Wednesday, October 9, 2013

I Collect Things

I have collections. I collect hats, and handbags. I collect buttons, and vintage stocking packages, and kitsch midcentury plastic brooches. And old suitcases (to store my collections in!) and 1940s & 50s magazines. And postcards, and photos, and papers.

And it occurred to me just now, as I sifted through my case of ephemera, that essentially, I collect other people's memories. Tiny pieces of ordinary people's ordinary lives - people I never knew. I collect the theatre programmes and bus tickets and film wallets and paper coasters and cigarette cards and tourist maps and handwritten notes and purchase receipts and greetings cards that, once, someone decided not to throw away. I collect the adventures their luggage accompanied them on (my favourite suitcase - the one on top of my wardrobe, covered with faded and flaking labels - went to San Francisco, and Hawaii, and Japan, and Australia). I collect the smiles bound up in the cheap costume jewellery kept for its sentimental value, and the potential of the buttons bought for sewing projects perhaps imagined but never started. I collect the walks in the park, and weddings, and days out, and shopping trips that the handbags and hats and gloves were worn for.

It's not just "stuff".

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Tuppence Ha'penny Goes Stateside

Next Thursday I'll be heading out to San Francisco, followed by Portland, Oregon on the 15th. Needless to say I'm terribly excited! Suggestions, recommendations and meet-ups all welcome!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Rosa Parks

I've posted Horrible Histories songs before - I love them, they work really well as pop songs while also being both hilarious and edumacational, like. Here's one of their newer ones which I just came across on youtube, The Rosa Parks song.

I also can't resist adding one of my all-time favourite HH songs, Dick Turpin Highwayman (plus, Mat Baynton: f--- yes.)

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

For Sale!

I've been doing a bit of listing on ebay - including some items from my own wardrobe - nearly all on very low start prices so there's a good chance of grabbing a bargain!

50s Style Apple Print Dress
Bust 38" / Waist 27" / Hips full

Nautical novelty print 1940s blouse
Bust 34-36" / Waist 32"

1940s Navy Rayon Crepe Dress with Shirred Shoulders
Bust 40" / Waist 29.5" / Hips 41"

Red and white polka dot playsuit
Bust 40" / Waist 32" / Hips 40"

70s-does-30s Strawberry print dress
Bust 32" / Waist 26" / Hips 36"

Vintage 50s-60s Floral Day Dress
Bust 40" / Waist 31" / Hips full

Monday, July 22, 2013

Hello Hot Stuff!

Oh wow but it's been hot hot hot here these past couple of weeks! So I made a dress to match. I've actually got a few (like, five) sewing projects on the go at the moment, but they all involve lots of pattern drafting and muslin-making, so I really wanted a quickie project because I was starting to get bored of my wardrobe and wanted new clothes fast! I knocked up this little number over the course of a weekend. The fabric is recycled - it was originally three skirts by Primark (a budget fashion retailer, for those unfamiliar with the brand). I fell in love with the quirky print (Gerberas! Chilli peppers!) when I came across it on ebay, and proceeded to stalk the site until I'd acquired the three I figured I'd need for the dress I had in mind.

I knew the stripe print would lend itself perfectly to this V-neck pattern (the same pattern I based my Christmas dress on). I interlined the bodice, as the cheap cotton fabric is lightweight to the point of being almost see-through. The skirt is made using a different pattern, it's in gores forming a half-circle skirt. I actually finished this a couple of weeks ago and I've worn it several times already. I LOVE this dress - it's really easy to wear, and very comfortable.

Outfit details: Hot Stuff Sundress - made by me from 50s pattern & recycled fabric; Felt rose, purchased in Thailand; Necklace, ebay; Sunglasses, ebay; Earrings, purchased in Thailand; Leather belt, charity shop; Bakelite & plastic bangles, various; Handbag, etsy; Shoes (which you can't really see but are really nice, and comfortable - I like them so much I bought them in two colours), Marks & Spencer.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

{Style Inspiration} 1940s Summer Dresses

For this week's Sunday style inspiration I give you a selection of colourful summer dresses from the 1940s. These are all from "Everywoman" magazine.

Interesting use of stripes, from 1942

Loving these sweet styles and adorable prints from 1945

Styles on the cusp of the New Look era, 1947


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