Monthly Archives: December 2011

Outfit Post: Aqua, December 11

I ventured out in this aqua number, sans petticoat (scandal!), last Thursday afternoon for a rendezvous to Newtown. It’s a dress I’ve had for awhile, but the length used to freak me out a little in my less adventurous sartorial days. I’ve recently rediscovered it, to great success.

The dress is by an Australian label called “Lazy Bones“. They have an excellent range of six basic 50s-inspired dresses that are all produced in an array of splendid fabrics such as this aqua floral. There are new fabrics each season, I believe. Lazy Bones also designs fabulous vintage-inspired sleepwear and slips. Check it out!

This week I’ve been:

  • Plotting the next Old Hat gathering (December 18)
  • Working at Becky Sharp’s Vintage Market (more on this later)
  • Watching too much daytime TV, especially the Crime Investigation Channel
  • Reading “On the Road” by Jack Kerouac, aka utter word porn
  • Dreaming of travels to Russia and Eastern Europe

(Kudos to Emma Aime for this inspiring this format of post)


Dress: Lazy Bones
Bolero: Blooms, borrowed from Mother
1950s necklace: Camden Passage Markets, London
1950s headpiece: Mint Condition, Rozelle
Snood: Arthelia’s Attic
1950s bag: Paddington Antique Centre
Seamed stockings: What Katie Did
Shoes: Bloch




Also, check out my superbly-dressed friends Tim and Kath:

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“The Way We Wear” Vintage Fair

I had the good fortune of stumbling upon some employment at a Sydney vintage fair recently: “The Way We Wear” fair at Marrickville on 26-27 November. Considering my “uniform” was a red and white polka dot dress with a bolero and petticoat, I wasn’t exactly a reluctant employee. Imagine my joy upon discovering I was to carry out my duties dressed like this:

Yes, “uniform” indeed.

The duties assigned to Siobhan and I were not limited to manning the door (“don’t forget to enter the lucky door prize competition”); rather, in something of a risky move, we were also billed as the “models” for the Titanic-era fashion show at the fair. Inexperience was no barrier to the impending launch of our modelling careers.

The fashion show was arranged by Fiona, who is custodian of an extensive collection of historical fashions stretching back to the 18th century. It being nearly 100 years since the ill-fated maiden voyage of the Titanic, Fiona was exhibiting an array of Edwardian gowns at the fair which we paraded around in extravagantly. I don’t have photos of the first set of outfits, but here are the three that followed:


Siobhan is wearing the lace gown of a suffragette (notice the purple and green embellishment down the front), and I’m wearing the Sunday best of a poorer passenger on the Titanic.


Siobhan is wearing an exquisite frock which was so fragile after surviving 100 years, and I’m wearing a slightly daring shorter Edwardian gown with fur and wrinkled white socks (how they stopped them wrinkling, I can’t even imagine).


The finale of the fashion show saw us in nightgowns and lingerie, much to the delight of fair patrons. On the left, you can see Siobhan’s outfit is a shout-out to the glamorous ladies who escaped the Titanic in their nightdresses and fur stoles (shame on this lady and her ripped socks). Beside her, I’m wearing the work of a very glamorous Edwardian lingerie designer: a very transparent hobble-skirted petticoat. The old ladies at the back of the hall were particularly fond of this number.

It was an excellent, but very unconventional weekend of employment spent wearing fragile 100-year-old frocks and buying hats from the beautiful stalls. “The Way We Wear” vintage fair will be on again next August, and I understand you can expect some flirty fifties fashions sashaying around the room. In the meantime, I’ll be working at the “Becky Sharp” vintage fashion fair at Paddington RSL on December 10, so if you’re there, come and say hello – I’ll be passing out flyers on the street.

A bientôt, mes amis.

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Fantasy Christmas Wish List

This post is my subtle hint to any friends, family members or rich strangers seeking to buy me gifts this Christmas. If that fails, consider this my little fantasy Christmas present haul (disclaimer: true meaning of Christmas etc etc). This year I’m lusting after:

1. The Fleur Dress by HeyDay

This has been on my wish list for so long, but thankfully it doesn’t seem likely that it’ll go out of stock anytime soon, what with its thousand or so reincarnations in a myriad of different fabrics. My favourite is the black Fleur dress with the daisies – I can see it slipping seamlessly into my life for day and evening-wear. And it’s so preeetty! It’s on sale for sixty pounds right now, which is still extravagant, but less so than before.

2. Snoods from Arthelia’s Attic

I’m so in love with the navy blue snood I ordered from Arthelia’s Attic on Etsy, that I now have an overwhelming urge to order it in all possible colours. My navy snood has converted me  – it’s so convenient and instantly glamorous. Thanks to my snood, I haven’t really had to think about the back of my hair in awhile. The gorgeous store Arthelia’s Attic sells them for about $20 each.

3. A new petticoat

Poor Michelle, with not enough petticoats to fill her wardrobe. It’s frivolous but true that I am in dire need of some new flouncy petticoats in my life. My original crinoline has deflated a little with time and is sadly a little short, so I require a suitably poofy knee-length petticoat, preferably nylon chiffon. Unfortunately they retail online for ridiculous amounts. Perhaps in time!

4. What Katie Did Seam Stockings

Seam stockings are the staple of my life. Buying a new batch is always inevitable, so a pile of fresh What Katie Did stockings would make me very, very content. Basic black and tan are the way to go, plus throw in a few pairs of contrast black seamed for good measure. If you browse the website, you’ll find there’s a fab deal wherein you can buy three pairs for ten pounds which is pretty great.

5. A Jumper or Pinafore

I’ve been lusting after pinafores for awhile now. I think it’s the versatility that thrills me so – I can imagine wearing jumpers or pinafores with every blouse I own in quick succession, with nobody suspecting a thing. There are a couple I’ve set my sights on, but seeing as they cost actual money (I know, I know) they are evading me right now.

$89 from Bettie Page Clothing 

$129 from Jitterbuggin on Etsy

6. A collar from Molly Made

My friend Molly makes these delightful peter pan collars and sells them on Etsy, and I’m utterly entranced. Seriously, they’re so adorable, and I can imagine them jazzing up outfits to no end.

Well even if you’re not feverishly rushing off to order these things for me (which I don’t exactly expect you are), consider this my “gift guide” of sorts for your vintage-loving friends and acquaintances. I hope your Christmas shopping is going tremendously well, and that you are putting the finishing touches on your extravagant travel plans for the summer.

If you’ve posted your Christmas wish list, link me! I love reading them.

Disclaimer: I am an “affiliate” of What Katie Did, but their hosiery is so smashing that they would almost certainly still feature on my wish list even if this was not the case at all.

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