Saturday, 25 June 2011

Timeshift

As my last post was about the 1940s I thought that I'd travel forwards into my next favourite decade: the 1970s. This was my childhood decade, so its very nostalgic for me, bringing back memories of the '76 heatwave, Panda Pops, the Bay City Rollers, ABBA, Kate Bush and great tv programmes such as Tiswas, Pipkins, Bagpuss, The Goodies, George and Mildred, Man About the House and more.

A couple of my charity shop buys this week fit in with this theme very nicely ....


... I saw this chair with its peacock back and knew that it would be great to use in the garden on sunny days and its quite comfy too. I've always liked these big chairs; they remind me of those 70s interiors adorned with Biba-esque models, their toes embedded into white shag pile rugs, with a backgound of Alphonse Mucha posters and vases of multi-coloured ostritch feathers all photographed through a haze of patchouli joss stick smoke.

My other buy was this very colourful Liberty sun hat, jauntily modelled by the family orangutan.


On the crafting scene, I've just finished making a maxi skirt from one of the patterns that I brought last month. It was quite easy to make and I'll be attempting another one soon; however it did take up almost five metres of fabric so any thoughts of treating myself to a Liberty print has gone straight out of the window.

My metallic brown 1970s platforms were brought in the early 1990s and have been worn regularly ever since!
I made the skirt on the far left of this Style pattern

16 comments :

  1. I love those chairs - a lady I used to visit as a child had one of those although this was early 90s, so it was already becoming a classic. The skirt is lovely, but old patterns do seem to use such a lot of fabric. I suppose fabric was cheaper years ago (relatively speaking) as more people made their own clothes and there were more mills.

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  2. Lovely skirt. Buying fabric today to make garments is sometimes more expensive than buying the outfit complete. It's the same with wool - so expensive. But I think you get great satisfaction out of making it yourself. I used to make all my dresses back in the sixties and seventies. I even attempted to make a suit! In fact that Style pattern looks vaguely familiar! I also had platform shoes like yours except mine were a plum colour. Oh memories, memories.
    Love from Mum
    xx

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  3. Aah we had those chairs! I had a kiddie size one and my gran had one identical to yours, wow the flashbacks! Awesome job on the skirt, love the print :)

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  4. Love the skirt, will you be wearing the hat with it......?
    Julie xxxxxxx

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  5. I'm not really into 70s but I do love the chair! love your forties dress from your last post! Fliss xxx

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  6. 5 meters!! is it still 36" wide? Knowing the price of Liberty cotton it must have cost a pretty penny....worth it though...

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  7. There was a Peacock chair in my house too. Incredibly dominant piece of furniture.

    As for the Seventies, what can I say?
    I practically spend all my spare time thinking about it.

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  8. I love those chairs. Didn't Morticia Adams have one in the TV series?
    Love the maxi skirt, it looks great in that pattern.
    xxx

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  9. I like your maxi dress, amazing you made that! I made a pillowcase dress recently and enjoyed the challenge of it. I think your family orang-utan looks great in your liberty hat! Bx

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  10. Fabulous chair. You did brilliantly with the skirt. Love it (and love the platforms).

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  11. My friend at Uni who I shared a house with had one of those chairs in her bedroom I was always pretty envious of it! They are iconic of the 1970's - pure nostalgia. I remember the Bay City Rollers and wanting one of their tartan trousers from the market - luckily my mum had more sense and I wasn't allowed to have them.
    June

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  12. Beautiful skirt! By the way, I have given you a blog award; come on over and see!

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  13. We always call those seats "porn chairs" after the 1970's Emmanuelle films.
    That skirt is fabulous and I love the orangutan's sun hat. x

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  14. What a lovely blog post.

    Ah you have taken me back Panda Pops, the Bay City Rollers, ABBA, Kate Bush and great tv programmes such as Tiswas, Pipkins, Bagpuss, The Goodies. I have a Bagpuss cuddle toy as my partner says I am like the cat lol.

    I really love your skirt looks great for summer.

    The chair I am sure will be well used if the sun stays out.

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  15. love love LOVE the Liberty sun hat!

    I've been trying to find a maxi skirt I like, but alas being such a shortie and too much of a clutz for heels or wedges in my geriatric dotage, I look like rather too swamped!
    I don't remember having the same problem 1st time round when I think I lived in them. Oh memories!
    xx

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  16. Fabulous chair. And your maxi dress just makes me want to go and make one myself. It is so pretty!

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