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: 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: 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: 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: 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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