Saturday, December 11, 2010

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Miss Dandy @ Tumblr

Hi, Guys! I now have a Tumblr account where I'm posting tons of vintage fashion photos as well as 1960s and 1970s pop culture photos. I try to update with at least 5 photos a day, so please follow if you'd like. So far, I'm amazed with all of the cool stuff that I've seen on Tumblr!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

There's a Chill in the Air!

From a 1968 Mademoiselle magazine: amazing sweaters, wool skirts, scarves and hats!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Miss Dandy @ First Friday Art Walk, Downtown Springfield

For those of you who live in Springfield......I will be doing some "live" sewing @ iNDie tomorrow night (December 3rd) from 5:00-9:00 for the downtown First Friday Art Walk! YAAAAAY!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

More Childhood Nostalgia

Check out this cool vintage child's winter accessories pattern from 1984! It's for a fuzzy bear scarf, hat, mittens and ear muff covers. This pattern really takes me back....I would have been the perfect age for these in 1984 (7 years old, to be exact!). I remember standing outside waiting for the bus in the chilly weather, hating the ear muffs that my mom made me wear! Do kids even wear those anymore?

I just put this in my pattern shop if you'd like to see more details!

Broken Ghost Couture @ Etsy

I stumbled across Broken Ghost Couture's shop on Etsy the other day. I'm a big fan of designers who use upcycled and vintage materials to make one-of-a-kind clothing, and this shop has some truly amazing handmade gems for women and children! There are two of my favorites:

If I had a little girl I would buy this immediately!

Super-cute holiday dress!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

THANKSGIVING SALE @ My Etsy Vintage Pattern Shop!

I'm having a 30% off sale on all inventory from my Etsy vintage pattern shop! The sale is running now through Sunday 11/28 @ midnight. Most patterns are now only $3.50 each! Here are a few of my current favorites:

Have a happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A Few New 1970s-Inspired Designs!

Finally! Here are a few fun new designs that I finished recently. As most of you know, I have an unabated love for all things 1970s (especially 1970s fashion), so these are both inspired by my favorite decade!

Babydoll dress made from all upcycled and vintage materials. The bodice are sleeves are made from bright pink polyester double knit. I used an upcycled vintage 1970s bias wool plaid skirt for the skirt. The embroidered collar and button are vintage, too! Currently available in my Etsy handmade shop.

Cozy pullover top. The oversized cowl collar, sleeves and waistband are made from vintage poly/cotton stretch knit fabric. The bodice is made from what was once a 1970s button-front shirt. Currently available in my Etsy handmade shop!


Sunday, November 21, 2010

Inspiringly Stylish Female Musicians

A few of my favorite (and stylish) female musicians for some inspiration. Enjoy!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Sewing is Fun

Amazing vintage 1959 children's sewing book! Currently in the ismoyo shop at Etsy.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Betty Oatmeal @ Etsy

Earlier today, I was "window shopping" around Etsy, looking at what's new from a bunch of my favorite sellers. One of my all-time favorite sellers is Karen Davisson of Betty Oatmeal, whose garments are made utilizing vintage sewing patterns and a mix of reclaimed and upcycled fabrics. Her designs are always really stunning, but these western shirts completely knocked my socks off:

Everything is so perfect about this. From the pink piping to the smocked fabric cuffs to the floral fabric to the images of Loretta Lynn. I freaking love this!

Another work of wearable art. More like a masterpiece, actually! Truly inspiring.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

What I Wore - #2

Finally! There was a nice crisp chill in the air today, so I pulled out a scarf and sweater to wear. It's been the warmest fall here in Springfield!

Outfit Details:
Vintage raspberry boucle sweater - Thrifted
Woven Scarf - Target
Belt - Target
Vintage cream open-front sweater jacket - Thrifted
High waist jeans - Macy's (hmmm....these kind of look like "mom" jeans, but I'm actually okay with that.)

I'm looking forward to the Project Runway finale tonight (although the season has been pretty awful as a whole). GO MONDO!!! His unabated love for houndstooth and bright colors cannot be denied!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

What I Wore - #1

A few weeks ago, I had mentioned that I planned on attempting to document photos of my daily outfits to post here. It's been a little over a year since my son was born, and I wanted to do this mainly as a way to motivate myself to get out of my "new mom clothing rut" - a.k.a. wearing only sweats and t-shirts all day every day. So here's my first "What I Wore" post!

Oufit Details:
Handmade 1970s Polyester Tunic - found @ a church rummage sale
Grey T-Shirt - thrifted
Skinny Belt - Banana Republic
Jeans - Sears, I think
Black Boots - Nine West "Casilda" boots from Zappos

I'm wearing this outfit today. I fell in love with the polyester tunic top the moment I laid eyes on it...and it was only .50 cents! Best of all, it's handmade. In fact, I think I've seen the 1970s Simplicity pattern for sale on Etsy recently. These are the only pair of "skinny" jeans that I own. Love them, but they tend to get baggy at the knees after a couple hours of wear. Would love to make a pair of the Burda Style Anita skinny jeans someday. The black belt has been a part of my wardrobe for 10 years! I just bought the Nine West boots and they are super-comfy. I think they look like granny boots from the late 1960s which is a bonus!

Monday, October 25, 2010

What I've Been Working On Lately

Long time, no blog! :)

I've been working really hard lately to make a bunch of pretty wearables to add to my Etsy shop and also to take to local downtown Springfield shop iNDie! Here's a little peek at a what I've been working on lately:

Comfy top made from unicorn print cotton stretch knit fabric that I salvaged from a vintage 1980s dress. Although the actual construction of the top is finished, I am currently in the (long) process of hand sewing star shaped sequins onto the tip of each of the unicorn's horns. Yes - I am insane! I'm only 1/4 of the way done, but I think the end result will be worth it!

This dainty little vintage-inspired dress makes me think of tea parties! It's made from grey suiting and the wide fitted midriff empire waistband and cowl collar are made from vintage cotton knit fabric.

That's all for now! Off to do some more sewing...

Monday, October 11, 2010

I really wish I could knit...

...because this is my dream 1970s hooded sweater jacket! Isn't it perfection?

Many years ago, I did actually did teach myself how to do basic knitting. And while I picked it up quite quickly, I decided just as quickly that I didn't have the patience or the dedication for it. Same with quilting - way too tedious and time-consuming for me, although I can see how both quilting and knitting could be quite zen-like for others. I gravitate towards sewing clothing because (when I actually have the free time) most things can be finished in one evening! This sweater jacket will probably continue to haunt me, though....

Friday, October 8, 2010

Vintage Pattern Shop Weekend Sale!

Yet another week has passed with no posts! I hate falling behind, but some things just can't be helped. To be fair, my son Brydon's 1st birthday was this week, so a lot of my time was devoted to that. :)

I wanted everyone to know that I'm having a weekend sale at my Etsy vintage pattern shop! Everything in the shop is 30% OFF ALL WEEKEND LONG, starting now through 12:00 a.m. Sunday night (well, technically that's Monday morning). Everything has already been discounted for you so purchasing and checking out is easy! By the way, this sale means that most patterns are around only $3.50 each! And I've stocked the shop with some really sweet finds! Here are a few of my favorites: