Vintage Maxi Dresses – Etsy and eBay

Hello again, it’s been a while, a month to be exact. Whenever I’m stuck for a subject I think back to wise words from my journalist friend – ‘write about what interests you’.

Right now, it’s my growing collection of gorgeous vintage maxi dresses. I’ve been scouring eBay and Etsy and here are my fabulous finds so far. A vintage maxi dress is certainly a summer wardrobe essential. At your next party or girls lunch you should make an entrance by pairing your vibrant printed or brightly coloured dress with a pair of favourite wedges and some chunky jewellery.

Vintage Maxi Dress Finds On Etsy & eBay

Before I start I need to tell you about a fabulous website vintageJS that adds awesome retro and vintage style to images. It’s so easy to use and the result is very groovy indeed. I’ve used it on this post as you can see.

The first favourite maxi is a stunning dress I found 18 months ago on eBay. It was a bargain at $30 and I’ve worn it at least six times so I’ve certainly got my money’s worth. Not the best picture of me but you can see how beautiful the dress is, worn here with a vintage style diamanté brooch. I recently had the dress taken up so it’s not strictly a maxi any more, but at least I get more use out of it.

My lovely husband Matt and me. Sydney, Christmas 2011.

My lovely husband Matt and me. Sydney, Christmas 2011.

These two beautiful dresses below are a more recent Etsy purchase. I’m looking forward to making a statement at a party, NYE perhaps. Check out Fast Eddie’s Retro Rags and Whimsy Ville for more fab dresses and other vintage items.

This hot coral beauty is also an Etsy find and the colour is just so now.

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Despite a mixed bag of comments on Facebook I went ahead and bought this beautiful floral number. It’s currently winging it’s way to Sydney from the US. I’ll wear it with a 1970’s style cinch belt and leather platforms like the model in this picture.

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Below is a pic of a cute vintage maxi dress from the 1970’s. It’s a bright spring green and covered with ditsy flowers. I’d buy this but alas it’s too small for me.

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This beautiful Hawaiian maxi would really get you noticed. I guess it helps to be tall and beautiful like the model in this picture.

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One last amazing chiffon dress. Not something I would dare to wear but beautiful nonetheless.

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I gave myself until 11 pm tonight to finish and publish this post, it’s now 11.07…

Enjoy! x

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Vintage Fabric & Accessories Sale

At last I’ve created a Fabulous Vintage Facebook Sale Shop. I’ll be uploading lots of gorgeous things over the next few weeks as I need to sell some products to make way for more beautiful vintage fabric! Here is a sneak peek of what’s on offer. Bridget

 

Vintage Crochet Fashion

Oooo I’ve been having so much fun finding images for this blog post. I’ve realised I was definitely born ten years too late and would have loved to have been in my teens or twenties in the 1970’s.

So here we have a gallery of vintage crochet fashion from the 1960’s and 1970’s.  Some of these images have come from patterns selling on Etsy and others are vintage items being sold on Etsy or eBay. I’ve included links to sellers of course as these are not my photos.

Look at these fabulous crochet bell Bottom trousers images from Viral Threads great blog. Sadly I came across these a tad too late and they’ve now sold. Some lucky lady will certainly be strutting her stuff in these beauties this summer. WOW!

If you’re reading this and can crochet please contact me as I’d love to find someone to make me this stunning sexy 1970’s mod trouser suit in cream pictured below. I’ve purchased the pattern from Granny Takes A Trip on Etsy. Izzy has lots of fabulous patterns do check out her shop if you love vintage crochet fashion. The blue suits on the left are from Vintage Vibes Patterns also on Etsy.

I am completely in love with this amazing floral crochet shawl. The pattern is also from Vintage Vibes Patterns on Etsy. It’s just gorgeous.

A blog post featuring images of vintage crochet fashion would not be complete without hot pants and these three ladies are each sporting a pair of groovy hip hugging shorts. These images are from 2nd Look Vintage on Etsy and patterns are available in Lauren Fraser’s shop. All 2nd Look Vintage PDF patterns are 100% retyped for ease of use.

Living in lovely Sydney as I do I had to include a few Australian crochet pattern images. These two below are my favourite and the green one in particular screams ‘Australia’ at me. I think it’s the fantastic oversized emerald green sunnies. Both patterns are available at All The Precious Things on Etsy.

More lovely crochet pattern dresses this time from Wonky Zebra on Etsy. In particular I love the blue a-line dress in the top right corner, it’s so pretty.

A quick look on eBay and I find these two stunningly gorgeous vintage lace crochet items. The first was sold on Viral Threads eBay shop and is a super rare palazzo pant jumpsuit with ivory floral lace overlay and scalloped crochet lace sleeves and collar. It’s amazing and worth every cent of it’s US $795 price tag. It’s now been sold so someone is going to look fabulous at a wedding or other super special event. The second lovely item from Bustown Modern Vintage (also on eBay) is a stunning late 1960’s, early 1970’s lace crochet mini dress with scalloped edges, empire waist and huge bell sleeves. If you want it you’ve got to be quick as bidding ends in two days and is currently at US $170.

So ends this weeks post. I hope you enjoyed being transported back to a world of glorious vintage crochet fashion.

Until next time,

Bridget

Mexican Embroidered Dresses

I’ve been searching the internet for a vintage embroidered Mexican dress and I’ve come across some great websites and learned much more about Mexican embroidery.

First stop is The Mexican Dress. A whole website dedicated to sharing the secrets of how to make a traditional Mexican Puebla Dress or Boho Dress. The picture below is from The Mexican Dress website and has inspired me to sew and embroider my own dress. A big project but how wonderful to make one for myself. I’ll be using my vintage fabrics for inspiration and ideas for the embroidery.

More research brought me to the Friends of Oaxacan Folk Art website and to the artist Faustina Sumano Garcia. Faustina is a master of amazingly detailed, colourful embroidery in the traditional wedding dress style. Her work has been featured in many books on Mexican folk art. The image below is a blouse made by her. I have taken this image from Teyacapan’s photostream on Flickr. For interest there is an amazing set of images of Oaxaca Embroidery on Teyacapan’s photostream.

A few hours browsing vintage Mexican dresses on Etsy brought me to the beautiful dresses of  Aida Coronado. At the moment Aida’s website says she is not taking orders however her beautiful dresses can still be purchased on Etsy.  Both images below are from Etsy.  The embroidered bag has to be the most beautiful bag I have ever seen, an early Christmas present to myself perhaps?

    

I also found a few gorgeous vintage Mexican dress on Etsy and eBay, see pictures below. I love the tan coloured dress. I won it on ebay and I reckon I’ll shorten it and wear it with my suede Camper boots this autumn.

           

Mexican embroidered dresses are so gloriously bright and colourful and perfect for sunny days in Sydney.

Oh, and I’ve just found this wall hanging on Etsy, such pretty embroidery.

I  hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post as much as I’ve enjoyed researching and writing it.

Bridget

Violetclothing

I just found violetclothing on Facebook.

Their clothes are so gorgeous so I just had to write a quick blog post.

Violetclothing are two sisters from Perth, who were inspired by their seamstress mum and her boxes of gorgeous fabrics.

In a nut shell: beautiful clothing and accessories, made locally using vintage and unique fabrics

These skirts are absolutley fabulous and I’m going to buy one or two for next summer.

        

Violetclothing’s vintage fabric bags are divine too!

Fabulous fabulous vintage fabric!

Bridget

Fabulous Vintage Fabric Bags

Today’s blog is a showcase for vintage fabric bags. There are so many gorgeous ones out there (including mine!) and they deserve to be written about.

So, my favourites from a recent search

Sally & Jane   Beautiful clutches from identical twins who love to be crafty.

  

Kara Smith makes one off handmade handbags that are individually named and come with fab extras such as pockets, vintage buttons and recycled buckles.

All patterns and designs are created by Kara herself.

    

Retrofied  Home of lovely things handcrafted from a mix of vintage, repurposed, remnant & contemporary materials.

I love the attention to detail on this lovely bag below such as the cute floral lining and fabric covered button. Nice!

Kiki’s Rewind Designs  has wonderful vintage fabric tool belts for women who garden, quilt or craft. These are also great for a market stall so I’ll just have to order one!

Kiki also has lovely clutch bags.

    

I’ve blogged about Retro Elephant before and I just love their retro clutch bags. Their products are made by hand from recycled textiles from the 60’s and 70’s, preferably in bright colors!

The result is unique and environmentally friendly products with a true retro touch.

Ella O Six has wonderful bags and every piece is made or customised with pride by Ella herself.  What I love most about Ella’s bags is her choice of vintage fabric, it’s right up my street.
   
Audrey’s Cat has gorgeous slouchy boho shoulder bags, this one featured below is my favourite.
Last (and certainly not least!) are my own Fabulous Vintage products.
Rare vintage fabric is carefully sourced and up-cycled into fabulous bags which are sold on Madeit and Blue Caravan ethical design market.
      
Gorgeous hey!
Until next time,
Bridget

Miss Moss Gorgeous Accessories

Sunday, the day after a giant community recycle and sell day and what a brilliant day it was. The streets were chock-a-block with happy customers and buyers and West Street, North Sydney was buzzing. Lovely to enjoy a glass of wine in the sunshine and raise cash to buy more fabulous vintage fabric.

I sometimes struggle to find subjects to blog about so some sound advice given to me by a journalist friend, to write about what interests me, has been invaluable.  A big thank you to the lovely Siobhan at MissMoss.

MISS MOSS is a fashion and accessories label that is available online and in select Australian and New Zealand stores.

Online collections can be viewed in an e-boutique or shopping website hardtofind and products are designed and manufactured exclusively by them and for them.

Collections include: natural  fibre  garments and scarves, bold costume jewellery, suede and leather bags and sterling silver/semi precious accessories.

MISS MOSS supports fair and ethical trade and frequently supports charities and good causes.

My favourite Miss Moss accessories are pictured below.