40s Fashion Calendar - January

by - 08:30

Just in time, here's my effort for the 40s Fashion Calendar January project.

40s Fashion Calendar - January

In the spirit of Make Do and Mend, I constructed my brooch entirely out of things I already had in the house. I didn't have any felt, so instead I used some craft foam which I happened to have available in some squares of approximately the right size. The flowers came from all kinds of places; my mum and I always try to hang onto things that would be useful for crafts since we like to make a lot of things. I also don't  have a hot glue gun, so I glued the flowers in place using craft glue, and I didn't have a brooch pin so I fixed a safety pin to the back using a little piece of ribbon which I again glued in place. I'm not sure how well the pin will hold up, but I'm sure I can always mend or replace it later on. I only made one brooch, partially because I only had enough bits to make one, and partially because I don't have a muff or fabric handbag to pin the second one to.

And here's what my outfit looks like complete with the brooch - doesn't it add some lovely colour for a dreary winter's day?

Outfit - 40s Fashion Calendar January

Coat - M&S via now defunct local boutique | Dress - 1940s vintage from Second Hand Rose
Socks and hat - Primark | Bag - 1950s vintage, Ebay | Shoes - 1940s vintage from Ava Aviacion
Gloves - M&S via charity shop | Brooch - made by me for 40s Fashion Calendar

My socks are actually a pretty shade of lilac which I really like with the dress. It's a functional choice as well as a stylistic one as I just can't be doing with cold feet! I just managed to get the best of the weather for the day when I was taking these photos as we had another snow storm afterwards which killed the light for the day.  

40s Fashion Calendar January

Outfit - 40s Fashion Calendar January

I'm really happy with the brooch especially since I made it out of basically nothing. I've definitely started how I mean to go on! I love making things and it's even better when it's not expensive. It makes such a difference to have the extra colour on my coat, I think.

Outfit - 40s Fashion Calendar January

40s Fashion Calendar January

40s Fashion Calendar January Project

Let me know in the comments if you've also had a go at making the brooch, I'd love to see your results!

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9 comments

  1. That is such a pretty, vibrant brooch. I feel like the world is starving for colour right now and love that us stylish lasses can add a bit back to it with crafts and outfits featuring vivid, cheerful hues like this.

    ♥ Jessica

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  2. I think your brooch turned out really well, and it does add a great spot of color to your outfit. It's amazing what just a little thing like that, up close to your face, does to brighten everything up. Great job making something lovely out of virtually nothing.
    Cheers,
    Jessica, Zella Maybe

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  3. Your brooch is so cute!!! Good on finding all the things in your house!
    I'm working on mine right now, but as I look through my stuff, I keep realizing I don't have some things. I'll link you when I finish though!

    Carla, TinyAngryCrafts

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    1. I was lucky I was able to improvise on some of the things I was missing! I hope you can find what you need.

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  4. I love the brooch and your outfit.I am no good at making things, very frustrating. xx

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    1. You could totally make this one, it's easy and can be fixed together entirely with hot glue. There is no real skill or artistic talent necessary :)

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  5. I did want to do this DIY too; but couldn't find the flowers I had stashed away for crafting! *argh* I ended up completely improvising my own felt flower corsage. Inspired by, but definitely not related to Brittany's DIY. ;D

    I love how yours turned out ~ very pretty and like you said, such a nice touch of color for your winter coat. ❤

    xox,
    bonita of Lavender & Twill

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  6. So pretty! You look so lovely. I wish I knew this DIY on time, I would love to participate too.

    Beta x

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  7. this little flower buquet pin is so pretty! it's a lovely idea to pin it on a wintery fur coat ... fight winter with flowers. love it.

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