I bought this 1930s white and green Swiss Dot dress probably well over a year ago but just recently came across it in my wardrobe and have been wearing it for the first time the past couple of days now. The light colour and sheer fabric are perfect right now as it is quite hot and sunny in Finland. The shoes are a pair of modern dancing shoes I found from a flea market a few years back.
Suvi means summer in Finnish and Suvi Vintage is the summer vintage event organised by the Fintage Association every year in Tampere.
Suvi Vintage always offers a lot: good vintage shopping of course but also a vintage fashion show, swing dance demonstrations and lessons, live music, vintage bikes and cars and more in a really nice location.
This post includes a video of the Suvi Vintage event from the Finnish TV news , showing also how I was dressed that day and hopefully giving you also the opportunity to feel the atmosphere there. Here’s the link. MTV 3 news June 29th 2014
The video’s first part was filmed at our home a couple of days before Suvi Vintage. I was then wearing a hot pink pencil skirt with a pink and white cashmere sweater and was just coming from work (that was my pink week).
At Suvi vintage I was wearing a drop waist cotton dress, in black, pink and hot pink, with a pink purse and canvas wedges and pink enameled metal costume jewelry set.
I had just purchased the dress at the Rockabilly Rave, from Debbie’s vintage stall. At the Rave, I also finally found the bracelet of this pink set, which I had been looking for for many years.
The purse and the wedges are from on-line shops.
Seems that I am not keeping the pace with posting… Today a couple of outfits that I wore on saturday at the Rockabilly Rave in the UK, already three weeks ago. At the rave this year we took surprisingly few outfit pictures and concentrated on spending time with friends. This means that there will be only one post about the Rockabilly Rave this year and only two outfits. Yet, we really had good fun, as allways at the Rave. We missed many bands but It’s always so nice to see friends and do some vintage shopping!
Saturday during the day I had a circle skirt, in pink with a novelty print of roses, feather quill pen, ink and love letter. This skirt is usually seen in black and pink and considered collectable. I found a pink one last September at the High Rockabilly weekender, from Tamara’s and Cyril’s vintage stall. Because the print also has a touch of green I paired the skirt with a green blouse, belt and purse as well as pink canvas shoes, and pink plastic jewelry. The belt is a recent purchase from flipville’s etsy shop. The sandals are from VintagEija’s vintage shop in Turku, the purse is from the flea market at the High Rockabilly weekender and the blouse is also from Tamara and Cyril’s vintage stall. The first picture was taken as I was just finished with the dishes and the second one together with my friends Erika and Maarit.
Later in the evening I changed into a dark-grey silverish dress with black velvet accents and a scalopped decoleté. I also had a silver tone costume jewelry set, a grey Llewellyn lucite purse, a black velvet bolero (it was chilly) and repro (read: comfortable) Rocket-original wedges that nicely combined grey and black suede. It would have been nicer to wear evening sandals but saturday was the third night of rocking and dancing… And I wanted to wear comfortable shoes to continue rocking and dancing.
Both the purse and the dress are very recent purchases from VintagEija’s shop. The velvet bolero is from a vintage shop in Vancouver, Oregon two years ago. I bought the shoes a few years ago from Rocket Original’s stall at a weekender in the UK. The costume jewelry set is from the US, probably 15 years ago.
This black and yellow skirt is a recent purchase, from Fabgabs on etsy. I wore it for the first time late May at a gig in Helsinki’s Virgin Oil club, with the Stargazers and Restless (we missed the first band : Boppin’ Pete 3). The Stargazers were as good as before although they played only old standards. Restless is less my “cup-of-tea” but was ok.
With this Maya print and sequins skirt I wore a black cotton blouse, a yellow purse, yellow and black costume jewelry set, yellow belt and ballerinas as well as black bakelite bangles.
I just can’t recall where the blouse’s from but my bet is a vintage vendor at a R’n'R weekender somewhere. The belt is from the Rockabilly Rave, a few years ago and is actually a 1990′s skinny belt UK repro. The costume jewelry set is one of my first costume jewelry purchases, back in the early 1990′s at Hemsby. The bangles are from the Long Beach veteran stadium’s flea market last spring and from an antique shop in Stockholm’s Södermalm called Brandstation. The purse is from ebay and I actually had the matching springolators, but they are too big for me Hence, yellow – repro – ballerinas.
New home means also that we had to move away from our previous home. But before we had to give the keys to the new owners we made a last visit to the attic of this 1956 – 9 storey- appartment house, for a few pictures.
I was wearing one of my latest dress made by Eija, of VintagEija’s, using original vintage fabric: yellow with brown polka dots.
We started with some pictures inside and then my husband suggested I’d go on the roof to enjoy the view. Ninth floor… so some 40 meters high. I hesitated a bit but finally climbed to the roof opening.
The view – here towards the south, with Hakaniemi, then Kruunuhaka and Katajanokka neighbourhoods, the Baltic Sea, the ice breakers waiting for next winter, the Uspenski Cathedral and urban roof tops was definitely worth it! And the weather just perfect.
In our new house, the attic has been changed into private appartments, so no view to be enjoyed by the others.
The fabric for this dress is from a vintage shop in Brussels, in October 2012. The brown belt is a really old purchase from the US. I have actually that same belt also in black, in blue and in pink.
The wedges are from a vintage shop in Seattle that existed in the early 2000 but is now closed. the brown purse is from an antique mall in London, Ontario, Canada a couple of years ago. The brown lucite costume jewelry set was purchased in two parts: the earrings and necklace in the late 1990′s and the bracelet ten years later.
If I had a dog it would definitely be a poodle – and not the mid size but a giant one – and trimmed to proud perfection.
Alas, there’s no way I am going to have a dog: living in the city (by choice) and travelling very much (by duty and by choice), I would not be able to make any dog happy. And my husband also works long hours and travels. So, no poodle for us. But I can still have – in a very 1950s way- poodles in my wardrobe.
Like this white orlon fleece top, with a red and a black poodle, which I wore – paired with a black circle skirt and a red swing jacket – at the annual Classic Car Show in Lahti early May. I also had bakelite red and black bakelite bangles and earrings newly made out of vintage red bakelite dominos. Then the usual assorted accessories – in red and black.
As a background for the pictures I tried to find red vintage cars and this gives me also the opportunity to mention that Savo vintage will be once again organised in Pieksämäki – Finland – on July 19th, jointly with the vintage car meeting. It’s really a nice summer event, by a lake.
The weather was cold and rainy and even inside I kept my swing jacket all day. And outside had to use gloves and an umbrella.
My top is from Debbie’s vintage stall at the Rockabilly Rave a year or two ago. My skirt is a present from a dear friend, back in 1988 or 89. My red swing jacket is from Boss of Denver, at the very first Viva Las Vegas Weekender in 1998. My umbrella is from ebay, my purse from an Antique Mall in Fresno (or Clovis) California. My ballerinas and gloves are modern ones. My bangles are from different locations including the Long Beach flea market and an antique shop in Stockholm’s Sodermalm neighbourhood called “Brand station”. My earrings are from a very nice vintage costume jewelry shop called “Vingt sur Vingt” and located in the heart of Paris.
Menneen ajan tyyli, musiikki ja kulttuuri valtaavat Tampereen Tallipihan 28.-29.6., kun viihteellinen myyntitapahtuma Suvi-Vintage järjestetään kolmannen kerran. Tapahtumaan on vapaa pääsy.
Tänä vuonna teemana on 30-luku ja lomailu.
Kaupan on käsityöläisten tuotteita ja vintagea. Paikalla on kauppiaita ympäri Suomea.
1940-1950-luvun musiikkia soittava Trio Nautilus luo tunnelmaa sekä lauantaina että sunnuntaina ja Swing Team tanssittaa kumpanakin päivänä. Jos taidot ovat ruosteessa ja tanssijalkaa vipattaa, molempina päivinä on mahdollisuus osallistua Swing Teamin tanssiopetukseen.
Uusviktoriaaninen valokuvausstudio Atelieri O. Haapala kuvaa tapahtuman vieraita molempina päivinä.
Lauantaina ohjelma alkaa vanhan ajan miesvoimistelunäytöksellä. Iltapäivällä laulavat Blue Heavenin tytöt Harmony Sistersin jalanjäljissä.
Lauantai-ilta jatkuu varsinaisen tapahtuman päätyttyä Teerenpelissä burleskilla kello 18 alkaen.
Sunnuntaina Fintage ry järjestää muotinäytöksen, jossa nähdään 30-50-lukujen loma- ja ranta-asuja sekä muuta vintagea. Silloin nähdään myös Tulenkantajien kirjakaupan musiikillinen esitys, jonka teemana ovat 30-luvun runoilijat.
Sunnuntaina lavalle astuu 1920-1950-lukujen sovituksilla ja soitinkokoonpanolla soittava Seminola-orkesteri. Myös Tampereen seudun mobilistit ry on paikalla vanhoine autoineen sunnuntaina.
Jos tanssitaidot ovat ruosteessa, on paikan päällä tarjolla tanssiopetusta.
Mukana ovat myös historian elävöittämisseura Etulinja ja Lottaperinneyhdistys.
Suvi-Vintagea pääsee nauttimaan molempina päivinä kello yhdestätoista viiteen. Tallipihan kahvilat tarjoavat kahvia ja kastettavaa koko tapahtuman ajan. Tallipihalla on tarjolla myös vossikka-ajelua ja karusellin pyörteitä.
Fintage ry ja Tallipiha järjestävät Suvi-Vintagen kolmatta kertaa. Tarkka ohjelma julkaistaan lähempänä tapahtumaa.
Kuvia viime vuodelta Facebookissa tästä linkistä.
A new appartment and renovation means a lot of work but also some financial stress: hence this year we did not go to the Viva Las Vegas Weekender. We certainly missed it very much but we had other priorities and we really focussed on home making. Our friends were in Vegas – as usual – and had good time so we were happy for them. And they brought me a surprise present from our dear Ron and Cyndi of Denver: a dead stock white cotton blouse – with orange, sage green and yellow diamond patterns and an orange and yellow silk scarf. And the perfect fit! This was so nice.
I wore it a couple of weeks ago, paired with an orange dead stock woolen skirt, a green – yellow – pale yellow Calderon belt with hinges and yellow green and orange bakelite jewelry. That day I was in a mood for colours so I picked up a yellow purse and yellow balerinas as well as orange gloves and and the orange and yellow scarf. I guess I overdid it … but it was a grey early May day so why not.
We took pictures inside a funny shop in Helsinki called Weird Antiques, with the model of juke box I am dreaming to buy one day: a 1958 Ami.
Our renovation and arranging of our home is progressing – slowly – and there are still only a few corners I am satisfied with so far: here’s one. It takes time.
I bought the belt from etsy last fall. The skirt is from Boss Vintage of Denver and purchased a couple of years ago. The purse is from John Day’s vintage stall at a Rock n’ Roll weekender in the UK almost 20 years ago. The bakelite jewelry is from different locations in the US. And the ballerinas are repro ones.