Sunday, 30 September 2012


My 1964 guide to being a lady, Womans world ,says you need
"a pair of gloves to match your basic shoe colours,two pairs of white and a pair of formal gloves to the elbow..."

That is nowhere near all of them.More like half of them.They fill a vintage traincase to the brim.
That is also after I culled them for a garage sale.

My name is Starz and I have a vintage accessory addition.
I'm not even going to go there with shoes:)

Saturday, 29 September 2012

I went thrifting ...again

I had a nice amble into town today and found all the op shops were having spring cleaning sales.I got some jeans for the ever growing lad(2 pairs for a dollar) and then some bits for me.

The first was a homemade vintage empire line maxi dress(1970s?) for a small but solid woman.On my tall frame with my high waist it became a mid calf dress with the waist in just the right place.It is the worlds rustliest man made fabric but still cool.
I got a couple of blouses for me...

some black light jeans and a cute bracelet...
and lastly a couple of magazines.1949 and 1950.The guy at the antique shop is also going to hunt out some more large format 50s magazines that he keeps forgetting to bring in for me...

I love my Saturdays:)

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Bear with me people.I am investigating the options in advertising.

Some teething troubles may occur.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

books in a vintage lifestyle

One of the things I have found about trying to live a vintage lifestyle is that while the internet is valuable as a resource and a networking device sometimes the best source is old books.
I am starting to amass a collection of books 1880-1960 on domestic life,fashion and a few associated subjects.

Another source I have been lucky enough to find is magazines.I now have quite a stack of magazines from 1936 to 1960.The average price has been $3 with only the odd exception.I keep my eye out at antique shops,charity shops and on trademe(or ebay)
Nothing shows you how things were done or worn  and why quite like an womans day advertisement...
(the one in the bag is an 'exception to the average price' item.It however has ALL of the original tissue paper patterns for the clothes on the cover.Another one in my pile of patterns to be graded up in size)

Monday, 24 September 2012

redrafted fun.

I have been doing a little sewing recently.
I got a pattern on trademe(a new zealand based version of ebay) for this dress:
When it came time to make it the instructions were missing and the collar pieces indecipherable.I redrafted a new collar from experience and guess work and now I have this:
(sorry it is sideways,I forgot to edit it)
I never knew why people re drafted patterns before but now I do.I moved darts and shortened the bodice and wow!!I have a waist!and boobs!!
That concept is new:)
It turns out it wasn't me having figure flaws it was modern clothes having drafting flaws.
I now need to make this $4 find:
I will definitely redraft this pattern first.
Lesson learned.

naughty me...

I have been terribly neglectful of late.I put it down partially to seasonal gloom but now spring is heading back to down-under things should pick up.
I have been picking away at the house upgrades but mostly op shopping(thrifting to my American friends) and sewing.
I will get on to some real blogging again soon once I take some more pictures.promise:)