Sunday, April 04, 2010

Lindy Charm School For Girls

I'm so excited; the fabulous Lindy Charm School For Girls are bringing their vintage beauty workshop to sleepy Ballarat! The Ballarat workshop is on July 11th, for the princely sum of $60 we get three hours learning the methods of recreating hairstyles & makeup from the 1930's to 1950's; what bliss!

I'll be attending & it would be great to see lots of other rural vintage vixens too; I know you're out there.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Happy Vintage New Year!

I hope everyone had a safe & wonderful holiday period & you're all as ready for the new year as I am?

I've just started collecting items for a party I'm planning in a couple of year's time (me, an over planner...never!). It's for the 25th anniversary of my partner & I being together & I'm envisioning a Mad Hatter's Tea Party; because 'we're all mad here'.

I want to use as many vintage things for it as I can & to that end have chosen a basic style & begun looking for items to fit that. I'm very happy to have acquired this lovely tea set on Etsy

Isn't it gorgeous! If you happen to come across any of this type of iridescent black & cream porcelain in your travels, please let me know.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Hi, my name is theuppitywoman & I'm a vintage fabric addict!

I've found the most divine (& addictive) online vintage fabric store! Retro Age Vintage Fabrics carry stock from the 1940's to the 1980's; not reprints, the real deal, & it's all fabulous!

Friday, July 10, 2009

My latest obsession

I've recently acquired a number of lovely antique postcards; oh dear, I feel the start of another collection!

Rather than just buying any image which catches my eye however, I'm focusing on humorous romantic images which can be read in a number of ways. I think of them as my Potentially Polyamorous Postcards.

These are the first two, which I bought from the lovely bananastrudel on Etsy. The caption on the one with the two ladies on the gentleman's lap which was posted in 1910, says 'I feel at home here'. The other one, posted in 1907 says 'Helpless'; I think the gentlemen are far more helpless than the lady here!

The handwritten message on the back of that one is fascinating too;

"Will you be mine said the gallant gay
to be by your side for ever and ever
and the maiden pondered yea.
May this question you want to Answer".

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Fashion History

For all those Vintage & Antique fashionistas out there; I've found the most amazing site!

Fashion History Costumes & Eras is hundreds (yes, hundreds) of pages of fashion drawings, history, trends & information from way back in time up to the present day.

Definitely worth a look; like the previous site I mentioned though, I take no responsibility for the hours of time you may spend gazing at past beauties & learning all you ever needed to know about the fascinating history of fashion!

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Dating Vintage Sewing Patterns

If you're anything like me, you probably have a stack of vintage sewing patterns somewhere. Ever wondered exactly how old each one is? I have, & I found this wonderful site How to Date Vintage Sewing Patterns detailing dates for a huge number of commercial patterns; mostly American brands, but still a great start. Warning though; it is easy to lose hours of time just looking at all the pattern envelopes on the site!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Vintage Car Lust

Just bought myself a lovely white 1974 Triumph 2500 TC, they look like this:

Mine needs work to get on the road, but it 's not too onerous so it shouldn't take long.

Not quite my dream car, but I've mildly lusted after one of these for a long time so I'm pretty excited!

Vintage, sleek & powerful; sigh...