This post relates to my first post about New Year Resolutions! I’ve always wanted to enter the Vintage Life Magazine competition where a vintage photo reflecting the month in question is chosen to feature in the mag!
When I saw the entry requirements for February via Facebook I got thinking of ways to reflect the month. I automatically thought of the usual themes like valentines day and pancake day. (Pancake day was always going to be my back up plan, just so I could demolish a pancake afterwards)
But I wanted to do something different, so obviously I ‘googled it.’ I found that February was also Chinese New Year – I think I have always known this in the back of my mind but it didn’t really occur to me at the time. So then I thought – a chinese inspired outfit!
I wanted to keep in line with the vintage fashion I am into (which is anything from 1920 – 1960) in a classic, English style. So I thought it would be different to combine the two fashions. As I’m getting quite confident with making circle skirts I thought I would do a 1950’s style in a chinese brocade fabric.
I found the most beautiful fabric from UK Fabric Online, via Amazon. I fell in love with the satin red instantly, despite there being a variety of beautiful colours. I actually went straight back on the website the day the fabric arrived to purchase the turquoise blue – I’m hoping to make a nice pyjama cami set!
The deal was wonderful as it worked out at £3.99 a metre with £4.50 for delivery. I got 4 metres in all and I can honestly say all of it was used! It was like a jigsaw puzzle trying to find the correct way round to duplicate the circle pattern!
Luckily I got a full skirt with just the right amount to make a matching headtie. I teamed the look with a colourful cami, english pearls and a chinese style parasol!
Here is the outcome:
I really enjoy making such unique style outfits and had so much fun merging these two themes together!
I entered the competition – wish me good luck!