Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Fifties Fair- part 2

This is my loot from the fifties fair! In general the stalls tend to be waayy over priced, but there are some guys who sell patterns that always seem like a good deal. At least they compare well with the prices I have seen on etsy, especially because there is no shipping rate!

The gloves matched my outfit perfectly - and I wore them most of the day as you can see in part one. I also bought the sunnies and wore them in the afternoon sun. They are repros, listed as 'Jackie-O style'. I am super excited about the fabric! It is SERIOUSLY bright - I love the clash of pink and red. I am thinking of making it into a simple little shift dress, or do you think the first dress pattern pictured below would work? It is 90cm by about 2.5m - so enough to make most dresses.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Fifties Fair - Part 1

Last Sunday was the annual '50s fair at Rose Seidler House, put on my the Historic Houses Trust. I went with my lovely friend K - that's us pictured above with a car I wish was mine!

The fair is set around the house designed by Harry Seidler for his parents in 1948-50. Seidler did not change the grounds much, so there is a strong feel of the Australian bush. There are gum trees and rocks with bushy scrub. The actual house is quite modest, but placed on the hill side to take in the lovely views. It is very Mod, decorated in bright primary colours with simple shapes and clean lines. You can read more about it here.

The fair was absolutely HUGE - It must have been the biggest ever. Literally thousands of people!! It was actually quite overwhelming at times, wading through the crowds, but it was also lovely to see so many people dressed up so beautifully in their own interpretation of fifties attire.

I wore a dress I bought from Clever Nettle for my sister's wedding last year. It was perfect for the early spring weather. I also wore the stockings from this post I was suprised that, not only did they fit, but they were actually very comfortable even though they did not have the stretch I am used to. I lent K- a dress I bought recently on ebay. It suited her perfectly!

The ladies below stopped me to comment on my dress - but it was the strangest thing - I have actually seen the girl sitting in the middle before! She is at the same university as me, and I have often coveted her outfits as I have seen her around campus. I think she might have thought I was an insane stalker when I told her that! She and her Friends looked totally stunning.

Above is one of K-'s friends with her purchase: an incredible cow milk jug. Look how happy she is!! And below is us trying on some lovely (but -ahem, rather overpriced) hats.

More Friends we bumped into - looking smashing.

These girls looked so picturesque, sitting in one of the rooms in Rose Seidler House, looking out on the (huge!) crowds below and the main stage with Rockabilly bands.

They put up a beauty parlor stall for the day, where you could get your hair and make up done. As you can see - the girls were creating some pretty elaborate concotions!

A mother and daughter - looking smashing. I will show you what I bought in the next post!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Lace and Boning

My sale score from What Katie Did arrived last week! And in it... my corset! I have wanted a corset for some time now, but the good ones retail at around $300+ in Sydney stores, and I just couldn't justify spending that sort of money. So when I saw WKD had them for 50% off - it was a done deal!

I am really pleased with the fit - I always worry about that when I buy things online. It took me a little while to figure out how to do it up - I can see why Victorian ladies had 'dressers' to help them in to (and out of) their clothes. I absolutely love it! Thank you Ian for the photos.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Election 2010

Yesterday, Australia voted, and while some poor chaps sat on stools counting votes, Ian and I went to an election party. I dressed up to match the flag, mustering up some good ol' fashioned nationalist pride - and also managed to wear colours that support both the major parties (labour - red, liberal - blue).

I wasn't sure what to expect from an 'election party', and was a bit worried I might walk into some staunch political rally. I was pleased to find quite the opposite - plenty of lively debate, quips and digs. At the moment it is still undecided as the votes are being counted. The news is calling it a 'nail-biting' affair, because it is so close. Exciting!!

This dress is a nurses uniform that belonged to Ian's grandmother who worked as a nurse in the UK (yes I know!! Not very Aussie after all!). She kept it beautifully with the spare collars and belt etc. I think it is probably from the late '60s. I will take some better photos with the hat sometime - it is a pretty spectacular uniform, I was very grateful to be given it.

beret - myer
dress and belt - vintage nurses uniform
long socks - target
shoes - 'softwave' from the lovely little shoe shop at the end of Glebe pt Rd
bag - nine west
flag - borrowed from Ian

Thursday, August 19, 2010


I was given these stockings by a lovely friend for my birthday. They are still in the box - with their 2 month guarantee! I love the fact that they could stand by their product and give a guarantee. I would love to take my stockings back when they run a ladder the first time I put them on!!

I also picked up the pair below on my birthday shopping adventure. I think they are a bit later in date - their box screams tacky '80s, but I am not sure. Both fit beautifully, although the first pair are a funny colour. I'm not sure who has legs that colour? But I don't!

I will test these packaging promises when I wear them and report back!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Belated Birthday Post

I have been a bit slow in getting photos posted from my birthday - things have been crazy busy! My actual birthday was pretty hectic, I worked from 9am to 10pm, but managed to squeeze in a nice lunch at my favorite cafe with my dad. Above is the letter I found in my bed when I got home on my birthday. Ian had created a 'bag of money' for me to go and spend as I desired (yes, that is him pictured with a crown!). I think the 'cheap' and 'sale' is meant to be a reference to my love of bargain hunting, and not a comment on my taste in clothes. On Friday I took the day off, went shopping (with my money bag), drank coffee and got my hair cut. It was pure awesome.

Saturday I dressed up for my joint birthday party with Rob (pictured below). A great group of friends gathered at the local pub for cheap beer and some dancing on the table. It was amazing. I also got a whole host of incredible and thoughtful gifts that are sure to make an appearance here on the blog as they are used and treasured.

I wore a red velvet '50s dress that I found in a thrift store in San Francisco many years ago, while visiting my sister. It has some magnificently messy stiching on the inside which makes me think it is hand made. I whipped up the bow (in my hair) in the afternoon, just so it would be clear that I was the birthday girl (because the luminously red dress was not enough).

Rob and me posing with our cards from Amy and Raph

dancing queen...

This is me with Raph - photographer (and hair accesorizer) extraordinaire who snapped most of these pics

Monday, August 2, 2010

mind readers

Just a quick note to let you know that What Katie Did is having a sale!!! (I subscribe to their mailing list)

I just snapped up a whole bunch of things I have had on my wishlist for a while - SO EXCITED! I have some exciting post-birthday photos to post, but managed to leave my camera at my folks house. I will get them up as soon as I get my camera back!