Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Shop my closet

I'm having a wardrobe clearout! All items are available here first, and will go on ebay later in the week. Prices exclude postage; I'm happy to post within the UK and internationally using a tracked service, at cost. All measurements are taken with the garment laid flat, and doubled where appropriate. More pics and further information available - please enquire. Best offers considered on some items.

1940s/50s nipped waist purple suit with rhinestone detailing (M) SOLD
Jacket: B 38" | W 29" | L 22"
Skirt: W 27" | H 37" | L 32"
Condition note: Tiny hole in collar, not prominent. Skirt has metal zip.

Circa late 40s day dress (L)
B 42" | W 31" | H 42"
Bodice length 17" | Skirt length 31"
Labelled "Alexander's of California Original / Hand detailed". Metal side zip.

1930s-40s sheer tea dress with ruffles, shirring and bows (S)
B 34" | W 26" | H 36"
Bodice length 14.5" | Skirt length 26"
Shown with slip (not included). Press stud side placket.

1940s black princess coat (M) - £145
B 37" | W 32" | L 44" | S 16"
See it styled here and here
Condition notes: Overall great vintage condition; a couple of pinholes in back shoulder and skirt; repair to lining and left armpit.

Late 40s Christmas check dress with awesome pleated collar and pockets (S/M)
B 36" | W 28" | H full | S 15"
Bodice length 14.5" | Skirt length 30"
Side press stud placket (small opening - I couldn't get it over the mannequin's shoulders!)
Condition notes: sewn at both underarm seams; neat repair to tear at left underarm.

50s - early 60s illusion lace little black cocktail dress (M)
Measurements to follow (estimated B 37" | W 29" | H full)
Metal back zip

Unusual red evening dress (S) - £20
B 34" | W 28" | H TBC
Length (shoulder to hem at front): 53"

White Stuff blue polka dot coat (S/M) SOLD
UK size 10 | Length 34"

Please contact me for further details on any of the above.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

A perfect between seasons coat

You already know how much I love coats and capes, but for a long time there's been a gap in my outerwear wardrobe: Every autumn and spring I remember that I have no midweight coats - my options are heavy wool overcoats or cardigans and suit jackets. So I finally decided the time had come to invest in a raincoat or classic trench.

The one I chose - back in August, in preparation for my trip to San Francisco (anyone familiar with San Francisco's infamous fog will understand the urgent need for a coat in high summer!) - was the Dietrich swing trench from Collectif Clothing. It arrived some days later, without a button - not a good start, especially with my flight only a few days away. But I phoned their customer service, and (after first offering an exchange) they sent me some spare buttons straight away, along with a goodwill giftette of a handbag mirror.


Missing buttons aside (I also had to sew on another which fell off a couple of months later), I'm very much in love with this coat. I get compliments on it all the time. And it's certainly fulfilling the brief of midweight coat, perfect for grey autumn days which are too chilly for a light jacket or cardigan but don't warrant a winter overcoat. So, score.

(I call this one "Nancy Drew and the Mystery of the Old Windmill")

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