Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Gotta Love Vintage

This weekend was a busy one. There was a dress to finish, a 40th birthday to attend on Saturday evening and the Love Vintage Show on Sunday. My dress was intended to be multi-purpose; I was able to wear it for the birthday party and the Fair so it's fairly safe to say it was a success.

There will be pics and details tomorrow, but today I'd like to share some pretty things from the Love Vintage Show.

Fluffy, pink party dresses

Stacks of hats

An adorable lady lamp

A watch for the Steampunk fans

There were also several presentations and parades throughout the day, most of which I missed, but I did manage to catch a bit of 'Vintage Styling for Modern Brides'. The above dress is modelled by Esz who blogs over at Kittys Drawings. This girl is a talented artist and fellow sewer who often leaves helpful comments of my blog. I kept spotting her iridescent red hair in the crowd and then losing her; it's such a shame we didn't get to meet in person.

One person I did get to meet however was Rosie, aka Madame Blavatsky. She was dressed in a stunning, hand-made creation and I just had to compliment her. As it turns out, Rosie owns her own business - Madame Blavatsky - and specialises in pin-up clothing and couture garments. She has also offered an excellent solution to my fitting problem with the 50s top I started last weekend. Thanks Rosie!

While there were lots of lovely things on sale, I'm on a very strict budget so a lot of it was well out of my price range. I did manage to pick up a gorgeous 1940s dressing gown at the bargain basement price of $35! The colour is a little patchy and faded in some areas but it's in excellent condition so I couldn't leave it behind.

Now I just need to find some matching slippers...

- Tamara


  1. Wow, that looks like so much fun!

  2. Thanks for this post - I am planning to go to this fair when it hits Brisbane in a few weeks.

    1. I do hope they allow more space for the Brisbane show, it was pretty cramped down here in Melbourne.

  3. Ack! I thought I recognised you in the crowd! I was all over the place that day. Hehe - thanks for the linkage too :-)
    I didn't buy much either, just a 40's pattern which is missing instructions. Should be "interesting" to put together.
    That dressing gown is pretty amaze-balls - wicked colour!

  4. Thanks for the lovely compliments, Tamara. Do check out my website too.
    I love the clothes you make. I think the 1940's style lends itself very well to the Australian winter whereas the 1950's fashion generally looks better for summer. So it is good to switch if you can. Where do you get your vintage patterns? Although I do make mine it is good to have a general starting point even if you have to alter it quite a bit.
    I am glad the info helped in regards to making the top smaller. Exactly the same thing happened to me.
    Your blog is just beautiful,
    Cheers xx

  5. Thanks Rosie! I lean more towards the 40s style all year round but I am often tempted by pretty 50s dresses. If only they didn't require so much fabric!

    As for my patterns, I've been collecting for nearly 5 years now and the majority of them have come from ebay, usually US sellers. For me, buying patterns is akin to buying clothes, so my collection is fairly extensive. I think I have roughly six 15lt tubs full.


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