Wednesday, 28 June 2017

1940s Seamstress magic with The Black Pinafore

As a small business owner, I know the amount of effort that goes into running a small business. So when I can, I try and support other small business owners as I’ve been so fortunate to be supported in my own business endeavours.  Seamstresses in particular are a group of women I admire. I’ve been wanting to learn to sew forever but can never seem to find the time to do. I feel like learning to sew would be especially helpful with my love of the 1940s, as my hips are a constant hurdle for this era. So I recently took the plunge and ordered a commission of a 1940s style dress I adore from Italian Seamstress The Black Pinafore.

Flowers ~ Black Rose Double from Daisy Jean
Necklace ~ Black Beads from Debstar Designs
Brooch ~ Peggy Carter Brooch from Miss Lady A Broad
Dress ~ Custom 1940s dress made from a Vintage Pattern by The Black Pinafore
Shoes ~ Marilyn pumps in red from Royal Vintage Shoes
The Black Pinafore is a small one woman seamstress store I found while hunting for 1940s goodies on etsy. I followed them on Instagram for what felt like forever before I got up the courage to contact owner Deborah to make a purchase. With the Australian dollar not being as strong as the Euro, I contacted Deborah about paying a purchase off in instalments. Thankfully Deborah was super understanding and the instalments were easily broken up into individual listings for me, so I could pay them with ease when I was ready. 

Once my custom dress was paid in full, the fun really started.  Deborah, the owner and Seamstress of the Black Pinafore was great in keeping in touch and keeping me upto date. I selected my fabric from a variety she sent me to choose from and the construction began. Her attention to detail during this construction period was wonderful as she also contacted me to choose my button and matching belt buckle detail. Once construction started it only took a couple of weeks to complete. Shipping from Italy was around 3 weeks and it was tracked, which was wonderful for helping me keep upto date with where my parcel was. My dress arrived well packaged with a gorgeous set of matching earrings. 

As this was my first ever made to order item, I must admit I was a bit nervous. My body shape doesn’t fit the standard ‘form’ for clothing (I’m quite short in the torso but with small rounded shoulders but big in the hips) so I was unsure if it would fit despite measuring myself a couple of times. I was delighted to find this dress fits beautifully with or without foundation garments! The belt is the perfect size and I love the touches of the vintage buckle and matching button. To get this garment on I simply unbutton the front and pull over my head. Having been made from a vintage pattern this dress has such a wonderful true vintage feel. And the fabric colour is currently one of my favorites in my wardrobe as well! The construction has been beautifully done and I noticed there has also been some hand sewing done too, which is a beautiful touch to a handmade garment. The only thing I'd change would be to make the dress a few inches longer. Otherwise its perfect.

The perfect brooch for this gorgeous dress was my PeggyCarter brooch from Miss Lady A Broad! A gorgeously made piece designed and made here in Australia, it’s a subtle way of paying homage to one 1940s woman I adore. You can also match her with Captain America, who is also in the Lady A Broad store. 

My custom made commission from The Black Pinafore cost me $158.05AU split over 3 payments and $48AU for tracked postage to Australia. Being able to break the payments down made this a manageable purchase for me and I have absolutely no regrets about adding a beautifully made custom piece from a Seamstress into my wardrobe. I’m hoping it won’t be my last custom made piece! While her commissions list is currently full til October 2017 (she is definitely worth the wait though people!) she also has a small selection of ready made goodies in her etsy store as well!

I hope you’ve all enjoyed this review darlings!

Til next time 

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Celebrating a Subtle Summer in Love Ur Look Clothing

When we think summer fashion, we automatically tend to think bright statement colours and prints. Summer is fun, bold and statement making. While bright prints are super fun, they definitely aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. As a retro gal who adores bright colours and works in the corporate world, I often find myself walking as a lone brightly clad figure in a sea of black, navy and grey. While I do love this contrast, I definitely also have days where I like to celebrate the brighter things in less of a super statement way which is why I’ve found myself completely in love with one of my newest wardrobe additions from Love Ur Look Clothing.

Flowers ~ Melody clip from Daisy Jean
Brooch ~ Calming Miranda from Miss Lady A Broad
Dress ~ Tiki keyhole dress from Love Ur Look Clothing
Shoes ~ No brand yellow peep toe heels

For those who aren’t familiar with Love Ur Look Clothing, I’ve shared them with you twice before. A great retro inspired clothing brand hailing from the UK, Love Ur Look Clothing make some very unique style dresses in fun fabrics. Two things that for me have always stood out about Love Ur Look is their unique necklines and dress backs along with the fact their dresses are made from cotton, something that for me is so important during the scorching Australian summers. Love Ur Look is also ethnically made which is something this brand is very proud of!

The Tiki Keyhole dress is a very pretty dress from their newest release which is perfect for the spring and summer seasons! (Or winter, if like me you’re in denial about how cold and wet it is!). This dress is also fabulous for people who require more discrete necklines without taking away from their pinup styling. Made of a 100% cotton, this dress breathes beautifully while still being warm in the cooler months. It features a back zip which had no snags or catches when doing up , a matching fabric belt and did I mention deep hidden pockets in the skirt too!? We all know how girls lose it when something has pockets!

The fabric is a stunning ‘distressed’ tiki print, which is a much softer tribute to summer florals than one normally sees. I absolutely adore this aspect of the dress as I found it gave a greater freedom to style it without accessories clashing or getting lost. It also wasn’t as overpowering on days I felt like lifting my mood without walking around like a colour beacon. The fabric is beautifully soft to touch and the soft pastel colourings through the dress are truly perfect for outdoor spring events and other summer social gatherings…or just a trip to the shops because I’m dressed up 90% of the time anyway!

The softer fabric also makes this dress great for a more casual look. It doesn’t look out of place with my unstyled hair and some simple make up but is also easily dressed up for an event. I talk in almost every review I do that for me, versatility is such a massive thing when I add things into my wardrobe! This dress definitely ticks that box on so many levels. Dressed down or up, this dress is a show stopper.

As I said before, the different bust and back lines of Love Ur Look clothing is one of the things that really sets them apart. In the Keyhole Tiki dress, there is a beautiful subtle cut out pattern along the bust. For me this detailing works very harmoniously with the print, as its enough to make a small statement and look incredible pretty without overpowering or trying to compete with the print. Size wise this dress is pretty true to. I’m wearing the XL which according to my measurements is best for my natural shape, but being an open hip dress I can easily enjoy this dress laced into a corset or without as well.

The perfect brooch for my shoot styling was the Calming Miranda brooch from Australian Store Lady A Broad. This brooch is extra special too! $5 out of each Calming Miranda brooch gets donated to the Headspace, an organisation that works to improve youth mental health. This smiling Miranda is helping to support young people battling their own demons and I think that’s a truly beautiful thing. You can purchase a Calming Miranda brooch by clickinghere.

I hope you’ve all enjoyed this review! I absolutely adore this dress and I’m really looking forward to this coming spring (which is still 2.5 months away!!) to be able to wear this dress so much more! I can also tell its going to be a summer staple, as our summers down under just keep getting warmer and this cotton will breath so beautifully.

The Tiki Keyhole dress retails for £58.00/$96.72AU + postage, which is a great price for such a beautifully made dress.

I’ve got some more coming this week so keep your eyes peeled! Lingerie reviews are also going to start dropping from next week so keep your eyes open for those.

Til next time darlings!

Disclaimer: Whilst I received this dress as part of a sponsorship with Love Ur Look Clothing  all opinions expressed are honest to help ensure the most accurate information for my readers. 

Monday, 19 June 2017

Weekly outfits overview ~ 12 June 2017

Hello darlings!

The end of another week has rolled round and the start of a new one is here. Last week was an incredibly busy week! I spent my Monday public holiday blog shooting 4 upcoming blog looks, with two that dropped last week and more to come. The public holiday meant it was a 4 day week too so only 4 looks last night.

Last week I shared my newest Miss Fortune UK sweater with you all as well as my current favorite 1940's repro dress from Lindy Bop.

No outfit looks for this past weekend as I kept it completely casual for time spent with my man on Saturday. I also spent some time yesterday shooting quite a bit of lingerie to come to the blog, which is something I know I get a lot of questions about too, so keep your eyes peeled!

But without further a-do, here are last week's looks.

Flowers ~ Red Rose Double from Daisy Jean
Beads ~ Green Beads from Debstar Designs 
Brooch ~ Beauty & the Beast themed rose from Deer Arrow (discontinued)
Dress ~ Carolyn Dress from Karina Dresses (review coming soon)
Shoes ~ Black betty sandals from Miss L Fire

Flowers ~ Red Rose Double from Daisy Jean
Top ~ Robin top in red by Collectif (discontinued)

Scarf ~ Vintage
Beads ~ Green Beads from Debstar Designs
Brooch ~ Cera says hello dino brooch from Erstwilder (discontinued)
Dress ~ Floral Button Back dress from Love Ur Look (review coming soon)


Brooch ~ Sunflower brooch from Erstwilder (discontinued)
Shoes ~ Black betty sandals from Miss L Fire

I've got some more fab reviews coming as well as a tutorial post this week lovlies with lingerie reviews hitting my blog next week!

Also working on some exciting blog changes coming soon, so keep your eyes peeled for that!

Til next time darlings!