Having had little luck in the charity shops last month, I seem to be doing better now; I found all sorts of goodies at the vintage and craft fair at the weekend.
My 1960s DL Barron maxi dress with the revamped neckline (no more annoying turtleneck, hurray!) gained some positive feedback as I browsed the stalls at St. Mary's.
Bit dull of me to wear it with the same tie cardigan and boots, I know, but I do like it, and I am so much happier with the look of the neckline.
Is it sad that I sewed the label back in? Probably, but I do love a vintage label!
So what did I find at the fair?
Groovy 1960s fabric which may become my first self-sewn skirt. My lovely friend Kylie sent me this link to a tutorial which looks idiot-proof, she has made a gorgeous skirt as proof that it can be done, so I am going to try it too. Anyone other novice sewists fancy joining us? (Tania - I'm looking at YOU!)
There's Charlie photobombing the SylvaC canoe-like planter, now filled with basil and cacti on my kitchen windowsill.
The 1960s Debroyal maxi skirt (bottom left) has the most fabulous splashy floral print; the 1950s petticoat doesn't look much hung up but it is a delicate pink'n'black ballerina-esque delight; and the 1970s stripey blue knit top was in a £1 rummage case, so it seemed rude not to buy it!
In fact, all these items were cheap, many sellers had bargain/sale rails and suitcases, which always attracts people like me who love a rummage and a good deal!
This was probably my best buy - a 1960-70s black suede jerkin, which fits as though it was made for me.
Sorry about the shitty indoor photos.
When I was taking my outside pics on Saturday, I managed to break my tripod (I am so clumsy...) so I have no way of taking photos other than inside with the camera balanced on the ironing board... like I used to, BT (Before Tripod).
A new one has been ordered, I can't imagine blogging without one now.
How times change.
Dress, faux fur coat, bangles and hat - charity shopped
Leggings - jumble sale
Suede jerkin - vintage fair
Boots - retail (sale)
Gloves - retail (sale)
Black t-shirt - retail (ancient)
I know my friend Clare will appreciate these finds, as she collects vintage postcards.
I was drawn to the photo of the delightful Miss Nina Sevening because my Littlest Love is called Nina, and she is seven years old.
On the back it says When you know your not forgotten by the girl you cant forget.
I struggled to make out the handwriting on the other postcard (the painting is An Open Book by Albert Moore) but I think it says something like Your too sweet [something I can't make out] come and kiss me, Aggie.
And on the reverse;
When we are married we will have sausages for tea, Your divoted Aggie.
While the spelling and lack of apostrophes may not be perfect, you can't beat the blend of romance, sauciness, and practical menu planning.
If anyone is better at making out the writing than me and I have read it wrong, please enlighten me!
Finally - here is Seldom Seen, who is a bit under the weather, having a wee Nana nap with his best feline pal, Minnie.
I'm jealous - I want to kip on the sofa too!
But since that's not likely to happen, I'll pop over and join Patti and her bevvy of beauties instead at the regular Visible Monday party!
Lots of lovely blog posts to catch up on after tea, I'm looking forward to seeing what you've all been up to over the weekend!