Sunday, October 31, 2010

3 Basic Ways To Scarf Tying

Vintage Orange And Brown Floral Square Scarf

How to ties scarves and shawls.

The beauty and elegance of your scarves and shawls can be enhanced by knowing how to tie them.

In as much the scarf and shawl are fashionable accessories, they have clearly become the most versatile fashion items for the woman of today.

These fashion accessories come in different shapes and sizes in varying fabric material with either intricate design patterns or even plain yet elegant colors. They offer versatility for the modern woman who may need to immediately morph into seamless sophistication at a snap of a finger.

The trick now is in how to tie a scarf so that it naturally enhances or complements the personality of the wearer.

Basic Fold 1:
To start the basic fold, you will need a square shaped scarf and roll the scarf from one side to about the middle of the scarf. Bring the side of the scarf that you are rolling towards the other and completely roll the scarf towards the end. The final product should look like the rolled scarf, a hotdog or logroll if you will.

Basic Fold 2:
In the second type of basic fold, you will need a square shaped scarf and fold the scarf in the middle to form a triangle. Hold the pointed end and roll it towards the center of the folded scarf then roll the other end towards the rolled portion. Completely roll the scarf to look like a hotdog whose ends are tapered.

Basic Fold 3:
The third basic fold which should help you on your quest on how to tie a scarf also requires a square shaped scarf. Fold one corner of the scarf towards the middle so that the scarf should look like a pentagon. Get the other opposite end of the scarf and fold it towards the middle, over the first fold to form an elongated hexagon.

Pull the oblong scarf through belt loops and secure the sides securely to produce a fold that closely  resemble the second basic fold.

These essential basic folds are very important in the accomplishment of a variety of fashionable scarf tying styles.

The following are just some of the more common scarf tying styles which can greatly complement a variety of outfits: the buckaroo knot which is patterned after the cowboys and cowgirls, the ascot knot, the European loop, the fake knot, and the Hollywood knot which are relatively easy to perform.

Other types of scarf tying styles include the neck wrap, the square knot, the ascot wrap and the bandana wrap,

How to tie a scarf is essentially a matter of a person's fashion sense although knowing the essentials will be greatly helpful to this end.

I just bought this hot pink swim cap!

I have not seen it in person yet but I am hoping to make a "big splash" at my community pool. The modern swim caps are just too tight on my head and style....vintage is the only way to go!!!!

Chic on the Cheap!

These pearly clip on earrings are seriously chic on the cheap, priced at $10 a steal for the holidays, wedding or gala event, vintage, faux pearls nestled together to create pearl cluster with beads......very lightweight.

Back to Fiber Basics: Woven vs. Knitted

The “Fabric Junkie” mentioned in her last blog that she would at some point address “how” raw materials are turned into fabric. Which is a basic that every seller and buyer of vintage apparel should know. So, here we go:

The two main ways that fibers—synthetic or natural—are turned into fabric are by weaving or by knitting.

Woven fabrics are made by interweaving two sets of threads or yarns at right angles to each other. Think of when you made potholders when you were a kid—you used a square “loom,” and wove the fabric loops in a repeating under and over pattern. This is what a weaving machine does—on a much larger scale, of course! The lengthwise yarn or thread strands are called “warp,” the crosswise ones are the “weft.” The yarn or threads can be in single strands or more, and the fabric can be woven into different textures and patterns. The three basic weaves are plain, twill, and satin. Other types of weaves are variations of these. One of these is the jacquard weave, which is made on special looms to produce damasks, brocades, tapestries, and matelasse’. Additionally, once a fabric comes off the loom, it can be finished or treated to achieve different effects.

Knitted fabrics are machined in much the same way as hand knitting, to achieve a fabric that is held together by looping around itself, running in only one direction. Initially knitting machines more or less imitated hand knitting, but, today, can produce fabric in a huge variety of textures. Knit fabrics can be either warp knits (running lengthwise) or weft (running crosswise). The most common knits are jersey (a single weft knit), double knit (two interlocking weft layers), sweater knit (made of bulkier yarn to mimic a hand-knitted effect), and tricot (a single warp knit). Knitted fabrics are stretchy, to varying degrees, and generally wrinkle resistant or nearly so, making them very popular with those of us who don’t like to iron!

Woven wool on left, polyester knit on right:


There are also non-woven fabrics, but we’ll mention these only briefly. These are compressed or bonded fabrics. The ones you’ll come across most commonly are wool felt, pellon interfacing, and fabrics made by bonding fibers to a backing (such as ultra-suede). Then there’s lace, but I’m not going there….

The biggest thing to realize is that almost any fiber can be made into a knitted or a woven fabric. E.g., polyester is not always a knit, and wool is not always a woven. I’m so frustrated when I see a listing for polyester dress, and there’s no mention of whether it’s a woven or a knit. If it’s not clear from the photo or the description, I’ll write the sellers to ask. Too often, the reply is, “I don’t know.” They just don’t understand the question. Which makes me crazy.

Here we’ve shown some examples of woven, knitted, and non-woven items we have available in our shops:

1930’s/40’s Rayon Jersey Dress at MyVintageCocktail Right: 1940’s Novelty Weave Suit at Vintage Baubles Too


1980’s St. John Sweater-Knit Dress from CatseyeVintage


1960’s Blue Woven Wool Suit at AlleyCatsVintage on Etsy


1940’s/50’s Jacquard Taffeta Party Dress from CatseyeVintage


Royal Blue Wool Felt Hat at Alley Cats Vintage on Ruby Lane


Shoes Glorious Shoes!

There are times when your personal budget does not lend itself to buying a gown or dress for that special occasion, be it a wedding, dance or holiday party. So what better way to perk up an outfit you already own than with a pair of shoes from Love Train Vintage!

Vintage 1980s Red Velvet Stilettos with
Satin Bows size 8.5M

Vintage 1950s Di Orsini Black Stilettos
size 8

Vintage 1950s Nanette Originals
Silver Stilettos size 7AAAA

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Alley Cats Vintage

Vintage Light Blue Tuscany Straw Dobbs Fedora

You can find this little Madmen treasure at Alley Cats Vintage

Pretty Princess Rhinestone Tiara

This pretty princess rhinestone tiara shines and sparkles and would be a great addition to a wedding ensemble or a debutant ball.

Coz' every girl's crazy 'bout a sharp

Fall is here with winter not far behind. Men want to look stylish too and what better way to do that than to choose vintage outerwear from Love Train Vintage!

Vintage 1950s Robert Hall American Sportswear Black
Blue Gray Plaid Jacket Coat Chest 42 W46 H46 Long

Vintage 1950s Mens Rockabilly Argyle
and Suede Sweater Chest 42 Waist 34-36

Vintage 1960s Campus Mens Jacket
Chest 42 W40

Vintage 1980s Savile Row Mens' Black Leather
Motorcycle Jacket C48 W48 H48 Size XL

Friday, October 29, 2010

Super Cool Bouvret Sunglasses

Check out these fun and funky black and white 1980's Bouvret France sunglasses, chic black and white frames......

New to Classic Vintage Day Dresses

A few vintage goodies recently added to

Lovely Top Modes Blue Floral Vintage Day Dress sz. M

Two Tone Vintage 50s Gray and Black Full Skirt Dress - sz. M-L

Swingy Vintage 50s Honey Comb Geometric Print Dress - sz. M

Mythical Fantasy Print Vintage 50s Full Skirt Dress - sz. M

Sweet Vintage 40s Black and White Eyelet Dress sz. M

Make your own mix and match wardrobe! The sky's the limit

One of my favorite type of patterns is the wardrober or mix and match separates. You can mix and match your fabrics and make an interexchangeable wardrobe with many options. Take just 3 pairs of shoes, a couple of belts, scarves and pins and have fun making up a multitude of outfits! To help you achieve this we've chosen several of our favorite patterns below.

Vintage 1966 Simplicity Coat Jacket Skirt
Blouse Pattern 6748 Size 20 1/2
B41 W35 H45 uncut in FF

Vintage 1970 Simplicity Pattern 9157 Dress
and Coat Size 18 B40 W31 H42

Vintage 1970 Simplicity Dress and Coat
Two Lengths Pattern 9122 Size 12
B34 W25 1/2 H36

So whatever look you crave you'll find the pattern for it at Born Too Late Vintage Patterns!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Women's fashion in the 1940's

Women's fashion in the 1940's

During the war of the 1940's there were severe fabric shortages. This meant that clothes were made with a minimum of fabric, few pleats and no trimmings.

To demonstrate that these limitations didn't necessarily signal the end to style and fashion, London's top fashion designers were asked by the Board of Trade to create a year-round collection. The focus of the collection was on line and cut, which create a elegant and simple look. This tailored and slim line silhouette, with pronounced shoulders and nipped in waists became standard wartime look.

Skirts were straight with a kick pleat or gently flared and hemlines were 18 inches from the ground, just below the knee. To add detail to the garments imaginative placement of pockets or buttons were used. Even some garments used the military style with breast pockets or belts and small collars.

The shoes that were worn were chunky and solid with wedges or low 2" heels. Open toe shoes were banned as impractical and unsafe.

Hand knitting became very popular in the 1940's as women on the home front could make a contribution to the war effort by knitting for the troops. Many specialized patterns were developed such as the balaclava helmet with ear flaps for the use in telephone operations or the mittens with a separate forefinger for firing a trigger in the cold. Knit wear was also a cheap way to enhance a wardrobe and fine wool and pretty lace patterns became fashionable.

Women's fashion after WW2

After the war women were ready for a change, tired of much tailored garments. In 1947, Christian Dior introduced the "New Look", featuring longer lengths and fuller skirts. The use of many yards of fabric in garments was now seen as lavish and opulent. These changes in fashion create a soft, feminine and romantic image.

Peplums with are a flounce or short, flared flap attached at the waist of a dress, blouse, coat, etc. and extending around the hips were very fashionable. Skirt hems, necklines and waists had ruffles. A-line skirts were topped with soft, feminine blouses. The blouses donned bows at the centre-front neckline and could have full or puffy sleeves. Collars were cut generously full.

Undergarments at the end of the 1940's were made into two separate pieces, the bra and the girdle. After World War II, wire was introduced into bras and nylon stockings were back on the market.

Calling All Leos!

Calling All Leos! These roaring lion sunglasses are a perfect addition to the Leo wardrobe...accessories department. These look designer but don't have a label on them......Oh and Leo Girl...don't worry...these lions are so classy, sassy and flashy they will stand out against even the most gorgeous mane of hair.

Skants Revisited!!! or Everything Old is New Again.

Remember back in January of 09.........this post....about this pattern for wrap around pant skirt called "Skants"?

well guess what?  Skants are back in a newer and I think more user friendly version.  These are sized more appropriately and come with the pattern for 2 stretch knit tops, shoes, hat and bag.  If you are planning a winter cruise..........this is the complete wardrobe for your trip.

This and many more casual and beach wear patterns in both vintage and more contemporary styles can all be found at

Falling for Fall in Vintage

for vintage colours.

Fun For Fall..Vintage Pins or Vintage Nightgown in Fall Color

Celebrate fall with a beautiful pin for your blazer, a stunning black Vanity Fair with fall color florals or float in orange chiffon! All items are available at
Vintage Pretties on RubyLane

Vintage Art glass Rhinestone brooch pin, Clip Earring Set
Demi Parure

Vanity Fair vintage Black Satin floral Nightgown M L

Vintage Peach Chiffon Peignoir Babydoll
Nightgown Set M

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

It's time to vote! Dandelion Vintage Photo Contest

Please vote on your 3 favorite entrants for their a chance to win a $250 shopping credit at Dandelion Vintage!

The public can vote daily for 3 of their favorite vintage outfits. There are some great ones, so it's hard to choose. But you can come back every day and vote for 3 more!

The 1st Place winner will receive a $250 credit to spend at Dandelion Vintage –
2nd Place winner will receive $100.00 credit to spend at Dandelion Vintage
3rd Place winner will receive $50.00 credit to spend at Dandelion Vintage.

Public voting will be from October 27th to November 12th.
The top 3 entrants with the most votes will be chosen on 11/13.

Click the link above for more details and to enter.

Bye for now, Carol

Cool Clam Belt Buckle

Check out this 32" brown leather belt with clam belt buckle, it is heavy solid brass, a very cool statement piece, black and white photo is of my mother in the 70's....

Wallflower Vintage Presents: Danse Macabre

Parisian Catacombs

Graveyard in Bremen, Maine

St. John's Cemetery, Sheldon, NY

Brides in Tattered gowns: Satin Dance Dress, 1940s black over beige gown, 1950s party frock

Happy Halloween!


The Family Vintage

Lots to LOVE this week in the store!!

navy princess pea coat with faux fur trims