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: 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: 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: 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: 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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