I just have to share the wonderful project of my friend Chantal Filson who purchased a Victorian manor from 1886 (and extra cottage from 1860) on 5 acres in Allegany County, NY this year. She is bringing this amazing home back to it’s original glory and will eventually be hiring it out for weddings and functions and for film productions.
Chantal has worked in Hollywood in costuming and has always loved the era of the property she has purchased (now aptly named ‘1886’). Her attention to detail when refitting the house is astounding and it is looking stunning! If you’d love to have your wedding or a function there in 2017 check out the website. www.1886location.com
You can also follow the (sometimes hilarious) everyday accounts of her progress on her Facbeook page.
Yes, summer is here again…for those of us in the Southern Hemisphere anyway. You wouldn’t know it was summer today here in Perth though as it is currently 16C and raining! Just the way I like it 😉 Here is a group of wonderful old Aussie travel prints from the 1920s and 30s. Of course, the graphic designer in me can’t help love the Art Deco influence in some of them. Enjoy.
Fantastic article from Kindnessblog.com about how the flower-sack dresses and clothing of the 30s and 40s came into being.
In times gone by, amidst widespread poverty, the flour mills realised that some women were using sacks to make clothes for their children. Is response, the mills started using flowered fabric… – Kindnessblog.com
Some of of the beautiful 1930s loungewear inspired items that Vecona Vintage carry in their range. I want them all!! The sailor pants are especially gorgeous. I wish more companies would start doing the ‘low rise’ cut in ladies trousers again. So much more stylish and comfortable. The ‘Cap Calloway’ cap is also a winner!
* Taken from my other blog.
Gorgeous gowns from my favourite era in fashion history. I wish I could own them all! So many fabric styles and textures.
I just discovered a book called ‘Vintage Hotel Labels from the Collection of Gaston-Louis Vuitton’ by Francisca Mattéoli, showcasing some of the collection of over 3000 hotel labels hoarded by Gaston-Louis Vuitton at the start of the 20th century. These labels were stuck to baggage by hotel staff and travel agents for advertising purposes. To me they always signify great adventure and the fanciful sojourns of holiday-makers of the past. I have added some of my own favourites, mostly from the 1920s and 30s.
The book is available here.
I just wanted to wish all my readers and Etsy store customers all the best for the holiday season and a wonderful New Year! And I will have lot’s more vintage goodness for you in 2013!!
I wish I could knit!! My mum was a talented knitter in her 20s (back in the 1970s) but sadly, I never learnt the art myself. I have so many vintage knitting books from the 30s and 40s and would dearly love to have some of the blouses and dresses made for me.
In the mean time, feast your eyes on some of these beauties knitted from vintage patterns by Michèle Marck (pictured below) from ‘Michèle’s Vintage Knitwear’ in the UK. I have admired her gorgeous knitwear for years and would love to buy a 1930s knitted blouse from her one day. Michèle’s garments look like perfect replicas of the original knitting book ‘finished product’ photos and I love the little details she uses, such as vintage buttons (if there is a shoulder opening). Such lovely touches.
She also has a flickr account linked to her blog with load of pics of her creations, so take a look and be inspired! Maybe you can even buy a piece from her or learn to knit! 🙂
Just a short note to say that I am starting my own personal blog as I have so much to share that I can’t always post on SwingFashionista (the other blog I write for). My passion for 1930s fashion, Art Deco graphic design, architecture and style needed it’s own outlet – so here it is! Violet’s Vintage Vault will also feature updates from my Esty store – Violet’s Vintage Emporium. This blog will be a great way for me to promote my shop and share my passions all in one place! I will also re-post some of my more popular posts from SF here.
I hope you will enjoy it and pass the blog link on to other vintage enthusiasts.