woensdag 17 januari 2018

How is it January already?



You know they say when it's September it'll be Christmas before you know it and the year is nearly over. And well since my last blogpost it has been 'snap' and somehow it turned into January. Here's a quick update with some outfit highlights from the last months. Above is one last bit of September. My friend Noortje and I own very similar lace and crêpe dresses and we thought it'd be fun to wear them at the same time. It was the beginning of an Autumn filled with matching outfits as you will see in this blog. 


October


On a very warm day in October we went out without coats it was like summer had returned for one last time.

We had been to the premiere of the ballet 'Mata Hari' the night before.

I wore a new to me 1930's eveningdress I got from a friend. The lace was in bad condition so I repaired it and lined the panels with tule to make it more sturdy. I suspect it might have been a wedding dress as there are a loose train and pruse. Could have been dyed green after the wedding, or a colored wedding dress, which was quite common.


I don't wear pants very often, I don't think they suit me. This ensemble however is my favorite for occassions where you need some practicality.


I met Sarah (right) for the first time at the house of my friend Katy in Germany. How lovely that social media give you the opportunity to meet new people with the same interests!

We had a women's weekend with some make-up, cocktails and lots of talking.  

Sarah made Katy and me twinning blouses! So lovely and such a sweet gift!

I also modelled some dresses for Bobby Pin Boutique where my friend Noortje is a regular model. It was interesting to see myself in clothes from different era's. This early 60's suit is such a stunner and I quite like how it looks on me. I would never wear anything like it as the bodycon cut makes me feel too selfconscious, but so nice to see.

November

In the the beginning of November I gave some talks. One was at the 'Vintage Fashion Festijn' in Amsterdam. It included a fashion show where Noortje modelled a mix of mine and her clothes and I talked about them in a historical context. Included was this 50's eveningdress I've owned for years but have never worn. Somehow it never fits when I have an occassion, either to tight or too loose, which makes it slip down. Couldn't resist tying it on again...

Noortje and I did another matchy outfit thing for this event. I wore one of my most prized possesions: a stunning 1940's jacket. It is so bold it is very hard to combine.

I believe it might be a (licensed) copy of a Molyneux design from 1946. These illustrations are too sketchy to tell for sure though.

And the dress underneath, one of my nicest little black dresses.

The organizers Bart & Saskia are filmmakers and they made a short film about my wardrobe. I'm dressing up three times a day, simple morning outfit, elaborate afternoon 'visiting' outfit and an evening dress for the opera, like a lady of leisure would have done. It is fiction ofcourse, I don't spend my days like this, but a nice dream it is. I was affraid of it comming off as too frivolous, like there's nothing more to me than clothes. In the end I quite like the result as it does show something of the lost world I long for, without taking it too serious. 

You can see it below:


Or on YouTube A Day of Leisure

To go to a Paul Poiret exibition.

And Murder on the Oriënt Express

I went to the collectors fair at the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht where I found some hats.


Some undies too. Any idea why Belgian sellers have the best lingerie?

Sensible blue handbag and nude shoes.

An American jacket with big shouderpads and a nipped waist I got from a friend.

Best Episode find of this Autumn. Love this color and a very wearable daily style of dress.

Late November, classic place where my fahter takes Autumn pics almost every year.

This dress...Burgundy and blue, one of my favorite color combinations. 

I made the dress I was planning to make in my last post. I did change the design a bit.


My mother knitted me this cardigan with a little blue crochet beret.



December

I wore so many lovely dressy outfits in December but have hardly any pictures because of the absence good light. These outfits were worn for going antiques/ Christmas present shopping through a blizzard. Noortje and I have such a big difference in height (21 cm) I stood on a stool.

And then Christmas


I travelled to Germany for NYE with friends and stayed at the lovely home of Katy again. Noortje and I got to try on some of her hats. 

This veil!


And NYE, I wore an evening dress mind you but no decent pics..(the dress is featured in the little video of me mentioned above though)

New Year's Day with triple outfit matching and very tired faces

And then it was January......

And I HATE January!

But had to come to terms with it.

I mean there are a lot of fun things

Like the annual New Year's meeting of Club Interbellum. I organized it this year and was really happy so many people turned up!



I love a good bit of vintage fur!

The day after was a perfect lazy Sunday spent with my friends Tom & Noortje who were staying at my place for the weekend. 
After a good breakfast we dressed up and went out to shop for antiques and vintage. And to eat cake.

Color coordinated in blue. 

Wore my brown CC41 coat.

At the antiques centre.

The right kind of weekend to help me over my January blues. Now on with the rest of 2018

Last fun thing in January will be my birthday comming Monday. So I might make a short post with outfit & presents afterwards.

Birthe

vrijdag 22 september 2017

Summer dreams and autumn realities

It's the first day of autumn, summer is over, and I'm having a harder time getting to terms with that than usual. Normally I can't wait for autumn, but this year I keep on dreaming of summer comming back.
So for now a little throwback with some dreamy summer pictures. And after that a look forward into the season ahead.
Firstly: pictures taken at a nostalgic holiday about a month ago. I'm not showing all outfits only the ones I have a good picture of.
I love the difference between floor-lenth eveningwear and shorter daywear that only really started in the 1930's. An evening dress would not have been worn with daytime accessoiries like a hat. Exceptions were garden parties, going to the races etc. The look in the pictures above is like that, the best of both worlds, a cloud of tule brushing the grass and a sassy hat to frame your face.
My outfit: early to mid 1930's tule dress, cotton gloves and borrowed 1930's hat.

I don't have enough chances to wear eveningdresses but during this holiday I wore several, just because. Outfit: Mid 1930's dress with painted flowers

My outfit: White 30's/40's evening dress with red bolero made by me.

Pictures below were taken with an analog camera. There's a certain charm to analog pictures I can't quite put my finger on. 
(copyright Thomas Klein)

Wearing a late 30's/40's shantung silk dress.



Flea-market finds:


This look matched the mill into the smallest details...

With the other ladies

More analog pictures taken with the photographer's 1947 car:
Outfit: mid-late 40's peplum dress, 1940's shoes, 1949 hat

(copyright Thomas Klein)

Late 30's shantung silk dress I'd never worn before, early 40's shoes, sunhat
I also went swimming in a wool bathing suit that day and have good picture of it, but I deemed it too much for a public blog.

Matchy-outfits:
My outfit: 1940's bolero suit and little red hat.

So matchy we could exchange hats
That was it for the holiday pictures.

Posing:
The picture below was taken by Esther Langendam for a photo project. The aim was to juxtapose 'old-fashioned' with modern. So I'm looking like the perfect little housewife (I'm not really) in a modern kitchen.

(copyright Esther Langendam)

One of the alalog pictures  (copyright Thomas Klein) taken when Thomas and his wife visited me in Amsterdam. It was taken at Grand Café 1e Klas at the Central Station, one of my favorite places.
The dress is one of my new favorites a friend pointed out to me when I visited het in her hometown Deventer. Love the color and all the details and that it good for any season!

The moors near my grandpa's on a rainy summer day. Wearing my granny's clothes.

Early autumn:

As soon as it is September it feels like real summer is over though the weather might still be good. Time for some transitional outfits. I got this crazy little hat during my holiday and wore it there already. But I had to wear it combined with my red bolero and a floral dress before it got too cold. Maybe a bit overdressed for a flea-market, but who cares.
This was when I visited friends in Germany for a living history event.


Some living history darning and a new apron I love.

With Club Interbellum we went on a cycling trip to visit a castle and an old sanatorium built in modernist style.

In front of 'Zonnestraal', where TB patients who could not afford recovering in mountain air could go.

At Sypesteyn castle we found something funny in the garden. A perfect case for CSI Interbellum ;)

Hats in the air

Last weekend my friend Katy visited me in Amsterdam. An occasion for some early autumn dressing up.

For the first evening we got free tickets for the ballet through a friend and we dressed up in cocktaildresses.

On Friday we went shopping.
It was the first outing for this color block 1940's dress. It has some 80's vibes but is actually an example of a dress made of two fabrics that was very popular during WWII because it was an ideal way to use scraps or revive old clothes.

We did some serious shopping. It seemed like all the vintage stores in Amsterdam had just gotten new autumn stock.
We found dresses, fur capes, accessoiries and maybe the best thing: coats!

Because we were a bit tired from our manic shopping spree the next day we decided for some relaxed 'culture' during the afternoon and visited the museum of bags and purses and the city archive.

First outing for this burgundy dream. I paired it with blue for now. I think I'll be wearing it al lot. Burgundy seems to be the theme color of my autumn/winter wardrobe as lightblue was for summer this year.

Matching our surroundings

In the evening there was a party  we got invited to and I decided to wear the blue floral dress I bought the day before.
There's always that piece of either summer or winter clothing you find when the season is just over, to mark it's true ending. But instead of hanging it away for next spring I wanted to give it a spin first.


Such a lovely shade of light blue. Might wear it during the coming week as it will be sunny and warm again :)

Autumn wardrobe:

Some summer dresses transition well into autumn dresses by changing accessoiries and wearing a coat.

As I wrote burgundy is my autumn/winter color for this year. This is the coat I found. I own a red coat already but it is a much warmer red and is not warm enough for winter propper. This coat however has a wadded lining.


Next to burgundy dark blue will always be a favorite. I paticularly like the combination of the two.


And a new sewing project:

Actually a juniors pattern but as I'm not that tall it'll probably work fine for me.

Have these two original rayon crêpe fabrics laying around and I think they will be a fun combo.
To finish this post one last holiday picture of when we found a Christmas tree and decided to decorate it, in august.
But before you know it....this will be reality

Birthe