Monday, March 23, 2015

༺ Goldenrod ༻

Vintage 1950's fashion - waist cinching belt, straw boater hat, and a wrap dress | Lavender & Twill
Vintage 1950's style for postpartum mothers | Lavender & Twill
Matching 1950's accessories - hat, gloves, jewelry, belt and shoes | Lavender & Twill
Autumn leaves, a straw hat and vintage style | Lavender & Twill
Vintage yellow enamel hat novelty brooch | Lavender & Twill

Vintage yellow straw boater hat with ribbon | Lavender & Twill

We are almost one month into autumn and the leaves are falling fast. Everywhere I look there are goldenrod carpets of crunchy, crisp foliage scattered beneath shaggy, half-naked trees.

Autumn is my favourite season ~ the late roses come into bloom, and brisk breezes cool the morning and evening skies. Fall days slip by, as glided beads sliding off string, and so time turns ever on.

In Australia, autumn weather is usually quite mild, and I’m lucky enough to still be enjoying my summer dresses, and my summer hats, including this new-to-me, vintage daisy yellow boater.

I had placed a bid for it on eBay, and then I spied this super cute, yellow enamel hat novelty brooch and knew I had to get that as well ~ all the matching pieces!  (^ε ^) ♡

Yellow isn’t a colour that features very heavily in my wardrobe. This dress is my one and only “yellow” dress that looks a lot more like cream with a hint of butter, but I like the effect of the yellow and caramel accessories with it ~ I think this combination works well. 

All that being said, after wearing this yellow straw boater I have realized that I don’t actually know whether it will work with the rest of my wardrobe! I did have a certain look in mind when I bought the hat, but I’m not sure that I considered the “wider” wardrobe picture when purchasing it.  This is kind of a problem, as I don’t really want to keep a hat that I can only wear with one dress. 

I don’t actually know what I might do with it.  I could keep it, but I’m not really wanting to waste the space on a ‘one look’ hat. I really only have the wardrobe space, and the time, for versatile items. I have a few vintage pieces like this ~ ones that don’t quite fit right, or that I’m not really keen on anymore. I think I might sell them, but I’m not sure where or how. eBay? Etsy? Instagram?? {Actually, I don’t have enough followers to sell through Instagram} Or maybe I could do a giveaway??? 

All these questions I’m pondering, and I’m curious ~ have you ever bought vintage only to realize you don’t know if you’ll get enough wear out of it?  Have you ever bought vintage online that you discovered you didn’t like after it arrived?  What would you do with vintage you didn’t want?



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Vintage Daisy Straw Boater Hat | eBay
Vintage Yellow Enamel Hat Brooch | eBay
Buttercream Wrap Dress | Thrifted
Vintage Buttercream Gloves | Gifted
Caramel Laced Belt | eBay
Caramel Penny Loafer Heels | Big W, Old

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Monday, March 16, 2015

༺ Come Back Darling ༻

Maggie Tang 1950's reproduction shirtwaist dress | Lavender & Twill   Aqua, pink tea roses and pearls | Lavender & Twill

Mint green satchel & lacey ballet flats | Lavender & Twill
6 Tips for Postpartum Vintage Style | Lavender & Twill

3 weeks and 5 days postpartum after a cesarean section delievery | Lavender & Twill

Here we are, 3 weeks and 5 days postpartum, and outfit posts are making a come back!  I know the topic of this post is probably only going to be relevant to a few of you, but this is a subject I really want to delve into ~ dressing a postpartum body.

The reason for that is, and I’m shooting straight from the hip here, wearing clothing postpartum pretty much sucks. 

Yes, there are all the obvious statements like: “But you JUST had a baby.”  Er, yeah, despite the sleep deprivation I think I know that!  Or: “It takes 9 months of your body  changing while carrying a baby, it takes 9 months for it to change back.”  While the 9 months to get back to normal may be give or take a few months depending on your body, this statement is also a “Yup. It figures.” type thought.

The fact of the matter is, unless you like parading around in your birthday suit, you still have to clothe yourself for those weeks following the birth of your precious bundle somehow. And that’s where it gets tricky.

Dressing a baby bump can be a challenge, but it’s made relatively simple by the fact that you don’t have anything to hide. Babies are wonderful, and baby bumps are awesome! They are a celebration of the little life growing in you, and look really cute no matter how you dress them.

Honestly, I find styling postpartum fashion to be far more challenging than styling maternity fashion. No longer do you have a cute bump to hide the fact that you have no abdominal muscles, waist, or shape from your chest to your hips. ‘Coz when the bump is gone and the baby has arrived you still don’t have any abdominal muscles, waist, or shape from your chest to your hips!  ( ̄。 ̄)

I’m not going to beat around the bush ~ this is where supportive undergarments really come into their own. Whether you’ve had a natural delivery or a cesarean section birth {Because of some complications, Charlotte was born via cesarean section}, wearing some sort of support is definitely helpful. It could be it a bandage, a wrap, a foundation garment such as shape wear, or a waist cinching girdle.

Not only do support garments help your clothes to sit nicely, they also assist with recovery for postpartum muscles.  I know for myself I feel so much better with something on. I’ve been wearing a tube bandage nonstop since the day after Charlotte was born, and it’s been a real help. My posture is better, I’m not as sore in my abdominal region, and my back doesn’t hurt as much when I am wearing some support.

The challenge for dressing still remains despite this foundational trick. Maternity clothes are too big in all the wrong places, pre-pregnancy clothes are too small in all the wrong places! Nobody wants to buy a wardrobe for such an in between phase though, so here are my tips for postpartum vintage style.

~ 6 Tips for Vintage Postpartum Outfits ~

  1. Belt it! Wide belts are your friend. They help to cinch in loose clothing and define your waist. Narrow belts don’t work as well because you don’t actually have a waist yet, you are just pretending.  ; )  

  2. 1950’s full skirts are comfortable and look great with those wonderful child bearing hips. I personally find 1950 styles to be the only vintage fashion that really works with the post-baby body in those first few months.

  3. Shirtwaist dresses with full skirts win the “easiest to throw on” award ~ you have your fashion sense covered with beautiful vintage style and your baby covered with easy nursing access. Two birds with one stone.

  4. Loose, blouse-y styles will sit better than clothing requiring a tight fit. Then add that wide belt for waist definition, and you’ve got yourself a cute look.

  5. Prints are great for skimming over your shape, and creating interest aside from the cut of the clothing.

  6. Finally, don’t forget your support garments!  There are many different kinds available online; I personally favour Tubigrip, or a torso support bandage, for wearing 24/7 around the home, and a Waist Cinching Girdle for when I’m going out.

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Of course, all the frustrations of getting dressed are nothing compared to the gorgeous feeling of snuggling that little baby bundle in your arms. The soft, silky brush of baby hair on your face, the satiny warmth of pudgy baby cheeks and that delicious, one of a kind, milky newborn scent… (✿◡‿◡) ~❤ 

For those that have had babies, what would be your fashion advice for postpartum mothers?  Would you dress in vintage style if you just had a baby?



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50’s Tea Rose Dress in Aqua | eBay
Mint Satchel | Typo, Current
Lacey Daisy Ballet Flats | Target, Current

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Monday, March 2, 2015

༺ Seven Popular Vintage Items I Don’t Own ༻

When you dive into the wide, wonderful world of vintage, it usually isn’t long before certain items start popping up on your radar. For me, when I first started perusing vintage blogs, it was Bakelite. Particularly, Bakelite bangles.

Bright stacks of delicately carved, polished plastic gracefully encircling the wrists of divinely dressed women would parade across my screen and I decided that I simply must acquire my own special supply to nonchalantly dangle on my wrist. Did I achieve that dream?  Well….

Even vintage lovers have those “must have” items that everyone aspires to collect. It might be due to the latest trend to buzz around blogland ~ at the moment I’ve noticed a lot of vintage bloggers really embracing a 1930’s look.  Or it might be that certain piece of clothing that every vintage collector has to have one of ~ a 1940’s suit or a 1950’s circle skirt for instance.

However, in the style of Jessica from Chronically Vintage’s post on Seven vintage garments it might surprise you to learn that I don't own I thought I would put together my own list of vintage items you might be surprised to find out that I don’t own.

~ A Wiggle Dress ~

Vintage I don't own ~ a wiggle dress | Lavender & Twill

The thought of 1950’s fashion seems to evoke two distinct images. One is the full skirted, floaty dresses of cotton print or dreamy lace ~ the other, slender and sleek silhouettes of traditional tweed or elegant satins.

A lot of 1950’s vintage lovers tend to enjoy both styles freely, but I must confess, I’ve never been that attracted to the slim-fit silhouette of the wiggle dress and pencil skirt. So I don’t own any of this basic keystone style for a vintage wardrobe!

~ A Pill Box Hat ~

Vintage I don't own ~ 1950s Pill Box Hat | Lavender & Twill

Another iconic vintage item ~ the pill box hat.  Beloved by many, it comes in all sorts of fabulous shapes and fabrics from leopard to fur to tweed that matches your suit!  Although the pill box hat was really in its heyday toward the end of the 1950’s into the 60’s, you can still find quite a few examples of pill box hat styles in 1940’s millinery as well.

But, well, I don’t own any, nor do I really plan to either.  I much prefer the look of a hat with a brim, or a half-cap.

In saying that, I almost forgot how much I adore cloche hats, so maybe I’m just prejudiced against the pill box hat?

~ A Pair of Vintage Shoes ~

Vintage I don't own ~ vintage shoes | Lavender & Twill

Oh, loveliest of footwear!  I have seen some incredible vintage shoes out there, and some that might even fit my feet {surprisingly enough after three babies I still have quite a small shoe size ~ EUR 38}. While I have often thought I would like own some vintage shoes, in the past I couldn’t afford them, and now I find myself rather reluctant to purchase any, even though I could.

Partially because, though my feet mightn’t be long, they aren’t particularly narrow either. I have heard that vintage shoes tend to be rather on the narrow side because of the foot shapes in the past. However, I haven’t taken that final step mostly because I fear that they will fall to pieces if I wear them!

I’m rather hard on my shoes. You never know when I might suddenly decide to scramble over some rocks or up a tree {dress, or skirt, and all} and though I generally try to restrict such activities to times when I am wearing appropriate footwear/clothing, sometimes you just never know…  ( ~ _ ^)∠☆

~ Vintage Unmentionables ~

Vintage I don't own ~ vintage undergarments | Lavender & Twill

I know that some lovely vintage ladies commit to full vintage, head-to-toe-to-underthings, and I have great respect not only for their style choices, but also for the fact that they are helping to recycle those pieces that would most likely end up as waste otherwise. Honestly though ~ I cannot do it.  The thought of wearing vintage undergarments squicks* me out… 

I probably wouldn’t mind wearing vintage stockings, and maybe a garter belt? But unmentionables?  No thank you, not I!

Note: This doesn’t include slips and petticoats for some reason. I’m perfectly okay with wearing a vintage slip or petticoat under my dress.  

~ Tropical or Nautical Themed Vintage Pieces ~

Vintage I don't own ~ 1940s nautical | Lavender & Twill

Almost every vintage blog I’ve ever read will have either tropical or nautical themed posts pop up at least once or twice.  I don’t know if the same holds true for those vintage collectors that don’t happen to blog {and I am sure there are many of them out there!}, but themed pieces along these lines seem to be quite highly desirable amongst the vintage loving crowd.

I haven’t really had many items in these motifs cross my path however, so I haven’t collected any.  I probably wouldn’t collect tropical items anyhow as bright, cheerful, and busy isn’t my style at all! I wouldn’t, however, be adverse to a bit of smart navy & white nautical in my wardrobe.  I do like those big sailor collars, and I would really like to make a nautical inspired play suit one day!

~ Palazzo Pants ~

Vintage I don't own ~ palazzo pants | Lavender & Twill

Another greatly loved article of clothing that everyone raves about is the palazzo pant. Recently they’ve had a comeback in main stream fashion and I’ve seen a lot of vintage bloggers picking up on that trend.

Personally, I don’t think they are for me.  I don’t really like the super wide pant leg ~ it just seems like all that fabric would get in the way all the time! However, I would be happy to be proven wrong as they do have quite a reputation for being comfortable.  Maybe I should see if I can try a pair out one day?

~ Bakelite Jewellery ~

VIntage I don't own ~ Bakelite | Lavender & Twill

To end this list, and the story I left dangling above, in a word ~ no.  In the four or so years I’ve been wearing vintage I never did start my much-desired collection of Bakelite bangles.  In fact, I don’t even own so much as a single bitty button of Bakelite!

Bakelite seems to be continually rising in popularity as it is highly collectable ~ even outside of the vintage community, and as a result the price is continually rising as well. Not only that, in Australia we have a very limited supply of vintage, and Bakelite is scarce. I see beautiful pieces at vintage fairs going from between $100.00 for a brooch up to $200-$300.00 for bangles!

So maybe one day I’ll  be lucky enough to own a beautiful brooch like the one pictured, or some shiny Bakelite bangles to dance on my wrist, but not just yet!  (✿◠‿◠)

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Are there any popular vintage items that you don’t own but want to?  How about the items you don’t own and don’t want to?  I’d love to hear your thoughts on popular vintage trends! 



*Yes, “squicks” is a word

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

༺ Welcome To A Little Lady ༻

Baby Charlotte | Lavender & Twill

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We are delighted to announce the birth of our baby girl:

Head: 35cm
Length: 53cm
Weight: 4.175 kg or 9lb 3oz!

“Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you,
and therefore He exalts Himself to show mercy to you.
For the Lord is a God of justice;
blessed are all those who wait for Him.”
~ Isaiah 30:18 ~

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Monday, February 16, 2015

༺ Currently: Waiting. Waiting. Waiting…. ༻

‘Currently’ posts are a little snapshot of the events that are occurring in my day-to-day life. These episodes feature photos from my Instagram, do come and say “Hi!” if you are around. Also, if you would like to participate in this feature yourself, please feel free! I’d love to read your posts, so don’t forget to leave a link.  ♡


False Colours by Georgette Heyer, a fun regency romance that has it’s share of quirky life comedy!  I’m also on Goodreads if anyone is interested in catching up on my library and reviews. 


When will baby ever arrive….   As I write this “Currently” post it is Saturday, and I am 41 weeks over due on the dot, and yes, I am counting every minute of every day…. 



That I have friends and family that support me and are helping my family through these difficult last stages of pregnancy.  ♡ (•‿‿ •)


Eating?  ….Bleh….  (- __ -)  My nauseousness is back in full force and I don’t feel like eating anything these days. I force myself to take food anyway, because I know I’ll make things worse if I don’t, but honestly all I like putting in my tummy these days is Coke Zero. 


So not healthy, but there’s not much I can do about it. My stomach is in revolt! 



Still watching All Creatures Great and Small ~ a BBC tv show that aired from 1978 to 1990. It’s based on the series of books written by Alf Wight, who wrote under the pseudonym James Herriot. This show actually starts out fairly boring and a bit lame, but gets better and better each season! We’ve really enjoyed Season 2 and Season 3 so far.



A Stitch In Time Volume 1 ~ It Cannot Fail To Please.  Because I’m housebound and pretty much stuck in bed or on the couch, this project feels like it’s flying off the needles!  Not that I’m complaining ~ I might actually get my ‘two knitted garments’ goal crossed off this year.  ヽ(*⌒∇⌒*)ノ


Tea. A cup of tea in the mornings is really saving my sanity! My Middy Plus hair cut. The new capsule we bought for baby ~ it’s much smaller than our old one, and even though I haven’t used it yet, I already love that it’s going to save me from the backache of wrestling with our old monster capsule. Knitting. Osteopath treatments ~ ahhh….. Bliss. Essential oils for moisturizing and cleansing my face. Burt’s Bees Lemon Cuticle Balm. Nightly neck massages from the Mister. My new~to~me 1950’s vintage caramel wool coat. Anything that keeps my mind off the “When is baby coming??” question.



To relax, and not stress.  Easier said than done, but I think I’m doing fairly well in between the horror-mone swings!




Yeah… Do I really need to say it? 


I wanna meet my baby!!!  Come on little one, Mama needs to cuddle you!



The exact opposite of the last Currently post ~ nothing. nothing… 

…………   (.___.)   Except waiting…. 

(‘Currently’ post inspired by Danielle of Sometimes Sweet and Kaelah of The Clueless Girl's Guide!)



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Monday, February 9, 2015

༺ How To Make A 1940’s Felt Flower Corsage Brooch ༻

Hello lovelies!  Today I have a tutorial on how to make your very own 1940’s styled felt flower corsage which you can wear as a brooch. Or you could even add it to a hat or a purse if you wanted to!  (✿◠‿◠)

A 1940's Felt Flower Corsage Brooch DIY & Tutorial | Lavender & Twill

The story behind this DIY is that I was looking in vain for a tutorial on how to make a fabulous 1940’s felt brooch like the ones I’d seen floating around. When that proved to be impossible, I decide to take my inspiration from a lovely vintage felt flower corsage, and make up my own pattern.  Let’s get started shall we?

Materials for 40s Felt Flower Corsage DIY | Lavender & Twill

Materials you will need:

  • Felt
  • Needle & Threads to match felt colours
  • Pins
  • Ruler
  • Sharp Scissors
  • Template Pattern
  • Safety Pin


  • Glue instead of needle and thread
  • Ribbon for the bow instead of felt
  • Brooch Finding instead of a pin

1940’s Felt Rose Template:  Download here


How to make a 1940’s felt flower corsage:  

A 1940's Felt Flower Corsage Brooch DIY & Tutorial | Lavender & TwillA 1940's Felt Flower Corsage Brooch DIY & Tutorial | Lavender & Twill

Step One:  Cut out the stems for the flowers, fold a stem in half and sew the sides together. You can use running stitch here, but I preferred to use blanket stitch to allow the stem to look more rounded.  Repeat twice to create 3 stems.

A 1940's Felt Flower Corsage Brooch DIY & Tutorial | Lavender & Twill

Step Two:  Cut out the length of stamen felt, and create the stamens by cutting into the side of the rectangle, around two thirds of the way deep. Then continue making cuts down the side to create a ‘fringe’.  Repeat twice to create 3 stamens.

A 1940's Felt Flower Corsage Brooch DIY & Tutorial | Lavender & Twill

Step Three: Roll up the stamen strip and sew through the bottom end to secure it. Repeat twice to create 3 stamen rolls.

A 1940's Felt Flower Corsage Brooch DIY & Tutorial | Lavender & Twill

Step Four:  Sew the stamens to the top of your stems. Repeat twice to create 3 stamens & stems.

A 1940's Felt Flower Corsage Brooch DIY & Tutorial | Lavender & Twill

Step Five:  Cut out three sets of petals.

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Step Six: Wrap a petal strip around a stamen & stem. When you are happy with how it looks, use a couple of pins poked in crosswise to hold the petals in place while you sew them down. Repeat twice to create 3 roses.

A 1940's Felt Flower Corsage Brooch DIY & Tutorial | Lavender & Twill

Step Seven:  Cut out a rose hip circle, and snip little Vs all around the edge. Repeat twice to create 3 rose hip circles.

A 1940's Felt Flower Corsage Brooch DIY & Tutorial | Lavender & Twill

Step Eight:  Fold the rose hip circle in half, and in half again so that you end up with a little triangle. Very carefully cut off a small amount of the triangle tip to make a small hole in the centre of the circle. Thread the circle on the stem up underneath the flower petals. Repeat twice.

A 1940's Felt Flower Corsage Brooch DIY & Tutorial | Lavender & Twill A 1940's Felt Flower Corsage Brooch DIY & Tutorial | Lavender & Twill

Step Nine:  Secure the rose hip circle to the flower with pins, then sew it down to the flower near the top of the zig-zag cuts. Repeat twice to create 3 complete felt roses.

A 1940's Felt Flower Corsage Brooch DIY & Tutorial | Lavender & Twill A 1940's Felt Flower Corsage Brooch DIY & Tutorial | Lavender & Twill

Step Ten:  Cut out the rose leaves and attach them to the back of the flowers, placing them according to taste.

A 1940's Felt Flower Corsage Brooch DIY & Tutorial | Lavender & Twill

Step Eleven:  Group the roses in a bunch, and secure with a pin through the stems before sewing them together.

A 1940's Felt Flower Corsage Brooch DIY & Tutorial | Lavender & Twill

Step Twelve:  Attach a bow. This can be ribbon, a small strand of felt tied in a bow, or a pieced felt bow like I did.  The instructions for the pieced felt bow are listed down below, and there is a template for the felt pieces too.  Make up the bow, and then come back to finish off the corsage.

A 1940's Felt Flower Corsage Brooch DIY & Tutorial | Lavender & Twill

Step Thirteen:  Secure a pin to the back of your corsage, or a brooch finding. Sew a small piece of felt over the back of the pin or brooch finding. This will help to stabilize the flowers. You can skip this step if you want to.  

Top Tip:  If the flowers still aren’t as stable as you would like, add some small stitches and sew the flower heads together.  The flower corsage will be floppy because of the soft stems, however, and that’s ok. It will be fine while you wear it!

Wearing my 1940's DIY Felt Flower Brooch | Lavender & Twil 

Step Sixteen:  Pin on your new 1940’s felt flower corsage brooch and enjoy!  (^ ε ^)

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Felt Bow Template:  Download here

3 Piece Felt Bow Template | Lavender & Twill

How to make a three piece felt bow:

Step One:  Cut out three strips of felt in the sizes you want.

3 Piece Felt Bow DIY & Tutorial | Lavender & Twill

Step Two:  Fold the main bow strip back on itself to created two loops, one on either end, and sew in place.

3 Piece Felt Bow DIY & Tutorial | Lavender & Twill

Step Three:  Wrap the middle length of felt around the centre of the bow, covering up where the bow loops are joined. Sew down, and cut off any excess.

3 Piece Felt Bow DIY & Tutorial | Lavender & Twill

Step Four:  Fold the tail strip of felt in half, on a angle, and secure.  You can snip the ends of the felt to make them pointed.  

3 Piece Felt Bow DIY & Tutorial | Lavender & Twill

Step Five:  Sew the finished bow onto your corsage.

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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and have fun making your own felt flower corsage. If you have any questions about anything at all, please don’t hesitate to ask and I’ll do my best to help out. 

As always, I’d love to see your creations so please do let me know about them ~ you can share by leaving a comment or link to a blog post, tweet a picture @bjvear or share on Instagram by mentioning @missbjvear, or hashtag #DIY1940sfeltflowercorsage

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