3 September 2014

Time-Travelling Diamond



Vintage bomber jacket (similar here) / DIY batik dress (similar here) / ASOS round sunglasses (similar here) / Office brogue boots (similar here)

Anyone who knows me vaguely well will be aware of my love of vintage clothing. Not only is buying vintage more friendly on the environmental front - always a positive if we can reduce our carbon footprints etc. - but I love the patina acquired by a well-loved vintage piece. Coupled with a hint of mustiness, it evokes the feeling that one is wearing a piece of history, albeit a rather little one.  And try as they might, none of your everyday clothing shops can truly replicate this. No, not even you, Urban Outfitters.

So what's the story behind this mustard bomber? Discovered in the murky depths of a thrift shop - yes honestly, I'm not just saying this for vintage storytelling effect - I couldn't resist snapping up this leather beauty. From what I can gather, this jacket found its way to me from the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Queen's University, Canada. It was purchased by a first year engineering student in 1971 and, in line with EngSoc rules, said student was prohibited from wearing the jacket until completing his final exam in December of that year.

And the dress? My parents acquired the batik fabric from a trip to Indonesia in days gone by. Using my new-found sewing skills from CSM and this striped dress as a template, I made myself a simple shift dress. For a first dressmaking attempt, I'm rather chuffed with how it turned out!
















16 comments:

  1. you look really cool!

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  2. cool pics, love the look!

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  3. Gorgeous dress. Stunning pics. You look gorgeous girl.
    xox
    Lenya
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  4. Charmant! :)

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  5. your dress is really gorgeous!


    x Karen
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  6. Lovely dress!
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  7. You are super cool!

    love it!

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  8. I love, LOVE vintage. I don't know of a lot of good vintage places here in Hawaii where I live but there used to be a lot when I lived in California.


    By the way, I absolutely love your outfit!


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  9. Wow. Great photos and the beautiful nature. Outfit is just great! :-)
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  10. This post is truly inspiring!! thanks for sharing this sweetie!!

    New style post now posted sweetie! ♥
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  11. Aw that's a shame, but at least it makes visiting vintage shops abroad that little bit more special - if that's any consolation! And thank you, sweet!

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  12. Love clothes that have a story behind them! Yours are pretty great! I love the look!

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  13. Karolayn Rodriguez11 September 2014 at 19:54

    I love your dress<3
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  14. love this outfit, and the location is gorgeous!


    anna at www.styleskittle.com
    xx

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  15. WOW just fell in love with your style and with your blog ♥_♥

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