Fintage Fashion Show: Toned down vintage feeling

Last weekend was the Verkatehdas Vintage in Hämeenlinna, where vintage people can meet and find treasures to cherish. This time I wanted to wear something little bit more toned down but still vintage style.

I got this black dress from local theater’s flea market where they were selling old theater costumes. It is 30’s style but reproduction, quite basic shirt dress cut. Buttons are vintage glass buttons. And who knows, fabric could also be vintage. With the dress I wore green silk waistcoat. It is modern and probably ethnic origin, but the technique used to put it together, fagoting, is traditional old method. It was used quite a lot in vintage blouses and underwear for decoration. I found this waistcoat from flea market last spring. Colour is unusual for me, but I kind of like the vintage feeling it has and it reminds me of late 20’s style.
I was so busy at the vintage fair I didn’t have the time to take any photos so I’m using older photos of same outfit.

Rhia

Rhia is seamstress by profession and likes all things beautiful, old and dusty. She enjoys the asthetics of times gone by: architecture, design, fashion, music, movies and so on. Her passion varies from late 1800's all the way to 50's and even 70's. However her favourite decades are 20's, 30's and 40's. She's not afraid to mix modern with old so you might see some modern and repro items in her outfits aswell.

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Fintage Fashion Show: Adding character and age

As a seamstress I enjoy making my own clothes. I also enjoy creating something ”new” from old. When I find reasonably priced second hand clothes with lovely fabric I might revamp it or reuse the material for something else. That is one way for ecological consuming. Using only vintage is another.

This dress I found over a year ago from flea market. It is actually 60’s wool/velvet dress. Dress was rather ill fitting and unflattering to me but I absolutely love wool crepe hem and that delicate patterned velvet. So I decided it is going to get new 30’s style look with couple alterations. I turned tight round neckline into wider v-shaped and long sleeves into short butterfly sleeves. I also added some details in the bodice and opened the hem as long as possible.

I think the dress got now more character and looks more vintage than it did before. It also fits better for my body and style. Only thing I’m not 100 percent happy with is the shiny buckle I added to the bodice, but that was the best I could do at the moment. I might have to replace that later when I find better buckle. You might notice in the photos that buckle changes place. I left it loose on purpose so I can slide it up and down on the little scarf that reaches from neckline to under bust.

I have been wearing the dress for 30’s style new years party and calendar photo shoot last weekend. I adore the plum red colour, it compliments my skintone very well. Shoes that I’m wearing with the dress are one of my favourite vintage shoes. They are burgundy leather Mary Jane pumps from 70’s, but they go rather nicely with 20’s and 30’s look. Feather stole is modern, fur stole in New Years ensemble is vintage but I’m not sure how old. You have seen the stole before in Jirina’s post.

Having a break in calender photo shoot in Grand Hotel Tammer

New Years party 2011, teamed with long gloves and fur stole.

This is what it looked like originally.

Rhia

Rhia is seamstress by profession and likes all things beautiful, old and dusty. She enjoys the asthetics of times gone by: architecture, design, fashion, music, movies and so on. Her passion varies from late 1800's all the way to 50's and even 70's. However her favourite decades are 20's, 30's and 40's. She's not afraid to mix modern with old so you might see some modern and repro items in her outfits aswell.

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Fintage Fashion Show: Comfortable choices

Last time I missed my slot for post. I was way too tired after the photo shoot to write anything. But you can see my vintage outfit from that weekend in fabulous Fintage Airline-photos Jirina took, including 50’s wiggle dress and gray 60’s army jacket.

Today I wanted to share this blue outfit. It was given to me by sweet Marianne who also writes on this blog. Fabric is the softest you can imagine and dress is very comfortable to wear. It is actually one of my favourites. I wear it often when I’m lazy or when I need that certain comfy and cozy feeling. Dress is most likely from 50’s but I like the way it looks quite 30’s at the same time. Cut is very simple, but collar lace and pockets are lovely details. Here I’m wearing it with my favourite shoes again. During summer time I love to use crochet bags. They are large and can carry lot of stuff. This particular one has quirky pink lining.

Under the dress I’m wearing silk slip. 30’s and 40’s underwear is hard to find in my size so I made this powder pink silk slip myself in the 40’s style. Neckline has silk yarn embroidery in powder pink. Bias cut makes it very sleek and fitted. I love to wear it under the vintage dresses. Silk always feels soft and little bit luxurious to wear.

Rhia

Rhia is seamstress by profession and likes all things beautiful, old and dusty. She enjoys the asthetics of times gone by: architecture, design, fashion, music, movies and so on. Her passion varies from late 1800's all the way to 50's and even 70's. However her favourite decades are 20's, 30's and 40's. She's not afraid to mix modern with old so you might see some modern and repro items in her outfits aswell.

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Fintage Fashion Show: Blue, my new favourite colour

I have said many times that I don’t really like blue colour on clothing. However it seems to be invading my wardrobe big time. One of my latest purchase is lovely late 30’s/early 40’s crepe dress. I got it from Restauranta-swap meet which is held twice every summer in Kangasala, Finland. Dress had one hole in it and only one or two beads missing, otherwise it was in really good condition. Sleeves were very tight, so I gave little bit more room there, and some more room on the hips. But besides those, it fits nicely. It also feels really comfortable to wearbecause of the crepe weave. Crepe is one of my favourite material. It drapes beautifully and looks good. It is slightly stretchy and creates lovely figure hugging style, especially when made of wool, silk or other natural fibers.

Today I wore it with blue checkered jacket with cropped sleeves. Jacket is actually 60’s but it goes nicely with 30’s style because of the cut and wide belt at the back. Jacket was very large so I had to make quite a lot of intakes on pretty much every seam it has. There was enough leftover fabric so I had couple buttons covered and replaced plain blue buttons with fabric covered ones. Crochet bag is one of my favourites for summer. I assume it was made in 60’s or early 70’s. And shoes you have already seen, my favourite suede shoes by Clarks. I suppose this means I am starting to like blue.

Rhia

Rhia is seamstress by profession and likes all things beautiful, old and dusty. She enjoys the asthetics of times gone by: architecture, design, fashion, music, movies and so on. Her passion varies from late 1800's all the way to 50's and even 70's. However her favourite decades are 20's, 30's and 40's. She's not afraid to mix modern with old so you might see some modern and repro items in her outfits aswell.

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Fintage Fashion Show: Wartime fun

This weekend was quite as much fun as vintage enthusiast can have. Tallipiha-area in Tampere filled with vintage shops, vintage people, dancing and old music. Theme of the event was 40’s wartime, soldiers, pretty ladies and rationing. According to the theme I was all dressed up in 40’s style. My dress is my own creation, reproduction in modern fabric but made with vintage 40’s pattern. Dress has narrow belt with fabric covered buckle. Interesting little detail on the neckline has two buttons that are attached to each other with thread, little bit like cufflinks. I bought the pattern recently from vintage collector in US. Shoes are thrifted 70’s vintage leather sandals. It is quite funny how the fashion goes around in circles and quite often you are able to combine later vintage with earlier vintage. In the 70’s they took quite a lot of inspiration from the 40’s, which is good thing. Sometimes it is difficult to find authentic 40’s items and then 70’s s goodies with similar style are pretty good options too.

Hairdo was simple and easy for leisure time with hair flower. I also had lovely vintage butterfly-haircomb but during the foxtrot workshop it fell on the ground and someone stepped on it and it got broke. These things happen and you have to prepare yourself that some fragile vintage items might get damage and wear out more easily. Despite of that, the weekend was wonderfull and it was so much fun!

Rhia

Rhia is seamstress by profession and likes all things beautiful, old and dusty. She enjoys the asthetics of times gone by: architecture, design, fashion, music, movies and so on. Her passion varies from late 1800's all the way to 50's and even 70's. However her favourite decades are 20's, 30's and 40's. She's not afraid to mix modern with old so you might see some modern and repro items in her outfits aswell.

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Fintage Fashion Show: Cool materials for the summer

As the summer has arrived on this corner of the world and holidays are almost here, I have been inspired by 20’s and 30’s holiday and beach wear. Loose beach pyjamas with wide pants and cool silk tops are something that I want for hot and exhausting summer. I can’t handle the heat very well, so cotton, linen, viscose and silk are my cool choices for high temperatures. They also go nicely for muggy weather when temperature isn’t that high but there is moisture in the air. Today was a muggy day like that so I wanted to wear something comfortable.

None of these are actually vintage since they are rather rare items to find in my size, but these make good 30’s style beach outfit for sensible lady. Blue top is modern viscose-silk knit, but revamped by me to suit the vintage style better. Linen palazzo pants are my own creation, made last summer for hot weather. They actually have sailor-style red button detail in front which don’t show here. Red espadrilles are couple years old summershoes which I love. Now I just have to imagine myself in Brighton or Littlehampton beach bulevard, relaxing under the parasol with cooling drink in my hand.

Inspiration for 30's style beach outfit: actress Norma Shearer

Norma Shearer picture from here.

Rhia

Rhia is seamstress by profession and likes all things beautiful, old and dusty. She enjoys the asthetics of times gone by: architecture, design, fashion, music, movies and so on. Her passion varies from late 1800's all the way to 50's and even 70's. However her favourite decades are 20's, 30's and 40's. She's not afraid to mix modern with old so you might see some modern and repro items in her outfits aswell.

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Fintage Fashion Show: Requested vintage outfit

Fintage website is now introducing a new feature called Fintage Fashion Show. Voluntary members of our respectable society are taking in turns and writing about vintage outfits and telling stories behind the clothes. Hope you enjoy the trip to these private wardrobes.I have now the honour of starting this trip.

I am Rhia, seamstress who always found costume history very interesting and appealing. However I only got into dressing up in vintage couple years ago. I never really thought about doing it before meeting likeminded people. I love so many styles and decades that I don’t really have one particular favourite, but the decades I enjoy the most are 20’s, 30’s and 40’s. I especially love silk, wool, lace, brocade and all sorts of beading, sequins and rhinestone decorations (the shinier the better). I just can’t stop admiring elaborate handmade details in vintage and antique clothing.

My vintage collection is still rather small, but it is expanding. At the moment I’m desperately seeking 30’s or 40’s shoes that actually fit my size 39 feet. Also on my to-do-list I have vintage style cardigan (might take awhile to make since knitting isn’t my forte) and 30’s repro summer dress with silk slip. We will see how those turn out. I also started collecting vintage patterns to put them to good use in my profession as a seamstress. But now, let’s have a look what kind of treat I have for you this week.

Two weeks ago I had to join my mum for a funeral. We went to pay our respect to my great aunt who reached the respectable age of 97. Mum requested that I would wear something vintage. So I did and she was very pleased. This lovely striped sheer 40’s dress was purchased from a friend this spring. I added two vintage rhinestone buttons for decoration. Hat is also 40’s vintage, found from local charity shop several years ago. Dark brown 30’s hat pin was a find from local antique shop called Mennyt Aika here in Tampere, two years ago. Suede shoes are modern repro, very vintage style though. They are made by Clarks and I got them from England 1,5 years ago. I had to rummage through about 8 different Clarks’ shops to get them, but that is a completely different story.

Rhia

Rhia is seamstress by profession and likes all things beautiful, old and dusty. She enjoys the asthetics of times gone by: architecture, design, fashion, music, movies and so on. Her passion varies from late 1800's all the way to 50's and even 70's. However her favourite decades are 20's, 30's and 40's. She's not afraid to mix modern with old so you might see some modern and repro items in her outfits aswell.

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