Tweed Weather

Dear Friend,

This skirt arrived in the post a couple of weeks back…and it completes me.

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As soon as I bought it I set about finding a duck brooch to go with it.

It’s not vintage but it has a bit of age to it.

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I’m no good at casual clothes.

So, this coming Autumn/Winter I am looking to rectify this by buying some 40’s style casual clothes. I’m talking serious English staple clothes- tweeds, wools, flannel and corduroy. I’m looking for warm, comfy clothes for dropping the kids to school, doing groceries or early morning at the markets.

This group of items need to go together (style wise and colour wise) and mix ‘n’ match for effortless dressing. For this reason they will all have to fit into an earthy colour palette of browns, mustards and earthy tones.

Part of this philosophy is easy hair do’s for my days off- more scarves, more snoods and hats. I’m trying to think of them as chic not cheat.

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The first item I bought to fill this gap in my wardrobe was this Harris tweed jacket (by Jigsaw) from the lovely Catherine of Audrey Scarlett VintageI bought it last year and have been dying for the cooler weather to come so I can wear it.

Although it’s bulky and warm it is very feminine on.

It cuts a mean silhouette from behind

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….and this picture was taken without the aid of a girdle, bustier or cincher!

I adore it’s retro label

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and it even has it’s fabric label that denotes it’s a Scottish Harris Tweed

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What are you planning for the upcoming colder months?

xx

Shauna

 

 

Are you wearing the ‘Beauty Fibre’ ?

Dear Friend,

Last year, when I found this late 1950’s dead stock dress on etsy, it was love at first sight.

I have only just started wearing it recently as I had to completely detach the waistband and shorten the bodice by 1 inch- I’m quite short waisted. This was quite a bit more time consuming than I thought…but now it’s finished I’m so glad I persevered.

I really would like to find a small cocktail hat to wear with it, but I am stumped as to what colour it should be…I’m not mad about the black shoes with the dress, so I’m waiting for inspiration.

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(The colour didn’t come out so well in these first few photos. It’s a very vibrant colour, and is more like the photos with the fabric tag.)

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…I’m not sure what I loved the most, the satin bow, the rhinestone buckle or those fabulous pockets.

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It doesn’t have any lining but I have a very pretty lace slip in the same colour that matches beautifully

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 The cut of the skirt is very flattering and looks it’s best when walking- it accentuates all the right places and manages to make even little old me look like I have long-ish legs.

It came with it’s original tag still attached stating it’s made with Celanese fabric  ‘The Beauty Fibre’

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I have had a lonooonnnggg love affair with 1950’s over sized pocket dresses and this is my first foray into the style.

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 The 1950’s models wearing them in ads and on the pattern packets always look so haughty and confident- I’m sure that those pockets instilled them with this confidence.

I believe them to be what shoulder pads were to 1940’s gals-power clothes- very demure and yet strong and bold, feminine without looking girly. So different to all the fluff and frill of 1950’s fashion. These pockets were found on fitted, upmarket wiggle dresses and suits.

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Celanese fabric was considered a marvel of modern technology in the 50’s and 60’s.

It provided a glamorous, versatile fabric that could be spun into many different textures and looks. It filled a niche in the clothing market of the time. With the emergence of middle classes and women who wanted ‘evening wear’ at a  reasonable price. These man-made fibres provided high quality fabric that looked luxurious and wore well for a fraction of the cost of silk.

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I find it crushes a little when sitting but the creases drop out quite quickly, it moves well and makes a fabulous swishy noise when wearing….halfway between a taffeta and a stiff silk.

I have to say that the fabric isn’t wearing as well as I thought it would (there are a few thread coming loose from the embroidery) but on the whole I do agree that it is ‘beauty fibre’.

xx

Shauna

Helgastock!!!

Dear Friend,

This weekend I caught up with a few bloggery, vintagey gals in town for the opening night of Helgastock 2014.

I’d like to say that I took lots of pickies and was a good blogger but I’m terrible at doing this .

I had a splederific time and was terribly chuffed to meet lots of beautifully clad gals (and guys) such as Cat of Audrey Scarlett, Sarah of Misfits Vintage, Claire of Stitching Purple Blooms, Carli of Kondalicious and the event’s namesake Nettie of Helga Von Trollop.

I did get a few pickies before I left and since I NE-VER glam up and go into town I thought I better share.

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Dress- Tyabb Vintage Emporium

Shoes- Filippo Raphael

Bag- Thrifted

Fur- Thrifted

Earrings- Camberwell Market

I bought this dress last year and gave been itching to wear it. Thefabric is so yum, so shimery and so slinky…but it’s too much for day time, so it had to wait a while for an outing.

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I know a lot of peeps don’t like fur….but seriously how can you stay mad at this

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and my purse of total bling-i-nation

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and pearly hugey earrings

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and (not vintage) coppery italian leather shoes

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Hope you all have a fab week and Happy Helga stock girlies.

xx

Shauna

My Letters from the Frontline Blouse- Sew for Victory Challenge 2.0

Dear Friend,

Once again the beautiful Rochelle from Lucky Lucille blog is hosting

Sew for Victory

 If you are a budding sewer you should grab a pattern and get sewing (you have until the end of April to complete your project). If you’re an avid armchair sewing spectator get over to the Flicker group and check out all the fab entries and watch them progress from ideas to full articles of clothing.

My Sew for Victory entry is inspired my the correspondence between WW2 sweethearts (between home and the front line), as well as the envelopes and stamps that transported these letters.

Wives and girlfriends took to drawing cute pictures and colouring envelopes in an effort to send their love across the land and seas that divided them.

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not to be outdone the men sent funny drawings on their replies

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The pattern I’ve selected in a very basic one that uses minimal fabric and no notions- with the exception of a zip in the side to allow for getting it on and off. It is a reprint of an original one from the 1940’s, as I didn’t have time to wait for an original to arrive by mail.

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This is quite a different look for me.

I’m making blouse D (minus the rick-rack).

The reason I picked this blouse is that it uses the bare minimum of fabric- only 1.5metres, no buttons and only one zip. I’m usually a fiend for using acres of fabric but for this challenge I wanted to work within wartime rationing restrictions.

The fabric I have chosen is a collage of vintage stamps, that appear to be from the 1940’s. They feature many European countries as well as colonial and imperial territories in Africa, Europe and Asia. I can just imagine letters arriving home to wives and girlfriends dotted with these stamps, telling tales of where these boys had been and how far they had travelled.

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and the letters that returned to the soldiers came from equally diverse places ranging from Canada, Australia, Ireland, Scotland and America.

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I like the fact that so many countries are represented… so many WW2 patriotic prints so often focus primarily on Britain and the USA.

The colour palette fits quite nicely with the browns, orange and greens that abounded in the 1940’s and I plan to wear the blouse back with a chocolate brown wool skirt. The only problem is that the only brown skirt I have is mid calf length….and it is decidedly 30’s in it’s look…and one size too big for me. So, the other half of my Sewing For Victory entry- is a remake this skirt.

The women of WW2 couldn’t just pop to the shop to buy more fabric to whip up another skirt. They had to re-cut and altered existing pieces of clothing if they started to look shabby or ware through…so I am going to take a leaf from their book and I’m going to Make do and Mend.

But more of that next post.

xx

Shauna