What the Heck is Granny Chic!??

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Have I been living under a stone?! I have never heard of this term, and yet, it completely represents my style and taste so well!

The picture above is not my living room, but I could easily laze the days away in this room with my cats, my knitting, and a good book.

I stumbled upon the term while searching for vintage sewing patterns on Etsy that I could adapt for some some projects that I have in mind for the blog. I wrote about some of my purchases here. The term so perfectly represents the aesthetic, I am amazed I didn’t come up with it myself.. haha.. except THIS granny listens to Bikini Kill and has a copy of ‘Revolution From Within’ in her backpack. Is there such a thing??

Well there is now!!

I am giving you permission to fall in love with the loveliest floral house dress, which you will top with a denim vest, covered in embroidered patches and enamel pins. You will carry your goodies in a sweet little purse with circular bamboo handles with a big “knit or die” emblem on the front. You will wear the coziest mustard yellow cable knit OTK socks with your 12 hole Fluvog boots, both accenting your pretty pea green cardigan and navy tea length skirt. Topping off your outfit is an out of this world necklace with over the top floral cabochons and baby doll parts, dangling every which way.

You can be that girl!!

After discovering this new term, ‘Granny Chic’, I began pouring over Pinterest, creating boards and pinning, pinning, pinning. I am overwrought with inspiration right now! I ordered a number of patterns, new and old, that I feel I can adapt to assemble some key pieces for a foundation wardrobe.

I am so anxious to start creating fresh pieces for the blog and sharing the tutorials with you. Repurposing vintage pieces. Mix and matching the old with the new. I love it when you stumble upon something that really gets your creative juices flowing. 

My usual attire consists of a colourful cardigan with a brooch or a pin, striped top or graphic tee, faded jeans or colourful pants, converse (usually black), bright beads, chunky bracelet, bright hair tied back (tame the frizz!)

.I wouldn't look good in this color and I have my doubts about high waists for older women but...it MIGHT work.  I love the pattern combo.:

My favourite outfit of all time consisted of a floral patterned red blouse with a secretary collar, faded flare jeans with seam accents on the bottom, and brushed suede hush puppies (steel toe).

You get the idea.

I think that my past and present styles compliment each other and if you now take in these added influences that I have so recently discovered it will equal a pretty and well put together wardrobe that is both comfortable, flattering, and shows a little character. That will be the end goal, anyway. We’ll see what happens once I’m at the helm of my sewing machine.

All I know is that I feel invigorated with this new sense of innovation. My mind is running a thousand miles a minute. It will be difficult for me to pare down the projects that I want to do to a few star pieces to create and feature.

Perhaps over the next few weeks, after my patterns have arrived, I could pitch some fabric swatches out there to you folks and I could get your opinion before the creation process begins. 

I hope you are as excited by Granny Chic as I am!!


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Allisonxo is a she/her identifying feminist from Toronto, Canada who is a lifelong crafter and lover of vegan food and thrifting.

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