Thursday, 30 August 2012

J-New Hairband

For quite some time I've been coveting the hairband Joanna Newsom is sporting below. I was holding out hope that I'd find the same one somewhere, but I finally accepted that I'd have to make it myself. I bought a plain black hairband and stitched on about €20 worth of beads. I used little wooden beads of various sizes and a selection of kind of childish looking plastic ones in all different shapes and colours. I didn't realise beads were so expensive, which is why I just beaded the front of mine. Maybe I'll add a few more as I get the money or something.

Image from stereogum.com



Image from stereogum.com

My attempt. Super hard to photograph myself.
It looks like sweets.

Monday, 13 August 2012

Really Old Clothes

I left a case of really old clothes in my aunt's shed 2 years ago and never got around to sorting them out until this week. The overall state of them was disturbing her a little so it was time to find them a new home.

I bought the case pretty rashly in an auction without knowing anything about the clothes or their condition, which was stupid, but I don't really regret it because they're super pretty and sort of ghostly looking. I guess I presumed I could sell them, but I didn't realise their condition was quite so bad.

The white dress in the center seems to shred every time I even think about it so I couldn't get a good shot of it. It has the most exquisite beading around the hem but the weight of it is causing the chiffon shell to fall apart.

I have very limited knowledge when it comes to pre-1920s clothes so I really can't say too much about them. Two of them appear to be wedding dresses - tiny, tiny wedding dresses. I vaguely remember that when I looked at them the first time around one of them had a date written in pen on the inside that said 1913. There's a fancy red coat like a hunting jacket or something, a brown 1920s dress, and two dresses from the 1950s, which I might try to clean up a bit.

I'd love to know more about this jacket, it's so fancy.




The skirt on this dress is so full that it was hard to fit it all in shot. Black beading sweeps down the side from underneath a velvet bow. The matching bodice is tiny. This piece isn't as old as the others and features a metal zip. The others mostly have hook and eye fastenings.



Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Why?

For my first post I'm going to explain a little about why I chose to start this blog and then I'm going to lighten the tone by showing off my latest etsy purchase.

Ethical fashion is an issue that I feel very strongly about. Through keeping a blog I want to show that shopping ethically doesn't have to mean not shopping, or dressing badly. I love clothes and shop awfully regularly. Most of my clothes are bought in vintage shops, stolen from my own shop or bought on etsy.

The following rashly thought out analogy might better illustrate my opinion on disposable clothing: If a celebrity chef were to announce on television that she recommends buying battery farmed eggs instead of free range because they're cheaper and who cares, that would be a pretty inappropriate and irresponsible thing to say. Yet nobody bats an eyelid at stylists and fashion writers using their public platforms to encourage people to shop with budget retailers who employ less than acceptable work practices to manufacture trend-driven, low quality clothing. Which is shocking because we're not talking about chickens suffering at the source of the issue, we're talking about people suffering, and we're talking about the impact disposable clothing has on the environment.


I really don't want this blog to be negative rants about the fashion industry, so I'm going to focus on showcasing things I've bought either second hand or handmade. In this way I hope to inspire people to change their shopping habits.



Which is where my 1950s beaded lambswool and angora blend cardigan comes in. I bought it last week on etsy from this shop. It was only $28 including shipping and it looks as though it had never been worn! There are quite a few of these on etsy and they tend to vary greatly in price. If you're lucky like me and find a cheap one do make sure to read the description and look at the pictures carefully as it is unusual to find one so cheap without a few flaws.


One of the great things about buying vintage is the quality and workmanship. My cardigan is 60 years old and it looks like new, I doubt any high street knitwear I've bought will survive to that age.