Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Simplicity 8246: the return!

 Over the Bank Holiday weekend I finally got round to finishing my second attempt at Simplicity 8246, a reprinted 1960s pattern. And this time I'm happy enough with it to wear it to work!

Monday, 27 August 2018

Cast on: a 60s cardigan

1964 knitting pattern from Woman's Weekly.
Is is a cardigan or is it a jacket? To be honest it's halfway between the two. Over the long weekend I decided I was finally going to cast something on for myself, and began this woolly from a pattern that was given away free with Woman's Weekly in 1964. They may have called it 'Clever With Colour' but I'm knitting it in mid grey with silver flecks. I thought the bobbles round the edges would acquire a 'world of tomorrow' look knitting in the slightly metallic fabric.

Sunday, 26 August 2018

A Peggy Page jacket

Last weekend I went to the Classic Car Boot Sale (see previous post) and despite promising myself I'd wait to see if my weight loss plan paid off before buying any new clothes, I couldn't resist this jacket on Kinky Melon's stall. It's actually several sizes too small – there's no way it's closing but thanks to my small bones it's fine across the back. It's very light in weight, so I plan to use it as a smart alternative to a cardigan rather than as a functional jacket. I haven't worn this dress for a couple of years as I've been worried that my tummy was too prominent in it, but looking at the photo it's not my stomach that's my most obvious feature...

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

The Classic Car Boot Sale

 Is it even a decent vintage fair if Kinky Melon isn't there?

On Saturday I popped to the Classic Car Boot Sale in London. It's held at King's Cross and Vix had said it's very good, so I was keen to go along to do a spot of shopping, see other vintage lovers and of course say "Hi" to Vix and Jon. I tried to look nice for the occasion in an original vintage dress, plus a cardigan knitted to a 90s pattern, home-made socks and black brogues. (I believe from the way the fabric handles and nylon zip that the dress is 60s, though it's more of a 50s shape. Probably means it was intended for the frumpier end of the market...)

Thursday, 16 August 2018

The Pincers of Death – Toby Frost

The latest Space Captain Smith novel has been out for some time, and I honestly don't know why it took me so long to buy it, or so much time to get round to reading it! I've reviewed all the previous books in the series (Space Captain Smith, God-Emperor of Didcot, Wrath of the Lemming Men, A Game of Battleships and End of Empires).

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Crinoline Robot's vintage week

Aha! The title is a con. I have not, in fact, been having a particularly vintage week. Like every month, I started August with all sorts of good intentions and everything fell by the wayside. Garden? A bit neglected. Home? Well, the effort that didn't go into the garden sure hasn't gone in there... I'm in one of those phases when getting up, washed, dressed in clean clothes and holding down a job is a success, and anything on top of that is jam.

So, what was the jam?

Friday, 3 August 2018

The return of Jean Patou?

Here's a little oddity for you: Fashion Network has reported that luxury fashion conglomerate LVMH is acquiring the rights to Jean Patou fragrances, and suggesting that the fashion house could be restarted.

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Miss Fisher: the psychedelic years

So, we’ve a little news on the Miss Fisher front. First, the movie is going ahead! Last September I blogged about the makers of the show putting together a Kickstarter for a Phryne movie, and Screen Australia has reported that Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears will begin filming in Melbourne and Morocco this October. There’s been a real dearth of Jazz Age crime on telly in recent years, so I for one welcome that. And I know I’m not alone as the crowdfunding and money from private investors raised a million Australian dollars. There’s no release date so far.

So what will be on television now Phryne’s making the move to movies? How about a 60s-set programme called Ms Fisher’s MODern Murder Mysteries, with the central character being Miss Fisher’s niece Peregrine? Spyvibe reported on that a couple of days ago. On Every Cloud Productions' website we’re promised a stylish apartment, sports car and ‘cutting-edge wardrobe’. As for the setting, that's Melbourne, which should be interesting - I've not seen much on Australia in the 1960s.