Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Sisterhood of The Traveling Vintage Dress - Australia

Hello all, our lovely dress is still in Australia, then it will make it's final round to Canada.  Boy, has this dress been a lot of places!  I wanted to post a couple more updates to where our dress has been.

Sewing In The 60s 

Catherine is a 60s blogger.  How fun is it that this dress also gets to join the 60s generation!! She looks so very lovely in this dress style with a brown belt, and floppy felt hat.   Love it!  Thanks Catherine!  Go check out her fun blog for more images of our wonderful dress!  I love the mod dresses she has made!

The dress also had a grand time with Judy.  Judy doesn't have a blog but we are so happy to have her join us here.   These images were from her front garden in Australia last month.  It's fall in Australia.  So this dress actually gets to see a lot of fall weather:)   

Judy styled the dress with a turtle neck underneath.  So you see our magical traveling dress can even be worn in cold weather!  Thank you Judy.  

Details of outfit:

The Travelling Dress
Wool long sleeved top:   no idea what brand or where I got it as it has been a wardrobe staple for years
Belt:                      Zara but purchased in an op-shop (thrift shop)
Boots:                  Sandler (Australian shoe brand), retail
Handbag:             vintage, acquired at a vintage market (this was its first outing!)
Bangles:               yellow, one of the lovely gifts accompanying The Travelling Dress
                              brass, acquired at a Trash & Treasure market about 25 years ago

Thank you lovely ladies for being apart of the vintage dress travels!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Steals, Deals, Are You Kidding Me?

I have been neglecting my blog as of late but I am still posting away on Instagram, so feel free to follow me there!

Yes, dear friends, it is another exciting episode of Steal, Deals, Are You Kidding Me?  If you are new to my blog, this is an ongoing series where I bring to you some recent sale items that I think were great deals or even on the opposite extreme, are you kidding me?

1930s beach pajamas.  A bit on the expensive side but these are becoming a hot commodity fine friends.

Bakelite radio, working!  $980, a collectors piece I'm sure.

Missed this one, a steal for sure, yes the suits had some issues but it was  $63 for two Irene suits!

There is such an explosion in novelty prints lately.  4 panels of 30 x 60 fabric.  $202.  I bet the seller thought they hit a gold mine:)

NYC novelty prints also seem to command a premium.  This dress went for $203

Dior 1959 pearl necklace  $133

Lilli Ann Blazer $28, sigh, how did I miss this?

I love this hat!  But, it went higher than I wanted to pay.  A great hat for 50s suits.  $123

I bought this nurse outfit in a bag for the low tidy sum of $10 + shipping.  It even came with a receipt inside dating it to 1944.  There is some yellowing from age but I have since washed it and it came out.  It is awaiting pressing.  It's certainly worth the price.  I bought it because I am thinking of going to a couple of WW2 events this summer, so I am going to see if I can piece something together.  My mistake was washing it with buttons that are supposed to be removed.  Now, I am awaiting a couple of replacements.  I had no idea there were removable buttons in the 40s.  Interesting!

There is something extra special about this booth photograph.  Isn't she lovely?  She didn't get purchased at $5 but she certainly is priceless.  A very pretty lady.

I get it but I don't get the price of some of these novelty prints.  If you have a New York Central Park or a Lady and The Tramp, sell now and make a tidy sum.  This fabric was just over 2 yards and went for $372!  I can certainly see a repo of this fabric in the future.  Crazy stuff.  I'm thrilled for the seller:))  It wasn't me but I wish I had a bolt of it.

I'm kind of going back to the 30s/40s vibe and I'm looking for a good forward tilt hat.  This one is grand and worth the $80.  I didn't buy it but I would $80 for one like this.

Isn't this a great purse? $70  Francois is the maker.

Fabulous Lilli Ann coat at a very reasonable price of $360

Now, it wouldn't be a proper Steals Deals with out some glamour!  $108 for this beauty, I'd say a deal.

1940s copper satin hat.  $225

Monday, April 13, 2015

From New York to Australia, The Traveling Dress Continues!!

Very exciting!  The sisterhood of the vintage dress made a final USA stop with Desiree of Pop-o-matic Deluxe and then off to Australia with its first stop with Bonita of Lavender and Twill.  Ladies, this is so exciting to see how you all style this dress.  Thank you to all who have participated and who are going to participate!!  This has been a big highlight of my blog and means a great deal to me.  I love this!

If you'd like to catch some of the previous travels, here they are.

Desiree styled the lovely dress with a lovely powdery blue cardigan and check out those cute little sweater clips!  Thank you, Desiree for showing us how a cute cardi looks with the dress:)

Then, off to the first stop in Australia with Bonita.  Bonita, your hair is amazing and look at that lovely pastel pink tilt hat you incorporated into the style!

Thank you ladies, loving all these journeys and I know all the readers are too!!  This really is a true "sisterhood" dress.  All these amazing styles and different ways to see the dress.   More to come from Australia...stay tuned....

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Sisterhood Of The Vintage Dress - New Travels

Some updates to the glorious places our dress has been traveling.  Sorry, I've been a little backlogged on this.

The lovely Cori Lynn at Poodles and Pin Curls, this dress got to visit Hawaii!!!!  Cori Lynn just totally outdid herself.  I want to be this dress!!!  She is also the queen of Bakelite and had some great accessories to match.  Oh the beaches and the scenery.  I had no idea such a beautiful temple existed in Hawaii.  Please go visit her blog and leave her a lovely comment.  You also will be blown away.

I literally want to cut and paste myself into these images:)

This dress really has had some very fun and wonderful journeys and memories and I thank all of you for participating in this adventure.  After spending some time in Hawaii, our dress was very lucky to dash off to Chicago:)  I am going to keep saying this.  I want to be this dress!

Our fine dress was wanting a nice twirl and dance by the lovely Jessica of ZellaMaybe.  She is a modern day Cindy Sherman.

I know Jessica had to think this was coming that I would use this photograph:)  Love the leg kick.  You ladies really make vintage inspiring and bring back the fun and joy of it all.  I love seeing this journey this dress is on.  Thank you!  Love it!

I love the photograph with the neighborhood dog!

Soon our dress will be making its way to Canada and then International.  We have one more US destination to go.

If you are in Canada and want to participate, drop me a line below.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Sewing With Rayon

I'm making it a goal to make a blouse from rayon.  I'd like this to be my next sewing project.  Do any of you have any tips or tricks you use when sewing with vintage rayon?  I'd appreciate any and all thoughts on the subject.  Do you cut your rayon with tissue underneath to avoid slipping?  Do you use a special needle?  Do you prewash?  Do you do anything special when sewing?

Thank you!!!  All tips and tricks welcome.

P.S.  has anyone done bound button holes on rayon or silks?  Boy, that sounds tricky!  I think I might skip this part of the blouse idea.

A big salute to rayon, until I become frustrated at the slippery nature:)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Sisterhood of The Vintage Dress Travel Updates!

Updates to our wonderful dress journey!  You ladies are all wearing it so well!!!  And, all these great accessory ideas.

Goody at EatTheBlog also choose to also introduce us to her much loved wombat.  This wombat is very special as he even gets to wear booties from 1935.   I love how all you ladies have different inspiration for this dress.   Spectator shoes and pink tights, love it :)  I actually have an ad somewhere for colorful tights that were from the 1930s...I'll have to see if I can find it.  But, onto the lovely dress...

Update….  found the article from a mid-1930s fashion magazine..

A stop in Texas, In Our Happy Place.  I love how Marie partnered this dress with a lovely textured sweater.  Modern meets vintage:)  Very lovely!

Thank you ladies!!!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Dreaming In Color Blocks In The 1940s And My Dream Dress

Do you ever have times when you browse through vintage styles and you think, "that's nice" and move on?  Then, could be years, you come back to the same idea and think I really like this.  Just like in modern fashion, ideas and styles come in and out and you may not think too much of them, you appreciate them but don't really look too detailed,  but then at some point in the future they grab your attention.

Well, color block styles of the 1940s have keenly come back onto my visual radar.

I came across the image of the very beautiful Lola Lamour in a color block dress.  This my friends is a dream dress.  I'd sell a Lilli Ann for this one!   If I see a dress like this in the future (or if you do), please let me know.  I'm on a mission!  I haven't seen a vintage pattern that is similar to this.  The collar area looks very tricky to accomplish.  Oh this dress is amazing!

Once I saw this picture, I was inspired and it got me thinking any other grand color block designs out there?

Lola Lamour fan page.  You should also check out more of Lola's website she really has this eye for capturing glamour of the 1940s and you wonder how and where she found her wardrobe.  Also, she has that beautiful 1940s charm about her.

Of course, this amazing color block from The Aviator of Kate Beckinsale.

And, the amazing recreation from MyHappySewingPlace!  It's fascinating how she found the pattern to match this composition.  I love the triangle "keyhole" look.  Oh my that hat too!!!  Such a talented lady!

Photography PSD photography please do not copy without permission of Debi (MyHappySewingPlace)

Photography PSD photography please do not copy without permission of Debi (MyHappySewingPlace)

Photography PSD photography please do not copy without permission of Debi (MyHappySewingPlace)

I have one color block dress from 1946 and below is the corresponding ad via MyVintageVogue.  Images are from a couple of years ago.  I do still have this grand dress and maybe it just might deserve another reshoot with a better camera.  I believe this was one of my first vintage to actual matches.

Color block dresses and patterns:

Amazing color block dress from Raleigh Vintage, unfortunately sold!

Color block dress via Pinterest.  Unable to link was an ebay auction.

Perfection in color blocking Adrian ad via MyVintageVogue!

Via Tumbler  Horst, Vogue February 1946.  I think this may even be black and white and the light source a soft blue. Grand photography!

Looking for nice color block patterns?  Keep these in mind…