Thursday, 12 December 2013

Silk & Wool

“I was so anxious to make him believe me that I leaned towards him, across the table. He looked at me, right into my eyes. That queer, veiled expression in his -- that I fear I used to call his daft look -- was suddenly not there; there seemed to be a light in them and yet I have never seen them look so dark. And they were do direct that it was more like being touched than being looked at. It only lasted a second, but for that second he was quite a different person -- much more interesting, even a little bit exciting.”  
Extract from I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith, via 1

The Outfit:
Vintage 1940s Silk Tea Dress: passed down from Granny Penny
Pink Wool Stockings: old from the high street
Vintage Brown Patent Mary Janes: passed down from Granny Kiki
Vintage 70s Does 40s Blue & White Tilt Hat: from Ebay
Vintage shawls: passed down from both grannies
All photos taken by me using the self timer on my little camera.
The vintage framed patchwork and vintage patchwork bedspread were both made by late Granny Kiki out of scraps of her dressmaking fabrics.
The framed still life was painted by me in my teens, an approximate copy of a Matisse painting.
Just got to get to next week and then life will calm down in time for Christmas, big yay!


  1. As I look at your painting, it is clear that you have been an artist your entire life. It shows up again today in your mixture of silk and wool, as you incorporate pieces from your ancestors. So many textures to behold. And the hat! Be still my heart.

  2. Oh wow, gorgeous, gorgeous! I love the tights/stockings. The various colors in your settings are pretty. I love the painting you did! You are so artistic. Sorry I have not dropped in in awhile. So busy working (includes lots of driving lately) and sewing, but I have missed you!


  3. Love the dress with the over the knee socks.

  4. What a pretty dress, I love the pink socks with it, brings it right up to date!
    Love the painting you did as a youngster, reminds me of the Athena prints I used to spend my wages on in the 80s to cheer up my bedsit! x

  5. You deserve nothing but silk, my dear Emalina.
    You are so clever with your self timer.
    Much love, my friend

  6. How lovely, Emalina! Whole post a perfect mix of sweet and saucy, lush and humble. That beautiful blast of sunlight is a gem, as are you.

  7. What a really lovely dress, and all the family textiles and your painting just add to the beauty. xxxx

  8. Aren't you look so sexy in your silk dress and woolen stocks, dear Emalina? Love the artistic mess around you.

  9. There's something really quite moving and extraordinary seeing you sitting on the patchwork bedspread, under the framed patchwork - made from the scraps of dressmaking fabric. I think it's because it makes your granny Kiki particularly present through her handiwork and her determination that even small pieces of beautiful material should be used to create something lasting.

  10. the 40s dress is so pretty ... and it looks so cute with the pink stockings ...

  11. What a beautiful, inviting, creative completely charming bedroom. It sings with the same unmistakable voice of soulful loveliness as your always fabulous outfits themselves.

    ♥ Jessica

  12. Bold in a subtle. Just as it should be from an intellectual woman with impeccable taste.

  13. This post speaks to me! The framed patchwork is outstanding, I'm personally crazy about things like this. I love the fabric was your grandmother's. All of your pictures have this artistic, romantic and sensuous quality that I adore. Your dress and tights flow right into the mood of this beautiful post.

    blue hue wonderland

  14. Always pretty! The writing and the pink stockings are a wonderful, subtle counterpoint to the innocent fabrics and poses. XXOO

  15. You are so creative - the art you surround yourself with is so special and beautiful. x

  16. Jaysus woman!!! LEGS!!!!!! Your beautiful pink stockings are a treat and look glorious with your beautiful floral frock. I'm drooling over your patchwork quilt and gorgeous framed piece on the wall, just lovely dear Emalina :) xoox

  17. Hello

    How are you doing? Tks Emalina for your last comment - I realized that i missed a few posts!
    Love the Matisse painting you did -
    Wonderful patchwork, that is a lot of work, Kiki had a lot of patience!
    Desiree is right, you got some legs!

    I'm doing fine



  18. I sense the history and love of fabrics and hand work in all these photos. You look so content and at peace in these photos. Yup, I've got to join the chorus - great gams!


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