maandag 28 maart 2016

My Easter weekend

A quick recap of my Easter weekend so far. Lots of other things I've been up to lately will follow in another post.
I wore the outfit above to an afternoon with Club Interbellum. One of the members organized a kind of exchange/sell-on market at his house, which is a yearly tradition. The outfit features clothes and accessoiries that have all featured in earlier blogposts in different combinations. Saturday was the first kind of warm day of the year so I did not have to wear a coat! Spring! Finally!
Here are just some pictures of the afternoon, not made by me, plucked form Facebook:

Discussing dresses...
Here are the new to me clothes I took home:
I'd been looking for a good brown day dress for a while as I have a lot of brown hats. I traded this with Marjolein for a summer dress I hardly wore. It goes so well with a hat I bough from her the year before (and that I wore to the Utrecht tweedride)
Same for this dress, a more sober summer dress, also from Marjolein. A good addition as I always find myself with too many birght floals that are not suitable for any occasion.
Next to the two dresses I got some great accessoiries and separates.
The  black wide-brimmed hat came with a box from 'Maison de Bonneterie' an upscale store that has been around for a long time but closed about a year ago. I've bought it from Frank who organized the afternoon and has a great eye for women's hats.
Simple blouse.
Little jumper. The color of which matches my favorite find of the day:
This red hat with a blue brim and lovely hatpin. It will be the starting point of my outfit for the next Tweedride that will take place on the 8th of May in Amsterdam! So exited!
I might also wear this sturdy cotton skirt. Because of the deep pleats at the front it looks like a parted skirt when worn (so perfect for a tweedride). Judging by the lenght and style it dates from the late 40's/early50's. It would be more flattering if I made it a bit shorter, so I'm considering cutting off about 10 cm, to make it look more mid 40's. What do you think?
Also bought this men's tie. Not sure how, but I'll probably make it work.
On Easter Sunday I wore my first floral print dress of the season. I did pair it with a wool cardigan however, as it was not a warm as the day before.
Some details of the cardigan and dress.
I visited my friend Lynn at her adorable house in Alkmaar together with Martine (who was not in the mood for being photographed).
We were spoiled with a beautiful Easter lunch/ high tea.

With some drinks, as we all like sweet liqueur.

Lynn with a bottle of coke :)
Lynn and me in the window sills of her house, photo taken by Martine :)
Today I felt a bit off so I only did some stuff around the house, washing, mending etc. I'm wearing an easy pair of wide legged trousers (H&M, wish I'd bought more at the time) and the blouse I bought Saturday.
Togehter they look like a set of loungwear.
That concludes my Easter so far. Just heard a friend is comming over and we'll probably watch a silly movie and order pizza. Perfect ending to my Easter weekend!
Hope to be back soon, with more pictures from what I've been wearing and doing lately!

vrijdag 11 maart 2016

Coats, dresses, stockings & other new wardrobe additions

 As I still don't have all the pictures of my weekend in Paris just a quick inbetween blog about some recent wardrobe additions:
1: 1940's dress with red embroidery.
I've found this at the new Episode store on the Prinsengracht in Amsterdam. A lovely daydress I've already worn to work. It reminds me a bit of preasant style dresses from the 1920's, but this is about 20 years later ofcourse. When I tried it on I automatically thought the buttons would be in the back. When the fit was rather off it tried it the other way around and found out that was the way it should be worn.

 2: Blue 1940's evening dress
After I had payed for the dress above I saw two evening dresses hanging behind the counter. This one worked perfectly for me. It's the kind of style you often saw as wedding of bridesmaids dresses in the 1940's, so I wouldn't be surprized if this has been worn at a wedding.  
For me it is a good 'small' eveningdress. Good for dinnerparties, theatre and such, where a revealing dress would be a bit inapropriate but you do want a floorlenght skirt. Because the material is transparent it does not have to look to buttoned up, depending on the slipdress. When I tried it on I did not have a slip so I wore it over my underwear & stockings (only a few teenage tourist girls were there so I couldn't care less). Looked rather nice, but I don't think I'd dare go out in it like that.
The top of the sleeves is actually smocked, such a nice little detail. Again very often seen on weddingdresses. And those satin buttons at the back, no side zips or snaps whatsoever (so bridal, again)! Does make it impossible to put it on my mannequin because it can't pop over its shoulders.
3: 1940's blue wool coat
Last Saturday I went to the yearly market of the Dutch Costume Society, where I usually find lots of bargains. And found some this year, but I did get the feeling it was a bit less than previous years (I always save up a certain amount of cash, and only spent half my budget). 
I was very glad to find this blue coat for next to no money though! I wear a lot of dark blue and did not have a coat in that color yet, so it has been on my whishlist for a long time.
It is a relatively simple coat but is has some nice decorations at the front.
I think it probably dates from the 1940's given the way it was made, though it could pass for 30's when worn. It is a kind of coat I can use for everyday wear, and won't be affraid cycling in.

4: Evening coat
Another find from last Saturday is this lamé evening coat. It would go well with the long black skirt I've also found (but hard to photograph)
The relief was probably pressed into the fabric.

5: Housedress
Glamorous yet comfy loungewear is always welcome. This housedress was in a fixer upper state and I spent part of last Sunday making it presentable again.
Saturday I was in such doubt whether to buy this or not, given the state it was in, but who could resist such sleeves.  
As you can see in the picture I'm wearing a snood, perfect for lazy days or days when the wheather and curls just don't work together.
This was a late birthday girft from my friend Jip. She makes and sells them in all kinds of colors!
I think a snood also goes very well with a hat, as you can see in the pictures below.
6: Hats
I've bought the hat on the right last Saturday and the one on the left from the internet. They are both made from straw and are perfect for the coming spring and summer.
I do not have that many black hats, so I was quite happy to find this one with nice black and white feathers.
7: Stockings
Bought some more stockings last Saturday too. Two pairs of rayon (the label says matzijde meaning, not shiny silk, probably because rayon was often called artifial silk)
I bought two real silk pairs from the 1920's as well
I can imagine wearing these with the late 10s/early 20's summerdresses I have.
The black pair has a decorative clocked  (faux) seam (at the ankle). This is a feature that was common in stockings from the 17-19th centuries that became fashionable again in the 20's.
Wonder how long these will last as silk usually gets brittle.
8: Jacket
To conclude this post: a  wool jersey jacket I've bought over a month ago. I think it was made out of some army uniform garment, I guesss during the aftermath of WWII.  It has weird seams and the darker bands are some kind of horsehair. I am really curious of what part of what kind of uniform it was made. Though I am a costume historian I know little of uniforms. So if anyone knows please let me know!
Hope to have all the Paris pictures soon!