Today I’m going to show you something I made with a vintage pattern and out of vintage fabrics. I’ve acquired a small collection of vintage patterns and pattern magazines from the 30′s to 70′s and try to use them as much as possible.
The pattern I used for this dress is an American 1940′s Anne Adams mail order pattern. It features a V-shaped yoke with a button detail, either long, short or cap sleeves and an optional collar. I made the short short sleeved version without the collar. I used a 70′s cotton with lingonberry print. The fabric was a thrift shop find and I believe it to have been a curtain in its previous life. The button and buckle are also vintage.
What I really love about vintage patterns is the detail in their cut. They also have a better fit than most of the modern day ready-made pattern (which I steer clear of).
I accessorized this dress with modern Miss L Fire shoes and a red satchel. I think this is going to be one of my favourite summer dresses. Now I just need to wait for some warmer days.
Aand I’m back! You may have noticed it’s been a while since my latest post. I guess the constant darkness of the heart of the winter and work stress took their toll, but I’m trying to get back on track now that the days are slowly getting longer and lighter.
Here we have a bring red wool blend dress made in thin knit fabric. The dress was an Etsy find and I believe to be from the late 50′s to early 60′s. The dress featured a pleated skirt, metal side zipper, 3/4 sleeves with tuned cuffs. What I especially like about this dress is the detail on the bodice.
The original belt of the dress has gone missing so I paired it with this red leather belt.
And ofcourse some red heels. These ones are from Minna Parikka, so no vintage this time.
I sometimes take part on blog challenges and one of the challenges I did this year was the Mad Men -challenge. The idea was to take an outfit from the show and reproduce it or make something inspired by it. I found this lovely rose fabric and after browsing through what could have been hundreds of photos I ended up with a little number worn by Betty Draper. What I made is not an exact reproduction of the piece. The original dress was calf length with a very wide boat neck line. I wanted to make mine a little shorter on the skirt as I tend to have a calf length skirt on most of my dresses. A nice little dress for summer occasions!
This “little” piece I stumbled upon just browsing through Etsy. It was my birthday coming up and the size matched so why not! For once a vintage evening gown that is long enough for me. The gown is made of heavy and “fluid” silk satin in a gorgeous coppery red colour. It has seen its best days, but it’s still very wearable. I especially love the wide bias cut hem. I suppose this one is pre-war because of the excessive use of material.
The rhinestone necklace and bracelet were a flee market find. They’re a gorgeous blood red and clear rhinestones on a golden coloured base.
All the photos below are take by © Marissa Tammisalo
I love cocktail dresses and other fancier dresses as well. I have a few in my closet, but to my discontent I rarely have the opportunity wear them. Last Saturday was the New comers night -burlesque party in my home town and I wanted to show off one of my treasures. I bought this 50′s silk cocktail dress from Ebay about a year ago. It is labelled Elinor Gay and it’s Union made. Strangely only the front of the bodice and (and half of the skirt) was lined so I continued the lining to the backof the bodice as well as this is one of the parts that takes most of the strain.
I love the shawl-like collar and the structure on the front of the dress.
I paired the dress with a faux pearl necklace and earrings and some gold coloured heels and purse. The sling back heels are an Etsy find and lablelled A-mano. The purse was a flee market find and its probably from the 60′s.
I was supposed to tell you about my 50′s sateen house coat, but I lost the images (only I can manage that) so instead I’m going to tell you about a great book I just purchased and show some pieces from my collections.
I’ve been intrigued by corsets for years now and also vintage lingerie for the past couple years. The detail is simply stunning. Before the 60′s, when tights became available, women always wore their girdles and stockings. Surely that is not the most comfortable solution for everyday wear, especially for the active, modern woman. Still I find myself hoarding vintage girdles, brassiere, stockings and slips over and over again.
You can only imagine my enthusiasm when I came across this book. I was literally jumping of joy. Vintage Lingerie: historical patterns & techniques by Jill Salen is available on Amazon for a very reasonable price. The book includes high res. photos of genuine vintage lingerie from the 20′s to 70′s, descriptions of their usage and 2:1 patterns of bras, knickers, slips and girdles. I can heartily recommend this book to any vintage enthusiast and seamstress interested in the subject.
Here are some pieces of vintage lingerie I’ve been collecting over the years. I rarely wear them as my work includes a lot of sitting and bending. I do love the figure they create though and how pretty they were designed to be although no one rarely saw them besides the wearer and possibly her maid and husband. Modern day T-shirt bras and g-stings simply do not compare!
Last weekend was the Finnish Burlesque Gala in Helsinki and I got the chance to participate as well. I had made this black velvet 50′s inspired cocktail dress about a year ago, but hadn’t got the chance to wear it yet. Well this was, obviously, the perfect event for the dress. I have draped pink silk sateen over the bust and added a ribbon made of black velvet under the bust from where it continues as a halter strap.
I wore 50′s rhinestone earrings and rhinestone necklace and bracelet bought from various places. The patent leather clutch is Finnish vintage from maybe 70′s or 80′s and bought from a local flee market. The shoes are modern Agent Povocateur and bought second-hand. I just love those little pink bows on them!
I couldn’t wait to show you my most recent purchase which arrived not long ago. I haven’t got the wear the sweater officially yet, as it’s very warm and the weather isn’t just cold enough yet.
I found this lovely 50′s mohair sweater on Etsy. It has a lining and beautiful beading on the front of the bodice and it’s in great condition.
I paired it with this red wool crepe skirt I made with a 50′s pattern. The shoes are from Miss L Fire and the purse is vintage 50′s and bought from Shop Ahoy!. I paired the outfit with this 60′s pillbox hat that I’ve bought from a local flee market, but newer really wore. I guess it takes a little to get used to.
Here’s an outfit from last summer that’s a mixture of old and new, home made and bought, like many of my everyday outfits. I wanted to have 40′s style swing trousers and being quite tall I figured the best way would be to make them myself. Way too often vintage trousers end too short on me. I chose a navy blue heavy weight linen-rayon blend and bright red shank buttons. I drafted the pattern myself and I have to say I’m pretty pleased with the outcome. I also chose to make the closure with buttoning instead of a zipper for a more authentic look.
The shirt in the first pictures is also made by me, but the second shirt is second-hand and modern, but it goes well with the trousers. Shoes are 40′s-50′s vintage and bought from an antique dealer. They’re made of oiled canvas and leather and the insides are lined with fabric.
Lately I’ve been more and more into the fashions of the 30′s. 40′s and 50′s are still my favourite decades, but some of the 30′s silhouettes and details have also caught my attention. I couldn’t resist myself when I came across this 30′s sienna coloured dress. And the fact that it fit almost perfectly didn’t quite help either.
I really like the pleat detail on the front of the skirt and the pouchy sleeves. You can see it was made before the war as the fabric has been used profusely: the fold of the hem and seam allowances are at least 2 inches wide, which is lucky for me as there will be plenty of material to make repairs if necessary.
The dress has a quite interesting closing mechanism. There are snaps on the shoulder seam and half of the collar also comes off and is attached with snaps and small hooks. I had to widen the closure on the shoulder as I had difficulties fitting my big head through it. I also took off the wadded shoulder pads that had quite lost their shape and raised the sleeve at least by an inch.
The hat I’m wearing in these pictures was bought from a local flea market, but I can’t tell its age for sure. The shoes were bought from the R&R swap meet last summer and I suspect they’re from the late 30′s-40′s. They’re very soft and supple leather with canvas insoles. They’re also quite narrow on the toe.