Monday, March 30, 2009

Vintage Finds of the Week: Vintage Bathing Suit Patterns

A few weeks ago I bought the vintage bathing suit pattern above from Pattern Peddler. In today's world I would wear it as a little romper with my wedge heeled espadrilles. I have already bought some red and white gingham ruffled elastic trim to go around the leg holes and some cherry print buttons! I still need to buy fabric and am open to suggestions, perhaps a white terry or cotton pique? In the meantime, here are some vintage bathing suit patterns for you, as my vintage finds of the week. If we get started now, we can have them finished in time for the hot weather! 1960 Vogue bathing suit and skirt- $10- Vintage Jubilee

Vintage 1969 Swim Bathing Suit and Cover-up Beach Dress- $7- Bonton Vintage

Gidget Era Swim Suit and Beach Cover-up- $10.99- Pattern Peddler

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Mid-Week Inspiration: The Conformist

The Conformist Dance Scene I hate to be redundant but the fashion in the film The Conformist had a huge impact on me. Yesterday I wrote a post in my other blog, Fashion Playlist, about the gorgeous style in this movie and today I am still inspired. Here is my link to that post.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Vintage Finds of the Week: Rhinestone Necklaces

Diamonds may be a girl's best friend but when times are tough rhinestones will do just fine. I recently purchased the vintage rhinestone necklace above from Vintage Fabulous and I just love it! It looks really great dressed up for a night out on the town or with a simple tee. My vintage finds of the week are affordable ($35 and under!) rhinestone necklaces found on Etsy that are worth checking out. Enjoy!
Emerald Cut White Rhinestone 50s Vintage Necklace- $15- Junee Moon Vintage

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Mid-Week Inspiration:Stardust-Vogue Italia

italian vogue stardust
italian vogue stardust Steven Meisel shot a retro inspired spread for the Sept. 08 Italian Vogue featuring model Viktoriya Sosonkina. The shots are very Classic Hollywood, reminding me of Bette Davis, Marlene Deitrich, the Hitchcock blonde and more. Katie from Old Hollywood Glamour posted the complete spread a month ago and the two photos above are my favorites. Thank you Katie for finding these!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Vintage Finds of the Week: Buttons

vintage buttons I recently bought the buttons pictured above from GS Boutique for a wonderful vintage Lilli Ann jacket I scored for $12. Unfortunately the jacket is missing some of the original covered buttons so I had to search for replacements. When they arrive I will stitch them on and show you. Until then here are some other buttons I found for this week's vintage finds. Not right for my jacket but maybe for a project of yours. Enjoy!
vintage buttonsSet of Vintage Sears Roebuck Fancy Brass Buttons - Original Card - $9 Heartfelt Handiwork

vintage buttons Vintage Dressy Glass Buttons With A Sparkly Rhinestone Center- $6.25 Forsythe Company Store

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Mid-Week Inspiration: Lanvin Fall 2009

lanvin fall 2009 rtw
lanvin fall 2009 rtw

lanvin fall 2009 rtw
lanvin fall 2009 rtw Alber Elbaz is always a genious but his Fall 2009 Ready to Wear collection for Lanvin has me weak in the knees. This collection is for a modern day femme fatale straight out of a film noir. Even the runway looked like a wet sidewalk. I love the draping and folds on a simple sheath silhouette paired with gloves and pumps. I am also inspired to make more feather headbands!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Vintage Finds of the Week: Vintage Patterns

vintage pattern Since I love to make my own patterns, I have very rarely used commercial ones. But lately I have found myself looking at vintage patterns, not only as a source of inspiration, but also for new projects. So I just purchased the very simple but elegant vintage 1940's Sear's day dress pattern pictured above from Pattern Peddler and I can't wait to test it out. I found a lot of other day dress patterns that I want to try. Tempting as they are I can't buy them all. So they are this week's vintage finds. If you scoop one up, let me know how your project turns out!
vintage pattern Vintage Jumper and Blouse Pattern- $10.00- Firefly Vintage

vintage pattern Sassy Saddle Stitched 1947 Misses Summer Dress Pattern- $10.99- Kallie Designs
vintage pattern

Monday, March 9, 2009

Silk Spectre

The Minutemen
Silk Spectre Pin-up

Silk Spectre I am not a huge comic book or graphic novel fan. I don't know much about all of the super heroes and such but I do love a good dark and visually stunning film, like The Watchmen. I took my BF yesterday to see it for his birthday and I really enjoyed it. Of course, I loved the the look of the 1940's group The Minutemen and Silk Spectre. I loved her super hero outfit, and her glorious pin-up hair. There were a lot of flashbacks in the film showing some great vintage looks from the 40's onward to the mid 80's. The costumes and makeup are great and worth checking out alone. But the story line, killer fight scenes, and suspense had me just as intrigued!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Retro Looks From Milan: Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2009 RTW
Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2009 RTW

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2009 RTW Dolce & Gabbana's Fall 2009 RTW collection was a lot of fun and showed a lot of retro 40's and 50's inspired pieces. Some quite literal like the 50's style prom gown with Marilyn Monroe's image silkscreened all over the poufy skirt. And other's with a twist that would make Elsa Schiaparelli proud, like the gloves used as scarves and belts. My favorite is the top picture! Glam!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Retro Looks From Milan: Moschino

Moschino Fall 2009 RTW
Moschino Fall 2009 RTW
Moschino Fall 2009 RTW
Moschino Fall 2009 RTW Moschino never let's me down. The Fall 2009 RTW collection has my heart a flutter. The retro inspired looks are flattering and feminine. I love the rolled bangs, patterned tights, and Mary Jane shoes. Pictured above are my favorite looks. Delicious!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Mid-Week Inspiration: Erdem Fall 2009

One of my favorite collections from London fashion week was from Erdem Moralioglu. The beautiful large floral print paired with black in a long 1940's gown style and the poufy mini dresses with black lace overlays on red duchess satin got me swooning. He is heralded as the Christian LaCroix of London, and it's obvious why.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Vintage Finds of the Week: Quilted Hostess Robes

I love lounging around in glamourous nightgowns and robes instead of sweats or yoga pants. It makes me feel feminine and dressed up even when my hair is a mess and I have no make up on. With the recent blast of cold weather and snow we've gotten here, I want to do nothing but cuddle up in some warm quilted robes. Here are my vintage finds of the week!
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