Tuesday, 6 January 2015

That was the Year: 2014

Firstly, Happy New Year everyone!

I hope you all had a great Christmas and welcome back.

This is a bit of a catch-up really as I had planned to do a post over Christmas, but my good intentions went a bit amiss. Anyway, I thought that this can be a Christmas Day outfit post with a quick look-back at some of my favourite second-hand buys from 2014.

I turned another year older on Christmas Day and celebrated said birthday at my parents, where we took the below outfit photos. As it was quite a cold day, I was happy to wrap up in my latest buy, a 1970s fake fur jacket by a French brand: Labrador. I think I could have some fun with that label - heh, heh!

The lining is gorgeous with blue shimmery flowers set against a chocolate background, and its feels gorgeous and very snugly on - I look like a bear! On the day I teamed it with a '70s maxi dress in crimplene. I don't know why poor old crimplene gets a bad press - its fabulous: easy to wash, dries quickly and doesn't even need ironing; ideal!

Looking back at my buys it appears that 2014 was the year for shoes; I found some real bargains in charity shops, boot sales and bric-a-brac shops. To be honest, I'm a real fiend for footwear, especially boots - so let's have a quick re-cap:

From top left we have: 1960s Charles Jourdan pilgrims, top right: 1950s Clarks boots; middle left: 1960s Charles Jourdan lace-ups, middle right: 1940s CC41 boots; bottom: Vivienne Westwood for Melissa jelly pumps.

I wasn't sure of the date of the Clarks boots as I thought they might have been late 1940s or early '50s. So as I had the original box with the style name and number, I thought that I'd email the Clarks Archive based at their museum in Street, Somerset, and see if they could help. Well, the Archive were brilliantly helpful and after looking back through their catalogues they confirmed that the boots date from July 1957 - later than I had originally thought. They even provided me with a few helpful tips to help look after them; thank you Clarks!

To finish off, here's a few of my favourite other buys (and a make) from 2014...

Top left: plethora of patterns (charity shop), top middle: 1950s linen tea towel (boot sale) top right: 1970s Preci Ware 'Pac-a-Pic' picnic box (flea market); middle left: 1960s flamenco print (flea market), middle right: 1940s Stitchcraft booklet (charity shop); bottom left: CC41 apron (flea market), bottom middle: 1950s Horrockses shirt (http://kinky-melon.co.uk/), bottom right: 'made my me' skirt in fabulous flamingo fabric. 

Wishing you all a happy 2015 and may your second-hand buys be plentiful and your sewing/knitting fun!


  1. Wishing you a very Happy New Year! I have to say, I do like those boots. Suzy x

  2. That's a gorgeous coat, although the label thinks it might be Canadian, not French (Labrador is a place in Canada). I love the flower detail in the lining!

    1. (Er, I dunno how that word "thinks" got in there, I'm tired!)

  3. A belated Happy Birthday to you - I've just celebrated mine and Happy New Year.

  4. A fabulous fur, some truly gorgeous shoes, and lovely secondhand finds in 2014. Like you, I'm a Crimplene fan! xxx

  5. Happy belated birthday and new year VK! I was going to make a cupcake print Hollyburn skirt after remembering about your flamingo print one but once I rolled out my fabric I discovered it wasn't long or wide enough! *humph*

  6. Happy (birthday) New Year VK!
    Oh my, those boot finds were top banana. How fabulous that you were able to uncover the Clarks boots pedigree too.
    Hope 2015 is a good 'un for you x

  7. Those shoes make my knees go weak! That coat is ace and you look wonderful in that cape sleeved maxi. Your finds are fab. Here's a successful hunt in 2015.
    Happy New Year! xxxx

  8. Lovely things, and pictures.
    Belated Happy Birthday
    Julie xxxxxxx

  9. Gorgeous frock. And as for those shoes.......xx

  10. Happy New Year! You look bloody gorgeous, you do. That coat is a stunner and I've gone a bit wobbly over the shoes.

  11. Loving the coat, VERY nice. I do like crimplene but it don't half make you sweat in the summer!

  12. You have had a good year of finds! That Horrockses shirt is really spiffy, though I do envy you those Pilgrims too. Good hunting.

  13. I love doing end of the year round ups, it really helps put the year in perspective. For me, it's a wonderful way to focus on a lot of the positive things that have happened or that I've done throughout the year. Those shoes and boots (really THOSE BOOTS) are absolutely amazing. What great finds you have acquired and your skirt is so fun and flirty. Happy New Year to you!

    She Knits in Pearls

  14. Happy belated December birthday (she says now it's all but February!) I love your jacket, what pretty lining it has.

    You have Jack and Vera Duckworth's flamenco print! For years watching Corrie I thought they had a picture of a tomato on their wall!



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