Hey flapper girl in plaid!

This late 1920s style sweet plaid number is the perfect summer frock.

Following the distinct trend and style of the era where plaid and stripe fabrics were often cut both on grain and bias to create an interesting panelling geometric effect very much in the Art Deco vein as seen here. Also featured is the very popular insertion of a tie. With a peaked drop waist line and pleated skirt it can also be worn with a belt.

 

 

Early 1930s style gabardine coat

I wanted to channel a bit of early Burberry in this classic gabardine cotton trench coat. The stand up collar ends in a tie closure but it can also be worn open and down. It has interesting triangular inserts in sleeves and deco shaped cuffs fastened with original 1930s wooden buttons. Also featured on the two pockets and fastening of the coat. The belt has an original Bakelite buckle. The back of the coat is tucked in at the neck and waist creating a lovely pleat effect.

 

 

 

Hey flapper girl!

Ah, the 1920s. One of my favourite eras in fashion history. As I rarely get the chance to make dresses of this bygone era, I sometimes take the liberty to use yours truly as the dummy and what better way than this sweet little number to prove it. A late 1920s style flapper dress, something Ms Bow or Ms Brooks could have worn.

Made in navy wool jersey, the skirt has two godets both front and back, giving it a beautiful flared effect. Tucks at shoulders and the neck at the back. The jabot is made of original printed 1920s vintage silk crepe. The collar unites with the ends of gabot that have been inserted in two slashed openings at front of dress creating an interesting crossed effect. The fitted narrow sleeves have small triangular wedges at the wrists in printed silk crepe. The dress can be worn with a without a belt, here adorned by a beautiful diamond shaped original mother of pearl Art Deco buckle. Fastens with snap fasteners at the side.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Early 1930s style silk satin skirt

Whenever I get the chance I’ll treat myself to a little something. In this case, in form of this sweet 1930s style skirt. Perfect wardrobe addition and in time for the festivities.

Made in black duchess satin, it has two pleats down the front and the typical lowered seam line on the hip. For colour contrast I decided on a beige Bakelite button on the waistband. Snap fasteners on the side.A31625D3-4A83-4F51-B653-11EA2C45BAD9

 

My Hitchcockian homage to Vertigo and that famous Grey Suit

I was pretty excited when I got commissioned this iconic grey suit, originally designed by the formidable Edith Head and worn by Kim Novak in the equally classic and one of my favourite Hitchcock films, Vertigo (1958)

I knew it was going to be quite a challenge to make it justice but here I present my little homage.

In beautiful thin striped grey Italian wool, it has wide lapels, fabric covered buttons, two decorative pockets (I’m not quite sure if the original Edith Head design had actual functional pockets)but I decided to go for these, just for the line of the suit jacket. The jacket itself is slightly form fitting with the added darts. The sleeves have small rounded cuffs. The skirt is calf length, with a central back slit and it fastens with a zipper at the side seam.

 

 

 

 

1950s Suzie Parker style swing coat

This beautiful mid-1950s style swing coat, also known as the Suzie Parker coat in yellow mohair is definitely a stand out piece and very typical of the era.

With it’s stand up collar and wide sleeves with equally wide cuffs and the curious arrow shaped embedded pockets and the distinguished trapeze shape will no doubt turn a few heads.