Well, it’s nearing the end of January and already one of my goals for this year is out of the window. I had vowed to myself that I would post on here more often, and it started well, but then as life started taking over last week the blog hasn’t had as much attention as I’d hoped. I had planned to get another post done before this one but unfortunately that’s the way life goes sometimes. Anyway, please enjoy my vintage on the web finds for the first month of 2016!
I came across Anna Chocola Millinery when trawling eBay for 1920s hats and after scrolling through thousands of cheap modern cloches I finally spotted this beautiful 1920s turban in black satin. It instantly made me think of Bea in The House of Elliot who loved her satin turbans and I have been swooning over it ever since.
Anna Chocola, from Brighton, UK, also offers a wide range of handmade vintage inspired hats ranging from the 1920s to the 1950s. Some are more authentic than others but there really are some beautiful pieces at reasonable prices for handmade millinery. I personally love the 1930s/40s velvet berets which all have a cute oversized bow at the side and the 1920s bridal bonnet is so adorable. For more information about Anna Chocola and to see more images of her wonderful creations just go to her website here.
I’ve been obsessed with Dickies for ages now as they were really popular during the 1930s. If you’ve never heard of them before, they’re are garments which just compromise of the front and back of a blouse or shirt, but no sides or sleeves and it is secured on by ties that hold the two pieces together. They were worn underneath jackets and cardigans when you didn’t want the bulkiness of a complete blouse.
Over the past couple of years I’ve come across a few original dickies but they’ve either not been to my liking or they were rather too delicate to wear. So, when I came across this fantastic original 1940s guide to make your own dickies on the Zips & Darts blog I knew I had to download it to try and make my own. The guide is free, so why not have a go yourself? They are probably one of the easiest things to make. (And I’ll show you mine once they’re done!)
This post on Little Things was shared on one of the vintage groups I belong to on Facebook and it made me giggle. It covers pretty much everything us vintagey types either try and do in our lives or dream of doing all the time. I think my favourite is number 5 as I never go out the house unless I’m dressing up, even if I’ve got jeans on (which is very rare). I don’t own a pair of trainers, a onesie, a tracksuit or even a big sloppy jumper and I always dress up when travelling. And, yes, I do get weird looks!
Retrobelles offers a small range of downloadable guides and magazines that are original from their particular era. They range from the 1920s up to the 1950s and cover topics such as beauty, hair styling and hat making, with the majority costing just $2.95 (approx. £2).
I purchased the How to Make 1920s, 1930s Flapper Hats guide which is basically an original millenary book from the 1920s aimed at home dressmakers and has a whopping 128 pages. It has some really great tips and information about different types of frames, suitable fabrics, trimmings and different hat styles. As trying to make hats is one of my sewing resolutions this year I thought it would be perfect. A little warning though, the process of actually buying is a little long winded and they will manually send you the PDF file via email, so it can take up to 12 hours to arrive in your inbox so don’t panic.
You may have noticed that I have a new badge in the left hand column of the blog from the Vintage Pledge which has been running for a couple of years now and when I spotted it last year I knew I wanted to take part this year. So, my pledge is to experiment more with my vintage patterns and tackle things that terrify me, and this includes embroidery.
Much like hat making, the idea of doing embroidery bewilders me. There are so many things to do with it that I have no idea about, so when I stumbled across Sew Delicious’ Embroidery for Beginners I just knew I had to bookmark it. Ros only goes into the basics here but there are lots of links on there to helpful guides on particular aspects once you’re ready to delve deeper. I think, perhaps, I’ll take her advice and start small and monogram something I make, maybe a pair of French knickers.
For those of you who follow my Instagram account you would’ve recently seen a photo of me with a pair of 1920s/30s style glasses on. I just need glasses for reading and when I went shopping a couple of weeks ago with my mum she got me to try on a few in Boots and Superdrug. Of course, I hated them all as they were all really modern frames, so I vowed to find some I really liked online.
After Googling ‘vintage style reading glasses’ I was immediately presented with Tiger Specs and once I’d clicked on their link I was offered a really good choice of styles, some modern and some vintage looking. It actually took me quite a while to decide which one to go for! In the end I fell in love with the Orton ones above but I was quite tempted with the Hatton too, I just worried they wouldn’t suit me. Once I placed my order I sat back and waited for them to arrive and boy were they fast! I’d highly recommend them to anyone who is after a pair of reading glasses of any style.
I’ve recently started following the lovely Bonita’s blog Lavender & Twill after she commented on one of my posts (thank you Bonita!). As a lover of both vintage and all things creative she really is a lady after my own heart and after having a good browse through her previous posts I came across this fabulous one about making your own 1940s felt flower corsage.
Now, this is something I’ve wanted to do ever since I saw Lucy at 1940s Style For You’s cute versions on her Instagram account and Bonita makes it look so easy to do. I can just imagine this corsage on the side of a hat or embellishing the lapel of a coat, so all I have to do now is decide what colours I want to do, buy the felt and get on with it.