The weeks are madly flying by lately - I'm not quite sure how nine days passed without my waxing lyrical about lovely vintage things. Perhaps it was the weekend convention to attend, the glamourous Arabian Nights ball (I went as a harem girl) and work-work-work. Whatever the reason, it's good to be back!
Speaking of time travelling faster than a speeding bullet, it's only eight weeks until Christmas and nine 'til New Year's Eve (eek!) and I've yet to find a dress even remotely gorgeous enough to wear to the fancy shindigs I'll be attending in the UK, although this one's definitely on the short list!
Made by Wheels & Dollbaby, the bodice is made from luxurious velvet, trimmed with soft leopard print faux fur and diamante trim. Now, admittedly, faux fur on a dress usually wouldn't be my first port of call, but this really is a gorgeous, vintage bombshell kind of frock!
Unfortunately, pretty dress = pretty price, but if you have a few hundred quid to spare, you can pick 'Gramercy' up at ASOS.
Not only is she one of my favourite bloggers, for her fabulous style, she also has quite a knack for finding fantastic vintage items that I swoon and sigh over on a regular basis. This week, Anja has listed my favourite yet - this spectacular handmade 1950s 'day dress', which is the perfect party dress, in my opinion.
Made from silky fabric, that drapes beautifully, the nipped waist and pleating create a fabulously flattering shape, and the just-below-the-knee hem is sweet and feminine. I can imagine a young woman in the 1950s piecing this frock together and spending hours on the sewing machine creating this beauty; then garnering compliments when she wears it to a social dance, spring fair or Christmas party.
Lovely, lovely, lovely!
Unfortunately for me, it's a a size Small (36" bust), but I thought this dress deserved to go to a Pretty Vintage reader! If you happen to purchase it, please send pics, so I can live vicariously?
I'm really enjoying sewing at the moment. I've made four very basic skirts (with an elastic waist, and a little bit pouffy to satisfy my 1950s cravings), my slightly-more-complicated cape (yes, The Cape), as well as updating, modifying and repairing all kinds of items that I've had on my project list for months.
Now that they're all done, I find myself wanting to tackle something a bit more challenging - perhaps (gasp!) even requiring a pattern! I was elated to find that my local craft store finally stocks the Vintage Vogue range of patterns, including this beauty, which replicates an original 1954 pattern. It's a very feminine shape, with a lovely neckline and low back line; and as you can see, it suits both plain and patterned fabric equally well. A perfect summer dress, in my opinion; or, if you're in the Northern Hemisphere, it's a fantastic Christmas Party Dress! The pattern is available online, or if you're in Australia, it should be available from your nearest Spotlight store.
One of my dear friends has her birthday in the next few weeks and to celebrate, we're going to Ladies Day at the races to live it up in style! Of course, this means that I need to find myself something gorgeous to wear on my head, because it's bad manners not to wear a hat!I rather like this pill box sequinned hat from Monsoon, although it might be a little gaudy in the bright sunlight. I'm a bit fan of grey at the moment - it tends to mix well with my wardrobe - and the veil detail is ever so vintage inspired.