Blue and green should never be seen

Here are a few more photos from my recent trip to Belgium, this is a 1950s style swing coat made from a really gorgeous vintage fabric from my stash. It’s 100% wool, I’m guessing this fabric is 1960s- ish. It’s woven as a diamond pattern, not squares and it’s a really vibrant blue and green. I only have a small piece of this fabric, if I had more I would definitely make something for myself!

I accessorised the coat with a little pill box hat and a tiny diamond brooch, I adore costume jewellery and brooches seem to have lost favour, that is such a pity! It really adds the finishing touch.

Isn’t this Ghent door great? The colour combination and design are beautiful! I thought the coat really complimented the colours and pattern.

 

Till next time,

 

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Belgian Luxe

I’ve been quiet on the blogging front for a while as I’ve been away quite a lot. I know, I know, poor me, huh?! So…. time for me to catch up and share some holiday snaps and some new frocks!  First stop is Belgium, one of my favourite weekend destinations, it has everything you need: delicious food, great beer, fabulous chocolate and amazing shopping!

My newest outfit is an off white vintage silk suit. I’ve wanted to do a Lana Turner style fun fur stole with an outfit for a while so I thought this would be the perfect location for the 1940s inspired suit, turban and wrap.

It’s actually a one piece but I made it to look like a two piece. Tight straight skirt, fitted bodice, bracelet length sleeves, peplum and belt, with a pearl buckle. The wrap is made from some fun fur lined with velvet, and then the look is topped off with a Lana Turner style turban headpiece.

These shots were taken in Leuven, in the Groot Begijnhof, set up in the 13th Century for semi religious unmarried women, it’s like a small village in the middle of Leuven, now owned by the University and used for housing students and academics. Lovingly restored, it’s beautiful place to roam around.

 

Au Revoir!

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Little White Dress

Black and white are so chic together, I adore the simplicity. My new frock is inspired by the 1950’s and Elizabeth Taylor, and this Barbie Doll really works that look.

This fabric is a beautiful vintage duchess satin in pure gleaming white. Fitted bodice, bracelet length sleeves and a fitted wiggle skirt give this a 1950s silhouette.

A big black taffeta belt nips in the waist and a big bow adds some detail over the hip.

It’s simple and clean, and oh so glamorous!!

I went for some simple accessories, a gold beaded bracelet finishes the look. Vienna provided the beautiful backdrop!

 

Till next time,

 

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Japanese Garden

When the season changes I start to think of new clothes and what I’m going to sew for myself for the warmer/colder weather, and it’s no different for Barbie clothes either!

This is one of my new designs, the fabric is a gorgeous rich cream vintage silk – in fact it is nearly a light gold- and it is rich to the touch.

Full gathered skirt and a fitted bodice, all finished with tiny bows at the neckline.

Sun is out! Isn’t the fabric gorgeous?

And I love tiny bows- I could make them all day!!

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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From Venice With Love

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New Year, new holiday plans….I’m already dreaming of a summer trip. Oh for a chance to go back to Venice! I wanted to share some more snaps from my recent visit, there was so much to take in over such a short time, but we did try!

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When we first arrived we thought going for a gondola ride would be too touristy….but we changed our minds very quickly and we couldn’t wait to go for a trip! So we went on the evening tour, with opera singer accompaniment, cheesy I know, but worth every penny. The sights and sounds as you drift around the canals and under the bridges are unforgettable.

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There are plenty of palaces and churches that you must see – don’t dare miss St Mark’s Basilica or the Doges Palace.

There is a fantastic tour that takes you over the Bridge of Sighs , see the view the prisoners would have had …….

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….on route to their prison cell……

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All this sightseeing needed something suitably chic, this little frock is made in the finest vintage blush pink raw silk, with a darted, fitted bodice and tiny pleats on the straight skirt, all accented with black bow detail and belt. I love dusky pink and black together, so pretty!

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Part of the fun in exploring Venice is getting lost and finding wonderful cafes and restaurants…..

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Time to dress for dinner in a pretty cream fitted dress with gold belt and pearl brooch, perfect for dining out by the beautiful canals.

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Till next time,

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