Fintage Fashion Show: Dress swap

Some of Fintages members organized a swap meet in Tampere about a week back. I´ve never been in one, so it was all very new to me.  About ten vintage lovers came by ready to swap some of their own treasures they did no longer need. There were mountains of stuff: coats, dresses, blouses, shoes, jewelry, fabrics.. I didn´t find that much to take home with me, but I was glad to see all those goodies finding their way to a new loving home.

(Kuvat: Rhia Evildressmaker)

Above´s what I wore that day. The forget-me-not blue dress is (again) from my dear friend Mirva, she really keeps me clothed. She thinks it was originally a working dress. I do adore that (American) work clothing look (presented below)! The dress had also a typical white attachable collar, but I took it of for bleaching.

Blue dress – from Mirva
Red snood with a bow – Etsy; Arthelia´s Attic
Red screw back hoop earrings – Helsinki Vintage (I´ve forgot the seller!)
Red 70´s belt – flea market

(Pictures from here and here.)

Ester

I use the name Ester, though it is not my real name. Instead it is very finnish and very forties, as I would hope to be. A few years ago I fell in love with the period between late 30′s to mid 40′s. I adore the frumpy and practical, but ever so stylish 40′s homefront women and campus girls.

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Fintage Fashion Show:

Autumn is really here as you can see by the marvellous colors! I don´t even miss summer anymore or feel sorry it went so fast!

Outfit itself is more of a sporty kind:

70’s jacket: UFF
skirt (a part of a 40’s suit): Ebay
winter socks: from an old shops storage
60’s brooch and screw back earrings -set: Etsy
scarf and gloves: some flea market
40’s shoes: Hasturin antiikki

Ester

I use the name Ester, though it is not my real name. Instead it is very finnish and very forties, as I would hope to be. A few years ago I fell in love with the period between late 30′s to mid 40′s. I adore the frumpy and practical, but ever so stylish 40′s homefront women and campus girls.

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Fintage Fashion Show: Gone with the Vintage

Greetings from Stockholm, Sweden! I spent an extended weekend there going through some vintage goodies with my dear vintage nutty friend: Mirva. We´ve both grown very attached to the same decade: 40’s (and 30’s). But I promise you there were no cat fights amongst us over any vintage pieces! We rummaged our way through several vintage stores and flea markets. And heck, there was a lot to see (and buy)!

On Saturday I wore this blue dress with red stripes  combined with a red hat. The dress I bought from a flea market in Turku last summer. Someone sold old shops storage: new old stock dresses with the shops tags still attached! All the dresses were made with almost the same pattern: with puff sleeves and knee-length hem, but they differed by detailing from each other. This blue dress has a million buttons, a bow on the collar and such lovely pockets. You don´t see similar craftsmanship these days.

The hat I purchased in the beginning of this Stockholm weekend, but from Turku, one of the towns in Finland from where the passenger ship heads to Sweden. Yes, I made a purchase before the journey had even truly began! The red felt hat has a bit of a halo effect and some nice felt decorations on the sides. The blue suede shoes are the ones from my previous post.

I travelled home in that dress too. I just changed the hat to a velvet beret and threw on a gabardine coat. It´s getting cold so a wooly cardigan was also in order! The beret is a find from Stockholm and so is that snazzy hat pin.

The cardigan is made by my mother. I have a far too poor ability to concentrate and I´m far too lazy to make these myself. Instaed I settle for pointing out nice knitting patterns to my mother. This gabardine coat can be tied in many different ways. When it is tied on the front it looks like a swing coat from the back. You can also for example tie it up to look like a trench. I love the broad shoulders!

hat pin: Old Touch
red felt hat: Retrobot
40’s blue velvet hat: Beyond Retro
red 40’s/50’s gabardine coat and 40’s blue shoes: Etsy
cardigan out of 40’s knitting pattern: by mom
40’s dress: Kirppis-Center

Ester

I use the name Ester, though it is not my real name. Instead it is very finnish and very forties, as I would hope to be. A few years ago I fell in love with the period between late 30′s to mid 40′s. I adore the frumpy and practical, but ever so stylish 40′s homefront women and campus girls.

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Fintage Fashion Show: Don’t you step on my blue suede shoes

Today was just for runnig some errands. Absolutely nothing out of the ordinary. But this is what I wore:

80’s black skirt: flea market
40’s blazer and blue suede shoes: Etsy
40’s blue hat and scarf: flea market
70’s belt: flea market


Summer was abit too busy for my liking. Though it was my own fault of course! Nevertheless it sounds funny to me when people grouse about last summer: about the poor weather and coldness. I was too occupied to  notice!  Now in autumn I´ve calmed down and gained much new energy, motivation and inspiration! This was my inspiration for today:

Cover from here!

Ester

I use the name Ester, though it is not my real name. Instead it is very finnish and very forties, as I would hope to be. A few years ago I fell in love with the period between late 30′s to mid 40′s. I adore the frumpy and practical, but ever so stylish 40′s homefront women and campus girls.

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Fintage Fashion Show: Casual Friday on Tuesday

These are the last summer days suitable for picnic. So that´s what I did. I headed to a park with a picnic basket. It was quite fun to eat some crepes with strawberry jam and fluffy whipped cream while others worked their socks off nearby in Outdoor Zumba.

I wore this 1940s flannel plaid dress wich is quite down to earth. And sooooo comfortable! It has these little pocket flaps on the waist and huge wooden buttons on the front. When I got the dress the buttons were the only thing to open to get the dress on. I had to put some press studs on the side because I got stuck once!

The shoes I´m wearing are  from the 40s as well and twins to the  shoes Marianne wore in this post! These brown half leather half suede shoes are more common than I would have thought. I know one other person in Fintage besides myself and Marianne who has an equal pair.

The satchel is something I take along with me almost every day. I think it suits me better than a purse. The bag too is old (I´m not sure how old) and it states under the flap that it is made of real cowhide.  I´ve carried it around so much and it shows. You could say it´s being held together by ”holy spirit”, but I will carry and love it until the bitter end.

40s dress: Ebay
40s wooden ski boot brooch: Huuto.net
Satchel: LA Kirppis, Hämeenkyrö (it cost only 4 euros!!)
Belt: from some flea market
40s shoes: Etsy

Ester

I use the name Ester, though it is not my real name. Instead it is very finnish and very forties, as I would hope to be. A few years ago I fell in love with the period between late 30′s to mid 40′s. I adore the frumpy and practical, but ever so stylish 40′s homefront women and campus girls.

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Fintage Fashion Show: Old ferry

With one Fintage-colleague we once discussed how Finns turn everything into museums. We sure love history! It´s all around us and usually well preserved and treasured. Last Saturday I found a new piece of local history. This old ferry has stood in Kulovesi for a couple of decades and yet I´ve missed it. The ferry was still in use in the 70’s.

Below´s what I wore. The outfit was a bit different than what I usually wear at countryside. Reason for the skirt and heels was a thrifting and antiquity event in Hauho. That is a different side of us Finns loving our past. It´s great that tradititions and memories are adored (more for us vintage-nuts to buy and love!), but these days some people understand all things old as antique or vintage. And the words antique and vintage justify very high prices.

Nevertheless this was a great summer day!

40’s straw hat: from a friend
repro 40’s snood: GinPoodle on Etsy
70’s embroideried blouse: UFF
80’s skirt: some flea market
screwback earrings: Old Touch
40’s crocheted purse: Etsy
40’s shoes: Play It Again Sam


Ester

I use the name Ester, though it is not my real name. Instead it is very finnish and very forties, as I would hope to be. A few years ago I fell in love with the period between late 30′s to mid 40′s. I adore the frumpy and practical, but ever so stylish 40′s homefront women and campus girls.

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Fintage Fashion Show: Depression

What fun we had last Saturday! Some of us in Fintage had a gathering in Lahti. The theme was depression time (but it might have been more like prohibition..). Markus was our kind host and we wanted to help him by bringing some theme-related foods and goodies. Markus made this ham soup (it was amazing – I almost licked the plate!), we brought bundt cake, Muonituslotta´s milkcake and some pancake-like dish wich was made using a recipe from the year 1917.

These outfit-pictures were taken the next day. As the Depression-Day turned into night with some waltzing and sauna, I look a bit tired. Sorry about that! My 40´s dress, jacket and hat are bought from a Fintage-friend.  Bag and belt are from various fleemarkets and  shoes were bought from – where else but – Etsy.



This dress has some nice details: bows on the bust, draping on the hips, adorable buttons and a beautiful cut on the cleavage.


Hat is made of straw. I had such a luck finding out my friend was selling it: I was just about to order one just like it from Etsy!

My wedges are also from the 40´s. They have cute hearts on them made with perforation.


I don´t know the age of my belt. It can as well be from the 50´s or from the 70´s. It has two leather belts tied together with metal buckles.

Ester

I use the name Ester, though it is not my real name. Instead it is very finnish and very forties, as I would hope to be. A few years ago I fell in love with the period between late 30′s to mid 40′s. I adore the frumpy and practical, but ever so stylish 40′s homefront women and campus girls.

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Fintage Fashion Show: The one and only suit

As you´ve already propably read from other writers there was this amazing event that Fintage organized: Suvi Vintage. This summery event was organized in 1940’s style, there were a horse with a wagon, a 50’s carousel (for children, but in wich we rode!), vintage market and people dressed in war time clothing. An event full of lovely people, but what was not so lovely regarding to my wallet: loads of gorgeus things to buy! I found two dresses, a jacket, two hats and a leathery school bag and backpack mix. The weather was a bit chilly, but I bravely wore my summer suit. The only suit I own, though suits are one of the key pieces of the 40’s. Suit´s from Etsy, so are the hat (Thank you Elina for finding it!) and the shoes. They are all authentic dating back to the 30’s or 40’s. The shoes are dead stock.

Below´s the suit from back. Got to love that embroideried sailor style collar! As you can see there was also dancing, although it was forbidden in the WWII time here in Finland.

Here are some close-ups of the accessories (pictures from here: hat, shoes):


Ester

I use the name Ester, though it is not my real name. Instead it is very finnish and very forties, as I would hope to be. A few years ago I fell in love with the period between late 30′s to mid 40′s. I adore the frumpy and practical, but ever so stylish 40′s homefront women and campus girls.

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Fintage Fashion Show: Midsummer festivities

Midsummer day simply refers to the period of time centered upon the summer solstice, but more often refers to specific European celebrations that accompany the actual solstice, or that take place on a day between June 21 and June 24, and the preceding evening.

I usually celebrate the Midsummer day (and night) with family in my parents summer cottage in the middle of nowhere. Surrounded by dark spruce forrests and a little lake. Watching how the sun rays are sifted between birch leaves, listening neverending birdsong and counting the number of forthcoming happy years from cuckoos singing (a finish tradition).  This year it was different. I spend the first day of Midsummer in Tampere with some friends. We had a lovely pic nic in Koskipuisto,  a park in the middle of the city. In the evening we went to see how juhannusjuna (Midsummer train) rested a short while at Tampere´s raillway station.

This is what I wore. The picture is taken day time. In the evening I also wore some white gloves and red lipstick. In the etiquette from the 40’s it says that you shall not wear gloves when you eat, but it is required that the gloves are on when walking on the streets of a big city. Nevertheless I rarely use gloves. Or red lipstick. I’m trying to find a more neutral shade, maybe with a little orange twist.

The dress is a present from my spouse. Originally it´s from Etsy. I would say the dress is at least 70 years old, but still in a mint condition! I adore the detailing and the silhouette: strong sholders makes a bit top heavy impression.

The hat is shown better below. It´s also an Etsy-find and from around the same period as the dress. The hat is made from straw and it has some light pink silk flowers in the back.

And finally but not the least my one (of many) true love: the shoes! Sold to me by this lovely lady Marianne who is also posting here! The shoes date back to the 30’s.

Ester

I use the name Ester, though it is not my real name. Instead it is very finnish and very forties, as I would hope to be. A few years ago I fell in love with the period between late 30′s to mid 40′s. I adore the frumpy and practical, but ever so stylish 40′s homefront women and campus girls.

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Fintage Fashion Show: Everything in life is somewhere else, and you get there in a car. ~E.B. White, One Man’s Meat, 1943

I use the name Ester, thougn it is not my real name. Instead it is very finnish and very forties, as I would hope to be. A few years ago I fell in love with the period between late 30’s to mid 40’s. I adore the frumpy and practical, but ever so stylish 40’s homefront women and campus girls.

I´ve always been into some quirky, but down to earth style.  When I first came across with vintage style, I only saw the things that people usually see: the most stereotypical things of some period. For example I mixed and matched the 60’s short dresses, 50’s full skirts and 70’s large sunglasses (not that it´s a bad thing!). Little by little my style advanced or as some might say restrained. Before I noticed, the style of 30’s and 40’s had engrossed me.

The picture on the right shows a different side of the war time fashion. This picture contains every single lovable (and quirky!) detail of the 40’s style: the mixing of bright colors and especially complementary colors, white ankle high socks (I don´t know what is the deal with the knee pads..?) with sandals, high heels, oxfords or moccasins, the knee length skirts and jackets that touch below the hips.

Of course I also love the stereotypical puff sleeved dresses. As You can see below. This picture was taken in summer 2011. I was visiting a huge (in finnish scale) thrifting event: Restaurantapäivät in Kangasala. Lots of antique, militaria, different kind of collectibles, clothing, jewelry and motorcycle and car parts are sold at the scene twice every summer.

My dress is an ”eighties does forties” dress from Etsy, huge handbag (convenient to carry all the purchases around!) is from the 50’s or 60’s. The hat, the sword shaped brooch  and the shoes are the real deal. All are found from Fida (a mission fleemarket chain). The most interesting piece is the hat. It seems to have been remade in the war time. Maybe the owner of the time got bored and wanted to reshape it? It reminds me of the ”halo-hats”.

Ester

I use the name Ester, though it is not my real name. Instead it is very finnish and very forties, as I would hope to be. A few years ago I fell in love with the period between late 30′s to mid 40′s. I adore the frumpy and practical, but ever so stylish 40′s homefront women and campus girls.

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