Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Black and White Town


Cityscape Skybaby asked what I'd made from the groovy black and white faces fabric, the remainder of which features in our new spare bedroom curtain.


I haven't worn this home-made maxi (made up using a 1969 Butterick pattern) for ages so as today saw a welcome return to blazing sunshine out of the wardrobe it came, ready for a quick sprint into town to get some last minute festival supplies.


I must make myself another dress using this pattern, I love the low-cut back.


These 1960s Polaroid sunglasses (along with their original case) were bought from yesterday's car boot sale. We managed to get round the entire field before the torrential rain started so I got my second-hand shopping fix for the week. 


As I picked them up from the seller's stall she asked if I was into vintage, which instantly made my heart sink, expecting her to come out with a delusional asking price. How wrong I was, she asked if 50p was too much.


Original 1970s suede platforms (£9.99, eBay), Leather Gladstone bag (20p, Jumble sale)

Dragon ring (from Krista),  Hindi script cuff (from Helga)

See that sequinned white leather cuff on my left wrist? It's by Jade Jagger and bought back in the last century (1998) when I obviously had more money than sense. It cost £25 (from a Paul Smith outlet at a discount village) so it probably cost more than anything else I own. 


Bank Holiday boot sale buys (clockwise from top left): 1970s long crochet coat , 1970s cocktail dress , 1960s leopard print mac , 1970s cocktail dress , Topshop knitted beanie , Neon striped top with zip sleeves, 2 x vintage linen tea towels 


Monochrome fabric (courtesy of Jennie) previously seen HERE and HERE

The sun's shining, there's rum chilling in the fridge, there's a festival on the horizon and I'm happy.


See you soon!

73 comments:

  1. Awesome fabric and the dress pattern must be used again, and again! The back is so very sexy.
    You chill your rum? That actually sounds very good. ;)

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  2. Oooooh gosh I could eat those suede platforms. They're gorgeous xx

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  3. Ooo Vix your maxi is lovely. Love the wedges too!
    Dx

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  4. you look fabulously happy and I'm in love with your dress graphic print, so seventies, so black&white, so gorgeous!
    And also love your bag and shoes!
    besos & rum

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  5. Gorgeous dress Vix! And I think Mrs Coconut might spot those tea towels!

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  6. I must have a piece of that fabric somewhere...I used for a dress that I sold, but it was the same print as yours!I relly loved it so I keep a little part that I used as armwarmer-bracelet!I love the back detail of this wonderful maxi and the vintage shoes:they are immaculate!In the last century seems like everyone could afford to buy expensive stuff, but I prefer to spend less and buy more!!
    Those cocktail dresses and the leopard mac are beautiful!
    Love xxxxxxxxx

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  7. Gorgeous dress ! Love the back !

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  8. I love this dress because I love the print so much and it is super sexy on you! Life is pretty good right about now huh! You found some sweet treasury I am digging the green dress with angel sleeves! That crochet coat looks pretty sweet too! BUT THE SHOES are the best!!!! Have a blast at the upcoming festival! It won't be too long now! Can we chat tomorrow or is today my last chance?
    Loveyou!!!!
    Krista

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  9. wow, girl you got back. that dress looks amazing on you. love those platforms too. enjoy the sunshine!
    xo

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  10. Oh, the back of that dress makes me smile! Great find.

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  11. Another great bunch of finds Vix! And who could turn anything down at 50p?!

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  12. 1. You have a really sexy back!
    2. I would 100% wear those platforms, I am some really similar!
    3. Love the dress xxx

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  13. Love the back of that dress -- especially since you don't ruin your rear view with visible bra straps. What is it with women today who think they don't need to wear the right bra for the sleeve style they've chosen? Visible bra straps are my pet peeve and now I'll shut up. And also say that once again I have bling-envy.

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  15. That maxi is a doll, I adore it - I love that you made it too!!
    xo

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  16. Hi Vix!

    Catching up on your posts! love the pattern of that dress and love the back as well - it is so stunning!
    My neighborhood is up and coming but still a wasteland for some folks but it is changing!
    Happy birthday to your friend, looked like lots of fun - you Ladies looked fabulous!

    I have been trying to post for the last 2 days at work, blogger is the shits at work, will have to do it when i get home!

    Take care darling

    Ariane xxxx

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  17. Oh good God, love the fabric. The curtains are amazing and the dress is even better if that can be at all possible. xx

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  18. Loving the stripy punky looking jumper - what a great find!!!!

    L xx

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  19. Fabulous fabric and great dress!! :)

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  20. I love this dress. Everything about it works..s'fab.
    Nice haul there. I know what you mean. As soon as they ask 'You're into vintage are you?' you brace yourself for a price equivalent of a smack in the gob! It's probably worse in this part of the word where everyone thinks if you live in Winchester you are loaded and go to the pub with Princess Anne!
    xxxxx

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  21. When I saw that black and white fabric I have to admit, my heart skipped a beat. I thought it was awesome, I love the maxi you made from it. The back of the dress is amazing. Can't wait to see what you get up to at the festival:)

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  22. That back cut looks beautiful on you.
    Always love seeing your treasures. 70s suede platforms are fantastic. My mom probably wore those :)
    Oh, fond memories :)
    xx
    Maya

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  23. I just love seeing you in that dress, the print is fabulous and the cutaway back is SOOOO sexy!
    Great boot sale finds, 50p for those sunglasses was a bargain price, but then you always get bargain prices! Love the look of the frocks, especially the swooshy angel wing sleeves.
    How funny that that little cuff cost more than most other things in your amazing wardrobe!
    Enjoy your rum, love - cheers! xxxxxxx

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  24. Wow your dress making skills are amazing the back of that dress and the belt to are gorgeous. It fits like a glove. Great buys love the red crochet jacket. And your patchwork curtains are gorgeous i may have to try making those some time. Have a lovely week, dee xxx

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  25. That is one amazing dress with the awesome print and the sexy back! You are so talented and you look fabulous in it!

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  26. Your dress is fabulous. Yay for sunshine, and what great scores you scores!!!!

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  27. great dress and those wedges are totally adorable .... ha, and i love your bright smile on the last picture.
    :)

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  28. That dress is so much fun, look at your sexy back. Such a nice cut for warmer weather.

    You did well with the carboot finds, and look forward to seeing you show them off more.

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  29. I love that leopard print mac. Have fun at the festival. My son was at Creamfields and had to come home early minus a tent and a sleeping bag.

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  30. You're right about the beautiful cut of the back of that dress pattern - but then you have a beautiful back to put inside it!
    Only 50p for those brilliant sunnies?? I'm always awed by your bargains.

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  31. Fabulously stylish! Love those suede platforms :-) Enjoy the Festival...

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  32. You're such a wonderful sight after having been confronted with too many ladies wearing cheaply made, frumpy boob top maxi dresses today...
    Fabulousness (and cool back): Priceless!

    xoxo

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  33. Fab maxi, love the back of it.

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  34. I love everything, especially the you-made dress and the amazing mac! So lovely!

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  35. Wait, she saw what you were wearing and then still had to ask if you were into vintage?! Ha.

    This dress is freaking amazing. I love the fabric. I noticed that fabric from your curtains the other day and was curious about it, so I'm really glad you did this follow up post. :)

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  36. FARK! I love this frock.The shape,the back view,the fabric......heavenly!!! It's perfect.Yep, I reckon you need a few more versions of this!!!
    Those platforms are TO DIE FOR amazing,and of course I love the bag!EEEEK!
    So the mac is a long one! WOWZA! So many great scores,I feel the need for an opshop frenzy!!!
    Love you!
    Love Helga xxxXXXXxx

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  37. That dress is AWESOME! I just showed my daughter (14) and we oooh'd and ahhhh'd over it. It looks great on you! Love the curtains and all of your other finds as well!

    xx
    Lynn Dylan

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  38. Corr that design is super sexy on you. I already loved the fabric but don't remember having seen the back of the dress. Really gorgeous. And I'm sure your hair has grown in the two weeks I've been away!
    xx

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  39. Get outta here!!! That dress is AMAZE-AH-FREAKIN-MONDO!!!
    And the back is gorgeous! Oh yes please make more in this style! It suits you to a tee Vix! Loving those 70's platform - what a bargain.

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  40. The fabric dress reminds me of all those 60's girls that hung out with Andy Warhol. Nice sewing job! That top with the zippers is one of the strangest things I've seen, do they open?

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  41. You have definitely got to make some more of those frocks, fabulous! I hope you get the weather for the weekend XX

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  42. I immediately remembered the fabric in this dress, which I don't think I've seen you wear before. It's a marvelous fit. Admiring the leopard mac too. A wonderful find.

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  43. I remembered the post of you wearing this dress in the pub, but I hadn't seen the other post. So I didn't know how incredible the back looks on you.
    You seem to have made a lot of red and green purchases at this car boot sale. I've been looking for one of those long crocheted waistcoats for ages. I love the color of this one. And that stripey top with zips is so Mork (of Mork and Mindy. Did you get that tv show in the UK? I always had a thing for his color block t-shirts)
    Thanks for your compliment on my smile. Yours is beautiful, too :)

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  44. I noticed the black and white fabric in you bedroom curtain immediately, so love the instant feedback with the creation that you made with such striking material. I'm sure you were a show stopper as you went shopping for festival supplies. Lucky us - we get to experience another festival from the 'Vix point of view.'

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  45. omg, you look so beyond fabulous. Adore this post, love. I've got a brand new outfit post inspired by one of my favorite TV characters. I'd love if you'd check it out. xo

    www.fashboulevard.blogspot.com

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  46. I love love love that dress, the fabric is amazing! Have a fantastic festival.

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  47. That leopard print mac is drool-worthy. I love your mod maxi dress. The back is fabulous.

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  48. What a cool dress, just love that fabric. Black and white a classic combination!

    I have been fancying making some simple little dresses for the winter have seen some real cool fabric too! Must get my sewing groove on and fear of patterns! lol.


    P x

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  49. Love the back detail on that maxi dress, and I recognized the material from your curtains too straight away. Sounds like you're off to another festival, have fun and I hope the weathers kind.

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  50. Your black and white dress is fantastic! I love the cut away back.

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  51. OMG so Krista gets to gaze upon those beautiful curtains while stretching her hot bod in your scrummy spare room - sooooooooooooooo envious!!!! And what you did with that AMAZING fabric is beyond belief!!! You look like a very, very cool Stones backstage chick - ignoring the boys as they squabble in desperation for you to bat a fabulous eyelid at them. Berloody hell baby!!!!!!!!! xoxoxo

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  52. Dearest Vix,
    I'm so glad the fabric was put to good use, I've still got several meters of it sitting in my stash awaiting a creative outpouring from me (who knows when that will be). I love that sassy low-cut back too, especially on your bronzed goddess bod. You are getting ever so good at knocking out fabulous Vix-made apparel, I'd love to see a 'from start to finished article' post. That leopard print mac looks funky as hell, you bagged some bang-on bona fide bargain buys yet again!
    Lot's of love, Jennie...xXx

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  53. I'm lusting after that bag: gorg. You find the best deals on the planet - 50p!! Love the back and pattern of the dress. :)

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  54. Fabulous dress, I love the fabric! x

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  55. Fab print. Love it ...! And your rings collection - to die for.

    ∞ © tanvii.com ∞

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  56. Ooh I'm thrilled that you blogged the dress Vix! Thank you for letting us see it, you look lovely, your bargain sunnies seemed made to go with it too. That material has obviously served you very well. You've inspired me to try to do a patchwork on top of my old cheap bedroom blind which lets in too much light. I do look forward to your blogs Vix, I find them very cheering and inspiring. Have fun at your festival! xxx

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  57. You gorgeous creature you! I'm gonna miss you even though we haven't met in person. look at your sexy Mama back amor! I'm in patchwork heaven.
    adorar the leopard coat and green dress. also the Freddy Kruger sweater for Jon.
    luv ya

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  58. Love That Print!!!!
    Hugs
    AnieB
    http://lahabitaciondelaspequenascosas.blogspot.com.es/

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  59. Fabulous dress (and curtain too) Vix, I’ve missed your second-hand treasures and handmade delights, you are a true inspiration as always. Thank You for always being so kind and supportive xxx

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  60. Your back-hotness! You must show it off more often Vix! Love the fabric btw, I remember it totally caught my eye when I saw your gorgeous curtain last post.

    Love,
    Shubhi's Revels!

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  61. Such an amazing dress and that fabric makes me swoon! And those shoes! Wow! I also love the neon striped top :)

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  62. Omg that leopard print mac! The other night I was trolling eBay and found that exact black and white fabric! After seeing how fab it looks, I might have to get some to make some BR pillows! Have fun at the festival, have a drink for this gal who is missing the UK terribly! XXX Suzanne

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  63. The shape of black and white dress is gorgeous, particularly the saucy cut away back - better to show off your tan! Good score on the leopard print mac and the striped top with the zip-off sleeves.

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  64. BLOODY ARSEBISCUIT!!! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS AMAZING MAXI!!! Sorry for yelling, but IT'S FARKING FABULARSE! You look absolutely gorgeous - you are so talented - the frock is just brilliant! The leopard print mac is splendid! And I love your hot pink lippy. I just love everything here. EVERYTHING.

    Love you more than that maxi! Sarah xxx

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  65. This maxi is gorgeous! I love the low-cut back, you should definitely make another!

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  66. And indeed you DO look very happy here, esp. in that last pic!! i'm loving the maxi and as always, am very jealous you can wear such a style and go bra-less, it's never been an option for me.
    Sorry I've been such a crap commenter lately, and next week will be no better, with the BVFF looming and my regular fortnightly Sunday market back in action, estates to clear and ebaying to do, I'm sure you'll understand if I can't keep up.xx..

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  67. Gorgeous print, ahhhhhhhhhhhh
    loving your platform sandals.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  68. Those platforms, I think I had a pair of those! I love your dress Vix, you are so talented.

    xo, Bonnie

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  69. Yay, what a lovely smile!! I adore that dress, the back is so sexy! The material is amazing too! I can't believe you found that mac, I'm sooooo jealous!! xxx

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  70. how awesome is this dress!!!
    i wants :)

    http://sushmita-smile.blogspot.in/

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