Saturday, February 25, 2012

Being my own model.

This is a 1940s evening dress that I found recently. A royal blue full-length slip goes under a sheer, beaded dress. Both the top dress and slip have side zippers. This dress is not in perfect condition and has a few holes and tears, so I may just keep it just to look at and sigh over.

This is the turquoise goddess dress from a previous post. An armless mannequin doesn't really do this dress justice. The beaded collar on this dress is all the jewelry you'd need, but a little extra bling never hurt anybody.

This mod little dress is something else. The beaded pockets and neckline are so intricate. I also love the barely-there tint of sea foam/spring green. 

After watching all the episodes of Mad Men all over again in anticipation for its Match 25 season 4 premiere, I have even more appreciation for this dress. If Joan weren't a redhead, she would have totally worn this dress.

This 1940s navy day dress is so delicate and lovely. It is completely sheer, so it would need to be paired with a full slip. The lace collar is in perfect condition and the same lace lines the sleeve edges.

This 1940s party dress reminds me of something from the English Regency period. It's silk satin with the most lovely swirly details. I also really like the open back and girly sleeves.

This taffeta and velvet 1960s wiggle dress is my most recent find. It also comes with a velvet and beaded sleeveless top/vest, but I like the dress by itself much better. Simple and structured.

This 1940s/1950s day dress is such a favorite. It's comfortable, flattering and in perfect condition.

This 1950s/early 1960s beaded cocktail dress has a little bit of discoloration, possibly from sun damage, but it's nothing that a little box of Rit dye couldn't fix. That back draping detail is something else.

Most, if not all, of these dresses (along with a lot more vintage clothing) will be available for ogling next Saturday at the Lowcountry Artist Market at the Music Farm!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Lowcountry Artist Market: First of 2012

The March 2012 Lowcountry Artist Market is next weekend! I've been adding to the seek vintage rack and can't wait to share my finds. One of my favorite is a 1940s sheer beaded gown (it has a tiny train!). These will be photographed before next weekend and put on the blog, hopefully.

 None of these pieces have been added to Etsy yet, so you Charlestonians have exclusive access to the pieces.

Also, new for this market--I'm doing a spring cleaning of sorts. There will be a $5 bin of great vintage skirts, dresses, coats and blouses.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

My February 14.

Instead of one card, Steven made me a laundry line of four  *  gypsy jazz, namely Django, is vital for cooking (I think his swingy sounds infused into the food)  *  I cooked up arroz con pollo for Valentine's dinner

Not pictured: the requisite flowers (in a 1940s glass milk bottle--he's perfect) and stack of chocolate bars. I'm starting to really dig this holiday.

How was your Valentine's Day? And don't forget... if you're in Charleston, come out to the Valentine's Day Hangover at Pure Theatre tonight!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Valentine's Day Hangover.

Valentine's Day is just around the corner. Valentine's Day was never a big deal, until last year, when I met this dude who has now been my boyfriend for nearly a year, which is pretty strange and wonderful.

Anyway, said dude is having a show the day after VD:

Here's a song that I'm pretty partial to...

If you're on the other end of the spectrum, there are more than a few songs about relationship blues in his repertoire...just visit Steven's Bandcamp for a taste.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Thursday, February 9, 2012

A sky blue sheath.

This dress is such a darling. It's that perfect, springy shade of blue. This otherwise simple sheath dress makes the neckline the focal point, with its beaded collar detail and diamond-shaped keyhole cut-out. This is also a minor detail, but this dress is sewn do I put this delicately? The bust has pointed seams that are made to accommodate the bullet bras that were ever-so-popular in the 1940s-1960s.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

a 1960s goddess gown.

I really need to get a model to show off all of these vintage dresses. Even though my little mannequin gal shows things off better than a hanger would, there's no replacing a human being to highlight all of the little details of a dress. This Petty Hite gown, for example--the cape-like detail on this dress, pinned up on the right shoulder. I think the intention is for it to be worn almost as an asymmetrical sleeve. Loose, flowing, romantic, goddessy.

I'd love to meet the woman who wore this dress in the 1960s.

Monday, February 6, 2012

An easy, breezy day dress.

This dress, by Shelton Stroller, is just amazing. The print is adorable, and the fit is so flattering. It has a front-zip closure and fits more like a modern size 4 than its printed tag size of 10. This dress dates to the 1940s or early 1950s, but is still in perfect condition. Come see it on Saturday at the Art for Charity Pop-Up Shop!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Some 1970s asymmetry.

This 1970s asymmetrical dress is all kinds of awesome. A perfect palette, tons of detail (single shoulder with tie details, a button back, a bum ruffle) but still an overall simple dress. Lovely.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

An orange cocktail shimmy.

From what my googling gathers, Lisbeth Wolfe was a swanky shop on Main Street in Columbia, SC. This dress pretty much proves it. It's in unbelievable condition, with not a bead out of place. It fits like a dream and I might cry a secret tear when someone buys it.