Sew Style Vintage Feature

Hello! Two posts in one week, aren't you the lucky ones. Just a quick one today to tell you about a magazine that I have been featured in. 

A couple of months ago I was contacted by a publishing company about contributing to a feature for Sew Style magazine, a glossy bookazine which is published in association with McCall's patterns. They were putting together a feature on 1960s style and wondered if I would answer a few questions about what I look for when buying vintage and 1960s inspired clothes. I was only too happy to help and I'm thrilled to say that they used my work in the magazine!

Style Muse: Pattie Boyd


Classic Style



The thing I love most about 1960s fashion is that it's still so stylish today. Fashion is fleeting but style is eternal. Can't remember who said that but it's definitely true. 

Style Inspiration: Mon Oncle


You Say You Want a Revolution?


When I heard about the V&A's latest exhibition, You Say You Want A Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-1970, I was excited to say the least. The V&A is my favourite museum in London and I could happily spend all day there. 

1920s Jazz Age Fashion & Photographs


When I was at the Fashion and Textile Museum back in June, I saw that their next exhibition was all about the jazz age of the 1920s and knew that it would be right up my street. I just love 1920s fashion and have always been really interested in the jazz age so was looking forward to paying a visit. 

BIBA: The Fashion. The Lifestyle. The Brand


When I heard that there was going to be a Biba exhibition in Southend-on-Sea I was intrigued to say the least. Southend is not somewhere you would automatically think of when you think of fashion exhibitions (I don't mean this in a bad way, just that I was unaware of any such museums), so I was looking forward to going down there to check it out. 

Style Muse: Chantal Kelly

Chantal Kelly was born Chantal Bassignani in Marseilles, in the south of France, on 8 April 1950. She had an interest in music from an early age and took singing lessons as a teenager. Her teacher was so impressed that in 1965 she sent a recording of Chantal's performances to the Philips label who promptly signed her up.

Goodwood Revival 2016


Now that it's September it must be time for my favourite event of the year, Goodwood Revival. As regular readers will know, I go to this event every year with my family and have done for many years (I worked out the other day that I've been going on and off for the last 15 years and have been consecutively for the last 5). I actually can't believe that it has come around again so soon, I know people say it all the time but this year has really flown by!

Britain in the Fifties: Design and Aspiration Exhibition


As well as being a fan of the 1960s, I also have a lot of love for the 1950s specifically, mid-century design and r&b music (and those Beatniks - great style). Which is why when I heard about the Britain in the Fifties exhibition at Compton Verney I just knew that I had to make a trip up there to visit it. I went the other week and decided to make a weekend of it, staying at a country hotel about a 15 minute drive away. It was really nice to get out of London and get some fresh air! I was a very bad blogger and neglected to get any pictures of myself (in my defence, you weren't allowed to take photo's in the exhibition) but have included photos below from the Compton Verney website.

Striped Trousers


If you've been reading my blog for a while now you will know that I'm a big fan of stripes. A pair of 1950s striped slacks has been on my vintage wish list for a while now and I have thought about making a pair but haven't found any fabric that I like yet, so when I saw these trousers on the Zara website I clicked 'add to basket' straight away!

Sixties Inspiration: M&S Archive



Image of an Icon

Photo by Eric Swayne

Last Wednesday I was invited to the launch party of Image of an Icon at Proud Galleries in Chelsea. I hadn't been to Proud Chelsea before so was really looking forward to the event. I took my sister along as she was with me that day and is also a big fan of art and design so I knew she would enjoy it as well.

Style Muse: Nancy Sinatra

The Meyer Dancers


The Meyer Dancers have been on my radar for a while now, and I thought it was about time they were on yours too if they weren't already! 

These gals are professionally-trained dancers and choreographers and have been performing GoGo for the past three years. Based in London, they've supported Geno Washington, The Sonics and The Trashmen and have performed all over the world at corporate events and private parties. They pride themselves on their authenticity and have an extensive repertorie of swinging 60s routines. I've seen these ladies perform at some 60s events in London and they really are fab.

Missoni Art Colour Exhibition


Last week I popped over to the Fashion and Textile Museum to check out the Missoni Art Colour exhibition. I love Missoni prints and their use of colour, a friend of mine has an annoying habit of being able to find amazing Missoni scarves and kaftans in TK Maxx - she has all the luck!

On the road again


Back in 2013 I gave you a brief history lesson on the classic Mini, one of my favourite cars, and I am now happy to report that my little Mini City has been fully restored and is now back on the road!

Style Muse: Sandie Shaw


Sandie Shaw was one of the most successful British singers during the 1960s, often described as the barefoot pop princess due to her penchant for not wearing shoes, in 1967 she was the first British act to win the Eurovision Song Contest.

More from Oxfam

I was recently sent this fab little video from the Oxfam shoot which shows us all getting ready so I thought I would do a quick post and share it with you today. Sadly you don't get to hear my lovely estuary accent ;) maybe one day I'll do a vlog or something..... (I think I would probably die of embarrassment so don't hold your breath).



The video is a great reminder of what a fantastic day and experience it was - I'm so excited to be the face of the 60s for Oxfam!

x

The Face of the 60s


You guys, I only went and won the Oxfam competition! You are now looking at the face of the 1960s. Thank you so much for all of your kind comments on my post, I had a few people asking if they could vote for me but it was all down to the judge, Victoria Moss, to decide and luckily for me she thought I deserved to win.

Orange Stripes


Roll necks layered under shift dresses have been my uniform this past winter. I got this gorgeous orange, blue and white crimplene off of a friend and I couldn't wait to make something with it. I made this dress in the middle of winter and rather than waiting for the warmer months I decided to wear it straight away. I wear bright colours all year round, someone's got to brighten up the office haven't they?

Lola Dress

When Love Her Madly got in touch and asked if they could send me a dress I was only too happy to oblige. LHM are a small women's clothing boutique inspired by the modernist movement of the 1960s. After a hugely successful 2014 they began expanding into stores across the UK and beyond and are now stocked in Sherry's Carnaby Street, Modfather Camden and various retro boutiques in Japan, Belgium and France.

Oxfam Vintage Face & Style

Recently, Oxfam got in touch inviting me to participate in their #VintageFaceandStyle competition. They are searching for the faces of four decades of vintage fashion with the winners being featured on the Oxfam online shop. I think I'd be quite a good fit as the face of the 1960s seeing as I've been obsessed with this decade for longer than I care to remember. I live and breathe the 60s, right down to my choice of furniture and interior design (I even have an original mini!). There is no 'other Sarah' who runs around wearing jeans and t-shirts, if you were to bump into me in the street you would find me dressed exactly how I do on this blog (I wear the dress featured below to work quite often).



A Brief History of the Classic Flap

Photo: Gray Reginald, WWD, July 24, 1973

It's no secret that I adore Chanel and I'm very fortunate to have a few bags in my collection (handbags are my thing). Today I thought I'd go into the history of the ultimate handbag: the classic flap or Chanel 2.55.

Flower Power



I may have squealed just a tiny bit when I got my hands on this wonderful piece of floral crimplene. I do seem to make the same shift dress again and again but there was no way this fabric was going to be used for anything else. Plus my beloved curtain dress is nearing the end of its life span (fyi - curtain fabric isn't really suitable for dressmaking as it doesn't wash well), so I was in need of a replacement.

Triplets Sewing Challenge: Collars and Cuffs




Myself, Allie and Catherine decided to do a little sewing link up and create a classic 60s dress with white collar and cuffs. We could use any fabric and pattern we wanted so I decided to recreate the tartan dress that I made in late 2013.