A fine and dandy day
Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 07:16AM
Joyatri in 1970s, Cinema Museum, Fashion, Frocktasia, sewing pattern, silent film, thrifting

Here I am in London, surrounded by a myriad of things to see and do. But, the lack of blog posts is a reflection of my lack of activity. I did something to my back and have had a hard time getting around or even sitting comfortably (making using a computer a bit difficult). I have good days and bad, but I never know which will be which. It is immensely frustrating.

Last weekend A. and I went visited The Dandy Lion Market in Kentish Town, where I got to visit with Jennie of Frocktasia again. A bit of a chat revealed that we suffer from similar hoarding tendencies but we've both made the decision to mend our ways. She kindly invited me to her house so I will be able to see how our afflictions compare.

She had lots of lovely frocks on display, but my eye was drawn to the kerchief on her mannequin. I have an obsession with the color combination of purple (although it looks blue here), red and gold. Once I stated that, wweet Jennie promptly gifted it to me. I know I will get lots of wear out of it. 

I really wish we had these sorts of small, low-key markets at home. There are a couple crafts/vintage fairs in my area but they tend to be larger and more expensive for vendors.After the Market, A. and I walked to Camden Town for an early dinner stopping off at a couple charity shops on the way. I found a 1970s dress at PDSA that A. absolutely hated. I thought it had potential (in a church picnic sort of way) and bought it anyway. It was pricey at £9.99, but since the money was going for puppies and kitties I paid it.

At Age UK, I found two book: A History of Fashion in the 20th Century and The Practical Man’s Book of Things to Make and Do, reprinted in 1946. At £1.49, they were more in my price range. The fashion book has some images I haven’t seen before and the other book will be gifted to a practical male friend of A.’s.

After dinner at inSpiral in Camden Town, A. and I made our way to Kennington to a special event at the Cinema Museum. On occasion, the Oscar-winning film historian Kenneth Brownlow shows films from his personal collection. That night, it was a short comedy film and the 1925 silent melodrama 'Stella Dallas' (which was remade in 1937 and 1990). Both were shown with live musical accompaniment by Stephen Horne who played piano, accordion, percussion and flute – sometimes even playing two instruments at the same time! I'll post more about the Cinema Museum later.1970s-does-1940s dress, purchased at Spitalfields Market, London. Tights, retail. Clogs, thrifted and painted by me. Necklace, thrifted, Goodwill. Bangles from India. That day I wore my ‘1970s-does-1940s’ frock which has made several appearances on this blog. I was looking at vintage sewing patterns on Etsy recently and Butterick 3835 immediately jumped out at me. Although it’s for a blouse and skirt, the view on the right bears a remarkable resemblance to my dress. Here, I lamely re-create the pose.

I'm hoping this trip to London will include some treasure-hunting, but I'm sad that they can't involve any train journeys.

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