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Make Do & Mend | Pinup Style with Vintage Fabric

Make Do & Mend | Pinup Style with Vintage Fabric

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Make Do and Mend.

That’s what my Nana always tells me, usually as she’s unpicking old curtains, making overalls for the grandkids tearing around her garden. Vintage philosophies can be the best inspiration for vintage style, especially as a pinup on a budget!

I’m incredibly lucky to have a network of old ladies – friends of my Nana – who hand me down vintage fabric they no longer use. I design my clothes to make the most of the gifted yardage. This fifties floral two piece was cut around age stains on a length of 1950’s printed fabric.

Photographed on two different days at two locations, this post shows how lighting can change a photo from bright and crisp to soft and dreamy!

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The Outfit

Printed with rustic baskets overflowing with fruit and flowers, this fabric was made for sweet summer style. I chose a wide necked, fitted top ( which I personally find very flattering ) because there wasn’t enough fabric for sleeves! The simple silhouette displays the print nicely, so I made sure the basket motif would match up when the blouse was closed. Press studs and a tie front finish the blouse.

The circle skirt is cut in two panels and hemmed with synthetic horsehair braid for extra volume. A side zip and tap with novelty pink flower button allow for a tidy nipped in waist – my preferred silhouette for almost any occasion!

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The Styling

Matching accessories to a colour in the fabric makes choosing an outfit easy . I love the pink roses in this print, so that means all pink everything!

The sugar pink gloves have the cutest pleated trim, I think they’re from the 1950’s or 1960’s. The pink petticoat, cat eye sunglasses, hair flower and shoes are all modern made but worked so well with the colours and style of the outfit nonetheless!

Due to shooting forties style outfits on the same days, hair and makeup on both days were a mix of 1940’s and 1950’s. The half up – half down hairstyle was more successful, with fuller and better shaped rolls. No matter how hard I tried I just couldn’t recreate them for the updo when we re-shot! I find victory rolls in any style tricky due to my baby-fine, thin hair. There never seems to be enough of it.  ( I’m envious of all you thick haired ladies who can do multiple rolls and poodle ‘dos! )

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Top & Skirt | Velvet DeCollete
Gloves | Tock Tick Vintage
Flower | Coin Save
Shoes | Number One Shoe Warehouse
Petticoat | Online through a Facebook sale page

With Style & Sass,

            Velvet DeCollete

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Monday Style Tip No.34

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The key to owning that plunging neckline? Fashion tape and oodles of confidence.

Stylishly yours,

          Velvet  x

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Monday Style Tip No.33

enhance curves with ruffles

Fashion is like magic, you can create an illusion of something that’s not really there! Wear ruffles or frills around your bust, hips or bum to create a curvier silhouette or balance out your heavier areas.

Stylishly yours,

          Velvet  x

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Monday Style Tip No.31

cover regrowth or frizz with a cute beret

Cringing over your regrowth or fussing over flyaways? Cover a multitude of sins with an elegant beret a la Lauren Bacall in The Big Sleep. Or forget your hair and go watch The Big Sleep, it’s a classic and Bacall has a killer wardrobe.

Stylishly yours,

          Velvet  x

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Novelty Gumboot Review (Plus my top picks for Spring)

Novelty Gumboot Review (Plus my top picks for Spring)

novelty gumboots for spring | Velvet DeCollete

Rainy weather really gets me down. The roiling grey sky, the mud, the darkness; it’s just not my thing. Choosing cute gumboots over a purely utilitarian style helps brighten the days and get me through til summer. Since the demise of my beloved leopard print wellies I’ve been looking and I’ve finally found a replacement! Echo and I headed over to Victoria Battery to try them out.

Before we go any further I just want to say That I’m not paid, endorsed or sponsored in this review. I just get super excited about shoes and want to share my joy!

I found these gumboots at The Warehouse. They’re a size 5 wide. ( Which is perfect because while small, my feet have spread from going barefoot every summer!)  The navy blue creates a nice background for the fabulously bright shabby chic-ish floral print and the construction seems nice and solid. Echo had a nibble on the top of one but didn’t manage to do any damage. For $29 I honestly don’t think you could do better.

novelty gumboots for spring | Velvet DeColletenovelty gumboots for spring | Velvet DeColletenovelty gumboots for spring | Velvet DeColleteThe battery is the old ruin of a historic ore processing plant. It’s currently flooded after fourteen straight days of rain and Echo is LOVING it. Having her own private lake kinda makes up for us moving away from the beach – at least for now.

novelty gumboots for spring | Velvet DeCollete

There’s no good reason for boring footwear, so here’s a few of my favourite printed gumboots to inspire you! Priced between $30 and $90 (and with mine now on sale at The Warehouse online for $12.98!) there’s a wellie for every budget.

watermelon-print-gumboots | Velvet Decolleteleopard-print-gumboots | Velvet DeCollete

pug-printed-gumboots | Velvet DeColletetropical-print-gumboots | Velvet Decollete

 

 

Muddily yours,

                           Velvet

 

 

 

 

 

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Monday Style Tip No.29

 

Shoe clips add versatile glamour | Monday Style Tip

I’ve also used them as dress clips, brooches and hair accessories, so don’t feel like you can only use them on shoes!

Stylishly yours,

          Velvet  x

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Monday Style Tip No.28

one colour plus white is crisp and fresh | Monday Style tip

 

Struggle to pair colours? Try choosing just one colour and white for a quick and easy was to look fresh and chic. (for example a classic white shirt with blue jeans, a blue clutch and a blue statement necklace, or a yellow dress with a white belt, bag and shoes.)

Stylishly yours,

          Velvet  x

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Monday Style Tip No.27

Iris Apfel dress to please you | Monday Style Tip

If it worked for Iris, it’s good enough for me.

Stylishly yours,

          Velvet  x

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Lemon Souffle Sleepwear

Lemon Souffle Sleepwear

Soft, sweet and a little bit tart.  This 1960s sleepwear set is lemon souffle incarnate. Frothy layers of pale yellow nylon garnished with white lace are a pastel lovers dream, and enough to put any man ( or woman ) into a sugar coma!

I actually have three pieces of identically lemony goodness, a thigh grazing nightie, a floaty babydoll and a completely sheer robe. Made in Bri Nylon by Canterbury NZ they sport all the usual 1960’s toppings – glossy embroidered rosebuds, lace and ruffles.

Lemon Souffle Vintage Sleepwear | Velvet DecolleteThe robe
 Sheer, short and everything a 60’s robe should be. Lace and ruffles match the jacket to both negligees without overpowering the simplicity of design that gives this robe its fresh youthful appeal.

The babydoll
Your classic 1960’s boudoir piece, this lined babydoll falls in tiny soft gathers from a simple neckline. There’s thin white lace along the hem and neckline and a rosebud in the center front. Honestly I don’t wear it much because it makes me feel a bit boxy.

The nightie
 This is what I usually wear with the robe. A wide underbust yoke and tie shoulders make for a very flattering bust line that fits almost any cup size, especially with the elasticated smocked back panel.
While the babydoll falls in gathers from the neckline I prefer this yoked style as it defines the narrow area under my bust, making me feel more like a babein hourglass than a pastel coloured jellyfish.

( I’m totally down with being a jellyfish, just not in the bedroom ).

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I wore the nightie and robe for this homage to John Willie’s Sweet Gwendoline. You can just see the pale yellow Rose & Thorne nana knickers I matched to the set for modesty!

Lemon Souffle Vintage Sleepwear | Velvet Decollete

Lemon Souffle Vintage Sleepwear | Velvet Decollete

 

 Sweet Gwendoline Photos |Froger ft. Ruby Von Rifle
Model, Hair, MUA and garment photos | Velvet DeCollete

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Monday Style Tip No.23

 

Monday Style Tip wear your favourites

Remember that gorgeous dinner set your Nana kept in the cupboard ‘for special occasions’? Seems like a waste doesn’t it?
If you love something, wear it. Enjoy it. Fill it with memories. Don’t let it waste away in your closet waiting for it’s chance to make you shine.

Stylishly yours,

          Velvet  x

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