Friday, 27 February 2015

Take me away

Hello dear blog friends! Although it's only been two weeks since I last blogged, it feels like much longer because we had been away for a couple of weeks at the beach for our summer holiday, so my posts at the time were scheduled. But since returning home I just didn't feel much like blogging with so many other things to catch up on, as well as being in a bit of a shaky patch with my neuro/immune illness. I find this time of year rather uninspiring vintage wardrobe wise, as it feels like summer has dragged on for eons, and I feel sick of wearing cotton dresses all the time! Plus the op shops I frequent haven't had much in the way of 60's and 70's clothing that I love, so I haven't visited them very much. 

But here is a 60's dress I found at a local market. It was originally huge on me, and not even a belt would solve that, but thanks to my new found passion for my Elna I knew I could tweak it to fit. This dress originally had vertical side stripe panels, so I cut those out (and made a belt), and sewed up the dress down each side. It's gone from a modern 18 to a 12, and I had to add some ric-rac for that extra flair. Green and orange is my all time favourite colour combination, so this dress was worth the effort. I teamed it with the little vintage sheet bolero I sewed free-style without a pattern.

 We adopted this little original 60's dolly from a Salvos store (who has been christened Paige)
She is quite photogenic in my opinion. I wish I had eyes like that!


Outfit Details.....

60's Dress - Market find
Vintage sheet bolero - Made by me
Orange enamel flower brooch - Gifted by one of my dear friends
Bakelite bangles - Ebay
Vintage tourist bracelet - Op shopped
Button ring and bird brooch - Made by me
Beaded bag - Op shopped
Shoes and sunglasses - Retail

Friday, 13 February 2015

HVT Wrap Dress

My darling Helga gave me this vintage wrap dress when we met for a play date last September. The print is fantastic featuring my favourite colour green. I took the hem up on the dress, but apart from that it's a nice adjustable fit being a wrap style. I'm not a fan of these pics, something about the light in the backyard, but I had to share this lovely frock with you.

Outfit Details....

Vintage dress - Gifted by Queen Helga
Button necklace - From the Way We Wear Fair some years ago
Enamel brooch - Etsy
Plastic ring - Op shopped
Chunky bracelet - Gifted by dear Tam
Beaded bag - Op shopped
Belt, shoes & sunglasses - Retail

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Spreading like the plague....the crafty bug

Here are some of my recent crafty endeavours....

Bird brooches using vintage wallpaper

A ring using buttons from my op shopped collections

Vintage tape measure brooch

More wooden bird brooches

I altered this dress from a size 20 down to a size 12 by cutting the side seams and sewing it back up, as well as adding ric-rac of course

Some glorious vintage wallpaper I found at Salvos

I made some brooches out of slide projector covers and fabric
As well as my first ever bunting from fabric off-cuts

And I dolled up my handmade bolero with some added ric-rac

Friday, 6 February 2015

After the flood all the colours came out

I found this handmade cotton dress at a little local oppy. I seem to be drawn to the simple cotton shift dress, they are my uniform of choice through our long hot summer. It has sweet little buttons on the shoulder, but the neck facing is made of a strange toweling fabric. I don't know if that was done on purpose or if the creator had run out of fabric, but I guess it's handy for sweaty moments!

Outfit Details....

Handmade cotton dress - Op shopped for $2
Vintage belt - from another dress
Wooden brooch - a prize from I feel Natty
Silver Siam brooch, silver pendant & opal ring - Op shopped
Two bracelets - Market & op shop finds
Mini plate ring - Ebay
Vintage bag - Gift from Mum
Shoes & sunglasses - Retail

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Scandinavian Stuff

It's funny how other bloggers collections end up influencing your own. I would not have even known about Scandinavian home-wares without reading blogs involving those famous names like Catherinholm, Finel and Figgjo. So a couple of recent finds were quite exciting, especially knowing their rarity here in Australia.
Firstly I found this large Finel enamel bowl at the tip shop for $1.
It was made in the 1960's, designed by Ester Tomula and Kaj Franck.
Finel is a trademark that sold enamel metal items such as bowls and pots in the early 1950s. At first the designs had to be bought from abroad but soon Wärtsilä’s subsidiary company Arabia assigned well known designers to make new models. Designers such as Seppo Mallat (pots and pans), Antti Nurmesniemi ( the Pehtoori coffee pot), Heikki Orvola ( a water kettle) and most famously Kaj Franck designed practical, durable and beautiful home-wares by applying a strong glass like cover to cast iron goods. Kaj Franck would come to win awards in Milan for his enamel line of different sized bowls. The bowls seem to fetch anywhere from $50 up to hundreds depending on the condition and design.

My second Scandinavian find was this platter and mug by Norwegian porcelain company Figgjo Flint which I found at Endos.
Vintage Figgjo Flint is one of the most collected brands of tableware from the 1960s and 70s. Their bold, happy designs included large bright flowers, fish, folk art and abstract imagery. You can quickly spot a piece of Figgjo Flint by the backstamps FF, Figgjo Fajanse and Figgjo Flint. Market Place is the design I found, it features Folk Art style people such as a fisherman, florist and grocer selling their wares in a village setting. It also happens to feature the colour green so that pleases me even more.

I think from now on my eyes will be peeled for any Scandinavian kitchenware.