Monday, May 31, 2010

Vintage Early 30s or Late 20s Rayon Dress from Vindemial Vintage

I've added quite a few new items to my shop, including this lovely little vintage frock that skates the line between the late 20s and early 30s.

See this dress and more at Vindemial Vintage! ^.^

Storewide Memorial Day Sale

As a way to say thank you to the service men and their families of today and days gone by, we are celebrating a Memorial Day Sale. Save an additional 25% off, use coupon code MemDaySale in the checkout for your savings. You could purchase a 50s vintage dress, to celebrate and combine shipping with some men's clothing too. Everything in the store is on sale, and shipping can be combined! Thank you for our freedom and God Bless You!

Pretty slips Coming soon to andapanda-rlf on eBay

My dear mother-in-law brought home a huge estate of lovely slips, hankies and lingerie bags from AZ.Hi All!~ it's been a while since I've posted!~panda

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Vintage Jewelry -- Don't Leave Home Without It!

Summer bling is just the thing! To go with a favorite summer dress or outfit.

From casual silver to glittery rhinestones – vintage jewelry can enhance a wardrobe in just seconds. Visit Metro Retro Vintage to see our latest offerings.

60's Weiss Lavender Rhinestone Earrings

30's Art Deco Red Beaded Lily Flower Brooch

60's Trifari Enameled Hummingibird Pin

40's Sterling & Rhinestone Gazelle Brooch

June Time for Weddings and Garden Parties

From the 40's to the 60's we have party and cocktail dresses galore.

Like this gorgeous Hand Painted and Sequined Lily of the Valley Organdy dress circa 1948.

Or this Lovely Lace Cocktail dress from the 50's. Needs a little TLC but OH how luscious is that lace.

Early 60's pink sheath with stand up collar and frilly Lace over dress

Mid 60's Grey Rayon Sheath with LOADS of beads, sequins and prong set rhinestones

And into the late 60s with this stupendous Lilli Diamond.........fringe, rhinestones and rayon crepe

Vintage goodness on sale!

Texas Vintage Things is having a sale! I'm in the process of moving to a new home and am trying to clear out some of my vintage dresses.

Now is your chance to pick up some great vintage clothing items at a discounted price!


70s Vintage Green Bonwit Teller Asymmetric​al Dress S

60s Vintage Butte Knit A Line Shift Dress M

70s Vintage Green Strapless Maxi Dress S/M

Mention this post and I'll give you a 10% discount.


Silk summer dress, LAUNDRY by Shelli Segal, size 4. Dark mottled grey silk with ocean blue and palm tree motif. The spaghetti straps have attached beading as does the back tie. Side zipper and back slit, this is fully lined. In excellent condition.

Length not including straps 46"
Bust 34"
Waist 32"
Hips 38"

All of our garments are cleaned and ready to wear.

New at Couture Allure - Vintage Dresses and Evening Gowns

This week, I've added some wonderful vintage dresses and evening gowns to the site. Check out our fresh vintage by going to our What's New pages at the site!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

What a day for a daydream!

Thank goodness the fine weather is back again! Today was remarkable... You notice all the people and their clothing while they're out and about, so unlike winter. Enjoy and dress yourselves up for tomorrow's parties ;)

New Vintage Arrivals at

We've just added dozens of carefully edited vintage pieces that touch on the best from all era's...from 60's dolly girl to 80's opulence to 90's era grunge & body-con,
V got you covered.

80's Chanel Navy Mod-Inspired Jacket-$398

80's Geoffrey Beene Black Silk Dress w Open Lace Back-$298

Friday, May 28, 2010

We Are Siamese If You Please

In order to get your ears off to a great start today, here's a little ditty you'll remember if you were a fan of the Disney film, Lady and the Tramp.

We've just listed a '50s vintage circle skirt featuring those mischievous, lovable Siamese cats from the movie, Si & Am.

Find the SKIRT HERE at! And enjoy your day, "if you pleeeease."

Let's make sure it fits!

by Chris of Alley Cats Vintage

As many of you are aware vintage clothing sizes have changed dramatically over the years. None of us are built alike and body types are just not the same as they were in 1950. Such as a 1960's size 14 is closer to a today’s size 8 with many variations. There are charts to guide you with conversion but that is just a guideline not a definite. If you are seriously interested in purchasing and wearing vintage clothing a tape measure is a MUST. It would be a good idea to take your measurements and keep them at your computer while shopping.

Most sellers will give the exact bust, waist and hip measurements in inches. Another factor to take into consideration is the length from shoulder seam to waist. Taller and shorter women will be aware of this necessity. Have someone do this measurement for you. Measuring on your back, run the tape from top of shoulder to waist and compare to the item, do the same from waist to knee. In 1960 and earlier a petite woman was more common than today. If the skirt is too short, ask the seller if there is extra hem and if it will mark if lowered. Another measurement to consider is shoulder span. If your seller does not have these listed, email and ask.

Factor in the fabric type and assess if there is some give or stretch there. Many of these older fabrics such as cotton, linen and wool, do not have any leeway. Even if they do, do you really want the look to be stretched to the max? Items sized by Small, Medium, Large or Plus tell you nothing. I’ve seen many size large shirts that wouldn’t fit a 3rd grader and I’ve seen those that would fit a football player. There is no consistency in that type sizing. You will find charts on the internet that give you SML guidelines but that is mainly a guessing game. Stick to actual measurements in inches.

Sizing for vintage shoes is pretty simple. Most sellers measure in inches along the inside of the inner sole. Width is measured on the outside, ball of the foot. Once again you have to take into consideration the style of the shoes. For extreme pointed toes some length has to be knocked off. Heel width is also important for many of us, running narrow to wide. Shoe sizes have not changed that much but as you know from shopping in the mall a size 7 isn’t always a size 7. Measure a pair of your perfectly fitting shoes with that tape measure, and compare to what is stated in the listing. If no size in inches is given, ask before you purchase.

For outerwear, common sense reins. Once you have the exact measurement in inches, leave a little room for clothing that is to be worn underneath. Will you be wearing heavy sweaters or a simple silk dress...makes a big difference.

Hats are basically sized in inches only, style being the major factor. If you are purchasing a pillbox hat, head size does not really matter since it perches on top of the head. Most are worn inside and not for extreme weather so you don’t really even need to consider security or placement factors. Hats that fit down over your head are a completely different matter. Measurements are taken on the inside around the sweatband. Your head needs to be measured exactly where you want the sweatband to fit. For a cloche style hat, measure even lower as shown in this example.

So next time you're shopping for that perfect vintage apparel item make it work by making sure it will fit!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Good Morning America, How Are You?

Oversized: Avant garde all the rage. cotton gauze shirt dress.

Marble: white Grecian goddess/hippie wedding dress

It's A Jungle: jungle animal safari print maxi, signed Eduardo print

Aloha Kitsch: tunic cover up mini dress

Midsummer's Night Dream: ethnic India cotton maxi dress

Radness: colorblock peplum blouse

Radness Part II: check floral tunic mini dress

Nude: crochet cigarette pants

All you DYI crafters out there....

I'm in the process of listing many many crochet and knitting books..........and I found this 1952 pattern.


I really think some crafty crocheter could make a small fortune with this pattern. One of you Etsy could make it in custom colors.........everybody wants a footprint bath mat.

I'll send the pattern book to anyone who offers to make me one.........I'll even buy the yarn. LOL Ya can't beat a deal like that. A free pattern and a guinea pig for your product.

Fabulous 40's Evening Dress

I just love this 1940's Evening dress, a print from a French magazine, a snip at just £4.99 .

French Haute Couture Fashion Paquin photo print 1941.

Designer is Paquin.

Published in 1941.

Image size approx 8 x 11.5 inches.

The watermark "vintageprints45" is not on the original print.

See more of these Vintage magazine fashion prints here

Wallflower Vintage Presents: "Wall" Flower Power

Address the dress - forget sticky shorts and clingy tops this summer - once you go summer dress - you won't go back.

Looking for the perfect summer dress?

Whether your summer plans include dancing, sightseeing, road tripping, or hanging around home you're going to need a good vintage dress. A vintage or retro dress is the perfect summer clothing. Everyone knows that a dress is a girl's best friend in the summer time! You can dress it up or down and go from well dressed to swimming pool with just one quick maneuver. A wide variety of vintage and retro dresses have just been listed in The Jennie Orr Store and I wanted to share my favorites with you. I hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Wallflower Vintage Presents: Calm

"Summer is the time when one sheds one's tensions with one's clothes, and the right kind of day is jeweled balm for the battered spirit. A few of those days and you can become drunk with the belief that all's right with the world."
~ Ada Louise Huxtable

Beads! Beads! Beads!

by Anne of Vintage Baubles

Although I collect vintage jewelry as well as sell it, I admit to not wearing jewelry on a regular basis (shame on me!). But when I do, you’ll almost always find me wearing a vintage neckpiece. And that vintage neckpiece is almost always a 1950’s or 1960’s multi-strand beaded necklace. I love them! And based on conversations with others who wear vintage jewelry, I’m not alone. Whether the occasion is a formal dinner or dance, a lunch with friends, a vacation outing, or just a work day when you feel like putting on something a little special--a vintage multi-strand choker or necklace can’t be beat. I can’t tell you how many compliments I always get when I wear one—be it a dressy piece or just a fun one. I’m sure this is because they stand out as unique, yet not “old-fashioned.” They are timeless. And, with “Mad Men” everywhere these days, what could be more so than your vintage multi-strand necklace?

Their quality is evident. When I’m in a department store--which isn’t very often, thank goodness--I’ll check out the costume jewelry. I never fail to be amazed at how much money is being asked for how little quality. And how little difference in style. For $15 or $20, or a good deal more, you can get yourself a plain plastic-bead necklace on cheap wire that looks like every other $15 or $20 necklace in the store. When you’re talking vintage pieces, I, in more than 25 years of collecting, don’t think I’ve ever seen two the same! (I’m sure they’re out there, but I haven’t seen any.) And, for $15 or $20, or a good deal more, you can get a hand strung (and often hand-knotted) necklace with beautiful and varied beads, and very often a clasp that would be at home on pieces costing several times more. The variety of beads in these pieces is awesome: glass “pearl” beads in hundreds of colors, molded Lucite beads, stippled or sugar beads—some of them handpainted, metal beads, art-glass beads, faceted crystal or plastic beads…. Add fancy filigree end caps and a multitude of spacer-bead styles, and you have a plethora of choices!

We see most of these generically marked Japan, West Germany, and Hong Kong. Among named makers, I often see Coro pieces; my own favorite is a Coro double-strand, metal-bead one. Other makers did these pieces (I’ve seen photos of some great ones from Vendome, Coro's upscale sister line), but I find that in this type of necklace, makers generally don’t matter. Some of the loveliest pieces I’ve had have been the generic Japan and Hong Kong ones.

Our selections this week highlight the variety and beauty of these classics!

From Vintage Outlet, this fun
Wood-Bead Double-Strand Necklace & Clip Earring Set


At Catseye Vintage, we have formal:
Three-Strand Faux Pearl and Smoke Grey Aurora Borealis Necklace


And dramatic:
Double-Strand Aventurine Glass Beads Choker Necklace and Matching Earrings


At A & J Esoterica, we have chunky: Coro Matte & Moonglow Lucite Chunky Double-Strand Choker Necklace


And recently sold from My Vintage Cocktail, this lighthearted
Summer White Plastic Beaded Multi-Strand Bib Necklace Choker: