I went to the 'Vintage Fayre' in Stroud this morning. Different people were organising it this year, but I recognised some of the stallholders from last year (and some of the items for sale!). There was a good selection ranging from 1940s shirt dresses in floral and 'holiday scene' prints, fabulous shoes (too small for either Hatty or me) and hats to jewellery, sunglasses and spectacle frames and wonderful ruched bathing suits. There were a few knitting patterns and I bought a little selection of individual patterns which I can adapt or knit just as they are. I love these little 1940s cardigans, so finely but simply tailored, with deep waist ribbing and restrained pattern details.
Hatty was looking for a summer dress and picked up a 1970s 'playsuit' in a lovely floral fabric. It is basically a dress but with culottes in the place of the skirt part. It fits like a dream, although she is already pinning it up ready to shorten it slightly!
Our best finds, though, were in the vintage shop at the top of the High Street, Time After Time. They were doing a 20% off all purchases deal just for today. I couldn't resist this knitting bag with its bright printed squares and gentians.