Fintage Fashion Show: Lingonberry fields

Today I’m going to show you something I made with a vintage pattern and out of vintage fabrics. I’ve acquired a small collection of vintage patterns and pattern magazines from the 30’s to 70’s and try to use them as much as possible.

The pattern I used for this dress is an American 1940’s Anne Adams mail order pattern. It features a V-shaped yoke with a button detail, either long, short or cap sleeves and an optional collar. I made the short short sleeved version without the collar. I used a 70’s cotton with lingonberry print. The fabric was a thrift shop find and I believe it to have been a curtain in its previous life. The button and buckle are also vintage.

What I really love about vintage patterns is the detail in their cut. They also have a better fit than most of the modern day ready-made pattern (which I steer clear of).

I accessorized this dress with modern Miss L Fire shoes and a red satchel. I think this is going to be one of my favourite summer dresses. Now I just need to wait for some warmer days.

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: 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: Inspiration Mad Men

I sometimes take part on blog challenges and one of the challenges I did this year was the Mad Men -challenge. The idea was to take an outfit from the show and reproduce it or make something inspired by it. I found this lovely rose fabric and after browsing through what could have been hundreds of photos I ended up with a little number worn by Betty Draper. What I made is not an exact reproduction of the piece. The original dress was calf length with a very wide boat neck line. I wanted to make mine a little shorter on the skirt as I tend to have a calf length skirt on most of my dresses. A nice little dress for summer occasions!

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: 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: 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: In the dead of night

Lately I’ve been more and more into the fashions of the 30’s. 40’s and 50’s are still my favourite decades, but some of the 30’s silhouettes and details have also caught my attention. I couldn’t resist myself when I came across this 30’s sienna coloured dress. And the fact that it fit almost perfectly didn’t quite help either.

I really like the pleat detail on the front of the skirt and the pouchy sleeves. You can see it was made before the war as the fabric has been used profusely: the fold of the hem and seam allowances are at least 2 inches wide, which is lucky for me as there will be plenty of material to make repairs if necessary.

The dress has a quite interesting closing mechanism. There are snaps on the shoulder seam and half of the collar  also comes off and is attached with snaps and small hooks. I had to widen the closure on the shoulder as I had difficulties fitting my big head through it. I also took off the wadded shoulder pads that had quite lost their shape and raised the sleeve at least by an inch.

The hat I’m wearing in these pictures was bought from a local flea market, but I can’t tell its age for sure. The shoes were bought from the R&R swap meet last summer and I suspect they’re from the late 30’s-40’s. They’re very soft and supple leather with canvas insoles. They’re also quite narrow on the toe.

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: 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: Forest green lace and wool

I’ve been wearing this dress on two occasions now. I bought it from a local collector and it’s in impeccable condition. I would say perfect. I needed to nip in the dress from bust and waist a bit and lift the sleeves as the shoulders were very broad. I still kept the shoulder pads though as they give a sharp look to the dress. I really like the asymmetrical cut and the ruffles on the bodice and skirt.

The fabric is a soft forest green wool crepé and the sleeves are made of rayon lace.

The hat is a 40s straw hat and bought from Etsy. The shoes are actually 50s and bought from Suvi-Vintage last summer. They fit perfectly!

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: 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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