Friday, 18 February 2011

The Vintage Fair, Sheffield tomorrow

Tomorrow I shall be heading off the Steel city and attending the Sheffield Vintage Fair.  Stay tuned to find out what goodies I uncover!

Monday, 14 February 2011

Monday Morning, outfit post #2

Not so happy about Monday Mornings :(
Pussy bow shirt, Primark
Belt, H&M
Skirt, Thrifted M&S
Flower in hair, Primark
Shoes, Peacocks

Note the new framed movie posters on the wall, which my boyfriend huffed and cursed but finlay got them all up straight!

 I have been reading Mad Men, The Fashion File by Janie Bryant.  I am convinced it will change the way i dress forever!  It is a brill book full of useful hints and tips from the costume designer for Mad Men, Janie Bryant.  The choosing of this outfit, mainly the skirt, came from the section about colour.  She splits it up into seasons based on complexion, eye colour and hair colour.  With my pale skin and newly dyed red hair.  I find myself between Spring and Summer.   Janie suggests jewel tones for my skin and hair colour, just like the lovely Joan Holloway.  So when I spied this skirt at the boot fair yesterday, i though aah hhaa ruby!

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Sunday Morning Vintage Finds...

Brrrr my hands are still numb from riffling through boxes and boxes of 'junk' at the car boot.  This morning we got up really early to get their just as it opened.  By the time we got their there was already a massive queue.  Check out those grey skies and dullness..... the lenghts we do to grab a bargain!

In the Cold waiting to get in
I wore my Freddies of Pinewood Jeans, wellies, woolly jumper, black and red plaid jacket... but its was still brrrr cold!

These are my finds....

Tiki style bamboo bangle £1

early 1960s cat eye glasses with original box £3
Marks and Spencer wool skirt £1, shown here from the back
 (pug not included!)

I love early plastics.... and now I finlay have my first piece of celluloid! This wasn't from the car boot sale today and i dint pay car boot prices, unfortunately.  I bought this from a vintage shop in Nottingham.  It dates from the 1920s, its a bit a tight squeeze to get on!

1920s carved celluloid bangle

Token cute pic of my pug and me on the way home :)

Friday, 11 February 2011

It's nearly Spring... but lets look at Midwinter!

After reading blogs for many years now, i love looking at your finds.  I love mid-century kitchenalia.  As most of the blogs i read are in the US, I find it hard to track down the beautiful Atomic pottery you girls write about..... But wait... England is the home of pottery!  Mid-winter is by far my fav!
Midwinter Sienna
Midwinter pottery was founded in Burslem,Stoke-on-Trent in 1910, it was the largest of Eng lands Potteries, employing over 700 people.  Before it's closure in April 1987 had been responsible for over 5000 tableware designs.

 In the 1950s, under the leadership of the director Roy Midwinter, the company became one of the leading innovators in British tableware production. A large part of this was due to the noted ceramicists and designers who worked for the pottery, including Jessie Tait, Terence Conran, Hugh Casson, John Russell and Peter Scott.  

Plant Life by Sir Terence Conran
Spanish Garden Design by Jessie Tait
Prior to WWII they manufactured rather fussy traditional chinaware but after looking to California pottery designers like Eva Zeisel and Russell Wright, Midwinter streamlined their shapes and produced colourful and abstract patterns that better reflected the new home interiors of the 1950s. 
Midwinter Carmen Tureen

Homemaker dinner plate

Red Domino Collection...swoop..drool... want!
Stylecraft was launched in February 1953, in 36 contemporary patterns, the most famous and collectible of these probably being "Red Domino", "Homeweave", "Riviera", and "Primevera".

Midwinter Home Weave
 My Midwinter :) look what my boyfriend picked up from a charity shop for me today, for 99p!! :) The start off my Midwinter collection.

Homage to the King of Hawaii!

Yesterday I wrote about Alfred Shaheen, the king of the 50s Hawaiian sun dress.  You can read the post here...

Today I am going to look at how modern repo brands pay homage to the great man!

Bernie Dexter designed this beautiful wrap dress in two different colour ways especially for BabyGirl Boutique.  It's priced at a very reasonable $89.  I have ordered from Baby Girl Boutique int the past, their shipping charges to the UK are reasonable and it didn't get stuck in customs! :)

Bernie Dexter for Babygirl Tiki Print

Bernie Dexter for Babygirl Tiki Print

The fabric is just divine.  One could mistake it for vintage!
Close up of Bernie's print

Whirling Turban pay ultimate homage to the king, with their beautiful Shaheen Dream Dress.

Whirling Turban's dress is beautiful, you have a wide range of fabrics to chose from, including some beautiful Hawaiian prints.  Each dress is made to order and the best part is that its made in Hawaii! A true slice of the tropics!  

Back to the UK! Despite the dull weather and the miserable rain, the tropical spirit has hit our shores.

Vivien of Holloway have created their own version.  The bodice is the same as their sweat heart necked prom dresses, which can be seen everywhere at the moment.  The fabric isn't as authentic as it could be.... I am not really a fan of Vivien of Holloway to be honest.  I respect the woman and what she has done but I am just not keen on the cuts of her dresses and the fabrics.  This is just my opinion! Price, £99.

Sarong Dress Vivien of Holloway
Vivien of Holloway wrap dress, I am not a fan :(

Another UK label, Tara Starlet.  She has created a cute mix and match Hawaiian set, consisting of a bodice, wrap skirt, shorts and tie top.  Very Cute! Prices £38 to £58.

Love Tara's choice of fabrics.  The mix and match set is totally versatile.  The sarong over your fav black 50s swimsuit on the beach, the bodice or the tie top with a pair of Capri pants or Freddies of Pinewood jeans.... possibilities are endless :)

Tara Starlet Bodice and Wrap skirt
Tara Starlet Shorts and tie top
Looking out the window at good old Blighty.... all I can say is bring on Summer!! 

Thursday, 10 February 2011

The King of Hawaii!

I have wanted an Hawaiian dress for years.  An original 1950s Alfred Shaheen is top on my wish list!

1950s Vintage Alfred Shasheen on Etsy
Vintage Shaheen from Etsy

Alfred Shaheen moved to Oahu in the late 1930s.  His family have a long history in the garment industry.  His mother and father, Mary and George established a custom manufacturing business, while Alfred attended Whittier College in California and studies maths, physics and aeronautical engineering.

When world war two broke out.  Alfred enlisted in the Army Air Corps.  He flew in over 80 combat missions to Italy, France and Germany.  When the war ended he returned to Oahu and started to work for his family.

Alfred was very ambitious and wanted to expand the family business.  he wanted to manufacture ready to wear aloha shirts and women's fashions.  he started his own business with his mother, a trained seamstress.
To begin with he used textiles imported from the mainland.  Importing fabric had draw backs.  he wanted to create his own fabrics.  Shasheen set up Surf 'n Sand Hand Prints.  He got his machinery from scouring junk yards, he employed two local men and started to print.  Because of Alfred's back ground in engineering he perfected his machinery and ink he used.  by 1952 Shasheen was printing over 60,000 yards of fabric a monthly.  in 1956 he built a $8,000,000 factory and employed over 400 people.

Shaheen engineered a unique method of silk-screening textile designs for mass production and introduced new sewing and production techniques.  Over the next 40 years he continued to make dresses.  despite his worldwide distribution he always maintained in factory and production in Oahu.  The company closed its doors when Shaheen retired in 1988.

Today, Shaheen Hawaiian shirts, sarongs and sundresses are some of the most prized pieces in vintage Hawaiian collection.

Shaheen dress from

Shaheen labels to look out for; Alfred Shaheen, Shaheen's of Honolulu, Surf 'n Sand, Kiilani and Burna Gold hand Prints.

Shaheen was the only Hawaiian manufacture to print his own fabrics and use these fabrics to create clothes.

One day.... one day one will be mine!

***edit***Stay tuned as next entry I will be exploring what the repro brands have to offer and how they pay homage to a great man..... A god of textile design! ***