Sunday, 30 August 2015

Autumn approaches...

This dress should be good for autumn
Autumn approaches – the light has changed, and the cat has decided to come inside the house again after months living on the patio, which is all the proof you need – and my thoughts are turning to WOOL. I like changing seasons. Just as summer's lightweight things are becoming too familiar, along comes autumn and it's time to dig out all sorts of woolly favourites and enjoy them all over again. Then after Christmas winter woollies seem boring, spring comes along and there's the delight of rediscovering those summery garments. I've been quite naughty this year and have spent far more money than usual on summer clothes, so I haven't actually got bored of them, but I am looking forward to wearing my tweed skirts again, and digging out my felt hats.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

'Mixing It: The Changing Faces of Wartime Britain' at IWM North

If you've read Crinoline Robot for any length of time, you'll know I get a bit of a bee in my bonnet about our nation's multicultural history being forgotten or ignored, especially around November when the 'My granddad didn't fight for [insert minority group here]' brigade get going in the run up to Remembrance Day. Because of that, I was really pleased to see that from the 12th of September 2015 IWM North, part of the Imperial War Museum, is going to be running a display entitled 'Mixing It: The Changing Faces of Wartime Britain'. It's showing research conducted by the University of Huddersfield into the stories of people who came to Britain because of the Second World War: a Jewish teenager, a tot from the Kindertransport, the first Nigerian pilot to serve with the RAF, Czech airmen and more.

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Outfit post: Potty Lotty

A few people have asked for a closer look at this yellow dress, so here you go. I thought I'd take advantage of the heatwave and get Mr Robot to take some photos.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Who wants to be a badly-dressed tourist?

Grey waterproof. Practical, not stylish!
Mr Robot and I are going to Paris next month. Holidays always cause me a bit of a dilemma, as I'm never entirely sure what to pack, hence the fact I'm starting to think about it now. (This also gives me time to get any essential dry cleaning done, and ensures I don't stuff random items into the suitcase at the last minute, only to arrive at my destination without socks or moisturiser.)

Sunday, 16 August 2015

The Man From UNCLE

I finally got round to seeing the new The Man From UNCLE film and I loved it. However, the verdict in the Robot household wasn't unanimous; the film has had mixed reviews, and my husband wasn't massively keen on it.
I'd had high hopes from the first trailer. The film was set in the 1960s, like the original television programme, and I'd really hoped they'd pull it off. Well, they did. The story starts in Berlin, and it looks like 1960s Berlin, and the film looks like a 1960s film - the colours look like those of a movie shot then. Even the font used for the titles looks like a 1960s font. The music is fantastic, and sounds very 1960s even though much of it was composed especially for the film.

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Costume time – Partners in Crime: The Secret Adversary

It seems like ages since I've done a costume breakdown for a telly programme, but the outfits in the first Partners in Crime story were so striking that I really wanted to. I really wasn't sure how I felt about the show after the first episode, nor did I like Tuppence's hats. Well, three episodes in, with the first story complete, I like the show and have come to accept the titfers.

You can't really avoid looking at the hats. In the first episode, I was particularly startled by Tuppence pairing a chestnut hat with a black bag and chocolate gloves. That's the point, I guess: Tuppence's hats are supposed to be over-the-top and frivolous.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

The Man from UNCLE: One of Our Spies is Missing

One of our spies is missing man from Uncle
While we're all waiting for the new Man from UNCLE film to hit the cinemas on the 14th (or am I the only one bouncing in anticipation?), why not enjoy one of the original films?

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Recent purchases and a good read

1938 film book, 1960s dress patterns
Finally the charity shops have started yielding some goodies again. I would say 'not much in the way of clothes', but today I found exactly what I needed (modern) to adapt for my burlesque costume in Oxfam for £8. (I'll probably do a proper post on my costume purchases/work at a later date, though without revealing the exact theme.) Last week I gave a couple of 1940s dresses to a local chazza with a specialist vintage section - I explained to the manageress what they were, so hopefully they will get a decent price for them - and perhaps that's topped up my charity shop luck.

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Losing the 1960s

Cilla Black in a mod dress
 For the first time in my life, I feel as though I'm watching a decade disappear, as though links to that time are disappearing before my eyes. I never felt that way about the 1940s and 1950s – I guess to a child's eyes, those things were 'old'. But the 1960s was my mum's decade. The 1960s weren't 'old'. Okay, as youngster in the 1980s they seemed horribly fuddy-duddy, but they were dated, they weren't actually old.

Sunday, 2 August 2015

My five current favourite Etsy clothes shops

I've bought some lovely pieces off Etsy over the past 12 months, so I thought I'd share my five favourite Etsy clothes shops with you. These are all shops I look at regularly, because I know they have great stock, in a good choice of sizes, and they're not massively expensive – though everyone has a different definition of expensive, and I'm lucky enough to have a full-time job; you might feel differently. Being fuller of figure, as much as I love a chazza bargain I'd spend a lot of time naked if I didn't fill in with stuff from vintage dealers or modern manufacturers. I've stated what I've bought from each one not to be boastful, but to reassure you that I do put my money where my mouth is – I've bought from them as a regular punter and had good experiences.