Sunday, 31 January 2016

A 1940s look for a wedding guest

One of my favourite Christmas presents was this House of Foxy '1940s hostess dress' from Mr Robot. I tend to wear more late 50s/early 60s fashions nowadays, but do love a good, no-nonsense, 1940s day dress where the waist is where the body's actual waist is and there's little playing around with volume or frills. The lapels and covered buttons on this are all the detail I need. (I'm afraid you can't see them in this photo, but you can see them on HoF's website, where the dress is currently on sale for 50% off in a range of colours.)

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Vintage stallholders wanted!

Fancy setting up a stall at an event that had 15,000 attendees last year? I've been contacted by Maryrose Mantle, Trowbridge Town Council's Community Development Officer, because they're looking for vintage stalls (especially hair/makeup and clothing) for the Armed Forces and Veterans Celebrations in Trowbridge, to be held on the 25th and 26th of June this year.

There's always a strong re-enactor presence at the show, and last year that included a good Home Front section, including replica land girls' accommodation. There are tea stalls with vintage china, and usually a 40s roadshow on the bandstand at points throughout the day. (That's always jolly good fun to watch.) There's usually a vintage plane flyover too, which I always look forward to.

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Tackling the jungle

Two tins of wild flower seedballs
Mr Robot and I have been on a bit of a house-sorting-out mission since Christmas. In my most recent Vintage Week post I mentioned we were getting new windows put in the back of the house. Well, that means the window fitters need access to the back of the house, and that means we have to tidy the garden so they can get in through the back gate. This weekend our main task was to chop back a load of brambles and tree branches to create a clear route to the house. We didn't think the window fitters would be happy ducking under branches!

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Agent Carter is returning!

If you're in the UK, the new series of Agent Carter is going to start on FOX soon – the first episode of series two will air on the 28th of January at 9pm. (If you're in the US, sorry, it's already started!) I've been steadfastly avoiding spoilers for this series, but do know it's set in LA, whereas the first one was set in New York, and the year is now 1947. In that classic fictional way, most of the characters seem to have crossed the country along with Peggy Carter, so hers won't be the only familiar face. As you can see in the shot from the trailer, Jarvis is there too.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

1940s Fashion: From Siren Suits to the New Look [book]

I got this book for Christmas from my mum. I don't have that many books on vintage clothing, preferring to spend my money on novels and cookbooks, so it was fascinating and full of things I knew very little about.

Sunday, 10 January 2016

A 1950s cookbook and vintage embroidery transfers

'Coq au fruit', Mr Robot calls this one...
Look what my lovely friends Naomi and Zoe sent me in the post! They know my tastes very well. I had a card through the door this week telling me a parcel was waiting for me at the post office (I have to collect large items on Saturday mornings). 'What is it?' I thought, 'I haven't bought anything online lately.'

The parcel - and it was a whopper, there was no way the postie would have got it through the letter box - contained a 1959 cookbook and a huge stack of embroidery transfers.

Friday, 8 January 2016

Crinoline Robot's vintage week

The brooch Sarah gave me is light enough to wear on the lapel of a blouse
Well, we're one week into 2016, and I hope yours is going well. My plan to wear different jewellery every day is working out. It'd be a bit rubbish if I couldn't manage it for a week.

 So far I've worn: my midcentury coral necklace and earrings; a pair of carved plastic rose earrings that came in an Accessorize multipack; Avon pink diamante stud earrings; fake pearl studs plus the delicate, clear diamante midcentury brooch my friend Sarah gave me; the silver and fake opal (fauxpal!) pendant and earrings I got for Christmas 'from the kittens'; a midcentury monster that I believe is Coro; and today a heavy gold leaf. I'm trying not to wear all my favourites in rapid succession as that will make things tough later in the year, though I should probably get more of my weightier brooches out of the way while the weather is cold enough for coats, jackets and other things made from sturdy fabrics.

Friday, 1 January 2016

State of the vintage wardrobe

It's annual clothing tallying/assessment time. I've been doing this as long as I've had this blog. I'd always loved vintage clothing but only worn bits here and there, and I think when I started blogging I had some grand vision of moving to all vintage, all the time. That never happened – I'm too eclectic, and can't be bothered to faff with my hair for a 'proper' vintage look – but I find this a useful exercise as it helps me work out what I own and wear, and what I do/do not need. Plus, who doesn't love a snout through someone else's wardrobe? I know I do!