Fortnightly Photo


As its still summer, although the weather here feels more like autumn, here’s a photo to reflect the season.

This lovely lady is obviously proud of her knitted swim suit.


Bathing Beauty

Bathing Beauty


I hope your summer holiday is happy…


Little Blue Dress

I do like vintage clothes. But I’ve never really had the confidence to wear full out vintage on a day to day basis, not like the redoubtable vintage blogger Jessica Cangiano at Chronically Vintage.

That doesn’t mean that I am immune to purchasing a few vintage outfits when I see them with the idea that I will wear them at some unspecified future occasion. And so it was that I bought this little fifties beauty:

Front View of Dress

Front View of Dress

I found it in the bottom of a mixed box of old clothes:- mainly Crimpline and Bri-Nylon – certainly nothing to write home about, but the sight of this classic 50s Prom dress got me very excited! I love the full skirt, and the faux belt with a diamante buckle.

Close Up Of Dress Front

Close Up Of Dress Front

It’s made of two layers of fabric, a sky blue ‘satin’ lining, with a over-layer of a nylon tulle fabric with a flock pattern of small white dots and blue and white roses. You can see it best in this picture of the skirt:

Fabric Detail in Skirt

Fabric Detail in Skirt

There was an underskirt of a stiff paper-like material to make the skirt stand out.

When I found it, it was wrinkled and rather grubby. Washing it was scary, as I was scared of damaging the ‘flock’ effect of the pattern and I wasn’t sure how the underskirt and buckle would react to getting wet. In the end, I sealed the buckle inside a plastic bag and turned the dress inside out so the top layers of the skirt went over the bodice and the underskirt could rest on my shoulder while I washed the fabric  parts.

Back View of Dress

Back View of Dress


But, as you can see, it turned out OK. However, sadly, it was just a tiny bit smaller that I ever have hope of slimming down to, so my dreams of wearing it to some unspecified future occasion have been dashed.

Close Up Of Dress Back

Close Up Of Dress Back

But it’s not the end of the world. It’s gone to be a bridesmaid’s dress at a vintage wedding so will no doubt get much more admiration than it would stored in my wardrobe.

What’s On September


Here’s a selection of vintage events taking place during September.


I can’t recommend any of them personally, but would love to go to all of them. If you do go, let us know how you got on and if you recommend for next year!


Please check details and directions on their websites for up to date information.

Vintage by the Sea

Vintage by the Sea


Vintage By The Sea 6th & 7th September 2014



Vintage By the Sea, led by Wayne, Gerardine and Jack Hemingway and the Vintage Festival team, is to return to Morecambe for a second year this September.

For one glamorous weekend the music, fashion, film, art, design and dance from the 1920s to the 1990s that has made Britain the world’s creative and cultural hot bed is celebrated.

“We have some wonderfully evocative music, fashion, kids activities beauty, film, art, design and cocktails and food planned and the Vintage team can’t wait to put our dancing shoes on. So get your tickets and come and join us!” – Wayne Hemingway

Following a successful sell out one-day event in 2013 this year we’re back for a weekend extravaganza. Whether your thing is swing, rockabilly, mod, soul, funk, disco, ska, film, art or design – or if you just want to dress up and get an authentic makeover for a day, the Vintage by the Sea Festival is a sensual delight, a big dressing-up box, a collector’s dream and a joyous creative feast for all ages.

The fantastic setting of Morecambe’s seafront will provide the backdrop and be transformed into a multi-venue playground where, visitors can ‘learn the dances’, take in specially curated live performances, exclusive DJ sets, see evocative fashion, brilliantly conceived food and cocktails, ogle over beautiful vintage vehicles or take advantage of the decade specific hair and beauty makeovers and all the wonderful vintage shopping on offer.

The World Belly Boarding Championships

The World Belly Boarding Championships

The World Belly Boarding Championships 7th September

Chapel Porth Beach


(As seen in September’s Coast magazine)

Fancy a vintage themed day at the seaside? Join over 300 surfers – many in vintage costumes and/or belly boards at the World Belly Boarding Championship.

The World Champs is truly a celebration of British eccentricity combined with a genuine love of splashing about in the sea on little bits of mostly vintage wood ! A competition where woollen swimwear is awarded & sliding shorewards applauded , you’ll never forget it !”

There is evidence of surfing in the UK in the very early 1900s, but it became a popular beach activity in Cornwall and Devon at the end of World War I. A mixture of wealthy Brits travelling to Hawaii & learning to surf, and soldiers chatting to Commonwealth surfers in the trenches combined to create something quintessentially British.

A cup of tea, a cucumber sandwich and a spot of jolly good surf riding in the rolling Atlantic breakers became a must do activity for hundreds of men and women. Their equipment ranged from modified coffin lids to ‘Crest Riders’ made from ply with a kick in the nose.

Bellyboarding bloomed again after the Second World War as Brits returned to the beaches in their droves, and many thousands of bellyboards were made in the 1950s and 60s to service the growing demand.

It remains the same simple pleasure; an art that remained largely unchanged from the early 20th Century to the present day – being ‘hooshed’ in on the crest of wave on a simple plank of wood.”

Many of these original boards appear at the Champs and are still ridden all across the country in the same exhilarating way. The event is a true celebration of the boards, people and stories that continue to make bellyboarding a great British tradition

Goodwood Revival Logo

Goodwood Revival Logo

Goodwood Revival 12th to 14th September

Revel in the glamour & allure of motor racing in the time capsule of the Goodwood Motor Circuit

A happy marriage of golden-age motor racing and vintage glamour, the Goodwood Revival may officially be all about cars but the spectators take some beating for polished poise and classic couture. While the historic racetrack rings to the sound of vehicles that would have competed at Goodwood between 1948 and 1966, racegoers will be listening to standout music acts such as the rockabilly trio the Piccadilly Bullfrogs and “chap-hop” artist Mr B. the Gentleman Rhymer before enjoying top-end vintage shopping at the Revival Market. Some festivals celebrate “ordinary” vintage. Goodwood is the place for the truly stylish. For men it’s tweed, military uniform or channelling your favourite Sixties racing driver. For women, pick an icon – Rita Hayworth, Grace Kelly or perhaps Jackie Kennedy – and let your imagination soar

Vintage Fashions

Vintage Fashions


The Vintage Collections London Fashion Week Vintage Fashion Fair

Sunday 14th September



To celebrate London Fashion Week, Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair returns in September with The Vintage Collections. Our highly regarded vendors have sourced some of the key iconic looks from different eras to illustrate the enduring allure of vintage fashion. Come and shop for pieces that don’t merely reference an era but are actually part of it.

Over the last five years, the fair has become an essential diary date for leading fashion industry figures to attend, with the hall filling up as quickly as any catwalk show. International fashion editors, major fashion house design teams, celebrity stylists and models continue to return to source rare pieces to wear and keep them ahead of the pack or to reference in their own collections they are designing. The fair has also had an increased relevance to costume designers who are seeking original pieces, prints or weaves to add authenticity to their creations for film and stage.

So come and rub shoulders with industry insiders during London’s most celebrated event, discover more about vintage fashion & style, get inspired and soak up the atmosphere whilst perusing the plethora of amazing stock!

This September expect our tea room to once more play host to to jazz chanteuses and of course serve delicious tea & cake to revive weary shoppers.

Classic Car Boot Sale

Classic Car Boot Sale

The Classic Car Boot Sale 20th and 21st September

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park,


With over 100 vintage vehicles and traders operating from the boot of their vintage vehicles lining up, it will be a veritable treasure trove for vintage shoppers, collectors, vinyl lovers and petrol heads alike!

Salute to the Forties

Salute to the Forties

Salute to the Forties 20 – 21 September

Chatham Dockyard

While many of the larger events focus on Americana, Chatham Historic Dockyard’s Salute to the Forties is British through and through. Bordering on a slice of living history, the weekend is a family event, and while the audience is less likely to dress up than at some events, it still has the feel of a festival. Chatham Dockyard is a fitting backdrop for a dose of the Blitz spirit. Visitors can watch military vehicles cruising by, Spitfires flying overhead and a steam train trundling past the main stage. There is a range of music, in several locations, and the mood is cosy wartime knees-up, complete with Dad’s Army Home Guard re-enactors, Vera Lynn singalongs, Max Miller-style comedians and bunting galore to keep spirits going for the duration.


Saltaire fair

Saltaire fair


Saltaire Vintage Fair 20th and 21st September

Victoria Hall,

Victoria Road,


West Yorkshire,

BD18 3JS

The next Saltaire Vintage Home & Fashion Fair is on Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 September 2014 – during the popular Saltaire Festival, when the village will be full of theatre, music, food, art and more… There will be so much vintage loveliness to choose from at the Fair and both days it takes place from 9.30am – 4pm . Running regularly since December 2007, we now bring you 40+ stalls of vintage treasures including 50’s frocks and Art Deco clocks, teapots and twinsets, oodles of jewellery, vintage toys and so much more, so that you can spend the whole day browsing through the different eras.

With refreshments served by Interlude Tea Room & Emporium, and music from the 20’s to the 60’s, it’s a day full of vintage goodness!


The Sheringham 1940s Weekend 20-21 September


NR26 8RA

A yearly event from North Norfolk railway Poppy Line where the whole village gets in character, dresses up and steps back in time for an authentic weekend of 40s  era entertainment.

(Note that the event itself is free to enter. There is a charge to travel there via the railway.)

A review of last year’s event can be seen here:


The event takes place at the Fabulous Art Deco venue of:

Nantwich Civic Hall
Market Street,



CW5 5DG.

Celebrate the Retro Styles, Sounds & Pastimes with entertainment featuring the fabulous multi talented:
HAYRIDERS, performing all the best Rock’n’Roll, Jump Jive & Western Swing Hits from the decades.

Lindy Hop & Swing Jive demonstrations from by the Backstep Boogie Club,
one of the best dance social dance clubs in the North West.

Plus a fantastic line-up of Retro DJ’s from around the UK, playing your favourite tunes from the 40s 50s & 60s.

Discover Retro desirables, gifts & treats
from the best vintage/retro Traders including:
Ladies & Gents Vintage Fashions,
Jewellery & Accessories,
Homeware & Furniture,
Books, Music & Collectables for all tastes.

Classic Cars, Bikes & Scooters Welcome!

Coffee Morning & Afternoon Tea, with Delicious Sandwiches, Snacks, Cakes & Treats available throughout the day.

Pay on the door – Large Dance Floor – Fully Licensed Bar
Large FREE Car Park Adjacent To Civic Hall

Admission only £3.00 for the whole day.
Free admission for children under 14yrs, must be accompanied by an adult.
Free admission for Veterans & Serving Members of the Armed Services, with Identity Card.

For Further details Telephone t: 01270 526704 m: 07412 188684
email – web: