Wednesday, 30 July 2014

A Night at the Cinema in 1914

Here in the UK a lot is being done to remember the start of the First world War a century ago. I've listed many of the events taking place close to me in my listing of What's On in Vintage Wiltshire, but something that's happening around the country is A Night at the Cinema in 1914. The BFI has put together a collection of archive films and newsreels to give people a sense of what typical cinemagoers in 1914 could have expected to watch on a night out.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Blogoversary giveaway: win a box of Robotness!

It’s blogoversary giveaway time again! If you’ve only started reading Crinoline Robot in the past year, here’s how the giveaway works:

To celebrate my blog lasting another year, I put together a box of stuff I really like (because if I don’t like it, why should you?). This isn’t any old tat, or stuff I’ve blagged, it’s carefully chosen old tat, and is usually bought or made by me. This year one of the items was given to me but as I already owned a copy it's going in the box. You leave ONE comment to say you fancy winning it. After the closing date, I put the number of entries into a random number generator, and the person whose number comes up gets the parcel.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Work In Progress: 1940s fair isle cardigan

As it's been a while since I shared some knitting with you, I thought I'd show you what I've been making. I'm trying to use up more of my yarn stash in order to make room for a sewing machine, and that has meant finding projects that make the most of the yarns I already own. I bought a bag of black 4ply ages ago, then realised that since letting my hair return to its natural colour, pure black is not my friend, and knitting with black 4ply is also deadly to the eyes. I decided to use the black as the base colour for a fair isle knit, as 10 balls of that plus some other colours would be enough to make a versatile cardigan.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

The Man From the Diogenes Club [book]

The cover of The Man from the Diogenes Club by Kim Newman
Imagine, if you will, a blend of The New Avengers, The Prisoner, Jason King and Tales of the Unexpected. Possibly stir in a bit of Sapphire and Steel. You might just come close to imagining The Man from the Diogenes Club.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

The best museum I have visited in a very long time

Middle-class Victorian parlour
A trip to a museum is something I've always relished, and some of my earliest memories are of visiting them with my parents. When Mr Robot and I visited York recently, we visited York Castle Museum, and it is, without doubt, one of the best museums I have visited in some time.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Crinoline Robot's Vintage Week

Ooooh, I haven't shared a Vintage Week post with you in ages. I haven't finished reading a book or watched anything new to share with you, but I thought I would tell you about my general bimblings over the past week and beyond.

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Bath: Georgian dresses, vintage tea rooms and a modern necklace

HOW low cut is that black dress? Ay caramba!
Today I went to Bath to meet up with my friend Andrea. The main reason was to see the exhibition of Georgian clothing ('Georgian: Dress for Polite Society) at the Fashion Museum. As you can tell from the title, the clothes didn't encompass the whole of society, just the posher end - whose garments, let's face it, are the ones most likely to have survived.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Outfit post with unfortunate photos

Okay, a warning: people are not Mr Robot's photographic speciality and I think he's usually a bit exasperated when I ask for an outfit photo, and I have never learned how to pose properly. However, I've just been to York for the weekend and thought I'd share a couple of Saturday's outfits, awful though the poses are.

First up is the dress I recently repaired. (How to repair torn armpits in a vintage dress) There's a lot I love about this dress, from the pattern to the look of the fabric to the crisp lines. The one thing I don't like is the waist. It's lower at the back than the front. This could be to do with my front - manufacturers tend to cut for a C-cup, not my ludicrous build - but it makes me feel as though I'm wearing a maternity dress. Although the dress came with its original belt, I'm tempted to replace it for everyday wear with a thicker one that covers both the dress's high-low waist and sits straight around my actual waist. You can see my favourite 1960s handbag on my arm in this shot.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Is there Life on Mars?

Sam Tyler and Gene Hunt
Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been rewatching Life on Mars. (The UK version, I should point out, not the US remake.) I’ve been a tad blue at times, and there’s something very comforting about it - perhaps it’s the fact that things always work out right in the end.

In case you somehow managed to miss it, here’s a spoiler-free synopsis: Detective Sam Tyler has an accident in the late noughties and wakes up in 1973. All the policemen around him are convinced he’s on secondment to them from a place called Hyde, and that he should be there. Being from the 2000s, Sam finds a lot of the methods and attitudes of the time hard to deal with, especially as his boss, Gene Hunt, frequently seems to embrace them. Sam’s not sure if he’s crazy, if he’s travelled in time, or if he’s actually in a coma, as he’s occasionally able to hear the sounds of a hospital above the noises around him, but that might not be real either. All he can do is keep solving the crimes that come his way and hope to work out how he’ll return to his own time – at the same time coming to feel part of the team and growing close to a female officer, Annie.