I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, I did, I finally got my sewing space all sorted out and organised (I snatched the chance in a break between projects, otherwise I wouldn't have even known where to start!) so I have a lovely clear space to work at last. And that's good because I have a lot to be getting on with, as you will soon see! As promised here are my finds from the Vintage Kilo Sale and my plans for them - Vintage Revamps Ahoy!
First up are two sweet blouses:
|Yellow embroidered cotton blouse|
|Pink and white gingham blouse|
These blouses are both much too big for little old me but they were such perfect spring colours that I just had to nab them. I'm a bit lacking in the separates department in my wardrobe, so these will hopefully start to fill that gap! Plus they'll both need very little alteration - just a little bit of taking in and a tweak here and there (the yellow blouse has a small burn on the sleeve that will need to be worked around) - and they could look very 1940s. Perhaps I'll add some ruffles like the bottom left pattern below, or some embroidery on the pocket like this sweet nautical blouse.
Next up is this lovely plaid shirt:
|Yummy green and orange plaid shirt|
This shirt would literally drown me, it's so big! Luckily I have more exotic plans for this shirt. Because of the large amount of fabric I want to simply take the shirt apart and use the pieces to make a 1950s style jumper suit like the gorgeous one below. It will be a challenge, but if it works it'll be perfect for the summer, and it will go nicely with the yellow blouse above too!
And then we have the dresses. First up is this nautical inspired number in teal:
|Teal nautical dress|
I'm not quite sure yet what exact changes I'm going to make to this dress, it needs to be taken in for a better fit and I'll probably take the hem up a little too, but I do want to retain the feel of the dress. Perhaps I'll remove the sleeves like the central dress below (taken from a 50s fashion magazine, in which the 50s fashions echoed the style of the 30s, even then vintage style was cool!), add a white belt and throw on some white shoes and a hat :)
Then came this gorgeous peach silk number:
|Peach silk (well a polyester imitation!), so girlie :)|
I must admit when I saw this dress I grabbed it from the rail in a second, it seemed so unique and special. Some of you may wonder at my choice of dress, I realise that peach and silky may not be to everyone's taste, but it was just so sweet I couldn't resist! I mean, just look at these fabric covered buttons:
|How sweet are they?|
Le swoon, le sigh! My big plan for this dress is in fact to turn it into a glamorous golden age film star type dressing gown. Just imagine a little bit of quilting, a touch of embroidery, and I might end up with something close to Dita's fabulous boudoir gown below:
|Oh Dita, yes please!|
And finally we have by far my favourite find of the day, this 1980s-does-50s day dress:
|Hot pink 50s style dress|
This really was my little hidden treasure of the day, I found it stuck between a lot of baggy jumpers in a cardboard box at the sale, can you believe it? It really needs very little alteration at all, it is only a touch too big so it's really the perfect find, it even has a matching fabric belt! And look at the sweet white cotton detailing on the bodice:
I really love it, I think I may put it to the top of my revamp list just so that I can wear it as soon as possible! I just can't believe how 1950s it looks. Compare it to it's original 50s counterparts below and you'll see what I mean!
So as you can see I now have lots of lovely projects in the pipe line, I can't wait to get started! So expect lots of vintage revamps very soon :)
Happy Monday everybody, I hope you have a great week!