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Only One Week Until “My Vintage Cover” Begins!

I can’t believe we are nearing the end of July already- how did that happen? Well, with the close of July, comes the beginning of August and that means it is time for the My Vintage Cover challenge! If you missed my post about the challenge, you can find all the details here. And, seeing as how it is drawing near, today I thought I would share with you the covers I have done in the past, to give you an idea of how you might translate a vintage cover, or image, into a recreation of your own.

Your “Vintage Cover” can be as detailed or as “inspired by” as you would like. Sometimes the mood is enough, and sometimes it can be fun to get every last detail as precise as the original- you can decide how you want to recreate the vintage images.

The first Vogue recreation I ever did was part of a blog post, where I was inspired by this cover, and decided to photograph my outfit as a series of pieces. It wasn’t a reproduction per se, but it was what started me on doing these cover reproductions in the first place! I wasn’t trying to make this a precise replica- only an image inspired by the Vogue one. And getting the hands correct- and not looking like a murderer, was tricky too, by the way. 😉

the artyologist, my vintage cover challenge, vintage vogue hands cover

The next one I did was more precise. I mimicked the outfit as best I could, and though I don’t have every detail perfect, this was pretty fun to do.

vogue-covers,-red-skirt,-turban-and-camel-coat, my vintage cover challenge

I did the cover below this past spring, in honour of “The Spring Bonnet”. It is probably the most fun of all the covers I’ve done so far, because I made that crazy hat by covering one of my straw hats in faux flowers!

spring-bonnet-vogue-recreation-2, the artyologist, my vintage cover challenge

Another recent one was this 1910’s cover. I just so happened to have a very similar dress, and a scarf, so a reproduction was obviously necessary!

1910's vogue cover recreation, the artyologist, my vintage cover challenge

 

Well, those are the covers I have done so far. I want to do many more, but the tricky part is always in getting the clothes and accessories correct!

However, there are many vintage images which don’t require very elaborate costumes to reproduce. I will be back next week with a post featuring some easier-to-copy covers, and I know that my co-host Tanith is also going to be posting some of her favourite covers this week, so make sure to check out her posts too! As this challenge draws nearer, I am getting excited to see what everyone comes up with- I can’t wait to see your recreations!

Are you planning on taking part in the challenge?

Announcing the My Vintage Cover Challenge

My Vintage Cover Challenge

Hello everyone! This is the blog week of announcements, around here it seems. First, on Tuesday I had a shop opening announcement, and today I am excited to bring you an announcement of a different kind. A couple of months ago, Tanith of Tanith Rowan Designs contacted me and said that she had been inspired by my “Vintage Vogue” recreations and was planning on executing one of her own. She then asked whether I would be interested in co-hosting an online event with her, to encourage others to take part in recreating vintage images of their own.  Of course I jumped at the opportunity to join in hosting with her, so today, we are announcing the “My Vintage Cover” community event, which we would like to invite you all to take part in, by recreating iconic vintage fashion images!

So, how do you participate in My Vintage Cover, and what are the event details? Read on!

  • The challenge runs from August 1- 31, 2017 and you are welcome to post your images on any day of the month. We are announcing the challenge now, so you can start choosing which images to recreate, and preparing any pieces you might need to have in order to complete your recreation.
  • This is a non-competitive community event. We just want people to have fun, both in the challenge of recreating vintage images, and in sharing the finished images with others.
  • The event will take place in a two places. If you have an Instagram account, you can take part there, but if you don’t have Instagram, you can participate on your blog. Use whichever platform you prefer. (I will personally be posting my recreations to both my Instagram account and here on my blog.)
  • If you post your recreations on Instagram, use the hashtag, #myvintagecover which we have created for this event, so we can all see your images.
  • If you are posting on your blog, feel free to let either Tanith or I know about it, so we can see your post and share it with others when we do a round up post.
  • We will be posting a few “round-up” posts on our Instagram accounts or blogs depending on how many participants we have.
  • Though we are calling it “My Vintage Cover,” you are welcome to recreate either a vintage magazine cover (such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar or McCall’s) or an editorial vintage fashion image. Images with distinctive poses, or styles that are iconic to a specific era are great options.
  • Repost and share your inspiration image, or link to it, so we can all compare the recreations to the original images.
  • Feel free to make your recreation as detailed as you would like. Even if you don’t have it 100% accurate, join in anyways with what you can. There are a lot of great vintage images out there which rely on iconic makeup and hair, distinctive poses, or unique camera angles, so even if you don’t have all the details correct, you can still participate.
  • You are not limited to just one image. Recreate as many images as you would like to! (and have the time for!)
  • Please feel free to repost this image any and everywhere you can. The more people who know about the challenge, the better!
  • Most important of all: have fun! We are so excited to see what you come up with.

I personally haven’t started on my next recreation, (or even chosen an image yet) so I had better get cracking, as there are only two weeks until the challenge begins! 🙂 I am really excited about this challenge, (online challenges are so great at bringing the online community together) and I hope that you join in My Vintage Cover with a recreation of your own. I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Vintage Vogue Covers: Vogue March 15, 1911, Elegant Spring Attire

Vintage Vogue Covers: Vogue March 15, 1911, Elegant Spring Attire, the artyologist

Vogue March 15, 1911: The Newest Spring Materials and Trimmings . . . which herald the arrival of the season.

With fresh, bright colours and light, airy fabrics, the arrival of Spring is welcomed with this lovely mint chiffon and lace ensemble. Softly draped fabrics are an elegant choice for these warm Spring days, but for the still-cool evenings a floral patterned shawl is the perfect addition. A single gold bracelet lends a touch of exoticism to this simple, yet graceful, silhouette.

Inspiration for this fashion recreation comes from this cover of Vogue from 1911. I’ve been wanting to do a more “historical” Vogue cover recreation for a while now, and this dress I bought a few years ago on a whim (and have only worn once as a costume!) was perfect to recreate this lovely Edwardian era magazine cover.

Vintage Vogue Covers: Vogue March 15, 1911, Elegant Spring Attire, the artyologist vogue-cover-original

Easter Sunday’s New Look

Easter Sunday's New Look, the artyologist, looking in purse Vogue 1950's cover

I hope you all had a lovely Easter weekend, dear readers, wherever you are. If you are located in Canada, or many other parts of the Northern Hemisphere, you might just have experienced what I did this last weekend: SNOW! Yes, we got a snowstorm last Thursday, and it didn’t let up until Saturday night. I was glad when Sunday dawned bright and clear but, alas, the sun was not warm enough to melt all of the snow away, and we still have snow covered ground out there. All of my visions of Easter bonnets, and flowers, and easter egg hunts and just Spring in general, were quite hopelessly dashed! My visions of a lovely Easter photo set outdoors, were also dashed as well! I didn’t feel like doing supposedly “Spring” photos in a snowdrift! (Especially as last year was so sunny and bright . . . )

So, in order to avert a small blogger crisis, I decided to take a page from Vogue, and many other photo shoots of years-gone-by, and create a set in the living room (by literally moving all of the furniture, opening doors, putting pins in the wall and generally tearing apart everything in sight. . .  don’t worry- it’s back in order now). This minimalist backdrop (aka: a white bed sheet) worked out fine in a pinch, and as this outfit is rather “New Look” in style, it lent itself well to the very minimal background and gave me a chance to try out some fun 1950’s poses. Most of these poses are based off of Vogue covers from the 1950’s, or other famous poses (such as Dior’s bar suit)

Easter Sunday's New Look, the artyologist black and white

I originally planned to wear something bright and colourful and well. . .  “Springy” for Easter Sunday, however, that didn’t happen. Of all the days in the year, Easter Sunday is the day when you just have to wear an Easter Bonnet, right? Since none of my more colourful dresses had coordinating hats, I decided to forgo the brighter colours in place of a hat and ended up with this cream coloured straw, which is probably my best hat, and this new-to-me vintage dress, which coordinated nicely with the cream tones.

This dress is the one I picked up last fall from the thrift store. It is a true vintage piece, but it desperately needed some work before it was wearable. It is made out of some kind of synthetic material (which creases terribly, I discovered!), some of the dye has faded in places, the bow on the front was rather limp, there were rips under the arms that had been mended very poorly, and the hem was about two inches too short. I was able to bring the side seams in about 1.5″ on each side, to fix the holes, as well as fitting the bodice better, I reshaped the bow, and also let out the hem. I believe that the dress had been hemmed by the previous owner, as the hem was hand sewn- but with three different colours of thread! 🙂 It is too bad that, whoever she was, she trimmed her hem, as I wish that there had been one more inch to let down. It turned out rather nicely though, despite not having that extra inch in length.

Easter Sunday's New Look, the artyologist, gloves detail

After I had let down the hem and altered the dress, I realized that what the dress really needed was a petticoat, in order for it to hang right- as well as giving that nice “New Look” silhouette. I didn’t have a petticoat that worked with the dress, though, as mine was much too full to wear with it, so two days before Easter Sunday, I got the crazy idea to start “Operation: Save The Petticoat”. I managed to alter my existing one – in the process sewing 17 yards of netting into submission – and finished it just in time. (ps. I will have a post in the future about how I altered the petticoat.)

It was rather fun to wear such a recognizably vintage outfit like this on Sunday- with the hat, shoes, purse, gloves and full skirt. I don’t usually go all out like this, and instead wear more “vintage inspired” outfits on a day to day basis. It was kind of nice to break that mold and do something new- or rather – should I say “old”? 😉

Did you get snow for Easter this year? Do you like to wear an “Easter Bonnet”? And do you like to dress in a more recognizable “vintage” styles, or do you dress in a vintage/modern hybrid – or do you even dress in vintage at all?

Outfit Details:

Dress: Vintage

Hat: Vintage

Purse: Thrifted

Jewellery: Gifted and thrifted

Gloves: Vintage

Belt: Vintage

Shoes: Gabor

Easter Sunday's New Look, the artyologist, portrait

Easter Sunday's New Look, the artyologist, back and dress details

Easter Sunday's New Look, the artyologist, on a chair

Easter Sunday's New Look, the artyologist, outfit details