zaterdag 11 februari 2017

Winter Outfits: Classic Black & White vs. Glorious Technicolor

Just a quick update post with lots of outfits and pictures.
It was my intention to wear a lot of color at the beginning of this year. But I also wore some black and white dresses/ combo's because they are just so classic and always good! So hence the title of this post ;)

Black and white:
The dress above is from the mid/late 40's. It had been laid out at some point in its life, but I decided to put the darts at the front back in, such a tight but good fit now!

The dress I wore on Christmas Day with another slip.

This was an off day really, hence the black stockings. But the dress is fab.

Just recently got this picture of when I was candygirl at Tuschinki. Love that it is such a candid shot and not a selfie.

Not technically black but it befits the simple always good style. I wore this dress for filming at the Openluchtmuseum in Arnhem. I was to depict a middle class 1930's housewife.

Technicolor:
I posted this picture in my newyears post as dresses I was planning on wearing. I have worn them all :)
Plaid wool dress I bought in Brussels in December.
Just such a lovely daydress with great padded shoulders.

Oh this blue dress! I adore the color and that it is so simple and clean. Last time I wore it was at the Tweedride Rotterdam in 2015 with that same cardigan. I fell and hurt my leg rather badly. This time the outfit was not so unlucky.

I wore it in the beginning of January when my fahter came over for a visit, we both had a bit of a post-Christmas blues and we decided to have a trip down memory lane to battle it.
We visited all the addresses I lived in in and around Amsterdam since moving out at 18. These are just two of them.

Then we went to the beach.


And had poffertjes (Dutch mini-pancakes)

This dress in technicolor pur-sang. And those sleeves! It is wool so nice and warm for winter.

Like every year we had a newyears meeting of Club Interbellum. I wore a new to me dress I found the week before with a cardigan my mother knit from a 1939 pattern.
It was rather cold so I was glad the skirt was made out of thick cotton velvet.

Woolen stockings and boots, because of the expected snow/rain ;) I would have had some lovely 1940's suede shoes to pair with this outfit but I didn't want to expose them to winter weather.

The ladies from Club Interbellum in Amersfoort where we had our meeting this year.

Afterwards I had drinks at Amsterdam Centraal with some of the girls. You can see I paired my brown coat with a fur capelet.

The week after my birthday we had a shopping weekend with some vintage girls. A few were also staying at my place for a sleepover.

I wore this 1930's lace dress. A long time favorite of mine I bought in a shop in Antwerp.
My curls turned out very good and very short that day.
I used spongerollers with a strip of fabric instead of the plastic.

This is what it looked like before the brushout. Rather pretty in a way but a bit too Annie/Shirley to be taken serious ;)

Shopping with Marjolein, Jip and Willemien (who looks so tall next to the dwarfy rest of us)

Having lunch at the Waterlooplein.

In the evening I had a closet sale and sold a lot of dresses I didn't wear anymore. It had not been my intention to buy anything during the day but I found this salmon pink party-dress at Episode I couldn't resist. It's so sweet, I might as well wear it while I still can! Could imagine this being a dress for a young girl, mabe a first formal gown.

I also got some belated birthday presents. Annemarie gave me the cutest boudoir slippers and Martine gave me a dress. Both are so me, it's such a pleasure to have friends that know my taste so well!

I wore the blue dress for the first time last Saturday when going out for a coffee with a friend.

On Sunday I met up with Noortje to do some sewing an talking ;)
This is a dress the skirt is attached. The 'blouse' has a very interesting novelty print of what looks like coats of arms that are fantasy though they do bear some resemblance to coats of arms of some Dutch provinces.

The dress I mended makes me long for spring. I got it for a mere 10 euro's but it was a wounded bird, the fabric underneath the arms was worn and thin so I backed it to prevent holes.

Noortje behind her sewing machine.

Another very bright dress worn for going out to see a few movies (so rather a waste given that I was sitting in a dark room). I kinda forgot about it eventhough I put new shoulderpads in it during the summer. But it is quite amazing. I'm wearing a black turtleneck underneath because it is cold!

And to end this post some very wintry new additions:

Ski-pants, probably from the 1940's though it could be earlier or later.
They are Hungarian and a friend found them. It is rather small so I was affraid it wouldn't fit me.


But it did!
The back has a lot of room for movement. Might not be the most flattering of cuts, but I think I can just about get away with it & I can still touch my toes ;).

Also got this American 'sports' jumper.
So I'm ready for walks in the cold, or lots of snow!


Hope to be back soon,
Birthe

vrijdag 27 januari 2017

Birthday weekend outfits

I had planned to do a January outfits-post but there's just too much material. So first things first: it was my birthday last weekend and I celebrated it with several outfits.
All the rest of January will come later.

The day before my actual birthday my friend Jip and I were hired again to play 1930's candygirls at Tuschinski Theatre in Amsterdam (I wrote a post about it last year). We got to wear our matching uniforms again, just fun!

Like last time it was an event for the Laurel & Hardy fanclub and this time they actually flew them in! These guys were great :)

Jip next to one of the many beautiful lamps in the cinema.

In the evening we went out and actually had drinks with the actors an members of the fanclub. They sang to me because it was nearly my birthday!
We decided to wear eveningdresses because we could, so why not!
I wore a late 30's floral evening/dinner dress I got recently and Jip borrowed a dark blue 1940's dress from me. We practiced the art of looking thin on a picture in the bathroom mirror of the restaurant, like girls do ;)
My eveningdress may look like a simple floral curtain it is actually a heavy quality lamé fabric. It might not be the season for florals, but Í really wanted to wear it. 

The next day we went out have cake and do some shopping.
Here are out outfits, I think we look really cute. We both wore late 30's/40's dresses with puffy sleeves en two different fabrics and we both had blue coats. We made many many outfit selfies and had such fun doing it.

You might be able to tell we are wearing the same lipstick (Mac Russian Red). It has been my favorite for years but Jip discovered it only the day before when we were dressing up as candygirls. We went to a Mac store so she could buy het own that same day!
It was the first time I wore my blue and lilac fez from the 30's or 40's. Such a nice silly hat, perfect for my birthday! I wore lilac gloves and a flower to match. And the little handbag matches very well with the dress I think, bought it the same day a few years back.

It was a very Sunny but cold day so we needed those wool cardigans.

What the fuss was all about: Let us eat cake! At my favorite pattiserie in Amsterdam: Pompadour

In the evening Jip had to leave unfortunately but I dressed up in another evening dress for drinks with friends.
I wore a 40's light blue eveningdress, I refer to it a the Disney Princess dress, because it is very sweet and girlish. A bit ironic mabye to wear it on a the day I'm turning a year older ;)

Some of the presents I got from friends and myself.

And a silly picture to conclude this post ;)
I had a wonderful weekend, I mean, friend visiting, two eveningdresses and a silly hat!

Will be back soon with all those other outfits

Birthe

dinsdag 3 januari 2017

Holiday outfits & wardrobe resolutions


So the holidays are over and I'm suffering from an after-december blues. I took down all the decorations today, couldn't bear to look at them. Maybe a bit childish and sentimental but I really dislike the beginning of January when a bleak reality check hits me.... December represents a kind of escapism from winter and normal responsabilities, a limbo where all that matters is family, friends, presents, food and everything else comes to a standstill. When it is over it is a few more months until spring and there is that nagging feeling you have to do 'somehting' (useful that is). Horrible...but enough of my rantings, that's not what this blog is about ;)

Time to look back one last time a and then forward into the new year.

Holiday outfits etc.
On the 21st of December I organised a midwinter party for my friends at my place. Above is the outfit I wore: a late 30's evening dress. It is one of my most precious garments but I'd never really worn it (only used it for exhibitions). The dress reminds me of Schiaparelli designs of the late 30's, and I love La Schiap. The bolero is faux and actually attached to the dress, it features an unexpected back cleavage.
Because the style  of the dress is rather mature I opted for a half up hairdo and more make-up than I usually wear.


Eventhough it wasn't a sit-down dinner party kind of evening I decorated the table like it was. My inspiration was this picture from a 1937 magazine: a pineapple surrounded by fruits as a centrepiece.

Turned out that pineapples are a thing at the moment, so I could even get paper plates in the right shape.

A pineapple must have been a luxury in 1937, now it is rather cheap deco ;)

The day before I made lots of food like little meatballs, filled eggs and stewed pears.

There are many 'party' photo's of me and my  more than 15 guests but I'll spare you most of them, you get the idea...

Just a few decent ones then:


The day after I had much cleaning to do and had to travel to my parents in the evening:
I decided on my red coat for Christmas and my burgundy hat. I've worn it often lately.

What I wore the next day to do some last grocery shopping. I started a bad cold, thank god for make-up and filters.

My Christmas eve outfit. You can tell I was crying my eyes out because the cold got worse but I rather like the print combo of the dress and apron. I usually do all the cooking for Christmas so I had to spend a large part of the day in the kitchen preparing, snotty head and all.

My Christmas day outfit. The tule dress I bought at the 'Verzamelaarsjaarbeurs' a while ago with a green slipdress and belt with matching buckle I made especially for Christmas.


I also got some presents:
The best is probably this 1924 electric Singer sewing machine. It needs some finetuning but works just fine!

Some more presents :)

And another apron.

On boxing day/second Christmas day I wore loungewear: satin pj pants and a new jumper. I bought the same one for my mother and gave them as a present.

I'm wearing it the wrong way round because I like it better on me that way. The cleavage at the front was a bit too much.

In the evening I slipped into a velvet dress I've worn almost every Christmas since I made it.

It is very difficult to capture when worn but this gives a good idea.

I repeated the pineapple theme that evening.

I didn't get to wear my most Christmassy outfit until the day after because it had been very warm. It is a matching set of knitwear combined with a white fur hat. I went for a long walk with my father like almost every year so finally some pictures taken outside.
Again the red coat.

Part of the route are old railwaytracks. It is a nature conservation area now. 


The day after I travelled back to Amsterdam, only to leave again the next day, that living out of a suitcase feeling ;)
On the international train: Same hat different coat bacause it was colder.
I went to stay with friends in Germany for a couple of days for New Years Eve celebrations and had a wonderful time.
On NYE we wore evening dresses. I wore my newest also found at the Verzamelaarsjaarbeurs. It was really nice to be able to dress up for NYE, and not be the only one!

I don't do new years resolutions really, I think it is a bit silly and makes the beginning of January even worse ;) But because this blog is about clothes here are some resolutions in relation to my wardrobe:

1 Wear everything I own
The fact that I had never worn that lovely evening dress says it all, such a shame!
2 Wear more hats and evening dresses
I'm on the right way with this I think, but must keep up the good work.
3 Buy less, hmmm yeah right
Well this is the kind of resolution you know will be impossible to keep, but I do have so many clothes already.
4 Let go
Among the clothes I never wear are also some things that just don't work. The things that are unflattering, not me and may be better on someone else. No use holding on to them, though letting go is hard, it will feel far better, in the end...
5 Go out of my comfort zone
Trying something new from time to time is refreshing (and on the other hand often confirms your set tastes and ways and makes you appreciate them more).

So that was it, below what I plan on wearing  to brighten up bleak January after wearing so many reds and dark colors.


Will be back soon,
Birthe