Oh dear, I haven’t done a Vintage on the Web roundup for a while, have I? I keep getting distracted with other things, so my apologies. Anyway, I haven’t forgotten and here are all the wonderful vintagey things I’ve found on the internet during September.
This post from Witness 2 Fashion is an absolute eye opener. It’s amazing how you look at clothes from a certain era and just take certain detailing for granted. This post explains the importance of vertical detailing in the 1920s and shows you what those loose dresses would look like without them. And it’s not just all about the long beaded necklace that’s stereotypical of 1920s!
I’m a big fan of the androgynous look of the 1930s, so this post on the Messy Nessy blog really gets my borrowing-from-the-boys passions going. Nessy, who writes this incredibly interesting blog (check out her other posts!), focuses very much on two names I’ve always been aware of but never really delved into, Marianne Breslauer and Annemarie Schwarzenbach.
Marianne photographed many women who embraced the tomboy look and Annemarie was her particular favourite muse. You’ll probably recognise several of the beautiful photos but probably don’t know much about the photographer. If so, I highly recommend you have a read of this post. Both ladies lived life to the full in a time that was extremely tough, not just for women, but also for those who lived a Bohemian lifestyle in a ever-growing Conservative Germany.
On my search for more free crochet patterns from the 1920s – 1950s I came across the Antique Pattern Library. This site contains a wonderful and vast collection of craft magazines, patterns and leaflets from the 1700s right up to the 1940s. It covers crafts such as crochet, embroidery, lacework, sewing, woodworking, cross-stitch and more. Many of these are available as free PDFs that are available straight away, however, there are a number of hardcopies you can actually purchase.
The one I fell totally head over heels in love with is the Corticelli Knitting and Crochet Book No. 18. from 1922. It has the most beautiful range of knitted and crocheted jumpers, cardigans, dresses and hats, all of which I desperately want to make. Maybe not just yet though, I’ve still got a lot to learn, but these beauties are definitely on my wish list.
I always, always have my nails polished. I’ve been a big fan of all sorts of colours over the years and have a huge collection of really random ones, many that I never wear now but I can’t seem to part with. Therefore this fabulous history of fingernail fashion article on Mashable really appealed to me.
These days I’m very much a bright red or deep red, with an occasional dip into emerald green (the 1930s Bohemian colour), kind of girl. The shape is much more reminiscent of the 1940s than the 30s, mainly because I can’t cope with those sharp points at work! I’d love to have the white tips, and I have done in the past, but it takes so long to do. Just wiping some red polish over the entire nail is soooo much quicker.
I absolutely love this post by Leimomi from The Dreamstress blog. Anyone who dresses in a vintage style or in historical clothes should read it. Every single one of us at some point has had comments made to us, positive and negative, about the way we dress. We’ve all experienced those odd looks and double takes and yes, it can be frustrating when you can’t even go to the supermarket without someone staring at you. However, we do belong to a wider community, made up of many different types of people all interested in different things, it’s just ours is on display all the time.
Leimomi focuses very much on what she calls the costumers, those who dress in historical costume but a lot of what she talks about is very much relatable to us vintage lovers. It’s also worth having a good read of all the comments at the bottom as there’s quite a lively discussion going on. And if you are feeling rather self-conscious about wearing all those gorgeous vintage pieces in your wardrobe, or are worried about receiving negative comments, I’d highly recommend Jessica’s (Chronically Vintage) fabulous YouTube video. I watched it at the weekend and instantly felt more confident!
Okay, so I think it’s pretty obvious to anyone who looks at my posts that I can already sew. However, this post on The Petite Passions is a great help for any beginners. It lists many of the essential tools for getting started, such as a seam ripper or unpicker (vital!), several different scissors (majorly vital!) and the most obvious, a sewing machine, as well as many more.
There’s also a fabulous set of links, separated into particular aspects of sewing, of the best places to go for your bits and pieces. There’s also a great selection of blogs to go to where you can find all of that indispensable inspiration. Of course, it’s probably missing one very important blog! I can’t think why I wasn’t included ;). Hehehe!