Friday, 30 September 2011

Frock Me! It's Hot!

 Dress £1.04 (ebay), bracelets and ring 50p each (boot sales), shell necklace 35p, yellow beads 70p (jumble sales), yellow earrings - about £1 (job lot from ebay)

As most of the UK is roasting in a last gasp of long-awaited summer, here is my first Frock On A Friday. A lovely 70s prairie cotton dress which I got for a song on ebay.

I might have moaned about not making it to the flea market next week, but instead I'm having a stall at the Wiltshire Vintage Tea Party in Malmesbury Town Hall next Sunday. Tickets are £6 including cake and unlimited tea. Would be lovely to see you there if you're in the area - do come over and say hi!

Thursday, 22 September 2011

What Next?

Looks like I won't be selling at the flea market next month as I've just had a call to say they're full, so they're returning my cheque. Now I'm stuck as that's the only way I could really see me running my business and actually making sales. I know many people use the internet and I do of course have the Etsy shop (no sales yet), but I'm afraid I just don't have a clue about marketing!

Ah well, perhaps I could go on Dragon's Den and ask for a squillion pounds to buy vintage clothes with (oh and maybe sell them too)!

Monday, 19 September 2011

If It's Good Enough For Scarlett.....


Here you go then - this is my first completed vintage creation. The pattern is from the 60s and designed by 'Orsini'. The cotton fabric was from the jumble sale. If I remember rightly it was about 30p and someone had made it into a makeshift duvet cover. I had to be a bit creative with the cutting out as the fabric wasn't as wide as it needed to be, but I mananged it. I also had to do a bit of readjustment as it was designed for someone with more boobage than me!! 
I'm pretty pleased with it - although there's lots of seams, it was a lot less complicated and far more enjoyable than a lot of the modern patterns I've attempted. I've often said to my mum how patterns seem so involved these days - it's no wonder that some people get put off at the first hurdle. She agreed that older patterns were much simpler. I think that modern patterns tend to have one bullet point per instruction which makes them seem really long-winded, whereas older patterns put several instructions into one section, which gives the impression that you've achieved more when you complete it. I'd be interested to hear your thoughts if you've made up any vintage patterns.

I did a search to see if I could find out more about Orsini. Although I didn't find anything specific to that designer I did find out about the pattern range. They were a mail order range produced in the 50s and 60s, usually by big names such as Oleg Cassini, Hunter Scott, Ardanti and Mr Blackwell. 

Vintage Patterns Wiki has a fantastic range of pictures of these patterns, great for a browse.

Sunday, 18 September 2011


It's been a soggy Sunday, so I didn't go to the usual boot sale today, plus we woke up really late (for us)! We had to get a few things for BB, then we came home and cooked up a nice Sunday lunch and we've just been pottering about this afternoon. I do have some little finds to share from last week's boot sale and (joy of joys!) a jumble sale yesterday.

Vintage patterns 20p each (boot sale). Check out those flares!

Flower ring and lace bangle 50p each (boot sale).
St Michael furry hat, 60s swimming cap and Canda 80s does 40s dress, 10p each,  jumble sale.

 HUGE scarves - 10p each, jumble sale.

Fabric remnants 10p each and vintage umbrella £1, jumble sale. I'm sure I've seen that design of umbrella before, but can't remember where!

Not sure if the cups are for tea or soup, but they're a gorgeous midnight blue sort of colour and so tactile. Made by Tams, England they were £2 for the lot. The vegetable dish is Italian £1, all from the jumble.

I have a vintage fashion creation to show as well, but I'm leaving that for tomorrow - will you bear the wait? (Probably)

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

In The Frame

Do you remember the tatty old frame I bought for 50p back in March? (Never fear if you don't, just follow the link for a reminder). Well, I've actually completed the restoration, much to Mr R&Bs' surprise - he even said it 'looked nice', which is praise indeed from him. He's so used to my mad, half-finished projects littering the house I think he was just pleased to see something finished in less than a year (5 months this time, possibly a personal best).

Here is a walkthrough of the project.

 First, find yourself a tatty old frame. Next you'll need some moulding compound and some plaster. 
I used Siligum and Restoration Plaster, both made by Gedeo.

 Mix together your moulding compound according to the instructions and take moulds of sections that correspond to the missing pieces.

 Mix your plaster according to the instructions and fill your moulds.

After much sanding, remoulding and gluing, the gaps have been filled.

The frame painted up in Craig & Rose 'Pale Mortlake Cream'. 
I also painted a very thin wash of grey paint and water over the top to slightly age the cream.

Next, I cut a piece of hardboard to size and covered it with an offcut of wallpaper.
I had to fiddle about a bit to fix the board into the frame, but I worked it out in the end.

The finished article.

 I also received a lovely birthday parcel from Vix on Saturday. Her fabulousness sent me some funky fabric and haberdashery, a 60s sewing pattern, a great sewing book and a sweet little swallow bracelet. Isn't Vix a darling?

Have fun everyone and see you very soon!