Vintage Trains + Tweed

Late last year, I was given the opportunity to try the Diana Tweed Jacket and Laura Skirt by the lovely Siobhan at Collectif Clothing. I must admit, I’d been eyeing it up for a few months and loved the 40s peplum style as I knew it would suit my figure.

I also knew very early on that I just HAD to shoot it at Glenbrook Vintage Railway which is about a 45 minute drive from Auckland and tucked away into the countryside. I remember going vaguely as a young child so it must have been a good 20 years since my last visit.


Because Glenbrook is volunteer operated, there’s not many days to choose from and so I had to book the shoot quite far out and avoid the long weekends that I knew would mean the station would be swamped with the public.


So it’s taken me longer than usual to get this post up and I apologise for the fact that now both the skirt and jacket is sold out on the Collectif website! It’s not the way I normally like to do things as there is nothing worse than falling in love with something, only to find out that it’s not available anymore!

However, Collectif do seem to regularly bring out suit styles so hopefully I can still help with sizing and fit advice.



If you love the tweed look, they do still have some sizes left of a pencil dress in the same fabric, The Ethel Westminster Dress.

I teamed up with my cousin Lex of AM Photography and we drove out to Glenbrook last Sunday.
It was a overcast day which was not only great from a photographic perspective but also because I was worried I was going to melt in the suit- It is summer in New Zealand remember!



Thankfully, it wasn’t a super hot day and the suit wasn’t as warm as I expected it to be.

The fabric of the tweed is 100% polyester and not overly thick.
Both the jacket and skirt is fully lined and the jacked features 40s shoulder pads and a matching belt.


I’ve been going for size 10’s in most of my Collectif orders recently (Delores Dress and Pearl Coat) so Siobhan and I settled on a size 10 for the jacket and a size 14 for the skirt.
The size 10 jacket was much too small to my surprise! Across the shoulders was very restricted and I couldn’t even get the top two buttons done up at the bust. The size 12 fitted much better but still on the tighter side at the bust- I couldn’t be any bustier that’s for sure!



The size 14 skirt fitted and started out quite tight across the upper thighs but loosened with wear. The waist was, as expected when ordering by my hip size, huge but easily taken in by a tailor.

I love the neckline combined with the peplum and *just tight enough* pencil skirt…. It’s just all round fabulousness!

The Collectif Nieve Birdcage hat worked perfectly to top the outfit off along with velvet pumps.


This suit exudes 40s chic and fitted in so well at Glenbrook station.
I regrettably decided against wearing seamed stockings, fearing it could be the final thing to make me completely overheat but they would have look fabulous.

Coincidently I discovered on the day we were there that the steam train they had running was in fact called the Diana too and was built in 1949! I was pretty excited and knew I’d picked the right location!

Glenbrook2-1-2 copy


Collectif Clothing keep bringing out more and more incredible pieces andย made themselves a true staple in the vintage reproduction community. They’ve just released their summer season and there are some beautiful items!

Thank you so much to AM Photography for coming out to Glenbrook with me! It was a lot of fun and we were so excited to get to use such a fabulous location!

x Miss Victory Violet

10 replies »

  1. Ah, the 10 would have been to tight because a UK 10 is more like a New Zealand 8 or smaller ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m an NZ 10-12, and I usually go for a 14 when shopping in my homeland ๐Ÿ™‚

    You look absolutely STUNNING in the outfit- I think I see some tweed in my future…

    • I find it all depends on the company. Everything else from Collectif has been a 10, I think this jacket just fits small! I’ve stopped converting my ‘NZ’ sizes as each website varies so much with sizing, it’s better to just go by your measurements against their size chart x

      • Hi there. You are right it does not run true to size. I am a collectif size 14 and I had to get a 16 and that’s quite snug.

  2. Great suit. Love the accessories – especially the hat. And what a fabulous location to shoot that particular outfit in. God, your grandmother would have just loved all this! She’s smiling down on you, Belle.

  3. What a wonderful suit and marvellous location.

    I love Collectif and have recently spent far too much in their sale! Well, 75% off is too good an opportunity to miss ๐Ÿ™‚

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