Thursday, July 31, 2008

Wicked Plum Vintage Has New Items!

Wow, it sure has been a long few weeks, trying to find new stuff, I guess no one is cleaning out closets in this heat! But we did manage to find quite a few cute new items to offer you this week. Tons and tons of dresses, with some other odd pieces here and there!

We have been trying super hard to look for 80s pieces for the Harajuku crowd, by request, and we hope we are able to satisfy all of our Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and Aussie friends!

So check out this:

80s Acid Wash Denim Jean Mini Dress

80s/90s Grunge Plaid Schoolgirl Jumper

80s Cocoon Slouchy Floral BoHo Dress

PLUS, we have some GORGEOUS 70s Maxi Dresses, that you CANNOT ignore, and MUST see to believe!!!

70s Red Grecian Goddess Huge Cape Slv Maxi Dress

70s Smocked Bodice Maxi Peacock Hippie Dress

AND, the beauty of the whole collection, is a stunning pristine jet black crepe nylon maxi caftan dress with high empire waist and the OH SO DESIRABLE inner elastic bust adjuster, to make it fit a little tighter and emphasize your bust. These are a season MUST HAVE and in a hard to find solid black color and lightweight fabric.

70s Black Empire Waist Caftan Crepe Nylon Maxi Dress


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No need to say much about this Golden Beauty......... click on the photo and read all about it.

And from the opposite end of the spectrum but same era comes this amazing, asymmetrical early 50's suit with a velveteen trim and kangaroo pouch pocket. Label is Neiman Marcus - Maurice's not listed yet but will show up in our eBay list8ing on Saturday.

Project Runway - Inspired by Photos

This week's challenge on Project Runway was to create a dress for a night out on the town. The designers went out into NYC on a rainy night, and they had to take photos that captured the feeling of New York City nightlife. Then they had to choose one of their photos and create an outfit inspired by it.

The winner was Kenley, who says that her design style is a modern 1940s-50s Pin-Up. She's got Betty bangs, usually has a flower in her hair- she has kind of a vintage look in her personal style.

Her inspiration was a photo of a colorful tile, and the dress on the left was her interpretation of it. She used a bold tropical-like print with layers of different colored tulle on one side of the split skirt.

So I went on a search for vintage items inspired by tiles or mosaic, to go along with this week's challenge -

Vintage 70s VERA large Square Scarf
offered by Retro Wear

from the listing - Vintage 70s VERA large Square Scarf. Lovely decorative scarf in shades of orange, green, white and black. mosiac effect. 100% Polyester, machine washable. made in Japan. Some very minor small spots by the signature in the print, may respond to cleaning. Measures 27" square.

from Elvis Really Rocks

from the listing - DARLING vintage 70s NOS long HALTER dress in a groovy multicolor mosaic op art print. Very fluid nylon jersey knit. The halter cups are attached at the top to a large silvertone ring, as are the neck ties. Sculpted waistband has wide elastic cased inside, long back nylon zipper and a the skirt has a long center vent. This is a VERY SEXY vintage dress~~~perfect vintage look for spring and summer~~~MAXI'S are IN!!

Vtg 60s 60's Alfred Werber Metallic OP ART maxi dress L - RARE SPARKLING MOSAIC

offered by Vintage Fashion Woot Off

from the listing - Very unique metallic yarn fabric with floral mosaic pattern, brown base. Chest 44-45, waist 33-34. Hips 49-50. Length from shoulder to hem 56.5 inches.

Jeanne Miller Printed Cotton Handkerchiefs/Hankys Tiles
offered by Vicky Jean's Things

from the listing - This pair of print hankies has great patterns from the era, and the autograph of Jeanne Miller, who did the designs. One has the little square tiles in purples and pinks, the other mirrors the same patterns in turquoise and avocado green. Both measure about 14-1/2" x 14-3/4".

Darling 1940's Black Plastic Tile Purse
offered by Peppie Puppies Vintage

from the listing - This darling 1940's purse is made from 1 1/4 inch square plastic tiles. It has a metal zipper across the top, it's lined in black acetate taffeta with a pockets on both sides (one side seam needs to be secured to the lining. There's a label from Plastic-Flex and a patent number. The webbing that holds the tiles together is coated with a black fabric or plastic coating, it has worn off to the fabric in spots. It measures 14 by 8 1/2 inches.

Bye for now, Carol

Couture by panda

I am so pleased to present my own panda design. A lush blouse created from a 40's pattern, modified by me. Using exquiste vintage 50's french silk or silk satin panne fabric. All fabric found in a trunk together from Neiman Marcus, (what a treasure)trimmed in antique lace. Each one will be different. I have a limited amount of fabric, and one of a kind lace. A wrap blouse with long tails that can be tied in front, side or back. A good size 12, but can be adjustable by moving the inside snap.

I put these up and in one day 2 sold. Hugs~panda

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Like Mother Like Daughter

My daughter does not yet have the same appreciation for vintage as I do. This is understandable as 47 year old moms are not supposed to be on the same fashion wavelength as 15 year old girls. This might be about to change ever so slightly though~

When driving my princess and a couple of her friends home from the mall, my gorgeous vintage red patent leather purse became a topic of discussion. One of the girls commented that she loved my purse. The other one agreed. My daughter rolled her eyes~ Then, they started asking me where I find things like this and I explained it was more of a "hunt" than a "find". They then went back to discussing who was "going with" whom.

When they got out they repeated they liked my purse and if I came across another one, but in blue or green, they'd love to have it.

After we returned home, my daughter asked if she could look through my vintage purse shelves to see if there was something that was "not lame" that she might like to have. How could I say no to a request like that?

Here are a few "not lame" (read: cool, chic, fashionable!) purses I have in my shop~

Monday, July 28, 2008

Purse Diva Vintage

All Items on are SALE at Purse Diva Vintage on Main Street Mall.........

1940s/50s Vintage Vanity Fair Honeymoon Chiffon Peignoir Set Aqua Blue

Glorious! Vanity Fair nylon/tricot peignoir set. Both labeled a size 32. Color is a beautiful light blue/aqua. Robe with fabulous puffed sleeves, embroidery, and hook & eye closures. Gown has fabulous chiffon twist straps and an empire waist. Lovely floral embroidery throughout on both pieces.

1950s Vintage Alfred Werber Black Bombshell Wiggle Strappy Cocktail Dress, Tiers, B 34 Rayon/Acetate Crepe, Spaghetti Straps

Very sexy late 50s piece! This is by Alfred Werber, St Louis, Dark rich midnight black rayon/acetate crepe. Spaghetti straps. Metal zipper up the back. Bow/belt waist accent that fastens in back. Double tiers/peplum drop from the waist. Fully lined. Super lovely condition.

Sunday, July 27, 2008


Most folks think of Merchant/Ivory films
or any movie with Queen in the title......for costume dramas and comedies....whether you like the plot, the acting, the stars...or just peeking in for the clothes.....I'm loving 70s era Swingtown on CBS Thursday nites tho it's rumored to be moving to Fridays.

The Clothes!! The costumers and set dressers got the era pretty darn right on... from the cars to the video cams to the furniture to the......It looks like a page or 10 right outta Better Homes and Gardens circa 1977.

Check out this set of photos at of course you can watch the show online.....

Here's a favorite I have on auction right now...... that looks a lot like the green dress Trina is wearing.....this purple one is a Zum Zum....a label you probably know from the OTT 80s party and prom dresses........ (click the pic!)

and another great label -- Young Edwardian designer Sue Wong.....
(click the pic!)

I'm going through a 70s fetish phase right now.....some of those clothes were just so delightful....they got sexy, and practical all together in one big fashion decade!

Lots of 30s and 40s influence came back big time ~~~
These patterns are up for Buy it now or auction.....

Oh,disagree? Well me too.....go here and here....for a big Laugh Riot !

A 'Tail' of Two Tuxedos

I have always loved the tuxedo. Nothing is more handsome and sexy on a man. But, being a woman, there are few places (if any) to wear one..unless of course you are Marlene Deitrich in the 1930s movie "Morocco". Who can forget that scene when she wears full tails and a top hat. A glamorous and confident woman!

My only hope of ever wearing tails was when I was a classical pianist. I always dreamed of donning a beautiful silk lined tuxedo coat while performing Beethoven. Alas it
never happened, but I still dream about it!

Penguin jokes aside, tails were worn by men until the Prince of Wales wore a short black jacket with satin lapels to a dinner party. Preferring the comfort of a jacket over the tails, the style promptly became popular. Unfortunately, we are now stuck with seeing tails only on bridegrooms, wedding party ushers and funeral parlor employees.

Could someone bring back the tuxedo tails please? George Clooney might be nice...

Vintage Black Wool Coat Split Tails, c. 1962, Satin Lined

Some Like it

Saturday, July 26, 2008

aVenir Fashions

What's New at eVenir Fashions on Main Street Mall........

Vintage 1970s Mens 3 Piece Suit Club Clothes

Light brown chevron pattern with rust red vertical striping.

Vintage 1970's mens 3 piece suit. CLUB CLOTHES Tailored exclusively for TED'S TOP TAILORING Park Ridge, ILL. . Jacket, 2 pants.

Vintage Mens Vest 1960s Red Big Band Tony Day Knit Sz Medium

An Original by Tony Day. Red felt double front, gray knit back.

Worn by a gentleman in a band in the early 1960's. Couldn't remember what his band was called but he could remember the dances!

Inverted V - lower front design. Full front lined. Back has large set-back armholes for ease of movement. Basket weave brass button front closure, extra button inside at shoulder. Small chest inset pocket, 2 lower inset pockets.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Old and Beautiful

See what is new at Old and Beautiful on Main Street Mall.....

Vintage Rare Peacock Blue Olga Peignoir Nightgown Set

The gown is the classic style Olga, with the lace insert between the breasts and that wonderful spandex mix in the top of the gown, that holds you in and up in all the right places. The sweep of the skirt is full sweep measuring 154 inches.

Vintage 1950s Brown Alligator Kelly Purse Handbag by Sterling

Shiny brown genuine alligator, with brass accents. The inside has been completed in a saddle brown leather. Made by Sterling, one of the most premiere makers of alligators purse in the 50s and 60s. The bag has a gold tone metal closure which is good and tight. The chain handle strap allows the purse to be carried either by the hand or over the shoulder. Inside and outside are both very clean

A Redhead, A Brunette and A Blonde

were wearing new dresses they sewed themselves.....and the Blonde said:
"I must be made of honey because the bees are buzzing around me!"
the Redhead said: "Oh you're made of .....alright, Charmaine...."
the Brunette sighed wistfully, noticed the word "Easy" hovering over Charmaine's head...... and kept her thoughts to herself......

Do you look at the pattern envelopes and write a script? I sure do!

The uncles and the dads were standing around watching the old black men barbeque.....
It was a hot summer day, and for once they were very glad to be guests at a picnic, rather than the cooks!
"The wives won't let us near the kitchen stove, but stick a Barbeque unit in the backyard and suddenly we gotta be the Chef of the Great Outdoors. Where's my scotch?"

The kid was just wondering how long this creepy boring family picnic was gonna last.....
"I gotta get over to Charmaine's house and watch her make ice cubes.
And why'd Mom make me wear this dorky shirt like all the rest of my relatives. Why am I the only one who has a V on the hem? What's that mean any way?"

The B,B & R dress pattern is on etsy........and the shirt pattern is missing pieces so I won't sell it.....but the other dresses and stuff are on ebay starting July 24th at 9:30 am.
Just click the pics!!

A fab 'n oh so cute Wrap Dress....reversible if you want....

I'm in LOVE with this pattern....Look how the necklace slips through the bound buttonhole on the cowl neckline.....Clever !

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Vintage Lingerie show at Des Moines Tattoo Festival

Vintage Lingerie will be providied by Dorothea's Closet Vintage
Loved the challenge.
I went looking within my own inventory to see any cocktail Runway dresses.

This reminds me of the floaty two tone with the hankie hem:

Stips of a vintage kind:

And this could have been Cher look-a-like's:

Love the winner~andapanda-rlf