Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Festival of Fabric 2018

So me and my timewarp bestie, Lady Peacock Vintage, are off to Felixstowe this Saturday to attend the fabulous Festival Of Fabric.  This caught my eye last year and as I love anything 'textiley' had to add it to my events calendar. 

This is an award winning event too, promoted brilliantly by its founders Amanda and Tim Bowden. Countdown started around 65 days before the event and fantastic boards of interest including fabrics, patterns and haberdashery items were used on Facebook, building excitement daily, and it worked!

I will endeavour to take some pics, (famous last words), and report back on our adventure in Felixstowe, full of inspiration and hopefully laden down with goodies too.
My Nanny on RH side wearing mostly handmade, so stylish.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

So Many Events!!!!

Well guess Summer is well and truly here!  One of the best things about living where I live is that I am surrounded by lots of easily accessible Vintage events, for example:......
Crich Tramway Museum - 1940's/WWII Weekend - 11miles - 2 Events Spring and Summer.
Eroica Vintage/cycling event - 17 miles
Retro festival (Newark) - 36 miles
Nottingham Vintage Carnival - 29 miles
Leicester Vintage Carnival - 53 miles
Howarth - 1940s/WWII Weekend - 76 miles
York - The Festival of Vintage - 71miles
Dudley/ Black Country Living Museum - 70 miles
Pickering - 1940s/WWII event - 100 miles
..........and this doesn't include all the pop up events and vintage fairs, so I count myself very lucky to be so close to all these wonderful vintage events.

With so many events you need to dress the part and not being of average size buying true vintage can be a problem so I adapt, I have got some sewing skills which also help!

So here's a little glimpse of some of the events I have been too since Crich in April and a glimpse of the outfits I put together.

York Festival of Vintage - April.
A fabulous event with a wealth of entertainment and shopping to die for.  Fabulous weather and a definite repeat event for 2019.

Most Marv's meet up, NOTE: excessive shopping bags!
Ready to go, cheeky selfie.

Most Marv's again me at the end on the left, tall one to balance pic!

Evening event 1920's very messy!!!


The next event - Leicester Race Course The Vintage Carnival- May
Lots of vintage stalls picked up some goodies and had a lovely time learning partnered Charlston and Lindy with Red & Ginger.  Being the taller one I had to learn the mans part!  But Lady Peacock and I had a great time.
Original 50's dress best vintage buy this season and it fits!!

My time warp bestie Lady Peacock
     Again lacking of pics as I just get so engrossed in the event!   

Finally - Retro Festival Newark - June
This was the start of the heatwave and I chose to wear trousers and a felt beret, massive fail soooo warm, luckily had a sleeveless top on under my original 1940's jacket so spent most of the day off and on!  Great festival not so much vintage and a lot of repro but some very good  repro,  so wasn't too disappointed.  Bumped into the lovely Red & Ginger who were teaching, managed to avoid getting collared by them for dance tuition this time but had a fab chat about Bee's.     

Curls today


Just a sample of some of the great cars and caravans, we were also treated to fabulous fly over.


So July has been spent at Vintage markets and making outfits for Twinwood the Vintage event of the year.  This year I will endeavour to try and take 'sober pics' and shots of some of the great outfits that everyone goes to so much trouble putting together.  We have also arranged to meet up with some contacts on the vintage scene so looking forward to that.

So... until next time...Create, Be Happy and Value Yourself!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

A 1940's Day Out!

Easter Sunday saw my first Vintage day out of the season, a little prep for my next visit, which is the The Festival of Vintage in York.
The event took place at the Crich Tramway Village, it's quite high up so very cold, sensibly I wore layers. I had the first outing of my blue/brown combo, vintage jacket, hat and gloves, repro dress and crochet bag, made from an original pattern, I wore my flat brown brogues, as everywhere is cobbled and a long black coat with crochet stole one of my own designs.
Fabulous car, guilty pleasure, love really old vehicles!  Plus matches my outfit
If you arrive in Vintage attire/1940's dress, then you get a hefty reduction to your entry, you're also issued with an id card, map of the Tramway Village and sixpence to pay for your Tram ride.  It's a fun day out with lots to see and do, some great outfits to spot, although I did my usual and didn't take many pic's, (so rubbish at taking photos)!!!

Hello sailor!
As the day began to get chillier me and my vintage event buddy 'Lady Peacock', decided it would be a great idea to visit the pub and grab ourselves a pint in the warm.  The sun popped its head out for five minutes so better still we decided to 'sup' outside, not because lots of uniformed gentlemen were also frequenting the area!!!
We eventually tore ourselves away, as we walked up the main street we listened to music of the era, recordings of Churchill announcing the war,  air raid sirens going off, the sound of bombs dropping and planes flying over, which I did find quite chilling.  
Further up was the sweet shop, so I couldn't resist some sherbet pips and cinder toffee.  I got Lady Peacock to pose for me in her fab outfit too.
We made our way back down, stopping to admire outfits, cars and trams and reached the bandstand where we listened to Jayne Darling singing her heart out.  

Finally the weather got the better of us and we made our way home, but the day certainly boosted our excitement for The Festival of Vintage on the 21st and 22nd of April.
There will be another 1940's event in August at the Tramway Village so summer outfits hopefully, but well worth a visit for all the family.

'Create, Be Happy and Value Yourself'