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Keeping warm in Welsh Tapestry

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It’s February, it’s midwinter and it’s really cold! What needed right now is a stylish warm coat, and my own preference is for wool. I generally opt for natural fabrics, and wool is fabulous as it is superbly warm and breathable too. As with most of my own clothes, I look for a stylish vintage option, and living as I do, in West Wales, I keep a look out for Welsh wool, and in particular for the amazing fabric known as Welsh Tapestry. Welsh Tapestry is not a tapestry at all, but a woven double cloth. It has two distinct patterns, one one each side of the cloth, so it is reversible. Traditionally, Welsh Tapestry was produced for “carthen” , or quilts, heavy double sided bed covers, often fringed at each end. In the mid and late 1800s there were many woollen mills throughout Wales, and particularly here in West Wales. It was also a cottage industry, with processes such as carding, spinning, dyeing and finishing taking place in homes as well as in factories. Other woollen fabrics, like Welsh flannel, were also woven here for clothing. Welsh Tapestry patterns are traditional, but variations are particular to certain mills. The industry went into decline, but was revived in the 1960s, when fashion designers like Mary Quant chose Welsh wool fabrics in bright colours for clothing such as mini skirts, waistcoats, jackets, capes and matching bags.
Today, Vintage Welsh Tapestry quilts and clothes are sought after and collectible. A traditional double cloth quilt will cost around £250-£300, a 1960s coat around £150.
My own collection includes several double cloth quilts. These are fabulously warm and look stunning on a bed. I have also recently bought two incredible capes, a short blue and black one and a full length beige and brown one. I have to say, I love wearing them, and they are warmer than any coat I possess!

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Vintage classics of the 60s and 70s

 Biker vest
For bikers or metalheads, black leather with pockets and straps 1970s vintage.

Biker vest
Biker vest in black leather

This classic 1970s black leather biker vest is a recent addition to the shop. It will fit a medium/large , and is complete with loads of pockets, a cotton lining and various straps to adjust the fit. Visit the shop for full details.

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Wool suit
Classic Deréta two piece

Deréta classic
1960s Deréta two piece, skirt and waistcoat…perfect for office or about town!

Deréta is a great English label to look out for. This fab two piece suit is in pure wool and has a brown taffeta lining to both the waistcoat and the skirt. From the 1960s, this look was really popular for the “girl about town”  or for office wear and could be teamed with coloured tights and Mary Ann strap shoes, or with little boots. Under the top you could wear a nylon turtle neck ( as shown), a skinny rib sweater or a fitted shirt. As with all vintage of this era, it is best to check actual measurements with your own as label sizing is quite different then and now. This is labelled as a size 14, but is more like a 12 with a smallish waist!

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Academic gown
Academic gown for teachers or wizards

Academic robe
By appointment to HM, academic robe.

A bit random…..Traditional Academic robe by Ede & Ravenscroft. This style is graduate attire for Bachelor awards. It has a fluted back falling from a stiffened yoke and stiffened fronts and it has bell sleeves. All details in the shop.

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Vintage tapestries in sewing craft and supplies section at Coolclobber

Coolclobber has a growing section devoted to sewing, crafts and supplies, including many vintage sundries and fabrics that will lend themselves to a variety of vintage sewing projects and upcycle projects.

I have always enjoyed re-using vintage fabrics and giving them a new life. So, along with selling clothes and accessories , I am always on the look-out for interesting textiles, vintage buttons and trims , patterns and sundries.  Today I added a number of completed tapestries  that I came across recently.  There are already a few in the shop , so now there is a great selection to choose from. Some would lend themselves to being incorporated into luxurious cushion/pillow covers, some would look great framed and there are endless possibilities for creative sewing projects, including their use in carpet bags or totes.

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Tapestry square
Completed tapestry perfect for vintage sewing project, cushion, carpet bag etc.

Tapestry square
Completed tapestry perfect for vintage sewing project, cushion, carpet bag etc.

Completed tapestry
Violet bouquets wool tapestry

Completed tapestry
French tapestry piece, geraniums, completed

Completed harbour tapestry
Harbour with boats tapestry

Completed tapestry
Perfect tapestry to make into cushion cover

Tapestry to frame
French tapestry, “interieur” complete

Kitchen kitten tapestry
Kittens tapestry, complete

Completed tapestries
Some of the tapestries in store now at Coolclobber, more in the shop.

Photoshoot, BEWTstudios, Cardiff

Coolclobber Photoshoot My 2017
May Photoshoot Bewtstudios Cardiff

I am always looking at ways to update my shop and keep it looking fresh.  Last week Coolclobber was at Bewtstudios, Cardiff Bay with photographer Greg Gladysiak and ten models for a day long shoot organised for Coolclobber by marketing and events consultant, Boisbach.

If you follow CoolclobberVintage on Instagram you can see some of the fabulous shots that show off some of the vintage treasures in stock right now!

 

Here are a few!

80s party dress
80s short prom dress

1960s two piece
1960s Jaqui O style two piece

Jacket and cap
Casual denim and flat cap

Black and white two piece dress and jacket
Two piece silk and angora mix

Prom king and queen
Cute prom wear! 60s Tux jacket, beaded column dress

Traditional robe
Elegant traditional man’s robe

Shirt hat braces tattoos
Shirt hat and braces

Raincoat and flat cap
The classic vintage raincoat

80s does 40s styled for now
80s does 40s re-imagined

All of the above are available or about to be listed at Coolclobber.

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Iconic 90s bodycon…curves not corners

If the 80s gave us shoulders like American footballers, the 90s gave us back the wiggle, in the form of Bodycon.

Designers:- Geoffrey Beene, Ronald Joyce, Halston, Jean Muir….Versace’s safety pin dress for Liz Hurley…..

Fabrics, stretch silk, silk jersey, synthetic jersey, any new stretch fabrics that could wrap or bandage, cling or contour the body….

This such a fabulous dress. Taking photographs this morning was a pleasure, and it has gone straight in to the shop.

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Bodycon dress
1990s black jersey bodycon dress by Chrystiano.

Back view Chrystiano dress
Back view of this fabulous black bodycon dress with twisted rouleau straps.

Straps and wrap
Side detail showing straps

Detail Chrystiano dress
Back detail showing lining and centre back zip

Black jersey bodycon dress
Iconic bodycon dress by Chrystiano

No muffin tops, no diets…

Just a big pair of knickers from Floslingerie

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What gives you the best silhouette under your vintage clothes?

Spandex, Elastane and Lycra……are all basically the same synthetic fibre, developed by DuPont in the very late 1950s and early 1960s.  Up to the 1960s, the girdle or corset was a very restrictive garment, generally worn from under the bust to the top or mid thighs and consisting of unyielding layers of stiff fabric with channels of “boning”, often metal, and complex lacing or buckles and straps to shape and hold the body. The girdle or corset also had sets of suspenders to hold up ladies stockings and was open bottomed, i.e. put on an worn like a very wide belt. The earliest Victorian and Edwardian laced up garments needed an extra pair of hands to tighten and do up the laces. They would have been worn over a cotton chemise or combination garment, one of several layers of undergarments. Later versions from the 1930s and 1940s had long lines of hook and eye fastenings.  So, when Lycra came on the scene in the early 1960s, it was liberating! Two new sorts of girdles became available, the roll- on, an open bottomed pull on garment with no boning or fastenings, usually with neat elasticated suspenders, often detachable, and the pantie girdle. The pantie girdle combined knickers and girdle as one, and again, often, but not always, had detachable suspenders. The pantie girdle became the preferred control garment as it created a smooth body shape, perfect under popular clothing styles such as the mini skirt and slim fitting trousers. Lycra is still used in many different types of shapewear, sportswear, swimwear and fashion garments. Occasionally, I come across old shop stock, and it is always good to be able to offer these for sale at Floslingerie.  Right now I have pantie girdles and control briefs in Small, Medium and Large, in white and in black. I also have a stock of Mary Quant body stockings from the 1980s….but that’s another story!

1870s combinations
White cotton chemise, split drawers

1960s girdle
1960s roll-on Girdle with suspenders

Mary Quant 1980s body stocking

It is worth noting that when you wear vintage you may notice that the fit of your vintage clothes is quite different to modern garments. The average body shape has changed dramatically over the last fifty years, with women becoming both taller and wider! You may notice that a vintage item from the 60s, for example, could be labelled as a 10, but fits like a 6 !  Often, waists are smaller, busts and hips cut for more curves. When you buy vintage, check the measurements will suit your body shape. If you are buying on-line, check the measurements against something from your wardrobe that fits you well.

Vintage fabrics hang differently to modern fabrics. When you are planning your outfit, think about how the fabric drapes or clings. Is it bias cut? Is it a stiff fabric like taffeta, or is it a soft pile like cotton velvet? Choose your undergarments to enhance the look of your vintage outfit.  Modern shapewear is pretty good….but if you can find lingerie from the same era as your outfit you will carry yourself with more confidence, knowing that you have created the perfect silhouette!