Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Ode to Puffed Sleeves

Anne took the dress and looked at it in reverent silence. Oh, how pretty it was--a lovely soft brown gloria with all the gloss of silk; a skirt with dainty frills and shirrings; a waist elaborately pintucked in the most fashionable way, with a little ruffle of filmy lace at the neck. But the sleeves--they were the crowning glory! Long elbow cuffs, and above them two beautiful puffs divided by rows of shirring and bows of brown-silk ribbon.
"That's a Christmas present for you, Anne," said Matthew shyly. "Why--why--Anne, don't you like it? Well now--well now."

For Anne's eyes had suddenly filled with tears.

"Like it! Oh, Matthew!" Anne laid the dress over a chair and clasped her hands. "Matthew, it's perfectly exquisite. Oh, I can never thank you enough. Look at those sleeves! Oh, it seems to me this must be a happy dream."
Dress: Stella McCartney SS07
Quotation: Anne of Green Gables, Chapter 25: Matthew Insists on Puffed Sleeves


paola said...

Oh how I LOVED that bit of the book.

And oh to be flat chested enough to wear that dress.

Strwberrydelight said...

I just found the most divine little knitted bolero in H&M for £5 (yes, count them, FIVE) with enormous shirred puffed sleeves - may need to blog. This post was an extension of my satisfaction. But you're right, if both of us wore this dress and stood next to one another, it would be 8 great big lumps all in a row.
Would The Sartorialist be interested do we think?!?xx