Vintage Styled Wax Print

the artyologist- image of vintage styled wax print skirt

Do you ever have that situation where all of your favourite clothes suddenly decide to simultaneously die premature deaths?

One day you look at your wardrobe and you think to yourself, “Wow, my wardrobe is really coming together, I think I’ve got all the bases covered.” and the next thing you know you’ve got stains and rips on everything. No? Anyone? Just me? (To offer an excuse: I used to work in a hardware store, which was pretty hard on clothes, and I wasn’t always smart, and I wore “good” clothes to work. Ahem.) Anyways, I recently had to remove a bunch of garments from circulation as they had all hit the end of their life, and I really needed some clothes that were not gungy, especially with the change in season.

My other issue with my wardrobe, is that I am a slow and distracted seamstress, so I don’t add clothes as quickly to my closet as they sometimes get taken away. Those “Easy 2 Hour” patterns, are more like “2 Week” projects. 🙁 So, I decided that it was time to sew up something quick, and bolstered by the success of my last black floral skirt, which came together quite easily, I decided to make another pleated skirt. And this one actually turned out even better. (I guess I made most of the mistakes the first time around!) And it only took about 6 hours spread out over two days, so that meant there is one less “gap” to fill.

the artyologist- image of vintage styled wax print skirt paired with blue purse

So, here is my new favourite skirt. (Yes, even though I have only had it for three days, I have worn it twice already! Actually I am wearing it right now as I type this.) It is made out of a Dutch wax print fabric I found at the thrift store, (I will tell you more about that later this week.) and is the perfect thing to wear everyday, but I was able to dress it up nicely for church on Sunday. It is quite a bold fabric, but by pairing it with a cardigan, navy blue heels and purse the outfit still had a classic, vintage look to it.

Oh- and look at that would you- the grass is starting to turn green, and the trees are budding!

the artyologist- image of vintage styled gold black and navy coloured wax print skirt

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the artyologist- image of vintage styled wax print skirt

the artyologist- image of a country road and spring in the prairies

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(The Sentinels of the Prairies)

A Multitude of Birds

the artyologist- image of vintage hummingbird dress, butterick 4790Apparently Sunday was bird celebration day, judging by my outfit. This Butterick 4790 dress, which I’ve already worn on the blog, is covered in hummingbirds, and continuing the theme, (because you know you might as well go all in where these things are considered) I topped off the outfit with my owl pendant necklace. Too bad my hat didn’t have feathers on it!

It doesn’t have feathers on it, but this black straw saucer style hat is covered in pearl dotted black veiling (which I tucked up under the brim). I paired the dress with my favourite black mary jane pumps, a faux patent leopard print purse, and light black knitted bolero as it is warm enough to go without a coat.

As for these photos- they were taken in between clouds. 🙂 The sun was so incredibly bright on Sunday, and far be it from me to complain about the sunshine, but it does wreck havoc on photos! We couldn’t find any good spot in the shade to take the pictures, but the sky was dotted with just enough big puffy clouds to cover the sun long enough to take a few photos where I wasn’t squinting in the bright light.

the artyologist- image of vintage hummingbird dress, butterick 4790 and black saucer hat

the artyologist- image of vintage hummingbird dress, butterick 4790 and faux patent leopard clutch

the artyologist- image of vintage hummingbird dress, butterick 4790 and faux patent leopard clutch

the artyologist image of vintage hummingbird dress, butterick 4790 and miz mooz mary jane shoes

the artyologist image of vintage hummingbird dress, butterick 4790 and black saucer hat

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the artyologist image of vintage hummingbird dress, butterick 4790 and owl pendant necklace

the artyologist image of vintage hummingbird dress, butterick 4790

Before and After: Hat Edition

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Hats are by far the easiest way to introduce a vintage look to an outfit, for as much as people wear dresses these days, hats are few and far between. Millinery is always something I have been interested in, but not very good at as I am attempting to self teach myself the art. There is a lot of information online for sure, but it is always tricky to start something when you have no idea what you are doing- just a vague idea of what you want the finished product to look like!

Here are the three hats I mentioned a while back, that I picked up at an antique mall for a good price. The two black ones are modern, and the feathered hat is a vintage one from the 1960’s. I love the feathered hat just as it is, but the black caps, especially the one with the brooch and netting, are actually rather boring once put on. My thought when I got these, was that I could make them over and embellish them with a bit of vintage flair, without having to make the hat itself from scratch. As Lydia in Pride and Prejudice says, “Look here, I have bought this bonnet. I do not think it is very pretty; but I thought I might as well buy it as not. I shall pull it to pieces as soon as I get home, and see if I can make it up any better.”

So what are my plans for the hats?

the artyologist image of feathered hat before broken feathers

The pheasant hat was easy since I liked it as is, minus the broken feathers. I pulled them out and added a few turquoise feathers, once of which I twisted into a loop, and the tiny spotted feather. Much improved. Although now I still have to wait several months to wear it. At least I have something to look forward to!

the artyologist image of vintage 1960's feathered hat after in front of wallpaper

the artyologist image of vintage 1960's feathered hat detail

As for the other two, about a month ago I came across this beautiful mint coloured felt hat by master milliner Philip Treacy. (Phillip Treacy has made many of the hats we see the Royal’s wearing). I absolutely fell in love with the giant pompom flower, and immediately started wondering how I could make something like this. When I came across the black hat, I had my answer. I haven’t started construction on it yet, but will attempt something of the kind. I also really love the red hat, so if the flower doesn’t work out, I could always make a ginormous bow. If something in life needs embellishing, a bow should do the trick!

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(Photos from Philip Treacy)

I am thinking that I will also make a large bow to fit on the other black hat. It needs some oomph too, as the velvet bow is a little understated. There is a hole under the velvet bow, where I think someone ripped some kind of embellishment off, so I need to keep that in mind whatever I decide to do. If all else fails and I can’t figure out how to attach a bow, I could always go with this.


(Photo from Philip Treacy)

Just kidding! As crazy as this hat is, it is AMAZING, but I don’t think I would ever be brave enough to wear a hat like this unless I was attending Royal Ascot or something. It’s fun to dream though!

Sunday Style: Easter Bonnet

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Easter Sunday dawned with clear blue skies, a bright shining sun, and a cool breeze, and it was perfect: as we couldn’t very well have bad weather on Easter Sunday, could we? It was a perfect chance for the “sundresses” I keep wanting to wear, we didn’t even wear coats, and had to wear sunglasses as it was so bright!

the artyologist image of vogue 1044 on steps, no sunglasses, easter sunday

I made this dress from a Vogue 1044 reproduction pattern. I love how so many of the pattern companies have reissued their vintage patterns, as it is an easy way to get an authentic vintage look without having actual vintage- although, half of this dress was actually made from vintage material.

This dress might just squeak in under the “make do” section of “make do and mend”. The bodice and skirt of this dress were made of different fabrics, although they match so closely it would seem they were made to go together! The bodice is made of a pinstriped remnant of fabric my mom had left over from the 70’s, and the skirt is made of new eyelet material I purchased several years ago. I (foolishly) didn’t purchase enough of the material to do much of anything with, but was just able to squeeze the bodice pattern on the other remnant, and then use the entire piece of the new material for the skirt. It turned out well, and made a great Easter Sunday dress, paired with my off-white straw hat and thrifted rattan purse.

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theartyologist image of vintage vogue 1044 easter dress and white sunglasses sitting on steps of school

the artyologist image of school building and steps 1950's vintage vogue 1044 easter outfit

the artyologist image of franco sarto shoes, vintage rattan purse and white sunglasses

the artyologist image of vintage 1950's easter bonnet with white sunglasses and pearls