This month’s Rock and Roll Markets was meant to be a vintage showcase, which meant frocking up (more than normal).
I wore a 1940’s rayon day dress, with contrast collar and cuffs – it was pretty hot today and a good breathable choice. (I can’t wear the big skirts and petticoats when I’m dancing, they make me feel like a hot and sweaty meringue).
Obligatory brooch close up of my 1940’s carved lucite bow – I’m so worried about losing one of the bakelite berry balls as they’re still on the original string.
‘Frocking up’ (to me) means wearing a hat, but I suffer from a lack of hats in my life. They’re hard to dance in, and I don’t trust that I can pick ones that suit my face.
But what of the sneaky hat fix?
I found the 1950s straw number for super cheap at a sale, and couldn’t pass up on a bargain – the only problem is that it was very damaged around the brim.
It’s been sitting with my other hats for over a year, waiting for a better life and now seemed like a good time.
I carefully steamed some velvet in ribbon in half and clipped it to the brim.
Run some gather stitches around the edges (to fit the ribbon the curve better) and then stitched down.
Viola! A new life for an old hat.
It wouldn’t be the Rock and Roll Markets without some rock and roll dancing – I didn’t realise Jakk was taking sneaky pictures until I got home!
And Strollin with some of the Sydney vintage crew, of course…
Shoes – Miss L Fire Betty
Dress – 1940’s Rayon, Etsy
Lucite Brooch – eBay
Wicker and Lucite Bag – eBay
Bakelite Bangles – Etsy
Sunglasses – Random shop in Long Beach, CA