Ghent in Black and White

Black and White, my favourite – so chic! The perfect combination for my Ghent sightseeing dress.

This 1950s inspired dress is made from a beautiful black vintage taffeta, and so it is perfect for a full skirt as it holds the shape wonderfully. I added a full crinoline underneath to give the skirt an extra lift too!

It’s all in the details, isn’t it? I adore the fine detailing on vintage frocks so this dress was decorated with ribbon and tiny bows.

Some diamonds added the finishing touch.

I stumbled upon this wonderful Ghent house and alley, a matching black and white background, perfect!

 

Till next time,

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Black and White

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If you’ve been joining me on Instagram lately you’ll see I’ve been swooning over Costume Design a lot especially the Golden Age of Hollywood, I’m very inspired by the chic glamour of 1930s and 1940s costumes.

This is my nod to that era – a black watermarked taffeta wiggle dress with white lace floral accents, I think it’s very Joan Crawford! Her costumes were always so stylish and she could really carry off a strong silhouette.

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The contrast between black and white really works on this frock. It’s quite difficult to photograph black fabrics but these photos turned out peachy.

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The bodice is a snug fit, as it should be. The skirt has tiny pleats and a tulip shape so it sits just right, and very flattering.

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The sunlight really highlights the fabric grain and the subtle water marks. This is a vintage fabric, isn’t it gorgeous? It seems watermarked taffeta is not used much these days. That is such a pity, it’s one of my favourite fabrics to sew and it looks fantastic in vintage style frocks.

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Ok, time to go and watch a Joan Crawford movie I think….

 

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Last Days of Summer

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As the Autumn arrives with cold and windy days I thought I’d try and lift the mood and share some snaps of a bright summer dress taken on my summer holidays! This is a 1950s inspired cotton frock, fitted bodice with pin tucks and yellow buttons, belt and full gathered skirt with petticoat for that extra kick. The fabric is an original 60s cotton floral print but it works so well, doesn’t it?

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We were driving the Wild Atlantic Way and stopped at the Burren for a look at the fantastic landscape. It was a bit of a grey day so the yellow frock was a nice shot of colour.

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The pattern of the stones used in the wall construction is pretty amazing too, it’s made without any mortar, the stones are stacked neatly together.

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Further along the coast we took the turn for Achill Island, this shot was taken overlooking Keel Bay. It is a breathtakingly beautiful island, I absolutely recommend it. It’s just stunning.

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At last, sunshine!! Killaloe was bright and sunny and a fitting place to stop for coffee and a cake. We had a nice pit stop here on the way home.

See you anon!

 

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Ceide Fields and Carrowmore

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On the north Mayo coast on the Wild Atlantic Way lies the fantastic Ceide Fields, the most extensive Stone Age monument in the world. The wall in the background of the photo is 6000 years old. Yep, someone laid those stones 6000 years ago. The ruins lie under bogland and were uncovered in the 1930s by a local man digging peat, who noticed the rocks lying under the peat were in a formation and not haphazard, so he knew they must have been placed deliberately. There are extensive field networks and the tour is great so do stop here if you are along the Wild Atlantic Way, and the views over the cliffs are pretty amazing too!

 

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And then onto Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery in County Sligo, the largest collection of megalithic tombs in Ireland, all about 5000 years old. There’s lots to see here too and again, a great tour.

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The frock….dusky pink raw silk with a fitted bodice and skirt, short sleeves, and the neckline has a frill detail and tiny bow. I love this colour- it’s a real 1950s shade.

More adventures to follow!

 

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Top of the World

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Well, ok, more like top of Ireland! More holiday photos from the North Antrim and North Donegal coastline… The jacket is red wool boucle fabric with a matching silk scarf, but more of a car coat really.

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This is Malin Head at the top of the Inishowen peninsula, you can just about see in the background ’80 Eire’, this was used during World War 2 as a navigation aid for pilots, so they would know they were flying over neutral Ireland. Each site was numbered from 1 to 83, there are remains all along the west coast, and some have been restored like this one on Malin Head.

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And here we are at the famous Carrick a Rede rope bridge, Game of Thrones fans will recognise this!! It was truly scary to cross, it moves. A LOT.

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More amazing things to see in Glenveagh National Park too, but we just missed Prince Charles visit!! Pity…

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I’m skipping ahead a bit here but I love this Poulnabrone Dolmen in the Burren in County Clare. It dates back to the Neolithic Period between 4200bc-2900BC. Wow.

 

More to follow!

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Beach Babe

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I’m just back from a road trip, a Wild Atlantic Way road trip! Wow, what an amazing holiday. We were lucky with the weather and so I got to photograph lots of my new collection in fabulous locations. First up is this beach playsuit made in vintage cream floral cotton, I think it’s actually a 1970s fabric but it looks great made up in this 1950s style swimwear.

The location is the beautiful Fintra Beach in Donegal, close to Donegal town. It is stunning.

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I’ve also just added it to my Etsy shop, you can see more here!

 

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Country Girl

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A more casual look this week- it’s jeans and a shirt for a day in the country. I was quite inspired by old photographs of Elizabeth Taylor early in her career- high waisted jeans, sleeveless shirt and a scarf in her hair.

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I found these tiny rivets for dolls jeans and I just had to try them! I love 3/4 length jeans too – really 1950s, so chic.

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The high heels may not be the most practical for a day in the country but they look great, my mantra is never sacrifice style for comfort!

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