Wednesday, 11 June 2014

It's a Fishy Friday in Frinton.

With only a few days until mid summer, and school break-up around the corner my favourite seaside towns are soon going to be choked with holiday makers. So last week we took the beloved camper and ourselves down to Frinton-on-Sea, where the signs should read "Welcome to 1957".

This is Miss Marple meets Poirot middle England, where they take pride in maintaining that post war village feel, with a bit of Deco-by-the-Sea thrown in for good measure.

There are plenty of tea rooms but they only got their first pub a few years ago. They do some decent beers and samosas in the local deli though, so after a quick tour of the charity shops we packed a picnic and headed off to the green.

Vintage dress ebay. Jacket, belt and scarf and earrings all second hand. Shoes Office.

The never ending green at Frinton on Sea.
Get a load of the green - it's probably half a mile long. On a windy day it's perfect for a nice spot of kite-boarding.

 Windy happening hair...
This rose festooned white cotton dress cost £25 from ebay - cheap for a 50s dress. When it arrived it turned out to be handmade, and the armholes were too small for any adult. I had to reshape them and the facings too.

I have decided to stop buying vintage and make more clothes myself. It's hard though, I have had a couple of relapses. I love vintage clothes but I do tend to be a bit precious about wearing them. It's not good to have a wardrobe full of clothes that don't get used, but they are quite old and mostly one-offs.

I have enough vintage, for now, what I need is to do is wear it all this year so I can sell it on and buy some more next year. Anyways, for now I prefer making stuff and that takes up all the time I used to spend on buying and caring for my vintage pieces.

A thin tissue is all that is protecting my vintage frock from greasy spills.

Felstar Lightburst, bitter and refreshing, highly recommended with fish and chips.


  1. OMG!! I'm so glad to find your blog ... you're so creative and I love this so much. I'm in love with this beautiful vintage dress ....

    1. Ah, thank you very much that's very sweet of you.

  2. That's posh fish and chips, it's in a box! Frinton-on-Sea looks delightful, but I can't believe they've only just got a pub - I thought everywhere had at least one of those!
    Beautiful dress, but I know the tiny arm syndrome of which you speak... I have had to cut into sleeves on vintage frocks to accommodate my arms (and I wouldn't say I have enormous arms...) I have long since given up on the idea of keeping anything for best; it means your nicest things don't get used enough, and that's a shame. Wear, use, enjoy! xxx

    1. Oh yes Frinton is uber posh, I will be doing another post on shops and the deco houses soon, it's all very spick and span. I do love the charity shopping there too.

  3. Lovely photos! It looks a little like Barton on Sea near Bournemouth. Great outfit and love the fish and chips in a box!

    1. Barton on Sea, right noted thank you I will have to drop by in that direction one of these days.