Friday, May 20, 2016

Birthday Sale and a Giveaway!

To celebrate my birthday I invite you all to use the code "BIRTHDAYSALE" to save 20% on everything in my Etsy shop.  I do have lots more to list, including some ready-made 1930s/40s blouses and dresses (made from vintage patterns and reproduction prints, but more on those later!) The sale ends May 31st at midnight!

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But wait! There's more!! I am also holding a giveaway for a special vintage/historical costume related gift for one lucky gal. This giveaway is open to everyone. How do you enter the giveaway?

Leave a comment here! I want to know what your favorite vintage or historical clothing accessory is and why. OR What your favorite time period to wear or create clothing from is and why. (18th century, 19th century, 1920s, 1940s, etc. These questions will help me put together the surprise gift for the winner. :) ) Be sure to let me know how to contact you!

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You can earn extra entries by visiting and following my Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram pages and sharing this post. Don't forget to sign up for my monthly newsletter! Sale and giveaway both end at midnight, May 31st.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Vogue Fashion Pattern Book - Summer 1935

A short post today with some vintage pattern eye candy! I recently came across this pattern catalog for sale and saved the images to share with all of you. It's a Vogue Fashion Pattern Book for the summer of 1935. It's full of illustrates in both color and black and white. I really like the sporty blue dress shown on the cover.

Source - Ebay
Source - Ebay
These 1930s evening fashions are divine!! I thought the gown on the bottom left looked familiar, and sure enough! You can find a single size reprint of it here at Eva Dress Patterns.

Source - Ebay
Source - Ebay
The dresses and jackets for day time are pretty neat too! Do you have a favorite from this catalog?

Source - Ebay
Source - Ebay

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Sunday Shoe Spectacle - A Shoe Review

I hope everyone is having a great weekend. Well, here we are with another Sunday Shoe Spectacle! I do hope you are enjoying this series as much as I am. I had a resent request to see more of my personal shoe collection so I'll be work on that shortly. Maybe I'll do a video post. What do you think?

Today I have a review of a pair of new vintage style shoes from Royal Vintage Shoes. This style is called "Back Then" by Restricted and is offered in two color combos. I picked the whiskey/navy combo.

As you may have guessed from my first review post (read here) I'm a big fan of Royal Vintage Shoes. I love the look and feel of their curated collection and have enjoyed the speedy shipping and great customer service.

For this review I paired the shoes with one of my favorite me made projects, my 1940s brown linen pants (made using Simplicity 1306) and a new to me vintage sweater. It's cashmere and is super soft! (I really like the red trim around the collar and sleeves!) Also a new to me WWII era victory pin.

I ordered a size 7 and found them to fit really well with just enough room for inserts. I find my feet are happier at the end of the day with a little extra cushioning in my shoes.

My one complaint with these shoes are the soles. They come with a felt sole that, at least on smooth hard surfaces like wood or tile floors, are be rather slippery. If you are looking for something to dance in and want a fast sole, these will be just fine. My pair are a little better after wearing them around outside but I think if I order another pair I'll be adding a non slip outer sole like these offered by American Duchess. Which, by the way, is the sister company of Royal Vintage Shoes.

Overall, I'm very happy with this pair of shoes. They look great with vintage clothing but also work really well with jeans. These will be worn a lot this year!

Outfit details:
Scarf - Thirfted 
Sweater - Facebook buy/swap page 
Victory Pin and Bracelets - Stone House Antiques
Lip color - Chocolate Kiss from Besame
Pants - Made by Me (Simplicity 1306
Shoes -  Royal Vintage Shoes 

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Vintage Life Miss June Contest

Hello all! I entered a photo in the Vintage Life Magazine Miss June contest! I feel very fortunate to have been selected as a runner up for Miss June last year

The Vintage Life Team will pick the winner but they do take the number of likes, comments, and shares for each photo into consideration. Here is the link that will take you directly to the photo album.  I would love it if you could like, comment, and share my photo! Thanks everyone! :) 

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Sunday Shoe Spectacle - 1930s Shoemaking Video

For today's Sunday Shoe Spectacle post, a cool video on how shoes were made in Germany in the 1930s. This is a silent video that shows all the steps from picking out materials, drawing and cutting the pattern as well as the actual construction, all by hand! This video is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive.

I found this to be particularly interesting as I have done some shoemaking myself, though I fully admit my 18th century shoes still are not finished. But that's another story for another day! :)

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