Fintage Fashion Show: 40’s evening gown

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

Cherise

I'm a clothing designer by education and a self taught seamstress. I fell in love with vintage fashion some 5 years ago and haven't looked back since. I sew the majority of my wardrobe myself, so you'll probably see a lot of vintage reproduction here. My favourite decades are the 40's and 50's.

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Fintage Fashion Show: Revisiting summer

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.

Cherise

I'm a clothing designer by education and a self taught seamstress. I fell in love with vintage fashion some 5 years ago and haven't looked back since. I sew the majority of my wardrobe myself, so you'll probably see a lot of vintage reproduction here. My favourite decades are the 40's and 50's.

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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: Red roses on white, Hollywood style

What I love about the 40’s is the old Hollywood glamour: deadly dames in their long, flattering evening gowns with their fabulous hair dos and delicate little shoes. Femmes fatales dresses to kill with red lips and long cigarette holders (and I don’t even smoke!). I drafted the pattern to this dress myself, true to the style of the early 40’s. This style of dress seems to have been very popular back then and you can find many vintage and reproduction patterns from that era with similar cuts. I found this fabric from the local fabric store. They have these large boxes full of fabric pieces and sometimes you can make some pretty great finds there. The fabric is a lovely and flowy rayon challis. Pain in the behind to handle, but feels amazing to the touch!

The mules are actually 50’s but I thought they fit to the style of this dress pretty well. They’re labelled Maharani and they are an Etsy find as well as the wicker purse which is also 50’s. I just fell in love with the clasp detail on it. As you can see it’s actually a fish. I left home in such a hurry the day this photo was taken I didn’t even remember to wear jewellery let alone gloves! How unladylike!

Cherise

I'm a clothing designer by education and a self taught seamstress. I fell in love with vintage fashion some 5 years ago and haven't looked back since. I sew the majority of my wardrobe myself, so you'll probably see a lot of vintage reproduction here. My favourite decades are the 40's and 50's.

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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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