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'

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Refashion Win!

I bought a little beauty at Ooo La La's Vintage Fair based in Chesterfield.  It's a gorgeous emerald green blouse fits like a glove so attracted by the colour and pleating detail down the front, fabulous shoulder pads,  but very 80's ideal for a re-fashion.  So I did some research and was really excited by the types of 1930's style sleeves I kept finding, perfect shapes to go with the blouse.
1930s Simplicity 1506 Sewing Pattern. 
1933 Ladies' & Misses Set of Sleeves, these again I think maybe Simplicity. 

The sleeves are raglan so had lots of fabric to play with at the top, that would create a beautiful balloon vintage sleeve.  I cut the sleeve just about the elbow and put the excess and cuff to one side I will use that for the cuff at the bottom of the sleeve.

Rather than gather I created 3 small pleats folded into the centre seam on the top of sleeve at each side, six in all, and did a loose stitch to hold.  I then cut enough fabric from the excess to create the cuffs.  I stitched to the bottom of the sleeve and hey presto!.... a fabulous sleeve which really works and gives this beautiful blouse the 1930's effect I was after.

Now I just have to put together the rest of the outfit.....off to look up complimentary colours to go with emerald green!!

'Create, Be Happy and Value Yourself'

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Putting Together my Vintage Outfit.

I'm putting together my outfit/s for The Festival of Vintage an event in York, which many I believe say kick starts the vintage calendar.  This is held on the 21st and 22nd of April this year and of course I will be going with my lovely chum Lady Peacock Vintage.  I do love to be organised so outfit planning is a must,.... great fun too! I'm by no means an expert but love fashion in particular vintage and have a jacket dress combo in mind for the evening and going with trousers/dungarees for daytime wear.  The 30's/40's dress jacket combo, thought I would share the experience. The jacket I have is actually a 'Vintage Jacket', date? I am unsure, but would hazard a guess at mid 40's, although detail on the back (has a small gem) makes it so difficult to date. 
I was lucky enough to purchase privately, it's a dark blue and came with a matching skirt, which is far too short and tight for a lady of my statuer, so I will think about what to do with that later on.  It has beautiful detailing at the collar,  covered buttons, again beautifully made and attached, neat little faux pockets. 

The sleeves were too short, but after discussion with some fellow vintage appreciators who told me not to be 'precious', its my jacket and I will get lots of wear out of it, I decided to look at altering the sleeves which potentially comes under the 'Make do and Mend' ethos!  I was delighted to discover that the sleeves have lots of extra fabric and had in fact been 'stitched with' already, so full length sleeves are go and no fabric will be cut/harmed in the process!   I found a small amount of dark blue lining to add to the inside of the sleeves and the original lining too.  One of the shoulder pads has slipped and there was some dodgy hand stitching to the back lining so that was repaired. Inside a National Recovery Board label which ensures that the garment was made in accordance with 'Fair Labour Standards', (check out the link). 
That's my jacket sorted! 
The dress again was purchased privately, It's a repro handmade and I would say a generous size 14, so fits beautifully the length is below the knee although I would prefer slightly longer, there is no room to alter this, just needs a cool wash and dry outside to freshen up.  It's a lovely dark blue with small cream, green and russett spots, so plenty of colours to match with and versatile enough for Spring, Summer and Autumn.  I will be adding some belt loops using the needle and thread method, (check out the You Tube tutorial) using a dark blue thread, a neat belt will finish off the outfit and again I can mix up the belt colours for versatility. 
My favourite part is accessorising.  I have currently have cream shoes and some tan leather sandals, but have decided on an accent colour of cream, a pair of smart blue gloves, a string of pearls with drop pearl earrings, hair styling is pretty much sorted (see a previous post) all that's left is to acquire a belt and bag.  Ooo La La's Vintage Fair is on every month so hopefully I may find a belt there, although a good friend of mine is going to let me have first dibs in their container that stocks all her vintage gear!
The Heritage Millinar hat 'Olga'
The Hat after much thought was a treat, The Heritage Milliner, 'gift to self', (see link here).  I have included the website link too, this lady makes the most amazing reproduction hats, I found her stand at  Twinwood 2017 and was smitten with some of her designs, she is so knowledgeable too.  (link to Mr & Miss Vintage, the winner wore a Heritage Millinar hat). 
Lastly the bag.... I have a very large stash of yarns and this gorgeous original vintage crochet pattern leaflet of hats and bags.  
I'm using some of the patterns for inspiration.

thinking maybe this one with a 'Fakelite' handle in a Midnight Blue shade of Rowan Yarns 100% Cotton Glace?
Outfit mostly together now so here you go........ one down many to go!

'Create, be Happy and Value Yourself'