Fifties Fair 2014 – What we wore (Or “Two Ladies for Tea”)

Hello!  I’ve been busy, a new job, a traveling husband, lots of appointments for my son, so here’s some photos of my sewing buddy Toni and I at the fabulous Fifties Fair at Rose Seidler House in Wahroonga, Sydney from August.

Full Length Shot Fifties Style Dress

We were super excited but fashionably late arriving around midday after the epic wrangling of hair and false eyelashes. Just as we had taken these first photos – down came the rain. Darn it. And whoops, our slips are showing.
 
Head and Shoulders Fifties Style Hair and Dress

Still it didn’t last long and we were at last in. Excited face.

Back View Fifties Style Dress at Fifties Fair

This is a few hours later and I feel like Lurch, trying to get up that hill in those heels, (that I had so carefully hand dyed). I was exhausted by about three pm – the terrain at the site is precarious in flats, lots of sloping driveway , the bush garden section steps, and crazy paving.

Full Length Fifties Style Dress with Vintage Car

Toni is still looking fresh on the way back to the car. I loved her colour combo of Tangerine and Teal – quite unexpected and exciting. She made her hat copying one in my collection! She also made her dress in genuine vintage rose print fabric. Check out all those tiny pleats around the neckline and sleeve hem – wow!

Full Length Fifties Style Dress with Vintage Car

But by now I am over it. My feet are killing me, the hair has flopped and I wish I had a flying car. Still, it was a fun. More photos to come…

The details.

Pattern Used: Um, I have to dig it up – it was a Princes Seamed Sixties Dress with very puffy sleeve heads. The skirt was just pleated – no pattern required
Fabric: My favorite Cotton Lycra Sateen* in a Border Print from Lincraft (this fabric was also used by Laura Ashley – for a dress sold out very quickly)
Necklace: Vintage Pink Multi- strand Pink Faux Pearls from Vinnies about 15 years ago
Shoes: Target Suede Wedges (ow!) – Plus Suede Dye
Handbag: Vintage Brown Beaded purse – Salvos $25
Belt: Self-fabric with a vintage celluloid buckle from my stash
Hat: Amazing Floral Confection from Salvos $25
Watch: Gold Marcasite Vintage Costume Watch – a present from my parents when I was a child

*I cant say enough good about sewing with this fabric. It handles so beautifully when you are sewing. It has great body and drape and looks fantastic made up! I have just sewn a dress in a quilting cotton – such hard work to make it look good.

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Fifties Fair 2012 – What People Wore – Part 2

Ole!  Christine from Classic Vintage dresses up in amazing fifties outfits each year.  I have seen her dressed as a sailor and a mechanic in recent years.  How’s that rack of amazing mens shirts she has for sale!?

Here’s the lovely Toni – isn’t she just stunning in her self-made, from vintage fabric, skirt, her hat is totally hand sewn and it took hours to attach the braided trim and lined in fabric to match the skirt.

Confetti Earrings!

This young woman deserves 10 out of 10 for sheer guts.  She told me it was 1970’s Mexican.  I think the dress is amazing and I would love to wear a dress like that.

This was one of my favourite outfits of the whole day!  Perfection!

Wow!  Hair!

I met Georgio last year at the Fair – sorry it’s not a great photo, but his fiance Robyn looks immaculate as she always does.

I apologize for the quality of these photos.  I dropped my pink Cybershot camera in the excitement the morning of the Fair.  The display screen is not working properly.  So all day, I wasn’t sure if I was getting any pictures at all!  It kind of put me off asking people if they would pose for a quick snap, as I normally would.  My photos on this post were what I call my “stalker shots” – they are usually shot through the crowd and I have cropped random elbows and things out!  That’s why they are all tall and skinny – I hope you enjoy them regardless!

Maybe now my dear husband will buy me that DSLR I have been dreaming of.  Or maybe I will have proved once again that I can’t be trusted with cameras, and I will have to buy that $69 one at Aldi this week!

Fifties Fair 2012 – What People Wore – Part 1

Did you go?  Wasn’t it great?!

Here is some of the people that caught my eye during the day

Wowsers!  – This woman looks stunning doesn’t she??!

Isn’t this woman adorable in her mint green?  I had a chat with her and she said she bought her outfit on the day and changed into it!   She is just lovely.  STOPPRESS I now know it’s Rachel who I follow in Instagram under VintageCarousel – I am going to try to find out more about her – but I know this – she’s shy!

How about this woman’s skirt!  It is hand painted velvet – unlike anything I’ve ever seen irl.  I should have quizzed her about its origins, but the fashion parade was starting I think.  Her hat is amazing too – see the feathers.  And the shoes…!

These ladies were from the Evening Wear Fashion Parade – which we missed.  However, luckily for us – they paraded around the market area – where we spend most of the day – funnily enough.  So we captured them as they floated by – aren’t those gowns incredible?

These two women looked impeccable, great attention to detail.  This was early on in the day when the coat was needed.  Later it warmed up beautifully.

Here’s a close up of that fish print – so cute right?

Well, I think that’s enough for now.  Watch this space for more shots from the day!

Friends bearing gifts

This is my lovely friend Toni. She loves sewing and got me into quilting.  She is an amazing Graphic Designer. She is also good at hair and make up – which I am not – comes in handy!

Here she is in the kitchen at Rose Seidler House (the Fifties Fair).

“Toni always felt a nagging sense of bemusement in the kitchen…
after her 5 for 5 o’clock martinis”

She scored some patterns recently and she gave them to me!  What a total sweetheart!  So lovely to have friends like that.  Here is just some of the booty!

A classic trench coat.  I own several patterns for these, but have never made one – it might be time.


A Dress that is a sleeveless Trench Coat – yes please!

This curvy suit looks great.  I love the cut of the pants and the faced waist.

And my friend Toni – thanks gorgeous!

Come to the North Side

The North Side – it’s a bit out of it but it is has some good points and a really nice place to bring up kids! I think it’s safe, relatively easy to drive around, and has great trees and gardens, and the air traffic is not annoying.

For some lovely photos see:

Astrid’s Architecture Tour of Castle Crag at her blog Design Cherry.

Architecturally the north side has some lovely mid-century gems. Example: Rose Seidler house. All you eastern suburb trendies – I know you all move up north when you come to your senses – because all my friends  are from the inner west!

Source: kmc.nsw.gov.au via Trish on Pinterest

So the other night I attended a class for the married people at church – doing some work on your marriage – that’s not a bad thing!  It happened to be on this amazing 1950s designed building in a little place called East Lindfield.

Source: kmc.nsw.gov.au via Trish on Pinterest

I couldn’t find much info about the architect except that his name is William G. Collins. He wrote a great piece for the Sydney Morning Herald on 21 April 1959 – the building was only proposed, at that stage.

Source: kmc.nsw.gov.au via Trish on Pinterest

It totally rocked my world – imagine decorating it with some great Tapa cloths and tiki torches etc!

Mark and are having our thirteenth anniversary later this year, not bad going is it? Maybe we’ll renew our vows – Tiki Style!

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The 50’s Fair 2011 – Shopping Part 1 !


Feast your eyes on these prettys.  Yes some things are expensive, but the stall holders come from far and wide.   Some from interstate to attend.  Have you ever done a market stall?  I imagine it would be a  huge ammount of work to pack up your inventory, load your vehicle, get there really early, bump in, unload, trek through the garden to your plot, set up your display, stand around all day selling, then pack up and get home!

What’s avaiable is of amazing quality.  My friend Penny and I were lined up outside by 10 am (normally I go in the afternoon).  The range of stuff was amazing.  Definately would go early next time.  I usually find the fabric especially picked over – but this year I  scored!  Watch out for my next post on Fabric!

The wonderful Somboun Phonesook, guru of Australian collectables especially Australian Ceramics

Thrilled with their lovely new picnic rugs!

Look at that pig in mud!


Isn't that the cutest dish! I would have bought it but I am banned!

Who doesen't need a little Trechikoff around the house?Ole!Telephone cord purse!


The 50’s Fair 2011 – “People watching”

Yee haa! What a great day!  The ladies and gents that attend go all out with their ensembles.  Some of my shots are not as good as I would like, but I try to document what people are wearing – ‘cos that is my focus.  It gets crowded which makes it hard to get a full length shot, or you can’t  get close enough – so it makes for mixed results.  Sometimes you feel a bit like a stalker!  Usually if you ask permission politely, people are happy to pose for you – which is nice! Anyway I hope you enjoy the eye candy!

Watch out for further posts on “Shopping at the Fifties Fair” and “Fabric at the 50’s Fair”!

Sorry that some of the photos are the wrong way up – still struggling with this bit. If anyone can suggest anything.

(Sometimes the images can’t be saved after turning).

I have the fabric she used for her skirt, still trying to make my my mind up about whether I love it or hate it !

Much photographed!

Love that 40's cherry necklace (actually she had two on!)

Rosalie won the best dressed this year - stunning! Word is she bought her hat on the day!