I love the costumes of Marnie Madden (played by Oona Chaplin), wife of Anchor Newsman Hector Madden on The Hour and Betty Draper (January Jones), wife of Don Draper on Mad Men. These women are the wives of well-to-do men, and so their wardrobes would reflect their husbands’ success.
Vintage Vortex, a store on Etsy, deals in jaw-dropping gorgeous vintage prom & bridal dresses. We’re talking the full crinoline era! Caryl Young is the woman behind the shop with an eye for beauty, and has sourced some of the most out of this world stunning dresses! Based in Toronto, Canada, she has had a life long passion for vintage. After the realisation that her bulging closets were getting out of hand, she decided to turn this passion into a business and started selling her items locally and via high end vintage shops.
This lovely strapless 1950’s party/prom dress is a confection of soft baby pink lace and tulle. The strapless form fitting lace wrapped (boned) bodice with pleated tulle at the bustline, the wide waistband to accentuate a narrow waist (insert wistful sigh here for the lost waistline of my youth), and the incredibly full skirt with cascading tiers of tulle and lace.
This is a sundress in a vibrant polished cotton floral print. The watercolor-like florals in baby pink, lilac, dusty rose, lemon and olive green bloom on a white background. This dress would be perfect to wear to a garden wedding.
Rows upon rows of turquoise and silver metallic tulle and lace grace this gorgeous prom dress. The strapless, alluring sweetheart neckline and very full skirt is sure to turn heads.
An exquisite 1950’s party dress in a turquoise and emerald green floral print chiffon. The barely there spaghetti straps, flattering shirred neckline, vertically ruched chiffon bodice, with horizontally ruched cummerbund to accentuate a tiny waist, and the fabulous twirling full skirt all sure to emphasize a woman’s curves. There are three layers to the skirt – an underlayer of ivory satin acetate decorated in an exquisite floral print, a middle layer white tulle to give the skirt extra body, topped with a floating overlayer of chiffon in a matching floral print.
A romantic chiffon confection in gorgeous shade of coral pink. It has a bust enhancing ruched (boned) bodice, sexy cap sleeves sitting just off the shoulders narrow draped bodice, designed to enhance the bust. There are three layers to the skirt – a matching coral satin underlayer, a middle single layer of coral tulle, topped with a floating overlayer of chiffon.
All I can say is drool, drool, drool…
Butterick recently released some very pretty vintage inspired dress patterns for Spring 2014 that are concentrated on the 1950s.
Like this circa 1950s dress that can be made into a day dress or evening depending on the fabric and pattern version choices. This sample made in what looks like a yellow windowpane-like textured cotton can bring out your inner June Cleaver. Just add pearls.
I can see the version with a collar made up in a watercolor floral print cotton for a day dress or in a sophisticated polished cotton or floral silk for a daytime wedding. The version with the sweetheart neckline looks like it can be sewn up in a black satin for an evening look.
Here’s a 1950s wedding gown and bridesmaid dress that will make you look like you just stepped out of the film, “Father of the Bride”, and I’m talking the original with Spencer Tracey and Elizabeth Taylor.
I can see these dresses hemmed up to tea-length for garden weddings.
And then there’s Gertie’s Alfred Shaheen inspired sarong dress pattern. It comes in two versions, one wiggle dress tight and the other with a full skirt.
The smocked side panels will ensure that this dress will snugly fit any body. Nice, thoughtful detail Gertie!
If the 1950s are a time period of fashion that you enjoy, you’re in luck this spring!
Bouncing around the blog-o-sphere I’m seeing a new trend of choosing a word for the year instead of making New Year’s resolutions that fall by the wayside after a few weeks. Many folks out there are choosing words like “purpose”, “health”, “play”, “calm”, “ease” and “metamorphosis”. I like this concept much more than Resolutions which seem to be like a list of rules, and who wants more rules to have to follow in daily life?
This word is something you can intend and invite into your daily life. It’s a word on which you can mediate, reflect and place at the back of your mind so that everyday it can open up the possibilities in your outward life. It’s your theme, so to speak.
It can be singular or plural, tangible or intangible. It could be a thought, feeling, emotion or state of being. Find something that is personal to just you. This is not anyone else’s word or someone’s way cool word you think you should have too. You don’t have to share it with anyone or feel like you have to explain or defend it. This is YOUR word. If you are having trouble thinking of a word, you can start with what you don’t want, like worry, and follow that to find what you do want, like “serenity”.
My word for this year is SERENDIPITY.
The Oxford American Dictionary defines “serendipity” as: serendipity |ˌserənˈdipitē| noun: the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way: a fortunate stroke of serendipity | a series of small serendipities.
ORIGIN 1754: coined by Horace Walpole, suggested by The Three Princes of Serendip, the title of a fairy tale in which the heroes “were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of.”
Can you identify a single word that sums up what you want for yourself in 2014?
Now and then I like to look at different clothing websites for inspiration and ideas. Gertie, of Gertie’s blog for better sewing was recently inspired by a dress from Bettie Page Clothing, so I had to go check them out. Bettie Page Clothing says they are retro and vintage styled clothing for the modern woman. This post is photo heavy, but these are some of the dresses that I found inspiring. If I could, I would just buy them all!!
Alika circle dress, worked with this delightful lattice work around the neckline. It comes in many colors.
The Lime Drop wiggle dress with appliqué leaves at the neckline. This would be great for a Laura Petrie look.