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Vintage delight …

I’ve been a bit quiet on the blogging front lately, but I am sewing and I will blog about that soon. In the meantime, here’s a little vintage delight to show you …

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My lovely mum gave this to me years ago. She found it in the late 1970s in a junk/ antique shop in the town I grew up in. I think the shop was called Lace Lynn and it was the source of many interesting and beautiful items in our house. Anyway, I know very little about this dress, except it didn’t cost much, it still has the original shop label attached and that I love it dearly (so much so that the fabric has always been my blog header). I think it’s probably early 1940s, but that’s just a guess.

IMG_3442The label says ‘Blacon’ and I’d be really interested to see if anyone knows anything about it because I can’t find anything much except that it was made in England (and that Blacon is a suburb in Chester!).

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It’s crepe, it has a zip closure to the front with cord ties, elbow length sleeves and that amazing, angular collar.

IMG_3443This beauty does fit me but I’ve never worn it. It’s a bit of an unflattering length on me, falling on the calf. Unfortunately I didn’t inherit my mum’s slim legs, I can only imagine that mine were made in Wales, ‘Shapely’ as I like to think of them! I did consider shortening it once upon a time but actually in this case, I’m loathed to alter anything about it and think it should probably be kept in its original state.

IMG_3444The belt is missing, it always has been sadly, but it doesn’t matter to me. It really is a treasure and I’ve enjoyed having another look at it. I keep this in an old suitcase in a cupboard along with some other vintage lovelies. It made me think that there must be so many more hidden gems out there, do you have anything to show? Go on, pop them on your blog, I know I’m not the only nosey parker!

 

 

 

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Wash and go …

I love polyester! Don’t be thinking of little old ladies or sweaty, sporty sorts, think easy to wash, dry in two minutes and fling on without ironing. It’s a no brainer.

OK, you could also be forgiven for thinking of the 1981 John Waters film of the same name, the one where you took a scratch and sniff card into the cinema with you and experienced the smell of the film too (wow!). I don’t remember that one, it passed me by, but then I was probably pretending I was in Bucks Fizz at the time.

I’m actually very excited about my latest vintage find made in (and I’m not ashamed to say it) polyester.

Just look at that! She’s a beauty and she’s all mine, a lovely vintage number from the local shop that has recently popped up in my neck of the woods. It fits very nicely and as there are no labels, it could well be homemade, and nicely done it is too. This is my second successful vintage polyester dress purchase of recent times and I will post a blog about the other one soon. I love the gathered shoulders and tie waist and it feels all slinky when I wear it, I’m thinking it might be late 70s early 80s. On a down note a) I probably won’t wear it on a scorchingly hot day (unlikely in this country where it has rained for months now) and b) watch out all the people I like to hug. I may zap you with the power of the static shock!

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