In continuing with LA’s four stories series here are my vintage stories:
The first thing I think of when I think of vintage is definitely dresses. I wish I had more vintage dresses than I do but I am pleased to say that I do have at least one vintage dress story. This beauty of a dress was actually purchased from the vintage section at Urban Outfitters. Actually, I’m not all that proud that it came from UO because it’s not got the same kudos as finding it for 20p at a charity shop but the point is I found it and its mine. The dress actually had some pretty funky petal shaped sleeves that I removed once I got home and a big bow that I removed and put onto a pin so I could choose when to add it. So I rescued the fact that my dress came from a high street store by making some alterations to it. It’s not as amazing a transformation as the wonderful alterations on new dress a day but I bet I feel just as proud as Marisa when I wear it.
I have an amazing pair of Vintage Red or Dead blue patterned super shoes. I found them, brand new on a market and they were a steal! I got them when I was 16 and everyone at school knew them and loved them. I had a day’s work shadowing at a solicitors when I was 17 and I wore the super shoes but I had to walk across Oldham all day and the shoes made my feet bleed. Since then I’ve been a little bit reluctant to actually wear the shoes on my feet but I still have them. And they’re back in fashion at the moment so I may well resurrect them.
My step-dad’s mum, Elizabeth, used to have a haberdashery in the 60s and when she died I was given all of her stash which included a batch of amazing fabric and trimmings. I haven’t made a huge amount of stuff with it because of its sentimental value but I have made a super cool camera case out of it which I made the night before I headed off to Barcelona with my friend Clare. I hope to make something special and useful out of every piece of fabric in the stash.
I was going to post another story for my final vintage story but as early onset dementia strikes its fallen right out of my head and I can’t for the life of me remember and this post is already a whole day late while I’ve been trying to remember! But in the mean time I came across this beautiful post and it made me think of how beautiful vintage pieces are and how they can be used to tell a story. Because vintage pieces, like LA said, are all about the story.