Velvet Love

 I have recently re-kindled a past love- no not the extra marital kind- but my love of velvet. The luxury and plushness of the fabric has once again cast its spell on me.It all started last year firstly with a black velvet capelet followed with a vintage black jacket. The collection was added to firstly with this vintage burgundy men’s smoking cap with its lush woven embroidery. I am not 100% sure of its age but suspect possibly Victorian. It must have been made for quite a small gent as its snug on me and I have quite a small head size.

 My second purchase was this 1950’s wool jacket with the most glorious aubergine velvet shawl collar. The jacket carries a label that tells me it was made by Silvia Car and Kerloze – Melbourne and London. The jacket is not in perfectly pristine condition with a couple of small mends and few marks on the velvet but for me that only adds to its character and makes me wonder of the life its had.

 The back of the jacket with that glorious collar , the main reason the jacket came home.

 The full outfit , the hat and jacket paired with my old favourite skirt , black boots and bronze and tassel earrings , bought in Barcelona two years ago, long black Dents gloves.

 I stumbled across this green velvet coat quite a while ago and have been waiting for cooler weather for it to make its debut.I am not quite sure of its vintage , possibly late 1950’s , but just loved the colour and style. It also has a magnificent large collar and is just so lush to wear. The coat is Australian made and the label tells me it is from Le Monde Modes and is made from Niedeck Brilliant Velvet , which claims to be crease resistant , water repellant, dirt resistant and washable and contains silicon. No doubt this was quite revolutionary for its time.
The quality of the velvet in these vintage pieces is so much better than the cheap modern alternatives.
I am so happy finding these pieces and re-kindling my love of velvet.

Today’s photos were taken in my garden on a fine, cool morning . After the colourful,exuberance of Spring and Summer I enjoy the garden as it settles into its Winter dormant time.

Joining Patti for Visible Monday, Jess for Turning Head Tuesday, Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb,Nancy for Fancy Friday Link Up.



  1. Unknown
    May 28, 2018 / 12:40 pm

    Oh the vintage jacket and green coat! So beautiful with your new hair color, and so rich-looking. Thanks for linking up and enjoy the day, xoxPatti

    • Jill James
      May 31, 2018 / 6:44 am

      Thank you Patti I am so pleased to be wearing and loving velvet again. Always my pleasure to link up.

  2. Nancy Baten
    May 28, 2018 / 2:57 pm

    You always wear fantastic stylish gloves! Love the jacket too, fabulous!

    • Jill James
      May 31, 2018 / 6:45 am

      Thank you so much Nancy , I have always loved wearing gloves and have collected several pairs over the years.

  3. Tiina L
    May 29, 2018 / 8:41 am

    Yes, luxury! Velvet not only looks nice, it also feels good on the skin and can last the test of time, as your vintage pieces prove. I've been thinking lately why most (women's) clothes are made from such poor quality materials these days. I count myself lucky if I find anything that is not polyester…

    • Jill James
      May 31, 2018 / 6:48 am

      Tiina I couldn't agree more on the poor quality of fabrics available , I think this is why I am enjoying finding some beautiful recycled or vintage pieces.Velvet is always so luxurious to wear. Many thanks for your comments.

  4. Anna Parkes
    May 29, 2018 / 8:42 pm

    There is nothing like good quality velvet for a feeling of true luxury. Like you, I prefer vintage velvet for the softness and richness of the fabric. As usual you have put together a visually interesting and unique ensemble Jill – bravo!Anna x

    • Jill James
      May 31, 2018 / 6:51 am

      Thank you so much Anna , there really is no comparison between the new velvet and vintage. I was thrilled when I stumbled across these pieces.

  5. Vix
    May 30, 2018 / 7:20 am

    What a fab outfit. I adore velvet. That smoking hat is a delight.I sold a purple version of that gorgeous coat last year, like yours it claimed to be water repellent and crease resistant – I wonder if the buyer tested it out!I love velvet and of course, you're in the right season for it to be worn in all it's glory. The light seems wrong to wear it here in Summer. xxx

    • Jill James
      May 31, 2018 / 6:55 am

      Thank you so much Vix , I am so pleased to renew my love of vintage velvet.I was excited when I stumbled across these pieces. The purple coat you sold must have been quite a stunner. Winter and velvet are a perfect match. Enjoy your Summer light. xxx

  6. Natalia Lialina
    May 30, 2018 / 8:09 pm

    There is something so calming about Autumn in the garden… What a fabulous outfit, dearest Jill – the velvet hat is just so beautiful, and the green coat and the purple capelet are just perfect "friends" to your hat! You look like a whimsical storyteller, an artist, a philosopher…which you truly are!Warmest hugs, enjoy your fashion and your garden!

    • Jill James
      May 31, 2018 / 6:59 am

      I agree as much as I enjoy the colour in my garden in Spring and Summer I have grown to really appreciate the quiet time of Autumn and Winter. I have loved the luxury of velvet for ever . Thank you my friend for your kind words. Enjoy your Summer sunshine, xx

  7. Maureen O
    June 1, 2018 / 10:58 am

    What a lovely outfit! I love your burgundy velvet hat! Such a beauty and not to mention your green coat. These two are the perfect combo.Maureen |

    • Jill James
      June 2, 2018 / 8:36 am

      Thank you so much Maureen I was rather pleased with the vintage pieces. So glad you dropped by.

  8. Jessica Jannenga
    June 3, 2018 / 3:37 pm

    Oh ! Do i love your hat Jill! The green leaf design on the burgundy looks so beautiful. Your jacket is equally stunning, that collar! you find such wonderful vintage pieces, the dangling earrings look so elegant with your outfit. thanks for linking!jess

    • Jill James
      June 5, 2018 / 1:38 am

      Thank you Jess I do like to mix both vintage and never pieces. Vintage can be hard to find here so you can imagine how pleased I was to add the velvet to my wardrobe.Always my pleasure to join your link up.

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