Fintage Fashion Show: Burgundy and white

This dress was an Etsy find about a year ago. It is cut on the bias, except for the upper part of the bodice and the sleeves and has mother-of-pearl buttons and belt buckle. The dress was beautifully made of soft and lightweight cotton. It is in good condition and has a lot of life left in it, but unfortunately the fabric does have some fading here and there, which makes it more of a casual thing to wear, really.

The heels are a good example of 1970’s does 1930’s. They were a bargain at a local flea market. While the shape of the heel drives me crazy (I now realize it was also why I never took a proper picture of the shoes from the side – my apologies, haha) I figured those nice cut-out details were too pretty to pass them by.

Marianne

A young lady from Tampere, Finland, with a passion for the old days. I have always been an aesthete, which eventually got me into vintage. I wear vintage daily and my pet period is the 1930’s. As certain vintage items are difficult to find I also often make my own clothes drawing inspiration from old magazines and photos. I have a soft spot for old shoes and aspire to surround myself with pretty vintage heels.

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Fintage Fashion Show: Blue cardigan

It was one of those delightfully sunny early fall days. Sitting at the balcony during midday the sun felt burning hot and you could almost fool yourself into believing it was still summer. But when walking outside, the air was chilly, so this is what I chose to wear.

I made this blue cardigan a couple of years ago, as well as a pair of 1930’s/40’s inspired high waisted slacks with side buttons and cuffs. Later I made a detachable bow out of the same fabric as the trousers. All seen together in the last picture. The knitted skirt is from this set and I’m wearing a thrifted modern cardigan around my shoulders. I found those navy blue suede shoes in July at an outdoors flea market and couldn’t believe my luck as they were my size. They are Finnish made, in pristine condition, hardly worn. There is a stamp inside indicating they were possibly made in the year 1935. The round 30’s shades I bought from Stockholm last summer.

Marianne

A young lady from Tampere, Finland, with a passion for the old days. I have always been an aesthete, which eventually got me into vintage. I wear vintage daily and my pet period is the 1930’s. As certain vintage items are difficult to find I also often make my own clothes drawing inspiration from old magazines and photos. I have a soft spot for old shoes and aspire to surround myself with pretty vintage heels.

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Fintage Fashion Show: Yellow

Today I wore a bright yellow crocheted skirt and sweater set, white oxfords and a tan clutch. The set is handmade of cotton yarn, I purchased it from Etsy and it is in pretty much immaculate condition for its age. The cotton makes it sturdy but it also means that it’s quite heavy and rough and doesn’t have a lot of give to it. It is comfortable to wear, once you get it on you, though. The shoes are dead stock and also from Etsy, the clutch and belt are trifted. The attention I get wearing this ensemble out in public surprises me every time. It must be the strikingly bright colour (and plenty of it) that even enhances in sunlight.

A little peek into my flatmate’s beautiful room.

Marianne

A young lady from Tampere, Finland, with a passion for the old days. I have always been an aesthete, which eventually got me into vintage. I wear vintage daily and my pet period is the 1930’s. As certain vintage items are difficult to find I also often make my own clothes drawing inspiration from old magazines and photos. I have a soft spot for old shoes and aspire to surround myself with pretty vintage heels.

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Fintage Fashion Show: Bare shoulders

After a prolonged break I thought I would join the Fintage fashion Show again. I have had a pretty hectic spring and very lazy summer since my last post. I moved into a new place at the end of April and all the moving and decorating have kept me busy, but at the same time I have taken the time to just relax and make the most of my holiday. I must admit I enjoy this new place a lot, maybe a bit too much… I have found myself spending a shameless amount of what has been an exceptionally sunny and warm summer in Finland (so far anyway), indoors.

I made this flowery rayon dress in June. I had already started making it a year earlier but for some reason I disliked it, put it aside and totally forgot about it. I was going through my fabric stashes, found it and decided to finally finish it. I traced the pattern for the bodice from a 1930’s dress and then drafted the sleeves and the bib. I put a lot of thought on the details and this one called for hours of sewing by hand. I added some wooden buttons, a matching brown belt buckle and voilà. I like how the shoulder cut outs look like and I think it turned out lovely in the end.

The clutch style handbag is made of paper string, I bought it from a friend last summer. I love the bow detail on the straw hat.

Marianne

A young lady from Tampere, Finland, with a passion for the old days. I have always been an aesthete, which eventually got me into vintage. I wear vintage daily and my pet period is the 1930’s. As certain vintage items are difficult to find I also often make my own clothes drawing inspiration from old magazines and photos. I have a soft spot for old shoes and aspire to surround myself with pretty vintage heels.

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Fintage Fashion Show: Blue

I’m wearing a blue 1930s silk velvet evening gown with rhinestones.

My black velvet opera coat. The fabric, lining and fur collar were in pristine condition, but the seams were tearing by the lightest pull, so I had to re-stitch most of them and it is like new again. This one had been so well kept, there was hardly any evidence of it being over 70 years old.

Chainmail purse, Art Deco earrings and one of my most precious pair of heels.

Another beautiful cabinet portrait by Atelieri O. Haapala

Marianne

A young lady from Tampere, Finland, with a passion for the old days. I have always been an aesthete, which eventually got me into vintage. I wear vintage daily and my pet period is the 1930’s. As certain vintage items are difficult to find I also often make my own clothes drawing inspiration from old magazines and photos. I have a soft spot for old shoes and aspire to surround myself with pretty vintage heels.

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Fintage Fashion Show: Plus-fours

Vintage hunting has been quite difficult lately and it seems I am not the only one with these thoughts. Finding anything at all that would be interesting enough, as well as affordable, has been almost impossible for a while now, and it is has made me concerned. When flea markets are failing to provide any finds I feel like you would have to be either wealthy to be able to purchase the rare goods around the internet, or just have to be able to make everything yourself, from scratch. Altering clothes is another good option and a perfect way to recycle. But I am having a hard time even finding things to alter. I am after quality and comfort and rather picky when it comes to fibre content and I hardly ever make compromises anymore when it comes to new purchases. And what happens when you are unable to make things yourself? Lately I have been lacking energy and inspiration so much it has resulted in months of not being able to sew or knit anything new. Even the piles that need altering and mending have mostly been untouched. The spring and increasing sunlight is helping a little and at least I am starting to feel inspired again. But needless to say it could have started a lot earlier. The winter in Finland has been so incredibly dark and cold and thus also utterly depressing. Luckily I have great friends with perfect style and taste. I have bought and received some of my favourite clothes from my friends, they truly know what I like.

This outfit is no exception. The green and grey plaid jacket and plus-fours I have received from ever so lovely Ester, the tie from my good friend Flanööri and my newest vintage glasses I bought from my friend Mirva, who is a fellow vintage enthusiast and an optician. The scarf and mittens were knitted by my mother. The shirt is a made to measure one and seen in one of my previous posts. Everything else is from various flea markets, and to think of it, they were all bought at least a year ago. The knitted vest is modern and I only made it a tad slimmer and shorter. Oh, and the brogues are the ones seen here. The recession-era shopping bag is made of paper string with cardboard detailing and it seems to be something I carry with me almost every day. In fact, I have managed to find myself two identical bags, which is a rare treat and quite fortunate, knowing I am so fond of it.

Plus-fours are possibly my favourite type of trousers. This pair is made of very thick herringbone tweed.

Marianne

A young lady from Tampere, Finland, with a passion for the old days. I have always been an aesthete, which eventually got me into vintage. I wear vintage daily and my pet period is the 1930’s. As certain vintage items are difficult to find I also often make my own clothes drawing inspiration from old magazines and photos. I have a soft spot for old shoes and aspire to surround myself with pretty vintage heels.

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Fintage Fashion Show: Sweater set

I had been coveting a 1930’s sweater dress for so long. This adorable copper coloured rayon set is one of my latest finds. Adorned with feather and fan stich and a brown wooden buckle, this set is very simple, yet quite elegant. I accessorized it with my ever so comfortable 30’s brown oxfords and a beige handbag and added some contrasting green jewellery. The pendant is also from the 30’s and belonged to my grandmother. The best thing about these knit ensembles is that they are so versatile. They can be very dressy and chic, but also incredibly comfortable and easy to wear for a more laid back look. A fine option for so many occasions.

A cabinet portrait by the amazing Atelieri O. Haapala. Find them on Facebook too!

Marianne

A young lady from Tampere, Finland, with a passion for the old days. I have always been an aesthete, which eventually got me into vintage. I wear vintage daily and my pet period is the 1930’s. As certain vintage items are difficult to find I also often make my own clothes drawing inspiration from old magazines and photos. I have a soft spot for old shoes and aspire to surround myself with pretty vintage heels.

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Brown and blue

At times I like to mix masculinity and femininity in my looks. As much as I love to be able to pull off a really feminine ensemble, I absolutely adore men´s vintage clothing, especially from the 1920´s and 1930´s. I don´t know if a very boyish look would suit me all that well, but I have always found myself being utterly inspired by androgynous attires. My approach on the subject tends to be rather subtle, as I do like curly hairdos and make-up.

One of these chilly winter days I was wearing a pair of beautifully hand-tailored brown breeches I bought last summer. The label indicates they were British made in 1951. After purchasing them I started hunting for a pair of perfect boots to go with them. I finally found these 1930´s lace up babies from Vintage Haberdashers. You can see more photos of them in this post. I must say, they are one of my favourite pairs.

I am also wearing a made to measure men´s vintage style shirt I ordered a while back. The rayon tie is 1950´s, as is the brown wool jacket. The navy blue wool cardigan is modern, the style is very classic and I have had it for years. I replaced the buttons with vintage ones.

Marianne

A young lady from Tampere, Finland, with a passion for the old days. I have always been an aesthete, which eventually got me into vintage. I wear vintage daily and my pet period is the 1930’s. As certain vintage items are difficult to find I also often make my own clothes drawing inspiration from old magazines and photos. I have a soft spot for old shoes and aspire to surround myself with pretty vintage heels.

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Fintage Fashion Show: Sheer plaid

As it was mentioned in the last post by 365 Vintage Days, Fintage released the calendar for 2013 on Saturday at the Finnish Burlesque Gala. This is what I wore to the festivities. I have had this 1930’s organza gown since last spring and it was love at first sight. I adored the huge plaid pattern, those fresh colours and the cut and fit were perfect. When trying it on, an instant image of glamorous 1930’s garden parties came to mind with wide brimmed hats, parasols and cool drinks under the hot sun.

The summer went by and I never had the opportunity to wear it. But last weekend I thought I would ignore the grey autumnal weather and decided it would be my last chance to wear it before next spring. I made a red silk sash and wore a cute pair of red T-strap shoes with it. Underneath I had a lovely 30’s ivory rayon slip. I found it accidentally a while back. It literally fell into my lap as I was going through a pile of otherwise really boring textiles given to me. Older slips are one of the items that are really difficult to come across in Finland, anything older than 1950’s, it seems. And to find one in my own size was very lucky, I would say.

Marianne

A young lady from Tampere, Finland, with a passion for the old days. I have always been an aesthete, which eventually got me into vintage. I wear vintage daily and my pet period is the 1930’s. As certain vintage items are difficult to find I also often make my own clothes drawing inspiration from old magazines and photos. I have a soft spot for old shoes and aspire to surround myself with pretty vintage heels.

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Fintage Fashion Show: She wore purple velvet

These photos were taken a couple of weeks ago by Jirina, our very own talented photographer here at Fintage. We had a calendar shoot with a New Year’s Eve theme.

Funnily enough I purchased this amazing 1930’s gown from Etsy about a year ago when I was looking for something glamorous for a very special combined New Year’s Eve and birthday party. The dress had lovely gathered shoulders and butterfly sleeves lined with cream coloured satin and it was basically in mint condition. The only thing was that the dress was not quite long enough for me, so I figured I would try and find a fabric similar enough to the cream lining, so that I could make a long slip to be worn underneath it. I think it turned out nicely and it looks like the dress could have actually been made that way originally. I like the combination of the deep purple and light cream and also matt velvet and lustrous satin.

This is what I wore with the dress. The silver shoes and the bag are from eBay, if I recall, and the screw back rhinestone earrings from Etsy. The earrings are not very old but art deco insired, and I believe the shoes and the bag to be 1930’s or early 1940’s.

Marianne

A young lady from Tampere, Finland, with a passion for the old days. I have always been an aesthete, which eventually got me into vintage. I wear vintage daily and my pet period is the 1930’s. As certain vintage items are difficult to find I also often make my own clothes drawing inspiration from old magazines and photos. I have a soft spot for old shoes and aspire to surround myself with pretty vintage heels.

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