Thursday, 12 September 2019

Neeeeearly there!

A black and white photo of a cat yowling
Pippin: always in style
Less than a fortnight till Slow Fashion Season ends, and I’m slightly surprised I’m going to make it. Well, I’m sort of going to make it – My Retro Closet launched a range of retro lingerie in spiderweb lace and I knew it’d sell out in days, so I have paid for that. However, I think buying for a fair price from a one-person studio is within the spirit of the season, and as my babydoll won’t be with me till SFS ends does it count as an acquisition yet? What I definitely have stuck with, which is what the whole thing was aimed at, is avoided fast fashion purchases.

Thursday, 29 August 2019


Over on Instagram recently a friend was talking about a load of vintage clothing they'd been given and were sorting through with their mum, including lots of 1960s pieces, so I asked them to give me a heads-up if they were selling. And look what they sent me! An absolutely perfect original mod-style dress. (I'm not naming the friend in case they get beseiged by loads of similarly cheeky people; I never expected a gift and once I get paid I'm going to make a donation to a charity to say thank-you.)

The photo looks a bit dark; the dress is – BUT OF COURSE – mostly navy. I gave it a wash when it arrived and the white sections came up beautifully. Aaaah, the endurance of pure polyester! The more of these 1960s polyester knits I acquire, the more I believe the story about shops asking manufacturers to stop using the fabric because it never wore out. A quick whizz in the machine with some Persil and it looks as fresh as anything you'd get off the high street today, and I'm pretty sure in about five years time will be looking just as good, unlike those high street equivalents.

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Hair refresher

Gosh, I have been a bad blogger again... but I didn't manage to talk to you till the 16th in July, so at least I'm a little more on top of things in August. I'm feeling a little like I'm blogging the 'wrong' things, too much me and not enough other stuff, though when I set the Robot up the point was to talk about things I like and so I deliberately made the subject matter very broad. I just don't seem to blog as much retro stuff nowadays.

That said, I'm still wearing old tat, and still listening to old tunes, and still watching old films, even if my day job is mostly new games. I am currently pondering whether to get rid of some of my winter clothes – now I'm sewing more my style is definitely moving firmly into the 60s, so I'm not sure I will wear my woolly skirts as much. I think I'll hang onto them till the cold weather has set in, at least – a prolonged spell of icy weather might have me longing for something snuggly round my knees, or a session watching a few films noir might rekindle my desire to dress a bit 40s. Not that my hair will help now. It's properly in the 60s.

Yup, that's a fringe!

Monday, 29 July 2019

An edumacational pub crawl

The interior of The Black Friar pub
Inside the Black Friar
Big Goddaughter is currently in England, so last weekend Pete and I took her to London. We were just hanging out and chatting, but to make the most of it I put together a little pub crawl/history tour for us. It's not really indulgent boozing if you're learning something, right? I based it on the recommendations I cheeked out of author Christopher Fowler some years ago  (post here), and added to it.

Sunday, 21 July 2019

Make Nine progress

Er, so we’re a bit over halfway through the year. How’s my 2019 Make Nine going?

*Looks shifty*

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

60s Kaufhof dress

Prepare to be amazed – not only am I back, I have some actual vintage to show you. The dress I ordered from Fox And Fable Vintage on Etsy arrived (after 10 days in Customs Hell when I didn’t know what was happening to it) and it is beautiful and it fits. In fact, I was so pleased with it on trying it on this morning I didn’t bother changing out of it, and wore it into the office.

I wasn’t sure if the ribbon stripes at bellybutton level would be flattering, but actually I think they’re good with a large bust. With big boobs there can be a tendency for them to look like they’re sitting on your waist, especially with shorter-waisted styles. This dress makes me look like I have a waist!

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Another new old dress

Ah, the irony. After a lot of mulling it over, I did sign up for Slow Fashion Season… and then promptly bought a dress. But it’s not a brand-new dress, so it's allowed. Etsy seller Fox And Fable is having a sale and I was on deadline and decided to treat myself. And this ticks so many of my boxes: simple 60s shape, graphic pattern, and er, the colour. It'll look ace with my Modshoes.