Friday, 27 March 2015

1930's inspired walking suit

All you vintage sewing enthusiasts probably know the feeling when you see an absolutely fabulous vintage pattern, but it's helplessly out of your reach. Whether it's because of the price or simply because no one seems to have it for sale.

I had to go through this pain when I saw this gorgeous walking suit pattern on American Duchess -blog. I dug through Ebay, Etsy, Google image search, Facebook...yet this pattern seemed to be no where to be found.

Picture from American Duchess
So I finally decided to make my own version of the pattern. 
I used the measurements for the closest standard size, because I haven't updated my personal measurements recently and drafted the pattern for the jacket using a basic blazer block. The skirt I modified from a vintage dress pattern.



I had first made the jacket a little longer as it appears on the pattern envelope. But as you know, the fashion drawing rarely is very realistic and the figures are often elongated. So I ended up shortening the jacket by a few centimetres as the original length wasn't too flattering on me.


The fabric is combed pure wool that I came across at a small rural flea market a couple years ago. They had almost an entire bolt just sitting there so of course I had to take it home. I believe the fabric is from the 60's based on the tag hanging off it. What a steal!



I had a lot of fun working on the jacket, because I got to use traditional tailoring techniques such as hand basting the hair canvas and making bound button holes.
I found some faceted plastic buttons from a local craft shop that look like vintage glass buttons. Real glass buttons seem to be almost impossible to come by here.


Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Finished knit #6: Easy stitches for a chic jumper

It's been a long time since I last blogged about my finished knitting and sewing projects. But behold! Here's something that I just finished yesterday (that I've been working on for the past 6 months, heh).

I've actually used this pattern before, but last time it ended up too loose because of a poor yarn choice. This time I made it out of wool, which has more body. I had purchased a pack of this South American wool, Lima, a while back when it was on discount, and it worked for this pattern just fine.

The original pattern is from 1936 and you can get it for free from Zilredloch.


This pattern is easy and fun to work with. The yarn is a little bit thicker so it comes along quite quickly. I especially enjoyed making the yoke, which is knit in one piece after joining the pieces together. 



Unfortunately as I thought I was going to run out of yarn, I ended up ending the sleeves a little bit short. Now I wish I had made them an other inch longer, since I ended up with a little bit of extra yarn. Perhaps I will try stretching them out with water.


The sweater is very closed at the neckline so it needs to have an opening. In this pattern it's made by adding buttons to the back of the neck, which I think gives a lovely and very 30's touch.


For the pictures I accessorized the sweater with a white collared shirt (from a theatre's flea market), gloves and beret (which are both modern) and a 30's pendant which I bought from our trip to Prague.




Monday, 2 February 2015

Insta-January

January was a pretty eventful month for me. I went to Prague with my boyfriend, practised a lot of lindy hop and got to perform as a support for Paladins, which is an American rock'n'roll group, here in Tampere. We kicked butt btw.


1. Our room at the Hotel ú pava in Prague
2. in front of the astronomical clock in Prague
3. The bone church, Ossuary, in Kutna Hora
4. Sporting some flea market finds
5. playing with colours
6. A delicious salad dinner made with my boyfriend
7. Went up north to see my grand parents. The winter up there is magical
8. At a vintage market presenting my products
9. Started making my own almond milk again. It's way better and creamier than store bought


Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Prague pt. 4: Vintage and fabrics

So, at last, my last post about our trip to Prague. 
When ever I travel I try to find at least a couple of vintage and fabric shops to visit. To me, those are my favourite souvenirs to bring home. 
I'm not much into main street shopping, so I don't have much idea about what Prague has to offer on that. We did pass a couple big shopping streets, but I didn't memorize the streets.


Of course I had to bring a couple of touristy souvenirs as well such as the astronomical clock magnet and some Medovina (honey wine, which was delicious btw)

Vintage shops

I had looked up a couple of vintage shops before hand that I wanted to visit, but we also stumbled upon a few others. The prices, in my opinion, are pretty much on an international level, so you probably won't find a bargain in vintage shops here. There are also second hand and salvage shops, but I didn't visit any of those, because rummaging through a salvage shop in hopes of a vintage treasure is quite time consuming.
I don't really have any pictures of the shops because many places forbid photographing inside.

is located at Michalská 21, Praha 1 near the old town square is a treasure trove for any art deco lover. The shop has an impressive selection of, well, almost everything. From jewelry to haberdashery to accessories to clothes to home decor and dishes, from 20's to 70's.

On the same street just couple shops down was an other fashion outlet/vintage shop, but I couldn't quite figure out the name. The shop had some beautiful mid century party dresses, dress jewelry and hand bags along with more modern fashion pieces. This shop seemed quite high end and most of their items didn't have prices visible.

on Chvalova 8. Prague 3 is located in the new town. This little shop is owned by a lovely British lady who will offer you some tea while you rummage through her treasures. Bohemian Retro seemed to have more 60's and 70's vintage with a few older pieces here and there.

Just around the corner from Bohemian Retro is 

on Kubelíkova 45 Praha 3. The shop is quite small, but their merchandise is well selected and the prices seemed reasonable. There were some nice 40's and 50's dresses and accessories as well as some newer pieces. I tried on a beautiful 50's yellow lace party dress, but unfortunately it was too small beyond repair.

on  Štupartská 3 110 00 Prague 1 just around the corner from the old town square is a lovely little shop/museum with an exhibition on one wall and long racks of clothes on the other. They mostly had 60's 70's and 80's clothing here with a few nicer 40's and 50's pieces as well as some accessories and jewelry. They had a sale going on at the moment and I was able to snap a gorgeous 20's or 30's necklace for a steal. 

czech 20s 30s necklace from prague fashion museum and vintage shop

Fabric shops

There seem to be quite a few fabric shops in Prague, but they are scattered around the city so I only was able to visit a few. Also it's impossible to know which ones are worth visiting. The first one we went into was a bit of a disappointment as it had no clothing fabrics what so ever. 

The second one HAIŠMAN ŠICÍ CENTRUM on Na Poříčí 1758/14, 110 00 Praha 1 is a little fabric shop with a small selection of clothing fabrics. I was able to find a cute cotton fabric here, but instead of the 3 meters I wanted I ended up buying 4 as the lady didn't speak a word of English. Fortunately the fabric was cheap so a little extra didn't hurt my wallet too much.

on Uruguayská 416/11 Praha 2- Vinohrady alredy had a much nicer selection on clothing fabrics. I especially enjoyed their laces, which were ah-mazing. Unfortunately they were way out of my budget.

on Budečská 1026/14, 120 00 Praha 2 was perhaps my favourite shop and they also had the biggest selection of the shops that I visited. In here they had a great selection of embroidered laces in all the colours of the rainbow for very reasonable prices. I even ended up buying couple meters of this gorgeous gold coloured embroidered lace. I can't wait to make something out of it!

Lace from Látky Červený, cotton from Šicí Centrum Haišman, buttons and buckle from Bohemian Retro



Monday, 19 January 2015

Vapriikki Vintage Tampereella 24.-25.1.

Tampereella taphtuu jälleen, kun Vapriikki Vintage järjestetään jo neljännen kerran Museokeskus Vapriikissa. Kattavan vintagetorin lisäksi luvassa paljon muutakin hauskaa kuten Ateliri O- Haapalan neoviktoriaaninen valokuvaamo, muotinäytös, museokierroksia, maskeerauksia, musiikkia ja tanssia.

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