All posts tagged: 1930s

Napier’s Art Deco Weekend ’13

It’s that time of year again: Napier’s annual Art Deco Weekend was last weekend, and I went, and I had lots of fun and took 642 photos and edited them down to 469 keepers and then edited those down to 26 I want to show you today, and a few more I’ll show you for specific costume posts. It was interesting to go back to Art Deco Weekend a second time: to review my first impressions, and get another look.  It was even more interesting to go back and read my write-up of last year’s weekend, and my impression of the event. I can’t say my overall view has changed much, but this year was inevitably a bit different.  I described it to Rachel (my weekend partner) as both better and worse than last year – as a returnee, I didn’t get lost walking around, knew where to park and where the good restaurants were, and when all the events were.  But this year also had less highlights: the op-shopping wasn’t as good, I missed …

The ‘Gran’s Garden’ 1930 dress

I had my project for the first Historical Sew Fortnightly challenge ‘Starting Simple’ all planned out, and it was going to be so very simple. I decided to use my 1930s Garden Party frock pattern – so easy and fun, and I’m so familiar with it so it would be so very simple to put together.  I would get the frock cut out in the week before Christmas, assemble the bodice and skirt, put in the bias facings at neck and armhole, and take it with me to Nelson when we left on the 24th. Then, as we sat around with my parent-in-law and Gran and Grandbob in the days after Christmas, drinking tea and watching cricket, I would hand sew down all the bias facings and assemble a belt.  Mr D and I would arrive back in Wellington on the 30th, I’d quickly sew the skirt to the bodice on the night of the 30th, and we’d do a photoshoot on New Years Eve morning, just in time for the challenge.  That was the …

Holiday delights

Christmas this year has not gone according to plan.  It’s been full of family, and love, and goodies, and delicious food, and bits of fun, but far too much sadness, and I’m not ready to talk about it properly on the blog.  Instead I just thought I’d keep things cheerful and show you the lovely things that I was given for Christmas or bought at my favourite antiques store with holiday money.  It was a very vintage Christmas for me. From Mr D, a fabulous vintage handbag from Japan.  The Japanese import shop I love so imported a few in, all in different colours, and I told Mr D about them, and he went in and picked his favourite.  I love the way this combines a Western aesthetic with a very typically Japanese fabric – a silk with little tiny dots arranged in scales. From my darling Mother-in-law, this gorgeous necklace: Did you guess what is so exciting about it? It’s made from Roman glass dated to between 60-200 AD.  (I do have my doubts …