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Monday
Dec152014

Party like it's 1929

To continue with the “early cinema” theme of the last post—my boyfriend hired the Cinema Museum in London for his 50th birthday party. We got the food from Tibits, silent films were screened and a grand time was had by all.

The suggested attire was to reflect early cinema so I opted for an early-to-mid-1920s look with a sleeveless shift dress with a drop-waist and nearly-to-the-ankles length.

Oops, my slip is too short.Of course, I found it at my local thrift store (for $7.99). You can’t really see in the photo, but it has sequin trim around the neckline and hanging down in two loops at the dropped waist.

I’ve posted about the Cinema Museum before. It’s housed in what was the administrative building of the Victorian workhouse in which Charlie Chaplin spent part of his boyhood (hence the homage to Charlie throughout).

I kept the jewelry minimal: a Victorian bracelet and early 20th-century necklace I’ve owned for decades.

These Bobbi Blu shoes from the thrift store have a vintage feel and were just $4.

One of the short films shown at the party was this early animation combined with live action film: Out of the Inkwell: Jumping Beans produced by Max Fleischer in 1922.

Michelle Nicole West/New York dress from Goodwill. Early 20th-century faceted glass bead necklace and Victorian enamelled metal and pearl bracelet, both owned for decades. Bobbi Blu shoes from Boomerang.

Since every blog post is better with a cat, here’s the neighborhood kitty, who has a home and a family, but likes to hang out at the Cinema museum.

I'm also joining in the party over on Not Dead Yet Style's Visible Monday.

Sunday
Dec072014

Biograph girl

My boyfriend is a HUGE silent film buff. So for his birthday, I made him another silent film-themed t-shirt, using a thrifted t-shirt ($1.99), a stencil made from freezer paper and Jacquard Textile Colors.

He liked the logo of the Biograph Studios, a company that produced silent films in the early 20th century. So I painted it in silver paint on a black t-shirt. To show my support for his hobby, for myself, I painted a t-shirt inspired by a poster for a 1980 British musical, called 'Biograph Girl,' about the same Studio.

My t-shirt.

His t-shirt.

Past t-shirts: Louise Brooks (and a homemade tea cosy); ‘PH5’ pendant lamp designed by Danish architect Poul Henningsen (1958); stars around a neckline on my t-shirt; and Cthulhu. I’m sure I could get more precise images with the use of technology, but I’m a low-tech kinda crafter.

Other past painting projects: black vinyl bag with cosmic pattern.

'Sweet dreams' home-made cotton broadcloth pajama bottoms with painted moons and stars.

You may have seen these before, but here's a selection of shoes I’ve painted.

Has anyone else used textile paints for t-shirts, shoes, or other clothing?

Monday
Dec022013

In the home of the brash, outrageous and free

I'm in the U.K visiting my boyfriend. It was a challenge packing two months worth of clothes suitable for a variable London winter into one suitcase and a carry-on bag. Here's a few of my outfits so far.

At the British Film Institute. Vintage hat, Frocktasia. Custo Barcelona top, thrifted, Goodwill. 1970s Butte Knit velvet jacket, thrifted, Goodwill. Contemporary plaid skirt, thrifted, Goodwill. Restricted non-leather boots, purchased on sale. 1970s gypsy shawl, thrifted, Goodwill. DKNY bag, purchased in the 1990s and painted by me. Indian necklaces and bangles.
At the Cinema Museum, London. Hat, gift in 1984. 1970s ASA wool vest, thrifted. Fab India wool kurta, purchased in India. Leggings, thrifted, Goodwill. Restricted non-leather boots, purchased on sale. Silver and black scarf purchased in India.
At Royal Festival Hall. Greek fisherman's hat, purchased in London in the 1990s. 1970s The Villager velvet vest, thrifted, Goodwill. Mustard leg 'o mutton t-shirt, thrifted, Goodwill. Contemporary plaid skirt, thrifted, Goodwill. Mustard tights, thrifted, Goodwill. Clogs, thrifted, Goodwill and painted by me. Necklace purchased in India. 1940s Bakelite brooch I've had for decades.
At the Barbican Design Market. Vintage hat, Frocktasia. 1970s Butte Knit velvet jacket. 1960s Styled by Sybil blouse, thrifted, Goodwill. Leggings, thrifted, Goodwill. Restricted non-leather boots, purchased on sale.
In the 10 days I've been in London so far, A. and I have seen four films and one exhibition. We've been to a design and crafts market and an antiques fair. I've also been to a book club/author event and a Zumba class. Still from the silent film, Flesh and the Devil (1926) with Greta Garbo and John Gilbert

In addition to "Flesh and the Devil," we saw a charming romantic comedy from 1935 called “Car of Dreams.” (You can watch the entire film on YouTube here). And we went to a monthly silent-film event at the Cinema Museum. I saw this book in their little shop.

Cinema Uniforms: Sartorial Elegance at the Picture Palace by David TriggThe highlight was a 6-hour screening of the 1926 silent film, Napoleon, which was, and still is, a tour-de-force, of cinema. The members of the Royal Festival Hall Philharmonia Orchestra and the conductor, Carl Davis, showed remarkable endurance. There were several intermissions, but still! 

Click for sourceWe saw Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! at Somerset House. I admired Blow's ability to turn herself into a work of art through fashion and accessories and I enjoyed seeing the incredible craftsmanship and inventiveness of the Philip Treacy hats and fashion by Alexander McQueen and others.

http://www.80trains.com/Now that I've read the book (which I highly recommend) and met the author, I need to go to the book's website and read Monisha Rajesh's blog.

Another highlight of my time so far was a blogger meet-up in Walsall. When I got off the train, it was easy to spot Vix and Annie who were beacons of color in a train station full of drably dressed people. First we went for a quick hot drink and exchange of gifts.

A pretty rainbow-colored butterfly necklace and packet of beads from Annie. From Vix, a green velvet coat, 70s striped jersey, and Liberty-print dress I had admired from the "suitcase of forgotten 70s fashion" seen on Vix's blog here

First stop was the vintage shop, Second to None. As soon as I entered the door my eyes were immediately drawn to the back of the store. Could it be? Yes, it was. A Marks & Spencer velvet skirt in a faux patchwork print.

Kelly of Grunge Queen has the matching jacket and Vix has this same skirt.

Not even waiting to go upstairs to the changing room I tried it on under my dress.

Vix attacking the rails with gusto. Annie bought this wonderfully slinky snakeskin-print maxi that looked amazing on her.Annie bought the most and Vix did quite well. I only bought the skirt and a blouse, but was quite happy with my finds.

With a medieval heraldic horse print, there was no way I could pass up this Chelsea Girl blouse.

Not bad at 50p each.We made the rounds of the chairty shops where I purchased four pairs of ribbed tights.

Lovely, fluffy chips all around.A Walsall blogger meet-up tradition is a trip to Weatherspoons where I witnessed the "Vix effect" of all eyes in the pub riveted by her. Ensconsed in a cozy corner, we spent several hours chatting and gorging on chips. Then, I caught the train from Walsall to Birmingham with Annie, then back to London.

Whew! Now after this monster post, I'm off to read Vix's account of the day.

Linking up to Patti's Visible Monday and Judith's Hat Attack.

Thursday
Jun062013

A fine and dandy day

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.