Every now and again I pick up a dress on eBay, or a swap/sell FaceBook group that has been long discontinued by the manufacturer. Sometimes it’s an older style that I’ve never got around to purchasing, other times it’s a style that I didn’t necessarily want until after seeing it styled in real life. This dress certainly falls into the former category.
One question that always comes up in pinup and vintage fourms is “How to I keep my Pinup Style in winter?” While there is not definitive answer I’ve put together a guide based on my own winter routine. Staring of course with the undergarments and topping it off with accessories.
I was first introduced to Fennec Design at a craft fair by where I live in West Philadelphia. I happened to be off work that Saturday (which was unusual at the time), so I got some cash and moseyed around hoping to find some unique and inspiring items. I was drawn in to fennecs small but well stocked booth because of the intricate line work. After a quick look I immediately purchased two shirts one for me and one for my beau. I fell in love with the craftsmanship, Fennec produced crisp clean prints with a unique design perspective. Hand printed clothing featuring such delicate line work often means that the pigment may bleed creating a kind of fuzzy look, so I was incredibly surprised and perhaps over complimentary, I think one of the guys thought I was flirting when really I was just enthralled with the product. I actually ended up going back to their booth on my way back to purchase yet another shirt for my boyfriend and when I got home I tried to find them online, but had no luck. Fast forward a couple of months and after another search I found their Etsy shop and was thrilled to see that they have leggings and crop tops.
I began sewing about 9 years ago and although I love creating my own garments I have a serious problem with finishing them. After getting a gig writing for The Lingerie Addict, I found myself fully immersed in bringing these projects to completion. Since my column at TLA means sewing several pieces to completion I decided that I should try and complete some individual projects. So I purchased a bunch of $1.00 patterns and determined to create some non-lingerie garments for myself. My first completed piece (well nearly completed, I still need to fix the closure) is this re-released vintage Butterick Dress.