Mint Green 1970s – 30s realness.

One of my favourite things about the 1970s is the frequent hinting at days past, and compatibility with earlier fashions. Many of my every-day skirts are from the 1970s, but will pass for a much earlier garment unless scrutinized. The yokes of the 30s, and knit frills of the 40s were very much a la mode again in the 70s, and luckily for us, these later pieces are often very common vintage shop finds that are not only less fragile than their older counterparts, but look great when worn correctly. Some pieces can be worn with 40s and 50s pieces without looking out of place at all! This dress is a perfect example of that. While it is synthetic, it is so without appearing overly modern. Although it is a very wearable piece on its own, it could be accessorized further with a little belt, or perhaps a fur stole, either matching or contrasting. I, however, think that with a dress like this one, simplicity and contrast is key. When I find the time to wear it, I’ll most likely wear it with a narrow black belt, elbow length black gloves and fur.

Purchased at Ruth & Raoul, which is probably the best vintage store available in Uppsala at the moment. I only wish we had more to choose from without having to travel to Stockholm.

Front view. Drapes beautifully, both on me and on the dress form.

Front view. Drapes beautifully, both on me and on the dress form.

Side view.

Side view.

Isn't that a dreamy back? Look how softly it drapes.

Isn’t that a dreamy back? Look how softly it drapes.

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Yoke in back.

Back of dress with yoke lifted up, revealing zip.

Back of dress with yoke lifted up, revealing zip.

Adorable decorational buttons in front.

Adorable decorational buttons in front.

Label reads 'Polo of Sweden' size 36.

Label reads ‘Polo of Sweden’ size 36.

Adorable, isn’t it?

– Magdalena 

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A night in the 18th century – Sven Vintappare

As many of you know, I’m an avid 18th century reenactor. I combine my history interest with my sewing interest, and my love for dressing up. I thus tend to find myself rather frequently amidst like minded, playing dress up together in late 18th century settings. On saturday, some friends had booked an 18th century tavern in Stockholms Old Town for the night, where we enjoyed a historical feast to candlelight. The rustling of silk, flickering of candlelight, smell of tobacco and delicious food made it all a truly wonderful night. I am truly grateful to have such wonderful friends to share my love of history with.

Following are some photos, borrowed from other attendees. The lighting wasn’t ideal for photography, but then again, cameras weren’t great in the 18th century either. Ha. Anyhow, clicking the photos will take you to their photo albums where they were originally posted.

Mathias in one of the most beautiful 18th century mens suits I’ve ever seen. You should have seen how the silver braid trim sparkled in the candlelight!

Paul, Karin, Helene, Marie and Bernd living it up.

Karin and more of Mathias’ beautiful silk suit. Look at those breeches!

Perfect setting. Don’t you just want to grab a tankard and jump right in?

Froofy bonnets and mobcaps, and me looking suspiciously blurry squished inbetween Elin and my Mother.

Happy, and strikingly well clad guests. Helene wore a fab á la Turque turban.

One of the few photos where I managed to sneak in. I wore my 1780s wool redingote, and it kept me perfectly warm and snuggly in the chilly November night.

Studio image of my dress. Photo: Leif Hanell.

The chilly weather gave me the perfect opportunity to wear a slightly wintery dress. I thus chose my wool Redingote (Read: riding coat), wore it with a fichu, my big faux fur muff, a little tricorne and a fur collar. It is lined with a sturdy cotton twill, hand sewn, and drafted by me. The wool kept me perfectly warm in the cold Swedish night, and considering the long sleeves and full skirt, it breathed well and kept me surprisingly cool in the stuffy and warm tavern. Yay for organic materials! Had this dress been made out of a synthetic fabric, I probably would have been sweating through the night.

Also – can you believe that hedgehog hair is all natural, no rats or hairpieces added AND my natural hair colour (although slightly powdered)? Quite far from todays raven locks, don’t you think?

– Magdalena 

Winter Vintage!

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Finally, November is starting to come to an end, and in an attempt survive gray mornings, I look ahead and long for things that are to come. This includes scouring Facebook and newspapers for gatherings where I can mingle with like-minded, learn new things, and maybe even do some shopping. An upcoming event, Winter Vintage on November 30th, is just that! A winter themed vintage fair and market where you’re very likely to find that winter coat, that Christmas-eve-Sweater, or anything else that might tickle your fancy. The sellers will be many, and from all over Sweden, so this is a great chance to browse the goods of shops that may be located too far away from where you live. Put on your coziest knitwear and fluffiest (vintage!) furs, and I’ll see you there!

More info can be found at the event Facebook page Winter Vintage 2014

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Svenska: 
Äntligen börjar November nå sitt slut, och i ett försök att drömma mig bort från grå morgnar letar jag ständigt efter saker som händer kring mig. Jag försöker leta reda på events där jag kan mingla med likasinnade, lära mig nya saker, och shoppa litet om jag har tur. Winter Vintage, som äger rum i Älvsjö den 30 November, är precis ett sådant tillfälle! En vintagemässa med vintertema, där du med stor sannolikhet hittar vinterkappan, Julaftonströjan, nyårsklänningen, eller något helt annat. Säljarna kommer att vara många, och från hela Sverige, så det här är en toppenchans att ta en titt på utbudet från affärer som annars kanske ligger för långt bort för ett besök. På med dina mysigaste stickade strumpor, och din fluffigaste vintagepäls, så ses vi där!

Mer info hittar du på eventets Facebook-sida – Winter Vintage 2014

Magdalena 

40s-50s Peggy Page dress.

Craving this beautiful dress that is currently up for sale at Melamela.co.uk. Unfortunately it has a 28″ (71cm) waist which is a wee bit too large for me. But look at those sheer sleeves, and that nipped in waist! The seller describes it as follows.

”This stunning 1940s/50s dress is by Peggy Page, and is pale pink with a cross-hatched black pattern and black velvet trim on the neck and arms. The dress is fitted at the bust and waist with a flared skirt (in these images there is an extra petticoat underneath skirt, which is not included). The dress fastens at the side with a zip, and is in very good vintage condition bar a small amount of fraying near the bottom of the zip (which has been repaired), and a broken belt loop on the right side of the waist.”

Front. Beautifully fitted bustline and a very typical neckline for the time period.

Front. Beautifully fitted bustline and a very typical neckline for the time period.

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Back.

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Side view.

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Sleeve detail.

If you have £150 to spare and impeccable taste – why not invest in this beauty? I certainly would if I coul, but my wardrobe is already full with things that need altering before I can use them. One of the perils of vintage, I suppose.

Magdalena 

Movie night – ‘Bringing up Baby’ (1938).

Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn.

One of my favourite nighttime routines is setting my hair whilst watching an Old Hollywood movie. Not only does it keep me entertained whilst tending to my tresses, but it helps satiate the thirst for anything and everything vintage and inspire clothes and hair for the next day. Tonight we’re setting sponge rollers, and watching ‘Bringing up Baby’ (1938). Classic hair, classic film.
Many consider this to be one of the best Old Hollywood comedies made, and is has gone down in history as the epitome of the screwball comedy. It is undoubtedly a must-watch, so if you haven’t seen it – do it! Watching it through modern glasses, it is difficult not to notice the slightly silly and stereotypical portrayal of the sexes, with the dorky man and the manic woman. But the dreaminess and beauty of Old Hollywood is all the better when one looks past the debate of our time, and instead chooses to embrace the splendour of the past, allowing oneself to embrace the quirkyness and hilarity that ensues when the marvelous Katharine Hepburn works her magic.

As for the picture above, which is a promotional still – I can’t help but love that dress. Do any of you know of any purchaseable patterns that would work to make something similar to it?

Magdalena 

A question of hair.

Hello!

Every now and then I receive questions regarding different topics from some of you lovely instagram-followers, and the other day I received a question concerning my hair-routine, and how I go about it weekly. As I had written my response to the girl who had asked me, I reckoned all of you might be interested in hearing, too. Thus, I thought I’d give you a run-down of a normal hair-week, discussing not necessarily setting patterns and products, but rather my various hair solutions for stressy mornings, or can’t-be-bothered-days.

Straight hair. No product, no styling.

Straight hair. No product, no styling.

To begin with, my hair is very, very thick, naturally quite straight, and sucks up moisture like the Kalahari. It is cut in a shoulder length, no-layers, no-fuss hairstyle. Being so thick, using rollers or other heated tools isn’t necessarily the best option for my hair, so I tend to avoid these. Albeit rendering a beautiful result (I’ve achieved some of my very best sets with my hot rollers), my curls simply won’t hold. The time it takes in the morning for rollers to heat up, get put in hair, and then cool down is much too long for me to want to do it on a daily basis. I do use my BaByliss I-curl every now and then to give the very ends of my hair a slight bend when I haven’t been bothered to set it all.

When I do set my hair, I usually make use of some good old normal double armed pin curl prongs, and do flat curls all around. I always do my sets on dry hair, dampened with setting lotion, as a wet set simply won’t dry. I then sleep on my set, and brush it out in the morning, and pray to God the weather is nice and dry. If it isn’t nice – I wear a scarf covering my hair like any old Hollywood actress would. If it is nice – I wear a scarf anyway. A thorough post on the setting of my hair will be up soon.

Pin curl set.

Pin curl set.

Once day of beautiful set-hair is over, the curls are usually quite flat and boring. I pin the curls up, as if I were to pin curl them again, but in one big section, when I get home, and put on a scarf to keep them as intact as possible throughout the night. Next morning, if the curls are somewhat nice, I brush them out and wear them another day, OR do a pair of victory rolls in front, and brush out only in back. This has become my go-to look, as my hair for some reason prefers to keep some curl at the back. I usually wear these victory rolls for two to three days, and set the hair in back either in pin curls or with rollers to touch them up. For the days of can’t-be-bothered, I wear my hair under a scarf, either covering all of it, or with victory rolls in front.

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Victory rolls in front. Straight hair in back, with ends slightly curled under using curling iron

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Victory rolls in front. Scarf covering back.

Rainy day-scarf.

Rainy day-scarf.

Being so thick (read: heavy) and fond of all things moist, my curls generally never last more than a day or so. Therefore, I am stuck with solutions that make use of the slight wave that is left after the curls fall out or find vintage solutions to straight hair. Sometimes I wish I could just wear a wig, or move someplace with less damp weather! But until then – I do what I can.  I hope that this little run-down of the every-day styles I wear have been of use. I’d love to hear about how you style your hair! What is your go to look? Also, if any of you would be interested in ‘how to’s of any of the looks, just tell me.

Magdalena

First post!

After many a thought, I’ve finally decided it is time to start a blog. I will write predominantly in English, with the occasional translation to Swedish. Some of you may recognize me from my Instagram – Magdalena_Regina. Maybe my link there is what brought you here?! I am an 18 year old Swedish young lady, currently finishing my final year of high school after a year abroad of work and life experience spent in France and Belgium. Doing my best to fuel my life long interest in fashion, I do occasional historical costuming, and wear vintage style fashion daily.

Welcome!

Swedish: Efter mycket om och men har jag startat en blogg! Några av er kanske känner igen mig från min instagram – Magdalena_Regina. Jag är 18, och går för tillfället sista året på gymnasiet efter ett år utomlands i Belgien och Frankrike. I ett försök att stilla min livslånga törst efter mode ägnar jag mig åt historisk sömnad, och klär mig dagligen i vintage. Troligen blir det här en blogg om just detta.

Välkommen!