fredag 28. mai 2010

50's blouse

Bought at UFF for 80kr (8 pounds), just had to nip it in a little in the back and on the shoulders.

fredag 21. mai 2010

Redesigned summer dress

I got this dress from a girl at the internet forum Underskog, who did not want it anymore. I think the fabric is from the 70's, very synthetic.

I did this:
  • removed the stretch bands over the bust and in the waist and sewed it in a little to make a more fitted look.
  • made the turquoise details from an old table cloth and sewed them on
  • nipped the middle of the front down a little to make kind of a heart shape

mandag 17. mai 2010

The national day of Norway

Today, the seventeenth of May, is the national day of Norway, when we celebrate our constitution of 1814. It is common to wear our folk costumes, and I wore mine, but forgot to take a picture with it. I will do that next weekend when I am going to my cousins confirmation, so pictures will come.

This is what I wore for the afternoon and evening:
Hat: Some vintage shop in London
Blazer: H&M. Very cute with pleats on the lower back and on the pockets and little puff arms
Skirt: self made
Stockings: seamed fishnets from Manillusion (

søndag 16. mai 2010

Who does ever really NEED a new purse?

Just HAD to get this new clutch from Accessorize! It goes so well to my new tiki style hangup!

fredag 14. mai 2010

Work in progress

fredag 7. mai 2010

Another dress

... made from an old curtain. I have a yellow slip under it, but it is supposed to show the back. I just have to find a backless bra. I also think that I should change the bow on the top into a light green silk band. It took me some hours, but I'm very pleased. I think I will use this one myself, kind of as a commercial.

onsdag 5. mai 2010

How much would you pay for this dress?

...And please take this into consideration:
  • The material costs was about 15 pounds
  • I used six hours making it
  • It's unique and one of a kind
  • It's my own design, no pattern

mandag 3. mai 2010

Upcoming projects

I found these two lovely fabrics at the Birkelunden sunday market. The woman who sold it to me told me that she had got them from an old lady who used to be a seamstress, now moving into a retirement home. I'm not sure what to do with them yet, but I'm thinking dresses! Maybe something oriental inspired with the top one and a light summer dress with the other. The green and white fabric is really soft, I think it's some kind of cotton satin. The green and yellow is a bit heavier brocade fabric, so I think it will be good on an evening dress. What do you think?

I'm making this dress for my friend who is not that in to vintage, but she wanted something special and a bit maximalistic. I think it will be cool on her! Pictures will come if she wants to be a model!

1920's hair thing

The picture doesen't really show justice to it, but the jade green hair thing(?) is bought in Gothenburg and it's from the 1920's!

Almost summer!

I'm trying to not wash my hair so often anymore and it really works! The red color lasts longer, the hair is getting healthier and it takes four days before it gets greasy, and before it took one and a half day! It's also easier to handle, since my newly washed hair is very flat and dull.

This is actually a half candle decoration bought at a charity shop for 5 kr (about 50 pence), fastened with bobby pins!

From H&M a couple of years ago. Very cute with buttons down the middle and very light and soft cotton fabric.

The bottom part of the tiki dress I made

From Lindex (I think it's on sale now!). It was a bit too big, so I have sewn it in on both sides. It has an old fashion style with solid "holders", in contrast to other girdles from modern chain stores that are mainly for the looks and doesn't hold the stockings up.

Fully fashioned nylon stockings from the 50's (handed down/gift from grandma). They were originally without the seam, so I sew a very tight zig zag seam along the backside and turned them inside out afterwards. I think it looks very authentic.

PS: I'm really on a budget now, so I think more home made stuff will show up on this blog very soon!