Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Back to the Future


Back in the 70's while still at school, I was no different to many teenage girls. I loved fashion, but money was a bit tight, so Mum taught me how to sew on her old Singer Machine, which she still has by the way.

For inspiration I'd regularly check out the local newsagent for fashion magazines...and I fell in love with "19".

It was from the UK and in my mind that was pretty exotic... if the UK can be classified as exotic, but it was to me way back then

Anyway, I still have a few of my favourite copies, so I thought I'd share some of the fashion that was being featured in 1974

A lot of the fashion was Summer and beach wear. It had a bohemian casualness about it....a look that says long summer days on the sand under a palm tree and balmy nights under a mosquito net in a small hut.

Notice anything though? How timeless this photograph is? It could've been taken just last week.

Inspired, I bought myself a kimono...a red one in fact...and I also made some of those cami knickers, or at least a version of them that I felt comfy wearing when we were at the beach for our annual holiday. Funny what you'll wear around the tent on a hot day isn't it?

This fashion shoot was done in Tobago in 1974.
The pink chiffon blouse with floral print from "Nostalgia" from 4 pounds
White Cotton cami-knickers with lace trim from 8.50
Blue floral kimono 12 pounds.

I bet they'd cost a lot more now!

Sadly, "19" stopped being published in 2004.

Another part of my teenage years gone...

1 comment:

  1. I have always loved fashion. I started sewing when I was in the 7th grade in 1968. I wanted more clothing than we could afford. My parents did the best they could, but we were a poor country family. I soon learned that I could take the money alotted for my school clothing and make twice as much to wear. I love sewing to this day, but usually it costs more to make than to buy these days.

    Thanks for bringing back that wonderful memory. Oh and my inspiration came from a Sears catalog.

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