had this blog on hiatus for a few months last fall I have kind of a glut of vintage outfit posts to share, and here is another.  It's a 1930s fall/winter dress from Sew Vintage Seamstress inspired by one of my favorite fictional vintage style icons, Miss Lemon from Poirot.  

Miss Lemon as played by the lovely Pauline Moran is inspirational in so many ways.  She isn't an ingenue or a titled lady, she is a working woman in early middle age, yet she looks fantastic all the time!  Poirot must be paying his secretary quite handsomely for her afford all of these fabulous clothes.  

And of course Miss Lemon is worth it, she is clearly very clever and like Poirot hyper organized and more then a bit obsessive.   Another thing I love about Miss Lemon is her fondness for cats.  She rightfully tosses aside one suitor, due to his dislike of felines.  It really saddens me that Miss Lemon faded from view in the later seasons of Poirot and I really think the series went down hill after her departure.

The set and costume design in Poirot, particularly in its earlier seasons when it was perfection.  I love how Miss Lemon's clothing picked up on aspects of the stories.  For example, in the episode The Adventure of The Egyptian Tomb,  Miss Lemon has a stunning grey dress with pyramid details.

This is the dress I had Sew Vintage Seamstress copy and she did an amazing job, right down to the buttons!   It looks just like Miss Lemon's.   

Of course accessories have the power to change an outfit and as I promised in the title of this post I'll show this dress two ways with different accessories.  The first pictures show how I wore there dress on a cold winter day, January 1st in fact.  I paired it with thick winter tights and a hat Ive had for a few years from Captaine Crochet, you can find her on instagram.

I also added my halloween cat pin because Miss Lemon love's cats!

Obligatory cat pic:

The second look is from a warmer day.  I paired the dress with a 1930s hat and a gold deco belt that was a generous gift:

My favorite thing about this dress is the amazing details.    I think I like the second outfit best, and thats probably how I'll usually wear this dress which is definitely on its way to being one of my favorites.   

Outfit Details
Dress: Sew Vintage Seamstress
Burgandy Hat-Captain Crochet (find her on Facebook or instagram)
Cat Pin-Mrs. Polly's Lucite
Low Heeled Shoes-American Duchess
Black and White Cloche-I can't remember!
Heart Hat Pin-Merriweather
High Heeled Black Pumps-Remix Vintage Shoes


  1. Oh that is one fabulous dress, I love the front detailing, Miss Lemon certainly has an enviable wardrobe and that is a stunning copy!

  2. I luffed watching Poirot and Miss Lemon. You're right, her outfits were amazing.
    AND so is yours!!!! You look great!
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  3. Love the dress, glad you didn't decide to copy the hairstyle...especially in the first few photos....BOL!

  4. That dress is a masterpiece! What an elegant, becoming garment. I adore it styled both ways and would imagine given its lovely grey hue, that there's almost no limit to the number of different ways it could be dressed up or down - not mention accessories.

    Big hugs & many thanks for all of your wonderful recent blog comments,
    ♥ Jessica

  5. I think its fun to see all these clothes!

  6. Firstly I love Miss Lemon's style too and I am determined, as soon as I can find the three different coloured fabrics, to make the green dress you've featured at the beginning. It's my absolute favourite one of hers.
    Secondly, your dress is gorgeous and looks so good on you. The detailing is pure 1930s. I have to agree I prefer the second outfit but I do like the touches of burgundy with the grey. x

  7. Another dress that looks wonderful on you! Great choice on that dress, the style is perfect.

    liz :)

  8. Great looking dress, love the details.

  9. Oh, that is fab! Miss Lemon is such a great character, so quietly stylish. SewVintageSeamstress did a great job of copying the grey dress.

  10. I love seeing how you styled this dress two different ways! It really is amazing how accessories can completely change a look! I love period movies and shows. Seeing all the gorgeous outfits is so much fun. You must have a great eye for detail to notice how the pyramid looking details on the dress went with the Egyptian theme of that episode's story!

  11. What a fab outfit! I love Miss Lemon's style too! :)

  12. I remember reading that Pauline Moran designed many of the clothes she wore on Poirot. The dress looks great on you!

  13. I admire the fact that you wanted the grey dress copied, but to copy a dress, one must do it down to every detail. First of all, the original dress was a wool knit which allowed it to fall gently against the body. Your dress looks to be a woven fabric and therefore does not fall as nicely. Second, the triangle trapunto detail on Miss Lemon's sleeves are on the outside of the sleeve and not on the inside like your dressmaker did it. Third, Miss Lemon has a banded neckline which means a band of fabric is sewn at the neckline to mimic a collar without the tabs. There is no collar on Miss Lemon's dress. Your dressmaker put a collar on your dress with points that distract from the flatness and smoothness of a banded neckline. Fourth, the original had a vent in the front seam at the hem and from what I can glean from your photographs, there is no vent in the front of your dress. Fifth, the angle of your decorative three trapunto triangles at the front placket are too long and give a flapping look to your dress. These are the obvious differences to your dress and Miss Lemon's. Yes, your dress looks similar, but it is not exact. I happen to be an exacting type of person. I am just a stickler for exactness so please don't take offense. It has nothing to do with you but everything to do with your dressmaker. Perhaps she cut corners, but if I copy something, I copy it exactly to the best of my seamstresses abilities. That is why I learned to sew when I was twelve. Only then could I control how a garment would turn out.

  14. Also for your information, if you did not know, (because I too love this grey dress Miss Lemon wore), a group of 7 garments plus four hats and a purse that Miss Lemon wore, were auctioned off on 17 September 2015 in Bristol and one of the garments was this grey dress!! I thought it was a wool knit and I was right since the description in the catalogue reads as follows: "grey wool dress - has a few small holes to the back of the garment. " This clearly indicates that moths had gotten to it. The group with the hats and handbag sold for £550. The estimate was between £200-300. The other garments had some issues too since it was noted many had been used in TV and film productions in the past. England has always been good about recycling garments. The American film industry recycled garments during the late 1930's and early 1940's because of World War II so various garments were disassembled to make others since materials were scare. That is why many beautiful garments from those wonderful black and white movies no longer exist in their original incarnation. I wonder who now owns Miss Lemon's lovely grey triangle dress?


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