History of flower-sack dress fabrics

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

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Pic via: Kindnessblog.com

 

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Time Capsule Fabrics

Have you ever tried to make a garment from a vintage pattern but just can’t quite get the fabric right? It doesn’t drape or sit the way those original vintage items that you own do. Well now you can buy all the fabric you need from Time Capsule Fabrics to make your vintage sewing more authentic. They have a curated selection of fabrics from to enable you to recreate the right look and feel. From cotton lawns and rayons to crepes…there are some beauties here.

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“Time Capsule Fabrics is a special fabric store providing a curated collection of fabrics and sewing patterns perfect for sewing clothing styles from the 1920’s – 1950’s. Time Capsule Fabrics serves both the sewist who wants a period accurate look for everyday or living history and the sewist looking to incorporate the Deco era’s timeless appeal into a modern wardrobe.  Our beautiful fabrics include hard to find dress weight rayns and frozen-in-time retro prints, sourced from countries around the world including the US, France and Italy.  We also seek to support the many small businesses that serve the vintage sewing community by partnering with vintage bloggers and carrying independent pattern makers.” – Time Capsule Fabrics website

1920s and 30s

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1940s and 50s

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Wearing History Ready to Wear- Kickstarter Project

Yay! My friend Lauren Maringola from Wearing History is finally making her ready-wear vintage line a reality. Check out her wonderful, USA made ready-to-wear line which is inspired by the 1930s and 1940s and contribute to Kickstarter! She’s giving away some cool prizes for backers too!

Kickstarter page

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My Pinterest Art Deco, 1920s and 30s boards

Just a reminder for all my readers that are fans of Art Deco design and the fashion 1920s and 30s, I have several boards full of my favourite visual collections over at Pinterest that I add to on a daily basis. You are welcome to follow me there also. Enjoy 🙂

Art Deco design and Beauty
1920s style
1930s style
Art Deco Patterns
Vintage Beachwear
Vintage Hair – 1930s
Vintage Hair – 1920s
Art Deco Home
Vintage Shoe Love
Vintage graphic design & advertising

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Book: Vintage Bridal Fashion 1900 – 1950

If you are lover of vintage fashion and tying the knot, you may want to wear a vintage or ‘vintage inspired’ gown from your favourite era. Bridal Fashion 1900-1950 – The American Wedding dress (Kathleen York, Shire Publications, $13.40 at Booktopia) takes readers on an elegant journey back in time through American bridal fashion from the first half of the 20th Century marking the changes that economics, popular culture, and even politics have made to style over the years.

 

New winter coats – Vintage Dressmaker

Irma Romero proudly presents her winter coat collection for 2013, in her own special homage to the 20s and 30s and there some absolute beauties to be had. My favourite is the ‘Louise.’

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All available though her website or etsy shop.

Art Deco home: 1930s Bathroom at Claridge’s

What an amazing early 1930s bathroom this is and I would LOVE to have it in my home. The bathroom is from Art Deco London Hotel – Claridge’s. Green has always been my favourite colour and the beautiful fittings in black, white and stainless steel just set it off. Maybe one day…

Thanks to one of my favourite blogs Queens of Vintage for this pic.

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New items in my Etsy store – September 2013

Hi all. I have a bumper load of new items in the shop this month ranging from pairs of 1920s and 40s deadstock stockings, 30s knitting books and childs tie, 40s hat, necklace and evening dress, 50s cocktail dress, house dress, purses, earrings and gloves and a 60s evening dress and shoes. All the items are linked back to the shop page. Enjoy 🙂

Vintage 1930s Rare 'Woolcraft' Patons & Baldwins Knitting Book    1930s Knitting Pattern Book - Out-Door Sportswear - pdf

Vintage 1930s 'Smartest Jumpers' Knitting Pattern Book   Vintage 1940s Black Felt Hat with Fur Trim

Vintage Early 1960s Teal Blue Lace Dress and Jacket - 46 Bust  Vintage 1950s Dress with Bolero Satin and Beads - M

Vintage 1960s Sparking Black Cocktail Dress - M   Vintage Late 1950s Blue and White Dress - XL

Vintage 1940s Dress with Gold Beading and Goldtone Belt   Vintage 1950s Blue Rayon Evening Swing Coat

Vintage 1950s Cream 4-button Length gloves   Vintage 1950s Beaded Black 2-button Length gloves   Vintage 1950s Cream 6-button Length Gloves

Vintage 1960s Black Vinyl Gloves with Lace Fourchettes   Vintage 1950s Devoré Velvet Purse

Vintage 1960s Cherry Red Mod Leather Shoes   Vintage 1950s Kitten Heel Italian Leather Beaded Shoes - 8.5

Vintage 1920s Grey Silk Stockings Deadstock - 9   Vintage 1940s WW2 era Luxite Seamed Stockings in Box

Vintage 1950s Beaded Lanza Handbag   Vintage 1960s Golden Lame Flat Shoes - 8.5 US
1950s Cluster Beaded German made Clip On Earrings   1950s Green and White Beaded Clip-On Earrings

Vintage 1940s Celluloid Red Disk necklace   Vintage 1930s Boys Tootal Necktie with Rodeo Print

Wearing History – latest patterns

Seems that sewing is becoming a dying art amongst the young ladies of today, which is why I love to keep my hand in. I have taught myself over the years and you can only really learn by doing. It’s also nice to have a bunch friends in the vintage scene that sew and a few that even have their own line of patterns for sale. One my favourite lines comes from Wearing History, which is run by my friend Lauren Maringola. She is an amazing seamstress and you can see many of the pieces in her line made up on her site. Here are some of her latest offerings!

10% off Sale at Violet’s Vintage Emporium!

Hi all, I recently had a 10% off sale for Australia Day in my Etsy store, but I have decided to extend it until the end of January. The code is KOALA for those interested.

Here is the link to the shop: Violet’s Vintage Emporium

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Michèle’s Vintage Knitwear – the art of vintage knitting

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! 🙂

  

  

   

  

New items to the Etsy shop for October…

I’ve been a little bit slack at posting the new shop finds, been very busy lately. But, as promised, here are few of the beauties I have added there of late. A 20s dress and magazine, 30s suit set, a few 40s dresses and shoes, 40s linen blouse, deadstock gloves and some handbags and a 50s swing coat Enjoy!

Vintage 1940s Cherry Red Wedgie Shoes - Size 8   Vintage 1940s Sexy Suede De Liso Debs shoes - 7.5    Vintage 1950s Deadstock Pink Gloves  4-button Length - Cotton

Vintage 1950s Cello Straw Handbag with Cane Handles.  Vintage 1929 Everylady's  Magazine with 3 unused patterns  Vintage 1950s Amazing White Beaded Handbag

Vintage 1940s Black Crepe 'Silver Sequined' Gown - M to L  Vintage 1930s 'Fruit of the Loom' Rayon Dress Suit Set - L  Vintage 1920s Silk Crepe Beaded Dress - L AS IS

Vintage 1950s Aqua Linen Blouse with Deco Swirls L  Vintage 1950s Ladies Black Swing Coat with Ruffled Collar