Floral Inspiration For Spring

March 5th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

Spring has officially sprung and although the temperature is reluctant to warm up, we are looking forward to updating our outfits to suit this wonderful season here at PFR HQ.

S/S16 is all about pastel shades (think Peached Pink and Mint Green) so to celebrate the re-birth of floral colour we are featuring our top vintage finds. What better place to look for colour inspiration than nature itself??!

First up we have a Fuscia rose and a beautiful 70s party dress!

Orange Salmon Liniker compliments this 1970s coral dress rather well don’t you think!

A red poppy to match this 1990s red Betty Barclay dress 

Not strictly floral but the colour of this 1960s raw green  silk dress reminds us of cacti!



Past Forward Retro xxxx

Looking Good During the Winter Months

December 11th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

The winter months seem to be a lot more changeable these days.

One year it can be below freezing, making layering imperative but other years it can be spring like in October, which quite frankly is rather confusing when it comes to deciding what to wear!!!

So it’s December again, boy time flies and we find ourselves yet again wondering what on earth the weather has in store for us.

Have no fear PFR are here…..

We’ve added loads of new stock to our ASOS Boutique to help with those confusing weather days and hopefully find you the perfect outfit.

1) You can pair this lovely MOD white blouse with jeans, if it’s a bit cold out there or with a cute mini skirt.


Fabulous 1960’s White Blouse

Click here to view on ASOS


2) Like most mixed wool cardigans, you can add a light cropped jacket or a warm coat over the top and you know that you’ll be nice and toasty.  In fact, if it has a bit of sparkle, you can pretty much pair a cardi with any outfit.


Sparkly 1960’s Purple Cardi

Click here to view on ASOS  

3) This white sparkly handmade jumper has a larger knit to it, which makes it perfect for either a warmish day or a cold one. Fab!


Adorable 1970’s White Knitted Jumper

Click here to view on ASOS.


4) Ok so we’ve probably gone a bit sparkle mad here but who doesn’t love a bit of spark?! This 1980’s Silk Blouse/top will def add a bit of glam to any outfit (dressed up or down).


1980’s Sequin & Beads Butterfly Top


Click here to view on ASOS

We love to layer in Winter, it’s what we naturally want to do, but as it seems to be warmer this season don’t put away some of those glam summer frocks, instead keep a few of your favourites out and pair them with thicker tights, ankle boots, a cropped (wool) coat and a fab wide brimmed hat.


Past Forward Retro x

Our Stall @ Queens Park Day 2015

September 15th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

We had such a wonderful day on sunday, the weather was on our side (for once) and our stall was brimming with vintage enthusiasts. What more could a girl ask for!

It was lovely to see some old faces, meet new customers and sell lots of our fabulous vintage autumn wear.  It was a crazy busy day but we had so much fun and to be honest were already looking forward to next years event!!

If you didn’t manage to stop by this year make sure you put it in the calendar as this is an event you really don’t want to miss.

Here’s our stall all set up at 10am and ready to go….


This customer was so happy with her 1980’s red abstract print dress. She totally rocked it!!!

One of our regular customers was thrilled to find this adorable 1960’s style polka dot top.


This customer caused quite a stir when she tried on our amazing 1970’s emerald dress!



Past Forward Retro x

Make a 1920’s Dress in under 1 Hour!

June 7th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

For all you aspiring dress makers and vintage clothes lovers…how would you like to make a 1920’s inspired dress in under 1 hour!?

I have always wanted to make clothes, but with no Textiles course at my school, and Mum’s sewing machine always looking a little TOO complicated for me, I never really got further than a few cross stitches!

But after picking up a sewing machine from a Cheltenham Car Boot sale for £5 I really had no excuse not to get stuck in! I even found some vintage hook and eyes, buttons and zips to add to my collection!

After using lots of patterns and several failed attempts I stumbled across a site that was selling the dressmaker; Mary Brook’s original 1923 pamphlet which helped women to make a 1920’s flapper dress in under 1 hour! How cool is that!

You can order the pamphlet here!

Good luck and be sure to upload your pictures of your finished dress!

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