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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....




Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Novelty Mania Continues

Catching up on a couple of new skirt purchases...


I wanted to share this fabulous skirt that I bought from DeniseBrainVintage that I paired with a cashmere sweater from LuckyDryGoods.  I highly recommend both of these sellers.

This was one of those skirts where you have to act fast or it quickly disappears.  I normally don't gravitate towards pink but it seems that when looking at novelty prints all colors are game.  I think this is one of the things I also like about them.  As much in demand as novelty prints are, it can also be difficult to find the appropriate top/cardigan to go with them.  I like the full button up cardigans and try to keep my eyes open up for them when the come up for sale.  I sometimes even hound vintage sellers for cardigans that I see in images where the skirt is for sale (Shhh don't tell).

I don't want to look like an old woman dressed as a teenager so I'm finding this type of balance suits me well.





















Outfit Details:

Cardigan: LuckyDryGoods
Shoes: Josef Seibel


Alpine Madness.

I lucked out on this skirt.  The previous person who wanted it backed out and I was able to pick it up.  This is a great skirt with the theme of winter cabins, mountains, and snow.  It is a bit too small so I'll have to see how I conquer this.  But, it has the gore effect, creating a circle skirt.


Outfit Details

Skirt: MaryBethHale
Sweater Schiaparelli
Shoes Re-Mix
Bracelets: Variety of sources











Wednesday, March 4, 2015

1930s and Winter Weather

I don't get to wear this coat too often.  It is the only fur coat I own and I'm quite happy to own it.  This coat is from the 1930s.  It really does have that glamour quality about it.  We have been getting quite a bit of snow here in New York.  These pictures were from the beginning of February.  Hat is New York Creation.






Sunday, February 15, 2015

Manhattan Vintage Show



Outfit Details:
Suit: Lilli Ann
Brooch: Recently purchased rhinestone scissor because of inspiration from ad just below
Hat: Schiaparelli purchased a few years ago




I always enjoy a good visit to the MVS.   There are so many different genres represented and it so nice to see the textiles up close.  I met up with the lovely Daffny of AVintageNerd.   We had a great time wandering around the booths looking at the vintage and speaking with some of the vendors.







Here is Daffny in a beautiful coral coat.  I hope she buys it.  She took the card of the vendor to see if she might purchase it in the future.



It was so neat to run into the fashion savvy   Idiosyncratic Fashionistas.  These are two remarkable ladies who are very inspiring.


Check out the lovely rayon prints.


As you can see in my previous post, I had to walk away with this Saul Steinberg print.  It's a beauty!  I also walked away with a lovely 1940s black blouse with gold motif print.  






The lovely Heather at Noble Savage holding a dress that was in Boardwalk Empire.  I'm going to miss that show.  They were actually starting to get into the fashion period I really like!






We also bumped into Laura of PaperMothBallVintage.




This was one of the last items I purchased.  When I looked at it, I thought it might not fit but it is a little tight but I think this is the style of the period.  Love it none the less and will pair well with a black skirt.


We ended our day at a wonderful restaurant called Tea and Sympathy which has stellar English food.  We had to wait in a line outside but it was so worth it!  So great!  You can also see more photographs on my Instagram.  Link to the side.


Monday, February 9, 2015

Novelty Prints

 I'm kind of skipping ahead and showing you one of the items that I bought from the Manhattan Vintage Show.  In my next post, I'll share images from the show where I also met up with the lovely Daffny from AVintageNerd.  We had a great day and she is so much fun to hang out with. Stay tuned!
Today, it snowed and I was excited to try out this great skirt.  It is of trains and Paddington Station.    I'm still amazed this skirt lasted two days at the show.  But, hey, I'm not complaining!  It's getting more and more difficult to find affordable novelty prints.

The brooch is also a new addition.  I knew when I saw it, I'd love it.  It also gave me the chance to learn about some swing bands of the late 30s.








The orange marble bakelite bracelets on the ends are rather interesting.  I didn't know they made bakelite bracelets to specifically serve as end pieces.  They are rounded on one side and flat on the other.  A lucky auction win for me $40 for three, two end pieces and a center.  










The names on the brooch are Sammy Kaye, Eddy Duchin, and Gene Krupa.  I'm thinking this is a late 30's brooch.

Gene Krupa was the drummer on one of my very favorite swing songs…






More detailed images of the novelty belt:




This is also the very first time I have worn a cinch belt from the 50s.  It's like battling a corset.  But, now I totally get it.  At first it can be a bit uncomfortable but you get used to it.  I think it takes a couple inches off your waist.  This belt is rather special too because it features magazine covers of the day including hand painted Bazaar and Vogue covers.  Totally me!




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:)