Monday, November 21, 2016

༺ A Royal Treasure Chest ༻

Royal Treasure Chest Review | Lavender & Twill

Royal Treasure Chest Review | Lavender & Twill

Royal Treasure Chest Review | Lavender & Twill

Royal Treasure Chest Review | Lavender & Twill

Royal Treasure Chest Review | Lavender & Twill

Royal Treasure Chest Review | Lavender & Twill

Royal Treasure Chest Review | Lavender & Twill

I have seen subscription boxes for food items, cute stuff, stationary, make-up; you name it ~ there’s probably a box out there for it! I always thought this was a lovely idea, I mean, who doesn’t like receiving parcels in your mail box ~ and even better, surprise parcels in your mail box once a month! *.⋆( ˘̴͈́ ॢ꒵ॢ ˘̴͈̀ )⋆.*

However, up until now I haven’t come across a vintage subscription box service, so I am really happy to introduce you to Royal Treasure Chest.

I found this small, family run business on Instagram ~ @royaltreasurechest ~ again {yes, okay ~ I’ll admit it… I AM addicted a wee bit Instagram obsessed….  :P}, and was instantly thrilled to see that finally my vintage subscription box dreams have been made into reality!

When we arranged to do a collaboration, I was so happy that I could experience the surprise mail first hand. You can see the contents of my lovely parcel in the pictures above ~ I received a lace fan, a stunning vintage deadstock floral head scarf {that is waterproof! How awesome!} and an amazing 1950’s double stranded pearl and crystal bead necklace.

These items where hand picked for me according to the three categories I choose when I signed up for the box {Jewellery, Ladies' Accessories, Curios & Knick-knacks}. I also had a pretty yellow tulip handkerchief included as a little extra gift, which I immediately placed in my handbag so I could admire it when I’m sobbing into it at the cinema… {ahaha… No, I’m not joking. I cry over movies. And books. And cute ads, and puppies and kittens and those silly Buzzfeed videos ~ and now I’m just embarrassing myself, aren’t I?  Ahem. Anyway, I always carry handkerchiefs in my purse.}

I also really enjoyed the little note that was included to tell me where these vintage treasures originated from ~ Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Denise and Royal had visited a home built in the mid 1800s, where four generations of doctors and their wives had lived. There was a whole attic full of treasures, some of which have found their way into a carefully packed box, across oceans and all the way to Australia!

Being fascinated with history as most collectors are, of course I absolutely love learning the stories of where and when the vintage was found. I think this short account of the items’ background really was the perfect touch to round out a delightful box of treasures.

And if you are interested in signing up for your own monthly box of vintage treasures from Royal Treasure Chest, I am so pleased to be able to offer you all a discount code! Enter “Lavender25” for 25% off your first two months of subscribing ~ can you say perfect Christmas present much?
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I hope you enjoyed this peek at a my box ~ did you have a favourite item? I can’t decide between the deadstock scarf and the necklace… I really do need something to save my curls when it rains though, and now I have the perfect thing!

xox,

bonita

Disclosure | This post was created in collaboration with Royal Treasure Chest, and the items I have received were gifted to me, but all opinions expressed are my own.  (✿◠‿◠)

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Ballerina Knit Top | Old
Tulip Bouquet Brooch | c/o Erstwilder
50’s Double Strand Pearl & Crystal Bubble Necklace | c/o Royal Treasure Chest 
Spring Celebration Skirt | Me Made, 2016
Fair Pink Jeanine Sandal | B.A.I.T.

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Saturday, November 12, 2016

༺ Teacup Chat with Chatterblossom ༻

The “Teacup Chat” series on Lavender & Twill is a short and sweet spot where we take a glimpse behind the scenes of a brand’s creative process. I am very inspired by all the creative talents I see finding a way to showcase their work. I think it’s fantastic to be able to pursue something you love, and have others love it too.

As we found out in the last post on Lavender & Twill, Chatterblossom is a lovely Etsy shop where Jamie hand crafts and sells stunning, one-of-a-kind floral hair pieces and fascinators using mainly reclaimed vintage millinery supply and trimmings.

So without further ado, let’s get to know some more about the artist we have featured here today!

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Hello Jamie, and welcome to our teacup chat! Thank you for spending sometime with us today so we can get to know little more about you and your business. What first drew you into creating your hair flowers and fascinators?

About 5 years ago, I worked on a small organic farm where we grew vegetables and flowers and I fell in love with all things floral. I made the bouquets for our farmer’s market each week and loved seeing peoples’ faces when they decided to purchase a bouquet I’d made to decorate their home. Cut flowers are amazing, but also a luxury for most people. And we really relish in it when we can have something so fleetingly beautiful around us for even a few days.

When I moved to another home in another state, I missed working with flowers and I wanted a way to work with them again. My love of vintage and flowers intersected when I moved to Raleigh, North Carolina. I found a swing dancing community here and many of them wear vintage or vintage inspired clothing and flowers in their hair, so I started making some hair clips to suit their/my needs.

Then I got a tip from a random stranger about a warehouse full of deadstock vintage flowers right in the heart of Raleigh! So I purchased as much as I could and my venture began in earnest!

Is it tricky to restore the vintage millinery flowers? Have you ever had any past the point of no return? What happened to/with them?

Most of the millinery flowers I find or purchase are new old stock or deadstock, which means they’ve never been used. Almost all of my flowers were found in their original boxes with tags, so they just need some freshening up (with steam and shaping, etc.).

I do sometimes purchase or find millinery flowers in worse condition, but I typically try to get pristine examples if possible.

The flowers that have seen better days I’ll usually use in conjunction with flowers in better condition as a cluster, so they get a second life but aren’t necessarily the star of the show. Or I’ll keep them for myself as I don’t typically mind flawed beauties. They’re just as pretty!

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It’s been very interesting to find out more about your business, but we’d also love to know a little more about the creative mind behind these beautiful pieces. Every vintage lady I know seems to have their own unique style ~ if you were to describe your personal vintage look, how might you do that?

I think the best way to describe my personal style is “fluid” or “chameleon-esque”. I really enjoy trying to wear things that I’ve been personally told I can’t wear or that seem challenging to put together in a way that “works”.

I enjoy wearing hyper-feminine to androgynous to typically masculine looks. I love both light-filled, floral frills and dark, earthy subtleties and mixing them is even more fun. I don’t worry about “period appropriateness” or wearing only one era as a rule, etc. I love mixing and matching to produce something all my own.

What is the one vintage thing you can’t live without (red lipstick, novelty prints, hats, etc)?

This is a very tough question! Because I change my look so often, I want to say…my vintage 1950s butterfly bullet bra. Ha! It is a softer pointed shape and I have never found a more perfect bra. It suits nearly every outfit I wear it with and it makes me stand different in my clothes.

So I guess it is an unseen thing I can’t live without. I’m going to be one sad cookie when that bra dies.

And finally, what are three quirky things about you that not everyone might know about?

- My first job was as a roller-skating drive-in restaurant waitress and they only played music from the 1950s, so maybe the vintage vibe snuck in early.

- I’m extremely introverted but most people would never guess it because I’m a bit “chameleon-esque” in my personality as well and can morph to suit my situation when necessary.

- When I’m not in vintage attire, I’m typically in hole-y sweatpants and raggedy t-shirts.

Haha, I’m so with you on that last one Jamie! It’s nice to be comfortable if you are not dressed up. I’m an all-or-nothing kind of gal myself. ;)

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Thank you to Jamie for sharing her time with us, it was wonderful to have the chance to learn more about her and her inspiring creative work! And if you haven’t already, don’t forget to check out Jamie on Instagram and Etsy

But wow… What a collection of flowers! I hope you enjoyed this peek behind the scenes as much as I have. (❛▿❛✿)੭

 

xox,

bonita

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

༺ Raspberry Romance & Birthday Blossoms ༻

Chatterblossom Vintage Hair Flower ~ Cabbage Rose | Lavender & Twill

1950's Swirl dress and vintage style | Lavender & Twill

Chatterblossom Vintage Hair Flower ~ Cabbage Rose | Lavender & Twill

1950's Swirl dress and vintage style | Lavender & Twill

Chatterblossom Vintage Hair Flower ~ Cabbage Rose | Lavender & Twill

1950's Swirl dress and vintage style | Lavender & Twill

Chatterblossom Vintage Hair Flower ~ Cabbage Rose | Lavender & Twill

Flowers and vintage style | Lavender & Twill

1950's Swirl dress and vintage style | Lavender & Twill

It’s been a while since my birthday, but we had a lovely day out, and I had a very special blossom in my hair to celebrate!

On Instagram I have been following Jamie of Chatterblossom for quite a long time, admiring her gorgeous handmade hair flowers as well as her impeccable, elegant styling. Much to my joy we connected via email a little while ago, and I was excited to have the chance to work out a two-part feature with Chatterblossom to share on Lavender & Twill. Yay! So be on the look out for part two ~ coming soon!

Firstly though, isn’t this lovely vintage cabbage rose just the prettiest thing? You already know how I’m into anything floral, and I just adore the dainty effect this hair flower adds to my ensemble.

When I was browsing through the Chatterblossom Etsy shop it sooo was hard to know which flower to pick there are so many unique and gorgeous pieces! I also thought that Chatterblossom’s Flower of the Month Club sounds like the perfect Christmas present ~ wouldn’t it be such a fabulous surprise to receive a flower in the mail once a month! And that way you don’t have to agonise over picking just one… (•́⌄ - ́๑)

It was interesting to note that Jamie uses reclaimed vintage trims to create her one-of-kind pieces. I find it brings such a nice look to the finished clip, as there is just a certain style to original vintage that you really can’t replicate.

When my Raspberry Romance clip arrived I was super happy to find that this pretty rose not only filled a vacant gap in my hair flower collection {can you believe didn’t have any red flowers?}, it also happened to be the perfect match for my vintage Swirl dress.

My poor dress which is a bit worse for wear ~ yes, somebody hacked the hemline shorter at one point {whyyy….!  (TT ^ TT)}. It also has a few stains and holes, but it’s such a fun frock with the little red and white daisies embroidered on the bodice. I also have a thing for gathered necklines, so yep. She’s a beauty even if she’s a little wounded.

Then I had to wear my red Lola Von Rose purse to match all the red accents. It seems so strange to me how long I managed to live without a red handbag, and completely crazy now that I have one! I find that it gives me a totally different approach to the way that I accessorize, and it is a wonderful compliment the classic red lip and nail combination, so I am all about that! 

Now that I have shown you the details of this stunning, one-of-a-kind Chatterblossom flower, I want to share about a little feature I’m starting up on Lavender & Twill ~ Teacup Chats. Short, sweet and fun interviews with our brand owners!

As an artist and an aspiring entrepreneur, I am absolutely fascinated to learn about the workings of small businesses, and I thought that perhaps you might like to read about them too. With that in mind, in the the next post we will get to meet Jamie herself and find out a bit more about the creative process of Chatterblossom.  {*hint* Her flower collection is ah-mazing, and I was astonished to see it!  (○ _ ○)!}

xox,

bonita

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‘Raspberry Romance’ Hair Flower | c/o Chatterblossom
Flower Basket Vintage Brooch | Ooh La La!
Vintage 1950s Dainty Daisy Swirl Dress | Ooh La La!
Vintage Embroidery Lace Petticoat | Thrifted
Cherry Pop Box Bag | Lola Von Rose
Lace Daisy Ballet Flats | Target, Old

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

༺ Stitching Stories: Corbett Tulips ༻

Vintage 1940's style for spring | Lavender & Twill

Corbett Gardens, Bowral | Lavender & Twill

Vintage 1940's style for spring | Lavender & Twill

Vintage 1940's style for spring | Lavender & Twill

Corbett Gardens, Bowral | Lavender & Twill

Simplicity 3688 Retro Pattern | Lavender & Twill

Simplicity 3688 Retro Pattern | Lavender & Twill

Simplicity 3688 Retro Pattern | Lavender & Twill

Simplicity 3688 Retro Pattern | Lavender & Twill

Vintage 1940's style for spring | Lavender & Twill

Vintage 1940's style for spring | Lavender & Twill

You know, sometimes having too much to say can almost be as bad as not having anything to say at all… Where do I even being? At the beginning? Haha, that seems about right! But be warned ~ the beginning of this story literally started months ago… It’s a long one, so you might want to fetch a snack and a cup of tea.  I’ll wait.

Ready?

My friend Tanith {Tanith Rowan Designs} and I have been trying to meet up since the start of this year. We picked Bowral as a nice “right-in-the-middle-for-the-both-of-us” spot and made plans, but between sick children, rain, cars breaking down, and goodness knows what else, six or so months later and we said we are doing this no matter what, and guess what… We did it! ╭( ・ㅂ・)و ̑̑ ˂ᵒ͜͡ᵏᵎ⁾✩

I drove up to meet her by myself {the traffic was horrendous} so I was very glad to arrive and have lunch and tea at a cute little Alice in Wonderland themed café. Tanith and I both agreed that their Sweet Potato chips where the way to go!

We had a little wander around the town after lunch, and while we were both disappointed to find that the fascinating antiques shop we were planning to explore had shut, there was still a nice little fabric shop with all sorts of gorgeous silks, lush velvets, and buttons ~ vintage buttons!

Then we made our way to Corbett Gardens. I’d driven past it when I was hopelessly scouting around for a parking spot {main street was MUCH too busy} ~ and we thought it might be nice to take a proper look.

And even though it was freezing and the weather was miserable, I must say, the garden was certainly worth the time!

I didn’t even mind so much about missing the antiques shop {But only because I’m planning to go back..! I do really want to see inside ~ it’s an old ‘shops within a building’ historic site and the whole thing has been converted to into an antique shop and café which I think is just marvellous} ~ all those beautiful flowers where so delightful!

The Corbett Gardens are a veritable tulip wonderland, and so excellently designed. There were two rotundas, one small one nestled under a cherry tree, and one large one surrounded by all the flower beds ~ which were these fantastic terrace gardens. They looked like blooming layer cakes, or colourful pyramids, but the great thing about them was that it was so much easier to take photos of the flowers with all the height to the flower beds! Which of course, made it blogger heaven…  Haha! (*≧ꇴ≦)

And best of all, I totally blended right in because everyone else was taking loads of selfies with the flowers too…  :P

Now onto what I wore ~ this is a Stitching Stories post after all!

I had started this Simplicity 3688 skirt to go with a matching Simplicity 1940’s pattern of a bolero jacket last year. I had to put it aside to work on something else ~ my Christmas blouse I think? Anyway, I knew I could finish this skirt to wear out, but I needed a top to go with it.

I’d seen Christina of Gussets and Godet’s blog post where she wrote about the 1940's wrap top she had made and I really wanted to make it so I thought ~ why not? And went for it! 

It’s a super easy pattern to make up and works beautifully, but I must say that my photographs are not the best example of how well it can work, and yes, I’ll tell you why….

Story time…. Again! Still have that tea? Or do you need another cup by now? 

I had parked the car before meeting Tanith, I needed to change from my driving shoes ~ flats, to my co-coordinating with my ensemble shoes ~ heels. As I was bending over to buckle my shoe I heard something pop… “Uh-oh… But what could it be?” I thought. “Anyway I’m running late, must ignore it for now.” Then I buckled the other shoe, heard some more popping and nothing else. Quick check, couldn’t see anything wrong, “Well okay then, we must be alright…”

Fast forward to me messing about with my blouse while taking photos ~ “Why is this thing floating about everywhere!? I know it’s windy, but yeesh, it doesn’t want to stay tucked properly!” Fiddle, fiddle, fuss, fuss… Tuck it in and smile for the camera!

Fast forward again ~ I’d finished taking the photos, Tanith had had to leave before then, and now it was my turn to drive home. I hopped in the car, but before I started off I wanted to shed some of the constricting elements of my outfit for a more comfortable trip home. As I took off my blouse to change it for a knit top, I realized that the back tie was dangling by one strap ~ *ding!* “Oooooh! That’s why the dang thing wouldn’t stay tucked in properly!” … And also why it looks a bit poufy and weird in some of the pictures. It’s not solely the wind and the rain blowing right down one sleeve and out the other!

The moral to this story is ~ sew straps that take a lot of strain more securely next time. And maybe pay attention to any popping noises you might hear… (๑˃́ε˂̀๑ )

~ Project Details ~

  • Year: 1940’s
  • Pattern: Simplicity 3688 Retro Release & a 1940’s wrap top tutorial
  • Fabric: Mint pinwale corduroy and rose print poly-cotton fabric
  • Notions: One grey zip and a silver button 
  • Time to complete: Two hours-ish for the wrap blouse, and I’m not sure, maybe that for finishing up the skirt? I had to hem it, insert the zip, put on the waist band, and do the button and button hole
  • Make again? I do like the 40s skirt pattern, it’s a good basic, but it’s not a pattern I really love so I don’t know if I will make it again. I will see. But the wrap top ~ this is not going to be the only version of this, for sure! I am itching to try it out in a crepe or silk, and a jersey knit, and… I foresee a few variations on this pattern. I like it a lot. It’s easy to make, easy to wear, and it’s just brilliant!
  • Wear again? Yes, once I mend the blouse… And re-enforce those strap seams!
  • Total Cost:  I’m not sure, because I can’t remember the price on any of it, but I know it probably was under or around $20.00 for the skirt and blouse.

xox,
bonita

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Vintage Straw Flower Pot Hat | Instagram Sale
1940’s Vintage Bomber Jacket | eBay
Wrapped Up in Roses | Me Made, October 2016
Peppermint Spring 40’s Skirt | Me Made, October 2016
Harvest Brown Gauntlet Gloves | Etsy
1940’s Vintage Brown Leather Clasp Purse | eBay
Tan Heda Mary Jane by B.A.I.T. | Zulily

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Monday, October 17, 2016

༺ Reaching Out ༻

Only two days ago, I was shocked and horrified to learn that my dear friend Jessica Cangiano of Chronically Vintage has lost her house and all of her belongings to a devastating house fire.

Tony, Jessica, and their pup Annie escaped safely with minimal smoke inhalation, but sadly it appears that their precious cat, Stella, was lost in the fire as they have been unable to locate her.
They were unable to save anything more than their phones and the clothes that they were wearing. Their property was completely gutted. The fire swept away everything they owned, including Jessica’s livelihood of her Etsy shop. 

I’m sure most of you know Jessica through her blog ~ she is a gracious, kind, and an incredibly generous member of our global vintage & blogging community, the sweetest girl that is friend to one and all. So if you wish to help out, here are some things that you can do.

Please consider donating to the YouCaring fund set up to help the Cangianos start rebuilding their life. There is also a Facebook page to help coordinate care packages and other donations of clothes and supplies that are desperately needed. Here you can also follow along to keep abreast of the efforts to assist them. Thank you for any assistance you can offer, I know that Jessica and Tony are deeply touched by the outpourings of love and care for them at this time.

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xox,

bonita

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

༺ Sweet Copper ༻

1940's inspired spring style | Lavender & Twill

1940's inspired spring style | Lavender & Twill



















1940's inspired day wear look | Lavender & Twill


Historic architecture at Gold Creek | Lavender & Twill

Vintage tapestry purse | Lavender & Twill

Miss L Fire "Heartbreaker" Shoes in Nude | Lavender & Twill

1940's inspired spring style | Lavender & Twill

1940's inspired day wear look | Lavender & Twill

1940's inspired spring style | Lavender & Twill

This may come as no surprise ~ but I just adore historic buildings and nothing gets my little heart beating faster than a cute cottage or stately old building. I am always excited to poke around and admire all the details of craftsmanship that go into creating such structures, and of course, take a picture or two*cough*five hundred*cough*.

It was a weekend or two ago now, but my family and I had a lovely excursion out to Gold Creek, a historic village with loads of cute shops and ice creameries, and of course, Adore Tea. I think I’ve probably mentioned this specialty tea house before, so I won’t go on… But I did find a new tea to bring home with me, so that was definitely the cherry on top of a fun brunch!

It was a delightful day, my dear sister that had moved up to the Gold Coast at the beginning of the year was down for a short visit and I don’t think I can ever forget the fun and laughter that comes with the joy of having everyone together again… Can you bottle up sunshine and love into a shimmering jar of light forever? Maybe not, but I’m glad for the good times. (✿◡‿◡)੭✧*。

Anyhow, I am rambling ~ yes, indeed, I am. Let’s come down from the boughs of fancy and set ourselves up for some real practical girl talk ~ regarding shoes.

I purchased my first pair of Miss L Fire shoes about half way through this year and when they arrived I was so dismayed to find that I had ordered a size too large! I had all these thoughts as to whether I should try to sell them on eBay, or just pay for shipping costs both ways and exchange them, and numerous other issues; it was giving me a headache just thinking about it!

The problem was solved when I ordered a pair in my size, and a friend said she was willing to purchase the too-large pair from me. So currently, I have two pairs of Miss L Fire Heartbreaker shoes in the their boxes under the bed, but I’d say the hassle was worth it as I totally love these shoes.

It’s the first time I’ve really invested in a pair of vintage reproduction shoes, rather than just purchasing whatever vintage appropriate footwear I could find. And although there was a bit of bother at the beginning, now that I know my size I have a feeling I will be frequently perusing Miss L Fire’s designs in hopes of filling my wardrobe!

I don’t know if this has happened to you before, but it almost seems like several pairs of my shoes have reached their expiry dates and for no apparent good reason I can decipher have decided to give up the ghost. The pleather uppers are absolutely shredded on at least three or four pairs and there are others that are looking suspiciously flaky . As I don’t wear them hard or often, I am a bit at a loss to know what has caused this, but all I can say it’s that it’s really quite tragic as now I have to replace up to half a dozen different pairs of shoes all at once! (๑o̴̶̷̥᷅﹏o̴̶̷̥᷅๑)ᵒᵎᵎᵎ

It is quite vexing and certainly not something I will be doing all at once because I just can’t afford to replace that many pairs straight out. I will be trying to replace them slowly, one pair at a time, with good quality shoes that {if well looked after} should last a lifetime, or at least half of one ~ and not just a mere six years!

But if you have any tips on keeping faux leather in shape, I’d love to hear them. I think the material just dried out too much to be supple anymore? Is there some kind of conditioning you can treat pleather with??  Hmm, these questions make me feel that I should consult Google, but I also feel like I am just supposed to deal with it and buy new shoes as they have reached the end of their life cycle. This is just another reason why I like things that are made to last!

xox,

bonita

P.S. ~ If you are thinking that the tone of this post is rather odd, I think I have been reading to much Jane Austin… Whoops!  (=⌒_⌒=)'

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Vintage Wheat Drop Straw Tilt Hat | eBay
Revelry Delights Cameo Brooch | Thrifted
Emilie Dress in Aubergine | Natasha Marie Clothing
Buff Vintage Gloves | eBay
Rose Point Tapestry Purse | Thrifted
Heartbreaker Shoes | Miss L Fire

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

༺ Stitching Stories: Cherry Bloom ༻

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How quickly the spring brings blossoms to bud! All the trees are bursting with glorious colour, although our fickle Canberra weather likes to remind us every other day that winter is not quite ready to say goodbye just yet ~ we are still enjoying occasional days of glorious sun. I am also particularly enjoying the posies of dainty flowers peeping their shy heads up all over the place. They are welcoming the warmth of the sun, and so are we!  (✿◡‿◡)੭✧*。

It was fitting that the first weekend of September was a busy one of celebrations ~ I decided to sew up a celebrating~spring~and~blossoming~things skirt, and wear it to the parties we were attending, two in one afternoon. Whew!

I went with Butterick 5926, a vintage pattern I hadn’t sewn up before. I’m not actually sure what drew me to pick this pattern, but I think it was the slender,  late1940’s look about about, and the patch pockets! {I found out later that it was from 1951 ~ so not actually 40s, but close enough for me. (⁎❛ᴗ❛⁎)} This is my second make for the Vintage Pattern Pledge 2016, and I’m so glad it went smoothly.

Butterick 5926 - a 1951 vintage pattern | Lavender & Twill~ See? The best ~ patch pockets!! Also, isn’t the blouse perfectly dreamy? The pattern for that wasn’t included, but I sure wish it was! ~ 

I was actually a little surprised that the skirt went together so easily, but it was a total relief to me as you might remember that my last Butterick make was an absolute disaster{I wanted to burn that dress for those that don’t know}!

I added extra inches to the pattern pieces when cutting it out, as my pattern was a touch too small. It was a lazy hack, and not very scientific to eyeball it like that, but it worked out beautifully. It’s a simple make, but one that made me so happy when I put it on that I think it’s become an instant favourite. My inner little girl gave a squee and a spin when I felt it fluttering delicately about. I just love that feeling, and bias cuts do it so well! 

Then I got to give the skirt a perfect first outing, as we had a picnic lunch and after that, a birthday dance to attend. Let me tell you, it’s a lovely dancing skirt. We danced some fantastic historical dances {my favourite ~ along with Scottish and bush dances!} and it spun and twirled just like you want.

I kind of had this vision of pairing it with a white peasant blouse and large straw hat, only to find on the day that I didn’t really have the right white top to go with it. But this peach one worked perfectly, so I decided that would do. I’m glad it did go so well, as I feel the different tone adds an interesting dimension to the ensemble. Plus, I get to save the white top idea for another day, so you know… ✧٩(•́⌄ - ́๑)

~ Project Details ~

  • Year: 1951  
  • Pattern: Vintage Butterick 5926 {there has since been a different release with this same number for a jacket pattern}
  • Fabric: 2 and a half-ish meters of thrifted poly-cotton sheet.
  • Notions: One pastel pink pearlescent button, and a pink zip 
  • Time to complete: Two days-ish. I cut my fabric on Thursday afternoon, sewed it up Friday afternoon, Saturday afternoon & evening, and finished handpicking the hem Sunday morning.  
  • Make again? I definitely think so ~ this skirt is cut on the bias, and I really love how it moves. It’s not the fullest skirt ever, which means it’s economical on fabric, but the cut is fluttery enough to make my wanna-be princess self super happy. Plus, giant pockets forever.  ❤︎꒰ ॢꈍ◡ꈍ ॢ *꒱.*˚‧
  • Wear again? For sure! I’m super sad that I managed to mark it on it’s first outing so it’s going in the wash asap, and I can’t wait to try out variations of looks with it.
  • Total Cost:  All from the stash, so totally free right?? Haha, no ~ ‘coz I paid for most of the stash items at some point! I think the sheet set would have been about $10.00 and the zipper $2.50. Considering I still have over half of the sheet fabric left, we will say maybe $5.50 in total?

xox,

bonita

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1950s Pleated Halo Hat | Ooh La La!
Pink Peony Hair Flower | Dollar Shop
Deeply Pink Vintage Brooch & Earring Set | Gift from my sweet friend, A Wild Tea Party 
80s-does-40s Peach Hearts Blouse | The Braided Bandit
Blush Pink Vintage Gloves | eBay
Spring Celebration Skirt | Me Made, 2016
Blossom Jelly Wedge Sandals | eBay

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