Thursday, 31 December 2015

Round-up of 2015

I have loved seeing everyone else's 2015 roundups so much, that I have jumped right on the bandwagon with my own little roundup.

I'd like to start by boasting that I quite remarkably completed my 10 #vintagepledge garments!! Can't believe that I managed it! 

This year I have pushed myself out of my comfort zone with hairstyles and tried some new and fun styles. 

My favourite dress this year!!! 
I finally have a dress that I feel great in and don't ever want to take off! This was my 'Spring for cotton' dress for 2015. 
I'm so proud of myself for making this dress!!!

Definitely my favourite vintage piece I own. It is super bright, streamlined and eye catching. 
I do have to wear it on a brave day, but it always looks stunning!

Such a sweet look, I embraced my inner child with hair ribbons and frills galore. 
This dress was worn much more throughout the warmer months than I could have hoped, and suited the Chelsea flower show perfectly when I visited. 

My most challenging make this year. I gave myself too little time but I managed it by the skin of my teeth. 
My Marilyn dress got so many compliments at the wedding I wore it to, and I do so enjoy a compliment!!!

Another first this year was attending a national vintage event-Goodwood revival. 
What an incredible experience! 
Wearing a vintage 40's suit. 

This playsuit used 4 vintage patterns to complete the look. 
Perfect to take on holiday, I love this playsuit so much.

My playsuit was taken from elegant to fun in a flash. 
I had a blast on holiday taking the pictures for this post. 
(Surprisingly difficult to look like your having fun whilst balance precariously on a slippery rock )

I finally learned to knit! I have struggled learning this skill but got the knack doing a Craftsy course

And last but not least I sewed up my first formal dress. Not quite a ball gown but the dress I wore to a christmas ball. Not yet blogged about, though seen on Instagram. 
So much fun to dress up in something special.

I feel invigorated to do more next year after looking back on this year's achievements!

And at on that positive I wish you all a Happy, Healthy, New year!!!



Thursday, 24 December 2015

Miss Dixie O'Dare Sew-a-long

Whilst the participants of the Miss Dixie O'Dare Sew-a-long whipped up cute summer dresses, I slowly made this wool tartan version for a more winter friendly outfit. 

The sew-along was super easy and I really enjoyed taking part. It is a reassurance to know lots of other ladies are sewing the same garment and if you have any problems plenty of people will help you out.

Outfit details:
Dress-Me made
Shirt- Old, Baytrading co.
Brooch-Vintage, Etsy
Tights- Marks and Spencer
Bow belt- Me made
Bow hair tie- Me made
Boots- Marks and Spencer

If I may draw ones attention to the centre front pattern matching. 

Yes I did that!!!

Yes it took forever to do that!! 

I really love this scalloped edge. It is so sweet and feminine. 

This sweetheart locket brooch has been super useful. I can wear it with everything and it always looks elegant. 

Pockets make everything better! Not that I ever put anything in my pockets. For ornamental purposes only. 

I made the pockets bias cut so they could be seen, otherwise they disappear into the fabric.

I had some nice velvet ribbon left over from the belt so I made this sweet little hair bow.
You can never have too many bows!

As you can see, the buttons along the back are not working buttons, there are poppers underneath.
Total cheat but I don't have a machine to do buttonholes-
Ain't nobody doing that by hand!

I'm super pleased with my little tartan dress.
In fact I had a similar style for school when I was very young. My dad pointed that out to me when he saw it. So funny how you go back to things that you loved from your childhood and recreate them subconsciously.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas. 



Wednesday, 2 December 2015

My First Vintage Coat

My first vintage coat! A milestone for me with wearing vintage. I'm really surprised by my choice, I usually opt for a closer fitting, princess style, but the colour called to me.

Such a lovely classic collar, and original plastic buttons. 

A coat must have pockets!! These are super chic, set secretly into the front seam.
And princess length sleeves... I'm in love!!!

Someone doesn't like ironing, that person is me! 

A duster coat was very popular in the late 50s to early 60s. It sits close to the body over the shoulders and bust but falls straight towards the hem. There is no waist definition at all which is what makes this an unusual choice for me. 

I had to get a cute vintage updo into the look. With so many layers being worn in the winter I do like to have hair up and out of the way, wih the added benefit of a sprinkle of glamour.

I need to practice hiding Bobby pins, but I think as long as the pins match it doesn't really matter. Especially for a casual, everyday kind of a look. I can even get away with this hairstyle at work without any raised eyebrows, which is a plus.

A brooch instantly adds sparkle to any garment, I love the gold teamed with burgundy.

My concern with a red coat would be what colours to wear with it. But much like a red lipstick, you just put it with everything and somehow it just works!!!

Outfit details
Coat- vintage, beyond retro
Brooch- vintage, gift
Earrings- vintage, bang bang clothing exchange
Scarf- hand crocheted by me
Handbag- coach
Trousers- granny section, marks and Spencer's
Gloves- marks and Spencer's
Boots-marks and Spencer's

I don't own many vintage pieces. I am very particular about damage which can be an issue when buying vintage. But surprisingly for something of this age, the garment is in pretty good condition. And by golly is it warm! 
Snug as a bug in a rug!