Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Vintage Fair Finds

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Hat - made by me; 1940s sunglasses - etsy; sweater - Alannah Hill; 1930s skirt - Red Ruby Vintage; cherry purse - Dangerfield.
Over the long weekend the Autumn 'The Way We Wear Fair' was on, once again, at the Burnside Ballroom. Mum and I went along and I managed to find a few lovely things (last time I just bought a hat!)
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I'm ridiculously in love with this lobster plate - Carlton Ware made similar plates and bowls but this is just a, well...nothing, really...except positively amazing, of course. I'd seen one similar elsewhere just a month or so ago but I got this for a third of the price. Hurrah!

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Got some more '30s - '50s Paton's knitting patterns - I had to try very hard not to buy the entire lot that were there! I'm just getting to have so many but, oh, do I ever want more. It's not just because I like to knit from them but they're such great inspiration for hairstyles, too!

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This lovely cardigan appears to actually be a bed jacket (most pattern companies tended to put out booklets in themes, and still do I suppose, and all of the other things in this one are most definitely bed jackets, etc.) but, unlike the other patterns in the same book, I think it looks very much like an everyday cardigan. Having mentioned themes, I thought it'd be interesting to note that all of the little sweaters in the green book are inspired by flowers!

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A couple of images from the first booklet.

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I'm very pleased with this particular find - a 1940s hostess gown (I believe that's the right term? Or house coat? I'm not entirely savvy with loungewear terms, to be honest). I've been wanting one for a while but never really wanted to shell out the dollars - this one's a little worn but fits me perfectly and I love the floral pattern.

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Love,
Andi B. Goode
x

23 comments:

  1. Love the dress! And those pockets wooweee ^U^

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  2. Awesome finds! I love those pattern books. The "bed jacket" looks like a gorgeous cardigan to me! :)

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  3. you had me at lobsters and knitwear. Awesome!

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  4. Awesome finds! I love collecting old knitting patterns but they are hard to find here.

    I can't quite tell, but hostess gowns were full length while a house dress would be normal length, or just past the knee (which would be normal length for the 40s.) A gown was worn like a dressing gown, not out of the house, while a dress could be worn to run out to the corner shop or across to a neighbours for some sugar :) Its a gorgeous pattern either way!

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  5. Thanks, everyone!
    Rueby - I cherish my knitting patterns! thanks. Though, I was wondering if house coat was the same thing as a hostess gown - I know that a house dress is a different length.

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  6. I wonder what the lobster plate is for (besides being awesome, of course?) Like serving a particular food... I've come across a few odd shaped dishes by Carlton Ware but I'm not really sure what uses I can put them to!

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  7. That hostess gown is amazing!! I love it; lounge wear or no, I'd wear it out of the house in a heartbeat!

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  8. That 'bed jacket' cardigan is fabulous! You should definitely knit that up, its gorgeous! xx

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  9. That plate is amazing! And the dress is lovely x

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  10. What fabulous finds!Those patterns look fantastic, and the dress is so cute :)

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  11. Sweet! I can't wait for the WWWV Fair to come here in a couple of weeks ;). Nice finds!

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  12. Lobster plate <3 I'd hang it on a wall somewhere!

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  13. The lobster plate is awesome, and the dress is gorgeous! Great finds. I should get around to posting about the stuff I bought. I think I bought about 7 or 8 things all up. Pretty good day...
    xo

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  14. Hello there, I found your amazing blog via Harbourmaster and I think you've stolen my heart! You are an absolute diamond and I adore your spunky attitude to life:). I'm in Brissy and missed our fair due to a car crash, but that's all sorted now and I'm looking forward to the Gold Coast one next month. I love your lobster dish so much - they're getting hard to find aren't they? And I'm completely in love with your new frock. I've found some wonderful new to follow in you:)) xo

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  15. Great finds! The knitting books looks very promising =) Inspiration books are always great, I have a stack that I enjoy just browsing when drinking my afternoon tea. On those rare days that I get a quiet afternoon tea =)
    The dress looks great!

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  16. SCORE on that dress + POCKETS!!
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    & perhaps your lobster-thingie might be a spoon-rest? It is gorgeous...depending on the size, that's my vote for "what is it". A spoon rest.

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  17. Awesome finds! Love that lobster plate. x

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  18. Those pattern books are to die for! Just looking at them makes me want to learn to knit even more! Great hostess gown too! The lobster is too cute!

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  19. SO envious of the vintage sunglasses! Too fabulous.

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  20. Your lobster plate was made by Wembley Ware in Perth, Western Australia during the 50s.

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  21. Love the dress! And your hair looks great!!

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