Tuesday, December 29, 2009

In search of the perfect jacket


I have been searching and searching and searching for the perfect suit jacket. It should be fitted - it's got to be big on the bust and small on the waist. It should have a peplum. Art Deco detailing would be a plus. Any colour is fine. Solanah's is simply fabulous. This Mitzi Morgan would be perfect if it were a few sizes bigger. Wish this Lilli Ann were affordable. This Lilli Ann is also stunning but so far out of my price range it's not even funny. So tempted by this Freiss even though it's a bit too small. Love the big collar on this one, shame about the teeny bust measurement... Seriously though, how hard can it be??

Friday, December 25, 2009

Walking in a Winter Wonderland


Every family has their own Christmas traditions. Mummy's house breaks out in a rash of miniature red crochet horses (which, having been around for approximately as long as I have, could probably officially be classified "vintage"!), Julenisse (Norwegian Christmas Elf) decorative porcelain, and mistletoe. And there's always a Christmas walk. Which was all the more fun because this year, for the first time I can remember, we had an actual, real-life White Christmas (it rarely snows in December in the south - normally only in January or February). V exciting!

Snowy garden! Mummy gave me this vintage fur coat to sell, but it's soooo warm and cosy, and although fundamentally I am of course anti-fur, I don't think vintage fur can be considered unethical.

Merry Christmas!

Christmas Day Outfit


New dress - 1940s forest green wool gabardine number I got from etsy. The style is so perfect for me - the gathered shelf bust allows it to fit snugly on the waist, but still have plenty of room in the top. The adorable vintage whimsy hat (can't see it very well - it's constructed of red netting with velvety buds and leaves, finished with a velvet bow) came from Ebay seller Madhatterrus - love how versatile it is - it can be worn as a hat, or turn it round and it's more of a fascinator, which is how I had it for Christmas.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Eve


Christmas eve dress - 1950s fitted shift dress (still not fitted enough on the waist, hence the belt) in Christmassy green, black and red plaid, with a red ribbon rosette decoration. Vintage 1950s-60s long string of plastic rosebud beads. Wool beret with bow from Accessorize. The outfit really calls for elbow-length red gloves, but I don't have any, so black short gloves will have to do. Mince Pies with homemade pear mincemeat (pears from mother's garden) by my domestic goddess sister.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Pickled Punks Vintage Bazaar Totnes


Naomi and Jo of Pickled Punk Events invited me to take a stall at their Vintage Bazaar, so Matin and I took a weekend in Devon to attend. It being the West Country, we got to drive through villages with such evocative names as Puddletown Forest and Berry Pomeroy. I enjoyed it, though we didn't take very much money, but it was a learning experience - it was my first time to hold a stall of my own, and Naomi & Jo's first time to organise an event. There were cupcakes, and a transvestite in hot pink stockings, a corset and angel wings, playing Christmas carols on a ukelele. And I picked up a fab 50s style full-skirted peasant dress in bright red with broderie anglaise trim for £1!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Vintage Figures


I accidentally bought yet another dress. In my defence, a) it's wool and has sleeves, so good for winter, and b) it's so hard to resist when clothes come up in my fit! With my measurements it's very hard to find modern clothes to suit my hourglass shape - clothes that fit my bust and hips are invariably far too big on the waist, and make me look awful. Various factors, principally diet, lifestyle and lighter foundation garments, women have much higher waist-hip ratios (meaning a straighter figure) than 60 years ago, and this is reflected in modern sizing. Vintage-style brands such as What Katie Did base their sizing on vintage sizing, and define a vintage figure as "one with a waist measurement 10 inches or more smaller than the hips". As 1940s-50s - the period epitomised by Dior's New Look - is hands down my favourite fashion era, it works out great for me that I was obviously designed to wear vintage clothing from this time!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Confessions of a Spendthrift


I accidentally bought...
  • A 1940s tweed suit
  • A 1950s black velvet dress
  • 3 pairs of vintage gloves
  • Several cards of 1940s hair slides
  • A 1950s cocktail dress
  • Another 1950s cocktail dress with peek-a-boo lace yoke
  • A 1940s black wool and satin jacket


In my defence probably not all of it will fit me, so it'll go up for resale.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Pin me up buttercup

I looove the vintage pin-up look! I'm quite tempted to ask for an Hourglass pin-up photoshoot for myself for Christmas. Am I too old to try to get into pin-up modelling? Fleur de Guerre (who I saw at Goodwood Revival but I was too shy to go and talk to her!) has written a helpful guide on the subject....

Cherry sailor dress, £20

Thursday, December 10, 2009

I haven't a thing to wear!

I need more clothes! Of course every gal always needs more clothes, but I really really do! I have a grand total of maybe five outfits, and half of them aren't really cold-weather-friendly. So basically I have two outfits. I'm seriously in need of some long sleeves - why do so few vintage dresses have long sleeves? I did order one long-sleeved green 40s dress from etsy, and I'm impatient for it to arrive.

Winter Wishlist
  • 1940s Suit
  • Fur muff
  • Wool wiggle dress
  • Cardigans
  • Wool pencil skirt

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Free Fifties Font Giveaway #2!

Aaaand it's finished! Uppercase and lowercase full character set - that's 52 graphics! There's even 8 seasonal Santa dings for the holidays. And it's free to readers - just post a comment below (don't forget to include a link to your webpage so I can check you out too!)

Dress of the day

Actually it's technically dress of yesterday, since that's when the auction ended. I just love the adorably whimsical print on this 2-piece dress, so sad it wasn't my size, or I would have bid for sure, but once you factor in the postage, I couldn't justify the expense for something that would need altering.

Vintage 40s "Betty Hartford" 2pc Navy Print Rayon Dress

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Little Black Dress

I didn't mean to keep the dresses and shoes I brought back from my "stock buying" trip, but somehow they just keep falling into my wardrobe! So today I'm going classic LBD.

Black brocade swing dress; Made-to-order Cherry satin shoes

Monday, December 7, 2009

Font in Progress

I've spent the whole day in front of my computer, totally not doing any work at all, but creating my second retro dingbat font! It's still a work in progress - I have the whole uppercase completed, just lowercase to go. Here's a taster of some of my favourite dings so far...

1940s Suit

Officially in love with this amazing vintage 1940s suit from Mill Street Vintage - how can you even resist the polka dot trims! Way out of my price range unfortunately, but I've saved all the pictures, and next time I'm in Thailand or Vietnam I'm definitely going to get myself a copy made (check back in Feb for photos!)

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Birthday Cocktail Party Outfit

We had a retro cocktail party (pina coladas, harvey wallbangers, novelty shaped ice cubes, cheese-and-pineapple-on-sticks et al). It was fabulous.

  • Vintage polyester crepe peplum jacket from ebay - love the sequin detail on the shoulders, and the ruched gathering. V flattering.

  • Trusty staple: Black satin pencil skirt from Coast, many seasons ago.

  • Vintage fully-fashioned stockings, as always.

  • Irregular Choice Robot Shoes. Every girl ought to own at least one pair of Irregular Choice shoes.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Happy Birthday to Me

I have the best boyfriend ever! Matin took me shopping in Brighton for my birthday treat. Brighton's great for shopping, lots of vintage stores, antiques emporia and independent boutiques. Spotted these fabulous retro navy blue shoes (been looking for a pair of navy blue shoes to wear with all my navy blue dresses) with Art Deco styling. Tried them on, loved them, and Matin bought them for my birthday present! First shop we went in - easiest shopping trip ever! And they completed my outfit perfectly.

Vintage 1940s Romantic Bluebirds dress, ebay seller Ingridbenson; Replica Vintage 1970s Ossie Clark Jacket, available in my ebay shop; Retro Art Deco shoes, Yoma.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Topshop Flapper Style


Lace Insert Tunic Dress £60, perfect 1920s flapper dress!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Wedding Dress of the Day

Today's reason to say "I do", a simply divine 1930s satin and organdie Art Deco gown!

Free Fifties Font Giveaway!


I've just finished creating my first retro dingbat font! The first of a series I'm planning (all from scans of 1940s and 50s magazines and ephemera), this one's called Copenhagen, because most of the graphics are from a 1959 tourist guide map of Copenhagen. And I'm giving it away freeee, all you have to do is link to me from your blog, twitter, or website, then post a comment on this post, and I will email you the font!

(The original map - aren't the graphics just adorable?!)

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Ultimate Courtesan Shoes

I'm so excited about my made-to-order Courtesan Shoes! Available in size 38, 39 and 40, and discounted prices for blog readers!

I'm back!

Had quite a long blogging hiatus, but I'm back! I've been to Thailand to pick up lots of gorgeous new vintage inspired clothing for my ebay shop, and I've had a power photo shoot to prepare all the pics! I've also got in a few more lovely original vintage pieces.

L-R Vintage 1950s Taffeta Ballgown; H&M Flamingo Dress (as featured in Vogue); Candy Stripe 50s-inspired Satin Cocktail Dress; 50s-inspired Tweed Suit; 50s Style Cherry Red Brocade Swing Dress; 50s Inspired Plaid Check Swing Dress; Vintage 80s-does-40s Double-breasted Coat Dress.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Marry me?

I want someone to propose to me in the next 24 hours so I can buy this dress! Any takers?...

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Fabulous 30s Fabrics!

Not quite sure how, but I just ended up on this fabulous vintage repro fabrics website, Fabric Attic. Those utterly gorgeous prints make me feel inspired to get the sewing machine out!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Goodwood Outfit

Vintage hat £2.50, charity shop; Vintage 1970s Ossie Clark jacket, Mother's; Vintage 1940s tea dress, Libertines; Beaded bag, available in my ebay shop; Vintage fully fashioned stockings, available in my Ebay Shop; Vintage style shoes £9, Marks and Spencer.

Goodwood Revival 2009

Me with Prince Bira's ERA, "Remus"

"Dad's Army" - Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard

Glam Cabs

1940s(?) Concept Car

A very stylish little lady who was terribly pleased to be asked for her photo

Vintage AA

Vintage shopping!

Celebrating the Mini's 50th birthday

1960s Jaguar

American car

Beauty Queens

1940s MG

Reconstruction of the Art Deco Facade of the Earl's Court Motor Show

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Wowowowow STOCKINGS!!!

I had a few pairs of vintage fully fashioned stockings listed on ebay, and some chap emailed me because he'd seen I was selling them and asked me if I wanted to buy a job lot. We emailed back and forth for a while, anyway long story short, yesterday TWO HUNDRED AND THIRTY pairs of vintage fully fashioned nylons arrived. All in unopened packages, all boxed, all large (i.e. modern real people) sizes, all fabulous! There are some really unusual ones, by Wolsey and delicately tissue-wrapped. I even have one box of three pairs of navy blue stockings. I have never seen navy blue vintage fully fashioned stockings. I'm very excited - I'm actually thinking of planning my Goodwood outfit around my stockings.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

1970s Romantics

1970s Laura Ashley Prairie Dress, 1970s Romantic Victoriana Wedding Dress, both going on my ebay this weekend (1970s is not really my thing, but I did rather enjoy dressing up for the pics - felt a bit Guinevere in the Laura Ashley!).

Friday, August 28, 2009

Bought a dress!

When I saw it I knew I had to have it! I set myself an absolute top limit of £45 to pay for it though - which is still really more than I ought to be spending on a dress for myself. But the way I see it is that being able to dress vintage is pretty much the ONE benefit (besides being near my family) that being in the UK has over living in Thailand, so I figure I'm allowed to indulge my love.

Bow Print 1940s Dress £42.50, Libertines Vintage.


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