Discontinued Beauties: Trashy Diva 40’s Kimono Dress

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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.

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Pinup on a Budget

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The Fall and Winter Wardrobe Guide for Pinup, Retro and Vintage Mavens

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rsatt328_navyCollectif Glenda Swing Trousers $90.00Pinup Couture Doris Top $52.00 Emmy Design Knit Turban $30.00

RE_corset-mf_350_350Hell Bunny Adjustable Petticoat available at Modcloth $60.00  Recollections Sonya Dress $190 Emmy Design Faux Fur Stole $79.00

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.

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Collection Spotlight: Fennec Crop Tops and Leggings

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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.

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The Seamstress Diaries: Butterik 6173

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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.

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Lust List: Nerdy Goodies

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