Monday, 28 October 2013

The Dupre system - home dressmaking perfected - simplified

"Home dressmaking the Dupre way."
I found this 1930s book at a vintage sale in Oamaru.
It's in quite good condition for a seventy year old paperback.
The line drawings of 1930s fashion are beautiful.

Its former owner was Dorothy J. von Schramm.
"Most women give up dressmaking from bought patterns in despair."
 This evening dress has a wide circular collar, extending to a ruffle and bow at the back.
Some statuesque evening gowns.
Check out those flamenco sleeves!

Loving the cowl neck, half belt, gored skirt and v-shaped bodice on the left.
On the right, some unusual pockets and matching collar. 

So many lovely styles.

Jackets, coats, lingerie and blouses.

More jackets and coats.

They make it sound so easy.
At the back of the book is an Auckland address (33-34 H.B. Buildings, Queen Street).
I have searched the catalogues of all NZ libraries, the Australian National Library, and WorldCat, and none of them have a copy.
Neither Alibris nor Abebooks have a copy.
A copy was recently sold on Trade Me, but I don't know the price.
"Every woman should learn to cut and sew her own garments.
She can be an individualist and not one of dozens wearing dresses turned out by the gross."
I think that sums up quite nicely why we love vintage.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Geraldine to Temuka - Operation FOSSIC finale

The final day of my holiday dawned, and due to a combination of circumstances I found myself in Geraldine for the first time.
Tucked in under the Southern Alps, it was bustling with tourists.
In the antiques and gift shop, I found this obligatory blogger's deer.
It's unmarked, but the glaze looks like Blue Mountain Pottery. 
At the same shop was my second foray into Royal memorabilia. 
It's a QE2 coronation mug by Brentleigh.
Here's my earlier collectable, which I inherited.
A nice informal portrait.
I'm not a staunch royalist, but I've just read two books on the Queen's clothes, which were lovely back in the 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s. 
I also picked up a couple of things at the op shop there.
A lilac crocheted rug

And a blouse with piped edges.
I turned up the collar, because the Canterbury uniform for females of a certain age is a turned up collar and pearls.
My final stop in the Great Road Trip that was Operation FOSSIC was Temuka.
This time I managed to find two more shops that were open!
A pair of funky peacock pillowcases from Salvos.

A retro print shirt.

and a silver pendant.

And from the antique shop, a groovy coffee mug (possibly recent)
And my favourite find of the day, a kitten picture for my collection.
Sadly by this time it was late and I had work the next day, so it was back to reality.
But I'll leave you with a shot of the bathroom at my Ashburton accommodation.
Fish and chips at twilight, Hampden beach, looking towards Moeraki.

A Pukeko mural. 
 I hope you've enjoyed Operation FOSSIC.
I know I did, but my collecting is getting a little out of control, so I've had to dial it back a bit in recent weeks.
My house has no cupboards, and I hate selling things.
I don't think I could ever be a dealer, although I have thought about it as a career option.
Yesterday in the op shop I spotted a dealer who has given me a hard time at my garage sales.
He was like a shark, quickly cruising the place and then out the door before I knew it.
I prefer to take my time and enjoy myself.
I'm currently watching Storage wars, and the dealers on it make me sick.
Why can't they all be like the lovely Two Squirrels of Milton?

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Ashburton - Operation FOSSIC

Ashburton, after a slow start, yielded up some delights.

The Loxene Golden Disc awards were the NZ Idol of the 1970s.
I just love the design of this LP cover.
I currently don't have anything to spin it on, but never mind.
Here's the flip side:  

This is a striking European bowl.
I don't recognise the maker's mark, but someone might:

 And a classic glass and wire table with atomic feet:

And a beautiful silk brocade bedspread.
A dotty chiffon dress, a bit small for me.
It might fit a certain niece, although I'm sure she'd want (her Mum) to shorten it.

A boring but practical cotton sunhat.
My bonce is so big that when I find a hat that fits, I have to buy it.

I'm in love with this early Crown Lynn "Covent Garden British" plate.
They used to put "British" on their mark, because people didn't want to buy NZ made china.
CL felt justified because we Kiwis actually were British subjects before the demise of the Empire.
Since CL's unfortunate demise, most of our china is imported from Asia.
The plate's got some major crazing and staining, but I think it just adds to the character.

The soft blues and greens of these bird curtains are gorgeous.
In real life they are actually much greener.
The print is definitely Bloomsbury inspired.
They will fit well with my blue and cream kitchen. 

And finally a vibrant little flower print.
Coming soon: the final chapter: Geraldine and Temuka.

Farewell to Christchurch - Operation FOSSIC

My holiday nearly over, I manically visited all my old haunts in Christchurch.
What are you looking at?

Being of the wrong demographic, I have no idea who Emily the Strange is, but I love this vinyl bag!
I hate being looked at, but paradoxically love to wear interesting clothes, so I'm constantly at war with myself over whether I want to blend into the background or look really out there.
Anyone else have that problem or am I just psycho?
This little jug isn't my favourite colour (brown) but I love the sinuous leafed handle.
A pink and purple cup and saucer.
The light in this photo is amazing.
I don't know how I did it, my camera is a robot so it can take the credit.
I'm pretty sure this is a Crown Lynn coffee mug.
Don't you lurve the heart motif?
The evil troll in this shop charged me the same price for one cup as for four.
I couldn't see three more that I liked, so just the one thank you.
A wire cup and saucer stand.
The Crown Lynn cups and saucers were prepared earlier.
Talking of evil trolls, the troll in this shop charged me full price for the set, even though I didn't want the original hideous cups and saucers that came with it.
Luckily I accidentally dropped the saucers on the floor so they couldn't resell them.
I hasten to add that neither this shop nor the previous one were charity shops, they were private businesses.
I don't mind, in fact I am more than happy to support charity shops but the staff in warehouse-style second hand shops seem to have no concept of customer service.
A vinyl handbag in a cheerful shade of green.
A purple necklace.

And I couldn't resist photographing it on this gorgeous woven flax clutch I've had for years.
A cute tulip frame.
And this fabulous macramé book.
Of all the things you could make from macramé, why would you make a baby's jacket?
I've been doing a bit of soul-searching lately.
Deep questions like where is this blog going and what is its purpose?
Should each "episode" have a theme or should it be just what I've randomly found or photographed that week?
If you have any ideas, do let me know.
Today I attacked my spare room and afterward I think it looked even untidier than before.
But at least I found lots of things I'd forgotten I had.
Thanks for your support,

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Finest swan feathers - Operation FOSSIC

Swans have as many as 25,000 feathers.
That's about the same as the number of items in my wardrobe.
But to keep it fresh, there's nothing quite like a fossick through second-hand or op shops.
However first on the agenda for that Sunday in Christchurch was Mission SWAN:
Not a Crown Lynn original, but a new one made by Studio Ceramics.
According to Val Monk, the Crown Lynn expert, "Studio Ceramics - who make the replicas - don't have the moulds that were used at Crown Lynn. Someone (not Studio Ceramics) made a mould from one of the Crown Lynn swans, and that is what the modern swans are derived from. So - apart from being smaller, they are close to the originals. But still not Crown Lynn..."
By the way, the Pixieland book behind the swan was my favourite book as a child, and I commissioned my friend KM to rebind it.
Incidentally, the wooden box underneath is actually a microscope in its case, which I inherited.

Compared with the original.
NZ ceramics reference books, mostly from the library.
The rest of the photos are from Toffs $2 warehouse and Savemart.
Flowered slip, $2.
Urban Stretch skirt with embroidered roses, $12.50..
Weinice Gold maxi skirt, $2.

Hand-made wood tweed coat, $12.

Vintage Lady Lichfield Fashion Knit skirt, $10. I can't bear to show you the hem, as someone has butchered it and it needs some TLC. But I love the print and it's genuine flower power I think.

Retro Quelque Australian Design dress, $10. (It was a good year for the roses!)

Vintage Southern Comfitt dress, $10.

Madison t-shirt, $7.

Millers top, $7. Also needs a remodel but I like the print.

Vintage Lurex knit maxi - Cecily for Young Moderns by Erin Ryder, $10.
Coincidentally, I found lots of blue and lots of roses.
It's quite a mixture of vintage, retro and modern.
The photos don't do them justice, but hopefully you get the general idea.
Now I need to wash them all, and my washing machine has died, after 30 years of service.
Fortunately the aforementioned KM has offered to sell me her washing machine!