Fintage Fashion Show: Japanese Afternoon

I love blossoming cherry trees so me and my husband decided to make a visit to Helsinki Cherry Park while the trees are in their fullest bloom. Cherry Park has its origins in the Japanese merchant living in Finland, who had the idea that the Japanese living in Helsinki, their family members and the Japanese companies could donate cherry trees for the Helsinki hanami fest.

The pink dress with the Japanese theme was a natural choice. I bought this cotton dress a year ago in a Viva Las Vegas Car Show. I fell in love with the fabric, but because of the heat I didn’t try it on until in a hotel room; it fitted perfectly. I’m not sure about its age, the sewing looks old but the zipper is plastic, but maybe it’s been changed? However, I love this dress.

The red purse I purchased in a motorcycle swap market 15 years ago. I considered for some time whether I buy it or not, because I thought it was expensive (well, not comparing prices of today!). I’m glad that I bought it, it’s good shade of red and I’ve used it a lot!

The red shoes are modern, but made in the old style.

Chatja

I've been in 50's scene since mid 90's. I started by listening music of that era and soon I got interested in clothing and everything else that includes fifties culture, and forties too. But still music is number one for me! I mix vintage, repros and new clothes, yet I prefer vintage.

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Fintage Fashion Show: Red from head to toe

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.

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: Black silk with a dash of gold

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.

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: Black velvet

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!

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: Fuzzy winter ahead

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.

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: Forget Me Not

You might have read about the Summer-Vintage fair held in Tampere couple weeks ago already. Ofcourse I too participated in the event: first day as a seller and second day just hanging out. The second day was really sunny and warm and I have to admit I got a little too hot in my dress although it is made of light weight cotton, but you know what happens when it comes to black fabric and sun shine and all.

I made the dress myself about a year ago when I still had this style in my collection. The pattern is from a German sewing magazine called Beyers Mode from 1954. I only made few alterations to the pattern such as lengthen the bodice which is something I quite often find myself doing with German patterns especially. The fabric is a lovely light weight, high thread count cotton with pink forget me nots on black background. I bought the fabric from a near by fabric wholesaler, but it hasn’t been available for a long time any more, which is a shame cause I really like it. I think the pattern has a nice vintage feel to it.

My hair is already a bit messy after strolling around and participating on a dance lesson.

The hat is actual 50’s and found from the exciting world of Ebay. It is labelled Betmar and it’s made of straw braid I suppose. I just love the detail on the crown. The blush pink shoes are from the 70’s but I chose them because I thought they would be suitable for dancing and because the color matches the dress. I also had a purse, but I forgot to grab it for the picture.

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: Yellow was never really my colour

…until I found this dress. I bought this dress from a friend of a friend, who also happens to be a vintage collector. She wanted to get rid of some of her treasures and put up a sale at our studio, so we got to rummage through hundreds of items including dresses, shoes, hats, jewellery, you name it!

I never really thought I would like yellow, until I saw this one hanging in the rack. There was just something about it. Be it the combination of orange, yellow and white or the girly and care free style of the dress. I just had to try it on.

The dress is an early Kaisu Heikkilä design. The company was found in 1952 and this dress is probably from the late 50’s to early 60’s. The fabric is nice and sturdy, cotton I suspect, for I haven’t tested it, with an irregular weave. And I just love the large patch pockets with those huge white buttons on them. The dress fit me perfectly the way it is, I only needed to strengthen the stitches on the zip.

The clip-on earrings are probably resin and from the same era. I bought them from a car boot sale. The shoes are modern.

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: Introducing myself and a 50s plaid dress

Hello everyone!

I’m Cherise, one of those vintage fanatics contributing to this new blog series called the Fintage Fashion Show. I’m an independent clothing designer and mostly self taught seamstress from Tampere, Finland. I work for my own clothing label full-time and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. Aside from my work I love browsing through the Internet and rummaging the flea markets for vintage treasures. I collect vintage sewing patterns and magazines and I sew a great deal of my own wardrobe. In addition to that I buy most of my clothes used. I also have a soft spot for shoes, but unfortunately it’s very hard to find wearable vintage shoes in my size.

What I love about vintage fashion is the overall design of the garment, how all the details and cuts have been carefully thought of and how beautifully the piece has been assembled. I also love the feel of the materials: heavy rayons, wools, cottons and silks, their rich colours and imaginative prints. They just don’t make fabrics and clothes like they used to, when each garment was made individually for its wearer and most importantly, made to last.

The first outfit I’m going to present is a green wool dress I made after a late 50’s Marian Martin home sewing pattern. Marian Martin was a mail order pattern company in the 30’s trough 50’s. This particular pattern is a misses’ pattern, but I have come to the conclusion that the American teens’ or misses’ patterns actually fit my body type the best rather than those full figure patterns that are always too large in the wrong places. I like my dresses closely fitting. I didn’t need to make too many changes to the pattern, just lengthen the front bodice a bit and add a tad bit ease on the waist. I chose this green and black plaid wool blend fabric, well, because I like green and it was pretty close to the original design. The 50’s shoes I’m wearing in this picture are from a car boot sale as well as the hat, although I cannot tell you the exact age of the hat. My best guess is that it’s also from the 50’s or 60’s. The 60’s vinyl purse is from a local flee market and the gloves are modern.

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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