retro swimsuit?!

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Five years ago I bought a swimsuit at a summer sale. Today it is in a terrible shape, the rubberbands are dry and cracked. I have been to so many shops to find a new one, but no, none has been satisfying – too expensive, too sporty, too shiny, too tiny. So I decided to sew one! Trust me, many has questioned my idea.
Thank’s to the community We sew retro and tell I found the right pattern: Butterick Patterns by Gertie, B6067.

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Patterns by Gertie

After many considerations I decided to use a “normal” and new fabric suitable for swimsuits, I turned it inside out to make it less shiny. I wanted a proper retro look, of course!

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It has not been as difficult as I first thought to sew the swimsuit, but it has been necessary to pin every stitch very carefully.

Ta-daa!!

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No, I never ever thought I would end up on the web wearing only a swimsuit… But I am so pleased with the result.

dreaming of a sewing room

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We are moving! The apartment is sold and we are now living among boxes.

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We are looking for a house in Uppsala and I am dreaming of a room of my own. A room for creativity and of course sewing. The other day I went through the boxes searching for my vintagefabrics which I bought in Chicago from the fabolous vintage shop in Montrose Viva Vintage Clothing.

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I hope to be able to sew despite the moving-chaos. I am longing for some hours entierly dedicated to sewing.
I have found a new friend on the webb Sew la di da vintage and the motto of the owner — Home Grown Glamour — is so inspiring!
I say Yes to that — Long live lovely vintage.

fashion and ration in London

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“We were allowed to wear trousers. But there were men that didn’t like it.” In the exhibition Fashion on the Ration: 1940’s Street Style at the Imperial War Museum in London women tell their stories about fashion during the WWII.

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Women liked wearing trousers and many liked the uniform which as many as a third of the population in Britain was entitled to wear during the war. For some women the uniform gave them a new kind of self esteem, as they went from being merely  a part of the household to having an important role in society. The famous store Fortnum & Mason advertised clothing as being for heroines at the home front.

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The war had of course horrifying effects but there were some interesting consequences too. Fashion changed – trousers were accepted which ment more freedom and lesser rules for women about what to wear and not.

The exhibition ends with the question: What can we learn?

Well, a lot! Ration is needed today – we have to take care of the planet. Further more, during the war fashion took a new way – people were creative instead of only being recievers of fashion dictates.

How are you creative? Please, let me now!

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Alexander McQueen

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I started to cry today (well, almost) when I stood in front of the black victorian jackets, one of them called Joan, made by the designer, artist, romantic Alexander McQueen on display in the exhibition Savage Beauty at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

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The perfect stitching, the wonderful curves, the neat row of buttons.
Alexander McQueen alters between life and death, he protects the body with his art but he also rips it, hurts it. The high collars and the metal masks are continuosly present – to protect the most sensitive part of a human: The face, the neck. But he also slides over in shutting off when he completely covers the faces.
And the embroidary! Beautiful!

You were not allowed to take any photos in the exhibition, one can understand why, but here are some from the shop.

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