Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Meet the lady behind 60's Chic Boutique.

How many times have you come across a beautiful vintage dress only to find it's not your size? The sizes have changed so much through the decades and a 1960's size 12 would be more like an 8 to 10 now. I know I find it really difficult to find vintage dresses to fit a curvier figure and only have a handful of 60's true vintage favourites along with a pile of sewing projects to alter at some date, yet to be completed! 
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 The green and White dress is my favourite vintage find ever.
 I started this blog as I wanted it to share my journey and passion into the vintage world and to introduce some of the people I meet and find out about along the way. I came across Gaynor's range of handmade 1960's inspired dresses on Etsy and Facebook and for the first time since I was 12 I had a dress made to measure. If like me you tend to think handmade equals expensive then you will be pleasantly surprised, as dresses are priced between £40 to £45. I absolutely love the dress and am so happy to be able to share Gaynor's work and find out more about the woman behind the sewing machine at 60's Chic Boutique.
 What inspired you to start 60's Chic Boutique?
''I think the real inspiration for starting was the classic 60s style dresses I wanted to buy just weren't available or really difficult to find so I started making my own dresses and loved it so much I thought I could start doing something I really enjoy and help others to get some great dresses too.''

Do you buy vintage clothes as well as wearing your own clothes, if  so where do you buy from?
''To be honest I wear very little vintage clothing but now getting into vintage shoes, handbags and some jewellery to match my dresses - I now make all my own dresses and jackets but mix and match the occasional vintage skirt or top with good stylish new clothes. There are currently some great 60's styles available on the high street but it won't last.''
Watch out- I will be taking a look into the current 1960's high street styles in a future blog.
One of Gaynor's favourites.
 I am not surprised this is one of Gaynor's top dresses as she looks stunning in it. I think it's a perfect party dress for the coming season.

One of the attractions for me to 60's fashion is the sense of fun in the patterns and colours mixed with glamour. I spent years with a wardrobe full of Black and Grey until I discovered my love for this era.  Gaynor chooses some fab patterns and colours for her dresses and will help you find the look and colour you are wanting. It is the personal touch that makes the dresses feel so special.

Woman's Own magazine, week ending May 14th,  1966 ran a poll on the top three patterns of the year. The shift dress topped the polls, followed by the simple dress and the dress and jacket.
My first order was a Burgundy shift dress which fits me perfectly and will be the first of many. £45

The material has been chosen and Gaynor is well on the way to finishing my next outfit.I can't wait to wear and it and it's perfect for the Winter months.
A note to my family... Christmas is coming!! The sleeves and collar on this dress are just gorgeous.


I love music as much as fashion and to me they are intrinsically linked. Asking for a favourite song to dance too gives a glimpse into someone's personality. So Gaynor, what's your current favourite?
''After 13 years of my husband trying to get me to listen to Mod sounds I gradually got into Etta James and loved the raw RnB  sound of late 50's  and early 60's but my favourite song to dance to at the moment is a bit more soulful Dee Clark - That's My Girl''
 2016 is fast approaching , any dreams and aspirations for the future?
''Currently it's great to have a thriving business that I enjoy I'm not looking beyond that and enjoying what I do now.''
Thank you Gaynor for sharing  your time and if anyone would like to know more about 60's Chic Boutique here are the links: 
Thanks for dropping by x
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Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Bedtime glamour. Have we lost it?

 I have recently got hold of some 1930's Woman's Jornal magazines and they are fascinating. Yes we have come along way as women with our independence and womens' rights but have we lost a little of the glamour along the way? Take a look at the nightwear of the 1930's-60's and see what you think?

Images taken from September issue of Woman's Journal,1933, Vol X11.No 71
:Veronica Lake, 1940's wearing a silk nightgown which could pass as a beautiful evening dress.
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Jane Russell, 1950's
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The beautiful Natalie Wood, 1962 for Life magazine.
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I love these sets. So cute and fun.
Seventeen magazine, 1970, Colleen Corby and Cay Sanderson.
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1980's Vogue Full length and baby doll patterns. Is that shoulders pads inside the gown?
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This 1960's baby doll set is so sweet and my daughter fell in love with it.
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Pretty in Peach, 1970's nylon nightie £20, size 10 with peach 3/4 length gown over £10.Size 10-12.
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Thanks for dropping by x

Thursday, 15 October 2015

I love Keelham Farm x

If you haven't shopped at Keelham Farm shop in Skipton yet you are in for a treat. It has put the pleasure back into my weekly food shop and I actually look forward to it! Last week I was greeted with a mass of the largest Pumpkins I have ever seen, Autumn coloured floral displays whilst Frank Wilson's 'Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)', one of my favourite songs played in the background. Food shopping to some Northern soul is a winner in my eyes!
 A family run business supporting over 400 farmers and producers across Yorkshire with another shop in Thornton. I have been pleasantly surprised at how much cheaper my shopping has become compared to local large chain supermarkets and I actually like buying my fruit and vegetables that come in different shapes and sizes.
 ( A note to my husband..... they do beautiful flower arrangements too!). 
One of the things I love about the farm shop is how they have used vintage furniture in displays and in the cafĂ© and restaurant. Old metal filing cabinets, mixed with non matching chairs and wrought iron candle holders. It seems vintage styling is really exploding into the high street and can be seen in the most unexpected of places.

 They have managed to mix the industrial shell of the building with vintage lighting and accessories to make it feel welcoming and visually exciting.

These Chalkboard Milk Bottles are so sweet and a great idea for Christmas presents. Is it just me or amidst our need to keep up with modern technology that is advancing so quickly we are craving a simpler lifestyle, reverting back to times gone by?

Anyone for soup?
The simplest of ideas, £2.50 for a bag of soup ingredients.


Tuesday, 13 October 2015

A Pit Stop Vintage Shopping Trip To Sheffield.

Time is of the essence when you have to fit in shopping trips and kids. Where to shop for vintage clothes and accessories in a new city with a few hours to spare is not as easy as it sounds! After wandering the main shopping area with the usual high street chains I decided to venture out a little further. I love interacting with people on Instagram and after a friendly suggestion from Jan at Honeysuckle at Home, I hopped on a bus to go South of the city to say hello and see what I could find in the Sheffield Antiques Quarter.
Honeysuckle at Home.
 I love the colourful patterned lampshade made from vintage fabric, Jan also sells handmade cushions, furniture, glass ware and collectibles.Honeysuckle at Home is full of individual pieces to make your home beautiful.

 All this colourful material made me wish I'd payed more attention in school needlework class.

 Simple vintage glass milk bottles brighten up kitchen cupboards and make me smile. We are in the middle of moving house and I can't wait to buy some new kitchen accessories.

 This display of vintage photos was beautiful. The shop is full of history and romance of past times.

A shot of bright Pink next to textured hessian sacks completes the outside display. Whilst their is an abundance of beautiful home items you also have the added bonus of a spot of vintage clothes shopping with The Queen of Drawers. I did give in to temptation and bought a black 1960's dress. I have bought several pieces from The Queen's Drawers from vintage fairs recently and their always seems to be a good range of sizes which is a bonus for vintage dress shoppers over a size 10.
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 New dress getting ready for the party season.

Jan recommended some other vintage shops back in town , although time was running out I did manage to find a few of them, starting with Vulgar where I found this gorgeous Green suede and sheepskin coat. The shop had some really great clothes in and any shop selling vintage Dr. Martens work for me. Although sadly on this visit there were non in my size.

I could have easily lost a few hours in Mooch Vintage and they have a great selection of Men's wear too. If you love 60's fashion they had some fab dresses and coats to choose from. The orange coat below with white fur trim was so sweet for Winter.
Time passed away and I will have to return to continue my vintage hunt in Sheffield but I am happy with the shops I found. I really want to spend more time exploring the Sheffield Antiques Quarter with so many independent shops to choose from. Check out their website for full information on the 50+ shops and places to eat and download the shopping map.

Venture out and don't be afraid to explore away from the main city streets, oh and wear some comfy walking shoes!
Sheffield, Space, Place, Life.

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