Saturday, August 29, 2009
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
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.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Vintage hat £2.50, charity shop; Polka dot shirtwaister dress £4, charity shop; vintage style shoes £9, Marks & Spencer sale; boob tube 20 Baht from Thailand (need a navy camisole really); gloves and vintage brooch found in the attic.
I found these wonderful diaries from 1941 and 1942, in a box of stuff at Mummy's last week - they must have come from a house clearance or something. They belonged to a London girl who was 19 in 1941, and the entries of everyday life during the Blitz are just soooo charming! I've been typing up the whole thing, and even though it's now nearly 1:30 am I'm finding it so fascinating that I just can't put it down! She starts 1941 regularly seeing a boy called Freddie, but met Don a few months into the year, and since I know she ends up marrying Don I'm eagerly watching the story unfold!
Her entry for Wednesday, 27th August, 1941 (she was on holiday in Blackpool):
Went out looking at the shops with Gladys. Went to the Pictures in pm. Planes collided & crashed on Central Station. 15 killed. Saw wreckage. Pelted with rain in pm. Went dancing in the Winter Gardens.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Spent yesterday scanning all the wonderful adverts and graphics in some wartime and 1950s magazines before I sell them on ebay. Some of the graphics I'm going to turn into dingbat fonts; I'm sure I'll find a use for the ads one day!
There are soooo many more!
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
At the boot fair the other week I picked up an armful of vintage 1950s "Practical Householder" DIY magazines, purely because of the fabulous retro artwork on the covers. And I just had an idea of what to do with them! The covers would make great greetings cards! I'm going to get them scanned and printed up into cards. Any of them would be great for birthday or fathers' day, but I especially like the Christmas issues (designing Christmas cards in August? Why not!)
Friday, August 7, 2009
I have such a collection of lovely vintage mother-of-pearl and bakelite buttons - I'd been thinking about making hair slides out of them, as it seems a shame to leave them in a tin. Anyway, it occurred to me to have a look on etsy for inspiration...
1. Vintage Button Pin $19.00 by MalcolmStudioShop 2. Vintage other-of-pearl button barrette $24.00 by Lorimarsha 3. Vintage Buttons Heart Brooch $11.00 by madewhilstlistening2 4. Silvestra Hairpin $16.50, by BazaarLatino 5. Lorna Vintage Button Pin $18.00 by TwoHandToo 6. Blue & mother-of-pearl button ring $15.00 by Flutterbudget 7. Summer's Delight Bobby Pins $10.50 by BazaarLatino 8. Vintage Button Pendant $10.00 by quillavenuestudios 9. Embellished Shoulder Bag $45.00 by Nordicart
Loving the handmade 1930s style hat that Solanah is giving away at Vintage Vixen (have to admit, it's this blog that kind of inspired me to start blogging about my vintage finds). Normally I'm not so keen on purple, but with the mint and the unexpected addition of cherries it totally works for me.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Flapper Fashion developed alongside the Art Deco movement, over the twenties and thirties. It was a period of excitement about all things sleek and modern, from the fashionable short cropped hair to smooth, heavily stylised airbrush art. The silhouette of the time was also stylised and simplified - the ideal was flat-chested and waistless, hence the French word for the style, "garçonne", boy-girl. A fashionable flapper had short hair, a scandalously short (by the standards of the time), shapeless shift dress, a chest as flat as a board, wore make up (and applied it in public), smoked with a long cigarette holder and epitomised the spirit of a reckless rebel who danced the nights away in the Jazz Age.
Coco Chanel rose in prominence through the flapper era, promoting the styles we associate with flappers. She worked in neutral tones of beige, sand, cream, navy and black in soft fluid jersey fabrics cut with simple shapes that did not require corsetry or waist definition. They were clothes made for comfort and ease in wear making them revolutionary and quite modern. She is also credited with the invention of every woman's fashion staple: the Little Black Dress.
Sequin stripe Little Black Dress by Kate Moss for Topshop, £85.