Sunday, 27 December 2009
A lovely tiny black leather vintage bag with a beautiful silver clasp, a few cards of antique buttons, and a pair of black flats - I finally found the ideal pair in the Office sale, they remind me of old fashioned tap shoes.
Wednesday, 16 December 2009
Wednesday, 9 December 2009
* does not include tights
This post is a celebration for my love of jumble sales. Jumble sales are a great untaped resource for the vintage lover. Many people visit charity shops and car-boot sales, but I have yet to hear of many people who enjoy a good jumble sale as much as I do. Jumble sales have one massive advantage over all other forms of vintage shopping and that is they are cheap, and I mean cheap. You generally pay around 20p entrance and then clothes/scarves/belts are all 20p, shoes and bags 50p each. Books range from 10p-50p and bric a brac depends, but it's rare to spend over a pound on anything that's not large or electrical. They are great.
Of course some are a waste of time, and on occasion I have come away with nothing, but there is always the possibility you will find some real treasures. The best thing I have ever found at a jumble sale was a pair of black and silver satin dancing shoes form the 1930s in excellent conition. They even have diamante clasps, I can't wear them as they are about a size 3, but I love them, and they cost just 10p, which makes me love them all the more. Based on these excellent prices, this post was originally meant to be 'how to get dressed for under £1', but the because of shoes the prices didn't quite fit. Still stylish for £1.50 isn't bad. I'm hoping to make this a regular blog feature, maybe once a month. This first one is dedicated to checks, the trend that refuses to go away.
Crochet scarf: Gift from Grandmother
Check shirt: Jumble sale, 20p
Snap front skirt: Jumble sale, 20p
Leather boots: Jumble sale, 50p
Leather bag: Jumble sale, 50p
I've had the flannel dress since March, but had to wait until it was suitably cold to wear it, I think it's 1980s Dorothy Perkins, I had to hem it as it was originally well below the knees. The check shirt is a boys' age 12, but I quite like the lose fit. The skirt actually makes me a bit squeamish - it's made of suede. I would never buy something like this new plus I think I look a bit too much like a cowgirl in the last outfit. Oh well. I do love the boots though, I think I actually squealed when I caught site of them. They are the perfect brogue style boot, dark brown and nicely worn down so they are very comfortable. They are my new go with everything shoes.
Thursday, 3 December 2009
Sunday, 29 November 2009
It seems to me that there is a lot of 1940s inspired fashions about at the moment, and it got me thinking about something I did last year. Once a year, in September, the Chatham dockyard in Kent have a 1940s day. I happened upon it quite by chance and decided to go along. I wasn't really sure what it would be like, so I didn't go in costume - but I really wish I had, because a lot of people did and they all looked amazing. There were stalls, vintage arcade games, a parade, a vintage train and a demonstration of a 1940's fire engine in operation. There were even air raids. Another great thing they had were bands performing old wartime songs and others performing the Lindy hop - a dance that was popular at the time. As well as all this the dockyards have a permanent museum about maritime history, a rope making museum, a submarine and other boats you can walk around on. I had a great time, and I will try to go again next year.
Wednesday, 25 November 2009
I initially thought I was trying to create a version of the dress on the right, which I absolutely love, the mustard colour, the checks, the black bow? Perfect. However having seen the finished result, it looks like I was subconsciously thinking of the dress on the left. Judge for yourselves.
I used a pattern for this dress but then changed it. The body is made of a black sateen cotton and the little capelet is made of an autumnal ikea fabric which was something silly like £1.99 per metre. The thing I really liked about the dear creatures dress was the black piping as a contrast to the mustard on the bodice. Instead of piping I used black bias binding around the edges. Below are some close-ups of the back of the dress and fabric. I added the keyhole back, just beacuse I like keyhole backs, although it turned out to be uneccessay since I can get the dress on without undoing the closure, the pattern was oddly large for a size 8. Still I like the grey faux-leather button. I am pleased with the finished result, although it's a bit big, and more 1950s then I expected, it still makes me think of autumn, bonfires, and fallen leaves.
Sunday, 22 November 2009
Standen was built for the Beale family in the 1890s, who continued to live there until the 1970s. There is a little exhibition inside the house about all the children who grew up playing in the house and grounds, with photos and toys. Apparently a favourite childhood pastime was to take down the fire shoot from an upstairs window and slide down it, another was to pack six children to a beloved rocking horse and ride it across the billiards room floor. The house is famous for being built in the arts and crafts style and is particularly well known for the William Morris
I really like William Morris designs, they are all very pretty without being too fussy. I am a big fan of off-colours and his prints usually involve plenty which always appeals to me. I felt really inspired after visiting and even found some William morris printed fabrics, although they are really meant for interiors, I can't help imagining these as sweet little dresses or skirts.