Friday 27 April 2012

A review of the Jasmine blouse, Colette Patterns #1018

There have been quite a buzz over Colette Patterns for quite some time now, but initially I wasn’t that interested, I don’t know why, really. Then I succumbed and bought a couple of patterns and so far I haven’t regretted it. Colette Patterns have a growing line of patterns that aren’t reproduction patterns, but has a distinct vintage feel to them. Though the skirts and dresses generally are too short for a 40’s style that is something that is easy to change.

Wednesday 25 April 2012

Winner of the giveaway

The giveaway is over and a winner have been picked with the help of a random number generator. I know that some of you had problems looking at the website, but have no fear, I entered you as well. I gave each of you a number in the order you commented and the generator gave me back number 9:

Lithia Black

I would like to thank the rest of you for participating and for your kind comments about my birthday!

Tuesday 24 April 2012

Fraulein Frauke Presents Cuba Libre

It’s time for Fraulein Frauke Presents… again on May 26 and this time the theme is Cuba Libre. For once it takes place on a weekend when I’m not working, which is nice, as I don’t have to watch the clock all evening. I am, however, coming straight from a wedding, but I have an idea on a new frock that I think will work for both occasions. I’m not really the type for wearing fruits in my turban, but I can stretch to flowers. In any case I am sure I will have as much fun as usual.

Monday 23 April 2012

Giveaway reminder

Just a little reminder that the giveaway ends tomorrow. Check it out if you haven't already seen it.

Friday 20 April 2012

A few homespun advices on sewing

Maureen O'Hara looking glamorous and sewing in 1946, picture found at Life archive

I have been sewing since my late teens, mostly because I became more and more frustrated with the lack of clothes that fitted me properly. I’m not fantastically skilled and I’m not quick (unfortunately) but it is something that I really enjoy doing it. In fact, I tend to get rather testy if I don’t get to do some sewing for several days. I’m working on getting more structure into my sewing and one of my obstacles- a very untidy sewing room, has almost been eliminated. I often hear people sigh and say that they wished they could sew and I say. Well, why don’t you start? I realize that not everyone will like it as much as I do, but sewing is not as hard as it may seem. If you start with something easy, work slowly and carefully, then I am sure that most everyone can pull something pretty and wearable together.

To encourage those who find sewing scary I have compiled a littler list of advices. They are not professional or all-embracing, but they are things I have found useful and helpful myself.

Thursday 19 April 2012

Habanita by Molinard

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I have wanted to test Habanita by Molinard for quite some time and a couple of weeks ago I got a sample of it. I got a bottle for my birthday, so now I can really indulge, because I like it a lot.

Top note: Vetiver, peach, strawberry, orange blossom
Middle note: Rose orientale, ylang-ylang, orris, lilac
Base note: Leather, vanilla, cedar wood, benzoin

Monday 16 April 2012


Today is my birthday and isn’t that a very good reason for a giveaway? I’m also nearing 300 followers here and am already way over that on FB, another good reason. I have a really nice one too. Connie of Frances + Fils is giving away a $25 gift certificate to be redeemed at her vintage jewelry store.

Company Bio

Frances + Fils was established in Connecticut by Jewelry Designer Connie Cusick. Her love for antique jewelry has taken her treasure hunting to Paris flea markets, London silver vaults, estate sales and private stocks for a defined collection that makes Frances + Fils the exclusive shop for Antique Costume Jewelry. Our pieces have a history ranging from the 19th & 20th centuries and are expertly curated collections with designs by Chanel to Lanvin. The designs of the antique jewelry are elegant and modern, and create a one-of-a-kind heirloom.

There are several pieces I wouldn’t mind owning, but the things I covet the most are these 40’s earrings.

Or possibly this 50’s pin.

1. The giveaway is open for everyone who either follows by blog or my FB-page.
2. Go to Frances + Fils and check out the jewelry.
3. Return here, or to my FB page, and comment with a link to your favourite item.
4. For an additional entry, blog about the giveaway or mention it on FB. Make sure that you make another comment with a link to it.
5. The giveaway will be open until midnight Swedish time (UTC/GMT +1 hour), on April 24.

Good luck!

Connie Cusick
CEO, Smart, Rich and Inspiring Entrepreneurs
Marketing, Branding & Strategy Consulting
Contact 203.209.3890
Go Beyond Expectations.

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Connie Cusick International, LLC

The bustle effect- a somewhat forgotten fashion

Most people think late 19th century when you say bustle, but the fashion of fullness around the rear was popular in the late 18th century as well. When World War II ended and the restrictions on fabrics began to lift, the possibility of adding surplus fabric to fashion designs came back. Culminating in 1947 an emphasis on the back, sometimes just draped fabric, sometimes even a small bustle under the skirt, was part of the fashion silhouette. It’s often labeled under The New Look, but it seems to have been at its most popular just before The New look hit the world, even if it remained popular during it as well. I rarely, if ever, see it around vintage blogs; it is a fashion that seems to have drowned among the pencil skirts and wide skirts of The New Look.

Not quite a bustle, but the drapery put attention of the behind, The Chase, 1946.

Wednesday 11 April 2012

The coolie hat

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The coolie hat is an English name on a conical hat worn in several Asian countries for protecting from sun and rain, often made out of straw.

Monday 9 April 2012

My hat blocks

It's perfectly possible to make hats without hat blocks, you can knit and crochet them and you can make them out of flat pattern pieces. However, if you have a hat block your shape possibilities increases. Sadly hat blocks are quite expensive, but you can block hats on other things as well, like a bowl or pan- anything that has a shape you can turn into a hat. You can also make hat blocks yourself. Below is one a friend's husband made for me by glueing layers of plywood together and the cutting it into shape with the help of a bandsaw. This one has a very nice shape for a larger pillbox hat. Beside it is a large Styrofoam ball which you can use to shape a fascinator base.

Tuesday 3 April 2012

How to choose a flattering cut

I apologise for the lack of posts. I have been feeling very un-inspired lately, paired with lack of time for taking photos of some of the things I do want to show you. Luckily I can always fall back on Alla kvinnors bok and thought these advice on how to choose the most flattering cut for your figure could amuse you. Just decide if you are young or older, then if you are slim or Junoesque and last, if you are short or tall, and you will find what is right for you.

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