Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Putting Together my Vintage Outfit.

I'm putting together my outfit/s for The Festival of Vintage an event in York, which many I believe say kick starts the vintage calendar.  This is held on the 21st and 22nd of April this year and of course I will be going with my lovely chum Lady Peacock Vintage.  I do love to be organised so outfit planning is a must,.... great fun too! I'm by no means an expert but love fashion in particular vintage and have a jacket dress combo in mind for the evening and going with trousers/dungarees for daytime wear.  The 30's/40's dress jacket combo, thought I would share the experience. The jacket I have is actually a 'Vintage Jacket', date? I am unsure, but would hazard a guess at mid 40's, although detail on the back (has a small gem) makes it so difficult to date. 
I was lucky enough to purchase privately, it's a dark blue and came with a matching skirt, which is far too short and tight for a lady of my statuer, so I will think about what to do with that later on.  It has beautiful detailing at the collar,  covered buttons, again beautifully made and attached, neat little faux pockets. 

The sleeves were too short, but after discussion with some fellow vintage appreciators who told me not to be 'precious', its my jacket and I will get lots of wear out of it, I decided to look at altering the sleeves which potentially comes under the 'Make do and Mend' ethos!  I was delighted to discover that the sleeves have lots of extra fabric and had in fact been 'stitched with' already, so full length sleeves are go and no fabric will be cut/harmed in the process!   I found a small amount of dark blue lining to add to the inside of the sleeves and the original lining too.  One of the shoulder pads has slipped and there was some dodgy hand stitching to the back lining so that was repaired. Inside a National Recovery Board label which ensures that the garment was made in accordance with 'Fair Labour Standards', (check out the link). 
That's my jacket sorted! 
The dress again was purchased privately, It's a repro handmade and I would say a generous size 14, so fits beautifully the length is below the knee although I would prefer slightly longer, there is no room to alter this, just needs a cool wash and dry outside to freshen up.  It's a lovely dark blue with small cream, green and russett spots, so plenty of colours to match with and versatile enough for Spring, Summer and Autumn.  I will be adding some belt loops using the needle and thread method, (check out the You Tube tutorial) using a dark blue thread, a neat belt will finish off the outfit and again I can mix up the belt colours for versatility. 
My favourite part is accessorising.  I have currently have cream shoes and some tan leather sandals, but have decided on an accent colour of cream, a pair of smart blue gloves, a string of pearls with drop pearl earrings, hair styling is pretty much sorted (see a previous post) all that's left is to acquire a belt and bag.  Ooo La La's Vintage Fair is on every month so hopefully I may find a belt there, although a good friend of mine is going to let me have first dibs in their container that stocks all her vintage gear!
The Heritage Millinar hat 'Olga'
The Hat after much thought was a treat, The Heritage Milliner, 'gift to self', (see link here).  I have included the website link too, this lady makes the most amazing reproduction hats, I found her stand at  Twinwood 2017 and was smitten with some of her designs, she is so knowledgeable too.  (link to Mr & Miss Vintage, the winner wore a Heritage Millinar hat). 
Lastly the bag.... I have a very large stash of yarns and this gorgeous original vintage crochet pattern leaflet of hats and bags.  
I'm using some of the patterns for inspiration.

thinking maybe this one with a 'Fakelite' handle in a Midnight Blue shade of Rowan Yarns 100% Cotton Glace?
Outfit mostly together now so here you go........ one down many to go!

'Create, be Happy and Value Yourself'

1 comment:

  1. That's some gorgeous outfit!!! Well put together.