Thursday, June 19, 2014

Shop News: New Vintage Slips

On my vintage hunting trips, I can't pass up vintage slips and lingerie. I've always loved the details and complete femininity.  Lucky for you, I can't keep them all. Honestly, I wish I could. 
So here are a few of about eight newly listed gems up for sale in my Etsy shop; The Sparkling Cocktail

This 1960's nylon tricot and lace Texsheen from Russell - Newman is divine! The "tex" comes from being manufactured in Texas. You can find more details here

I call this one, Pretty in Pistachio. And it truly is. I want to wear it all summer long. 
Listing details here

Antique white and perfect for a vintage bride! This stunner has crystal pleating at the bust and at the flouncy hem. Gorgeous! Listing details here. 

Every gal needs a little red! This Cherry Charmode ought to do the trick! Crystal pleating and a truly bright cherry red nylon, make this one not to miss! 
Listing details here

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Mid-Week Inspiration: The Sweaters of Volver

Volver, an amazing film by Almodovar, was released in 2006. But it wasn't until last week when we rented it from Netflix that I finally saw it. Not only is the film great, but the fashion is as well. In true Almodovar style the colors are bright and there are several prints. If I saw this film when it came out, I would have loved the fashion as much as I do now, but since I wasn't a knitter then, I wouldn't have been nearly as inspired by the wonderful sweaters in the film. Or at least not inspired to want to make them!

This bright leafy green one was my favorite. Several of the sweaters in this film are lacey open work, so truly I am wanting to get my hands on the patterns!

It's a dark scene in the film when Penelope Cruz's character Raimunda is wearing this red one. I found myself studying the stitches!

Gingham! Need I say more? 

And another textured knit, this time a set! 

Have any films inspired your knitting? 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

My View: Anniversary Vacation Key West

This is part two of my anniversary vacation pics. The first part of our vacation was in Miami. We then drove down to Key West for the remainder of our week to relax and soak up some sun! If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen some of these, but not all were shared until now. 

This Northern girl made it to the Southernmost Point! 90 Miles to Cuba! 

We arrived in Key West on our Anniversary date- May 20th! We watched the amazing sunset! 

Key West is very charming! Old houses like this are everywhere. This one is for sale, and got me day dreaming. I don't want to know how much this costs!

Me and my sweet husband. This was taken at the Blue Heaven. A gem of a restaurant with live music, an artsy rustic feel, and chickens running around! My dress is from Trashy Diva and I bought it on our Honeymoon in New Orleans in 2011!

It was a wonderful break from New York City and our hectic lives. Must return! 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

My View: Anniversary Vacation Miami

I'm back from a wonderfully much needed vacation with my husband of 3 years! We decided to spend our Anniversary this year in Florida in a 2 part vacation; first in Miami and then in Key West. Here are some photos from the Miami part of our trip. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen some of these pics, but not all were shared until now. 

We stayed at The Raleigh, which I have been dreaming about staying at forever! This place will become my "retreat" from NYC. Easy to get to and just beautiful!

We took relief from the sun at Mac's Club Deuce, an old dive bar. I love my Anchor manicure I got at Nailed on South Beach. 

 Here's an outfit pic- wearing my Fruity Peasant Blouse and my Yellow Fat Bottom Bag with Cherries. You may remember, the lining of the bag matches the top. All made by me, except for my red Trashy Diva pencil skirt. 

Ahhh the pool! Back at The Raleigh I wore my Esther William's swimsuit in Esther William's pool. That's right! 

Monday, May 26, 2014

Style Icon: Bunny Yeager

I've been wanting to feature Bunny Yeager on my Style Icon series for quite a while now. Upon hearing the sad news last night that she passed away in Florida at the age of 85, I set out to not waste anymore time. 

Bunny was born Linnea Eleanor Yeager in Pennsylvania. Her family moved to Miami when she was 17. With her 5'9" frame, she quickly became a sought after model. 

Her interests didn't stop there. She soon went behind the camera. She loved to photograph nudes and women in bikinis that she would make herself. Being a woman and used to being on the other side of the camera, she made it easy for her subjects to pose. Bettie Page is her most famous model. She helped launch Bettie's career showing a softer side, than the bondage photos she had previously taken in New York. 

I really love her self portraits. Bunny is gorgeous and embodies the complete look of her photography. You get the feeling that it was a complete lifestyle. Her photos are not contrived. 

With her bleach blonde looks she is the epitome of 1950's beach style. 

Beyond her style, Bunny will always remain an inspiration. 

Saturday, May 17, 2014

On Vacation!

I'm off! I'm outta here! 

It's time for a vacation and a break from the city! Follow me on Instagram or Twitter for updates. I will share on the blog when I return!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Mid-Week Inspiration: Vintage Sewing Pattern Pledge

 I'm not one for "sew-alongs"or "knit-alongs", heck even book clubs don't work for me. I like to work on my projects in my own time, especially since the free time I have for them is really limited. Do you remember the "That's Sew Cinematic" sew along I wanted to participate in back in 2012? Nope, I still haven't made that dress! But I still want to! 

I also want to sew more from my vintage pattern collection. I've got some goodies in there and I did tell myself at the beginning of the year that it's time to start using them. I have always sewn more from my own drafted patterns and still do. Sewing from published patterns can be strange when you are used to your own. But my collection of vintage and repro patterns needs to be explored! 

Here are a few projects from the past where I've used vintage patterns.

You may remember this swimsuit cover up from 2009. I used McCall's 6370; an adorable pattern from the Sixties.

And of course, last summer I did my peasant blouse series. That was a lot of fun. I made three using the Butterick pattern above. Black Swiss Dot, Fruity Peasant Blouse and Hawaiian. Oh and I found some white Swiss Dot in my fabric stash so I will be making one more this summer, too!

Considering the amount of sewing patterns I have, this is not a great turn out. So, I was pleased to find out about Marie's Vintage Sewing Pledge from a A Stitching Odyssey.  I first discovered it from her guest post on By Gum, By Golly. Not only did I discover the pledge but also her fine blog! I love when that happens. I also discovered that I'm not alone in the vintage pattern hoarding collecting dust scenario. This is common amongst us vintage crafty types, and we have the fabric stash to prove it. 

Marie has made a pledge at the beginning of the year to sew at least 5 of her patterns from her stash in 2014. That to me, seems achievable! I'm starting 6 months too late (realistically it will be June before I start!), but better late than never. Let's see how many I can do. Unlike other sew alongs- I've got time and can share along the way. All is required is to share with #vintagepledge on twitter. This is a pledge, not a sew-along. This is inspiring!

Here are some patterns in my hopeful pile! Oh and that Lana Turner dress too!