I haven’t been posting much lately, as I’m in Crete until September, working and vacationing…
But I wanted to blog about this ever since I finished my first sewing project. If you follow me on Instagram (@ariettita) you probably saw a couple of months ago in my insta stories that I started sewing lessons. So around May I showed you a glimpse of the fabric I was using to make my first swing skirt. Here we call it an “umbrella” pattern, and it basically means that it’s a full circle (it’s also called a circle skirt), kind of like a donut!
I always wanted to learn how to sew, but I was never patient to do it. Now I think my eagerness to make my own clothes overcame my lack of patience, so I finally started learning. It has paid off so far, since I managed to make a beautiful skirt and in September I’m going back to learn more.
I found this gorgeous print at a fabric store in Athens and it wasn’t cheap. So it was a bit of a risk to get such an expensive fabric for my first project. But I had the supervision of my teacher so it was ok.
And here it is, my flamingo swing skirt in all its glory….
Ladies and gentlemen meet my new skirt by La Cocotte Athens! The maker of this beautiful skirt is Viveta, who lives in Athens and creates custom made clothing for classy ladies. In her Etsy shop you can find vintage inspired clothes, like swing skirts and dresses and some authentic vintage garments. And on her Facebook page you can admire all the different styles that she has created for her her clients.
I’ve known Viveta for a few years and she’s not only a very talented woman, but also a lovely person. She lives and breathes the vintage life! Her house is beautifully decorated with vintage treasures that she has collected over the years and her bag and accessories collection is totally enviable! Not to mention her wardrobe… I’m like a kid in a candy store whenever I visit her!
My new skirt is made from a vintage fabric and I adore it. The colors, the fabric, the fit….everything!
It’s so special to have something that’s custom made for you! For your exact measurements, your unique taste and preference. Even more so, if it’s made by someone who has a sound knowledge and a big love for vintage fashion like Viveta! So pay her Etsy shop a visit and also her Instagram account which is full of vintage inspired cuteness!!!
Hey lovelies, how’ve you been? It’s been a while since my last post, but I thought I’d write something about my new haircut and also take the opportunity to show you a beautiful new dress by Dolly and Dotty. I wore this dress on my birthday dinner and I felt like the hostess with the mostess. I’m usually either an 8 or a 10, depending on the stretch of the fabric. I got a 10 in this one, because it’s not very stretchy. And it turns out it fits perfectly.<3 My hair was a bit longer then and I styled it my usual Marilyn-esque way. It looked very historically accurate.
So why did I decide to cut my hair? I made a big mistake a few months ago when I first cut my hair. It was shoulder length and I was able to do a lot more vintage styles, like the “pageboy” or even a “poodle”. But I was going through some stuff in my personal life and as per usual I took it out on my hair. And even though I was still able to do a vintage hairstyle with my shorter hair (the Marilyn style), I felt it looked a bit “old lady” on me. I think short vintage hairstyles have that effect. So my hairstyle was making me look older and I definitely don’t want that. If I was in my twenties maybe I wouldn’t mind, but I’m clearly not, therefore I had to change my hair!
My favorite eras are the 40’s, the 50’s, and early 60’s. Sometimes I like to mix and match and I may even add a modern touch to my style. I tried to think outside the box and find a short hairstyle that would look good on me and still look “vintage”. And then Jean Seberg and Leslie Caron came to my mind. They had that stylish “gamine” haircut (French word, meaning a boyish looking girl), but they were still wearing beautiful and very feminine dresses, full skirts or pedal pushers. So there we go, I found my new hairstyle! Actually this haircut isn’t new to me, I had it a few years back, only a tad more modern. That’s how I knew that it would suit me. I kept the fringe longer than in the original gamine style, but I think next time I’ll trim it more.
So what do you guys think, does this suit me more or not? And do take a look at the Dolly and Dotty site, they have some fabulous pieces at very affordable prices!
Top: Zara (old) (both the light blue and the animal print) Pedal pushers: Vivien of Holloway Shoes: Zara (old) Brooch: Vintage
If you’re trying to build a vintage style or pinup wardrobe you have to start with the essentials. And what other than the pedal pushers?! It is something you can wear everyday, mixing and matching with different sweaters and tops and you can create many styles for the day or even for the evening. I found my favorite pedal pushers at Vivien of Holloway and I have been wearing them all the time. They’re high waisted and kind of loose fitting, in a non stretchy cotton fabric.
For a more authentic look, you can combine them with a slash neck top , a sweater or a shirt you can tuck in or maybe a twin set. I also always pair it with a wide belt for extra cinching at the waist. For shoes, you can choose from high heeled pumps, ankle boots, brogues, ballerinas or even sneakers (50’s style).
Photography by John @portraitsandpinups at his studio. Here I am playing with his cat Chili, who is so cute and funny!
This is the last of my shoots in London. I’d like to thank John for collaborating with me and taking such amazing pictures! I’ll miss London and all the wonderful and talented people I met! <3
This is my very last photoshoot, before I left London and I really love how it turned out. Especially this first shot right outside the Vogue building. What could be more posh than that?! Of course I was freezing and I was lucky enough that John (@portraitsandpinups) is so quick to take good pics!
Anyways, moving on to the main focus, which is the dress: isn’t this dress divine? I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it on the British Retro site. British Retro is a small business (and I like supporting small businesses), that make vintage inspired clothing and their garments are all made in one of the oldest factories in the East End of London.
I bought two garments, the one in the pics, which is called “Something about Kitty” and another one which you’ll see when the weather is a bit nicer (praying for that).
I’m also rocking my new reading glasses by Retropeepers. Aren’t they cute?!
After freezing while trying to play cool (no pun intended lol) and take good pics, I had the marvelous idea to have a coffee at the Westbury Hotel in Mayfair, and fortunately we were allowed to take some more pics in their elegant and warm lounge!
I will really miss London, I already do actually… Then you’ll ask, why did you move back to Greece? Lots of reasons which cannot all be explained here. Maybe in another post…
Kisses and hugs!
PS: Many thanks to the very talented John @portraitsandpinups for the beautiful pics in all our photoshoots!