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Pinups for Pitbulls Bow Wow Luau 2018

This past Saturday, June 23rd, I had the pleasure of volunteering with Pinups for Pitbulls at the 2018 Bow Luau Fundraiser at Mother Pugs Saloon in Staten Island, NY. The fundraiser featured several local bands and vendors, as well as silent auctions. There was also a Miss Bow Wow Luau Pinup Contest (I was a contestant) and Best dressed (I WON)! All the money we raised goes back in to the Pinups for Pitbulls Nonprofit organization to help advocate and educate people on pitbull type dogs and other doesn’t that are discriminated against.  I made several new friends on the New York PFPB team and had a great time!

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The New York PFPB Team

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Miss Bow Wow Luau 2018 Pinup Contest

The dress I wore was custom made for me by Violets in May. I highly recommend her if you are looking for a custom made vintage inspired Hawaiian dress. I made the hair piece myself. My Flamingo earrings are from Summer Blue on Etsy.

Outfit of the Day

Outfits of the Day June 17th thru 21st

This week I got to wear some new dresses that I haven’t worn yet. It was very warm most days this week, so I was able to wear some sleeveless dresses.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

I bought this dress during the winter and was saving it for summer. I needed a purple halter swing dress in my life and Sunday was very warm, so I didn’t have to wear a cardigan!

Dress: Amazon

Shoes: Just Fab

1950s halter swing dress

Monday, June 18, 2018

Dress: Dress of the Month Club from Unique Vintage

Fascinator: Made by me!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Even though it is very warm outside, it is freezing in my office so I still have to wear cardigans sometimes.

Top: Wish

Caridgan: Old Navy

Skirt: Unique Vintage

Shoes: Chase & Chloe

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

I finished sewing another vintage skirt in this wonderful floral fabric, that I purchased from Affordable Fabrics in Uncasville, CT. The skirt Pattern is Simplicity 8446.

Top: Unique Vintage

Skirt: Made by me!

Shoes: Chase & Chloe

Simplicity Vintage Skirt 8446

Friday was rainy and I was feeling lazy so I didn’t wear anything exciting or new.

 

Vintage Sewing

Vintage sewing – 1950s Simplicity Skirt 8446

I have always been a crafty person. I knit, spin yarn, weave, embroider, make wearing and hair accessories and I have dabbled in sewing. 15 years ago I sewed a Princess Gown for my little sister for Halloween, but I haven’t done much garment sewing since then. I decided that I wanted to start sewing my own vintage clothes, because I want more and I don’t want to spend a ton of money on them from different stores all the time. I have found several pattern companies that have re released some of their vintage patterns from the 1940s and 1950s, so I decided to give it a go.  The first pattern that I have sewn is a Simplicity Skirt pattern 8446 from the 1950s. I also found a fabric store close to my house that sells fabric for $2.99 a yard, not just some of the fabric but ALL of their fabric. It’s called Affordable Fabrics and they have stores in Uncasville, CT and Rocky Hill, CT.

I was a little nervous about sewing this pattern but it was actually really easy and it has POCKETS! I only had to cut out 4 pieces of fabric and it had you use ribbon for the waist band. Next time I sew this pattern, I will make a waistband out of the fabric because I want it to match the skirt exactly.

And here is the final product! The dress form I have is bigger then my waist size so it looks a little puffed out on the right side of the waistband, But you can also see my modeling it here. The yellow fabric that I used was a little see through, so I am wearing a white petticoat underneath, which is fine because it gives the skirt that 1950s full skirt look.

I have already started cutting out the fabric for the second skirt and I will share that when I finish it. What are your go to vintage sewing patterns?

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Summer Vintage Wardrobe Essentials – Dresses

I can’t believe summer is almost here! It’s my favorite season because I am always cold and the heat of the summer is perfect for me. Plus I LOVE wearing dresses and skirts in the summer. I’ve been looking forward to adding summery clothes to my wardrobe and I came up with this list of my favorite vintage style summer dresses and where to find them. A lot of vintage reproduction stores now have their summer lines out so its the perfect time to do some summer wardrobe shopping!

The first selection of dresses I am going to show you is from Unique Vintage. I get a lot of my clothes from here, and they sell from multiple brands, so its a good place to look. I love sleeveless or short sleeve shirt dresses for summer and Unique Vintage has several that I really love. Banned Yellow & Pink Beach Parasol Print Cotton Button Up Dress (pictured left), Light Blue & Blooming Floral Print Button Up Swing Dress (pictured center) and

Summer is a great time to wear spaghetti strap or halter top dresses. Having no sleeves will help keep you cool in those hot summer months. I don’t know why but Gingham dresses just scream summer picnics to me, like this Red & White Gingham Retro Picnic Sundress (pictured left). Polka dot dresses are another thing I attribute to summer and this Vintage Style Red & White Polka Dot Cotton Flare Dress (pictured center) is so cute and comfortable, I have the same dress in white with black Polka Dots you may have seen on one of my previous outfit of the day posts. This next dress is one I have been coveting since I first saw it a few weeks ago Retro Style Ice Cream Print Jade Sleeveless Swing Dress by Collectif (pictured right), they also make a skirt in this same print if you’d rather have that. Unique Vintage has many great dresses for summer besides the one I showed you here check out their website for more.

Disclaimer: All pictures above are property of Unique Vintage

The next website that I choose to show you summer dresses from is Lindy Bop. I like Lindy Bop because most of their dresses are less than $50 and are great for us vintage gals on a budget. For some reason this summer I am really in to flamingos and Lindy Bop has this adorable ‘Nadia’ Pink Flamingo Stripe Print Cotton Swing Dress (pictured left). ‘Honor’ White Quaint Floral Border Print Swing Dress (pictured center). ‘Corinna’ Blue Chambray Tropical Embroidered Swing Dress (pictured right).

Disclaimer: All pictures above are property of Lindy Bop

If you have a little extra money to spend on your wardobe, Pinup Girl Clothing has some great quality dresses from great vintage reproduction designers like Laura Byrnes. Pinup I really love the Pinup Couture Edie Dress in Palm Print (pictured left) I have a skirt with this same exact print. I love dresses that have the cut out in the stomach area and the Dapper Day for Couture For Every Body Renee Dress in Flag Print (pictured center) has that! Sarong dresses are some of my favorite vintage style dresses for summer and the Bali H’ai Dress in Hawaiian Honeymoon by Charles Phoenix (pictured right) is perfect for a Tiki party.

Disclaimer: All pictures above belong to Pinup Girl Clothing

All these websites provide so many more great options for summer dresses. Be sure to check them out and let me know what your favorite vintage and vintage reproduction dresses for summer are!

Outfit of the Day

Outfits of the Day, May 21st to 25th

The weather continues to be back and forth. Some days were nice (mostly) but some days were chilly. I can’t wait for it to be 70 degrees when I get up in the morning, so I don’t have to worry about a sweater anymore for the mornings and then get hot in the afternoon. I did not wear vintage on Tuesday this week because it was rainy and cold, so I wore a modern trouser and blouse (I didn’t take a picture because it was boring). I still need to invest in some 1940s trousers for days like this.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Today I finally got to wear a true vintage skirt from the 1950s that I found at The Vintage Market in Salem, CT at the end of March.

Cardigan: JJ Perfection on Amazon

Skirt: true vintage from Va Va Voom Vintage in Waltham, MA

Necklace: true vintage

Shoes: Chase & Chloe

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

I was off from work today and it was a beautiful, warm, sunny day so I wore a dress that I wouldn’t wear to work normally. I got to spend some time in the ward with my dog, which was nice! And of course I can never take a picture at home without her at my feet!

Dress: Wish

Shoes: Target

Pearls: Forever 21

Vintage Dresses from Wish

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Dress: Gown Town on Amazon

Pearls: true vintage

Shoes: Chase & Chloe

1950s Swing Dress from Gown Town

Friday, May 25, 2018

Dress: Wish

Hat: True Vintage from Tova’s Vintage Shop in Old Saybrook, CT

Glasses: Zenni Optical

Shoes: Chase & Chloe

1950s Dress from Wish

Outfit of the Day

Outfits of the Day May 14th to 18th

The weather was very weird this week, not the warmest and raining and cloudy mostly. The 80 degree weather we had two weeks ago was a tease! I actually had to wear thicker cardigans a couple times this week. We’re also at that weird in between stage where its too warm for my thick, wool vintage swing coats, but not warm enough to wear no nothing outside.

Monday, May 14, 2018

It was a chilly, grey day so I wore 3/4 sleeves and a grey skirt that has been sitting in my closet unworn for a few months.

Shirt: Banned Retro from Unique Vintage

Skirt: Amazon

Shoes: Chase & Chloe

Vintage Inspired Pencil Skirt Outfit

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Today it was chilly again, so I wore a black knit cardigan, but I took it off for the picture because I liked the outfit better without the cardigan. I’m taking advantage of wearing these turbans while its chilly to keep my head warm. Once it gets hot I won’t be able to wear them for a while, sadly. This button up top by Banned Retro is a great staple for vintage outfits because it comes in several different colors as well and you can mix and match with different skirts and pants.

Shirt: Banned Retro for Unique Vintage

Skirt: Unique Vintage (same skirt but they don’t carry the color I’m wearing, but have a few other colors, and it has POCKETS!)

Turban: Wish

Enamel Pin: Weeki Waache Springs State Park

Vintage Inspired Outfits from Unique Vintage

 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

I guess I can tell by my outfits so far this week, that the weather is affecting my dark color choices!

Dress: Amazon

Gloves: Unique Vintage (these are fall/winter gloves and they don’t have them for sale right now)

Glasses: Zenni Optical

Shoes: Chase & Chloe

Fascinator: Amazon

Vintage Dress from Amazon

 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

So I wore green two days in a row! But it’s a different shade of green so that’s ok right? I love the fit of this dress and how the skirt flares out just at the bottom. This dress comes in multiple colors on Amazon and I am definitely going to have to go back and order more colors, especially since its less than $35. Today was accessories day for the Instagram Vintage Fashion Challenge so I had to wear this awesome hair flower clip. I need more flower clips in my life!

Dress: Amazon

Hair Flower: Lady Luck’s Boutique

Earrings: Stella and Dot

Pearls: true vintage

Shoes: Chase & Chloe

 

Friday, May 18, 2018

Today I was loving my outfit. I’ve worn this dress before, but only by itself. Today I paired it with a cropped cardigan because it’s chilly again. I LOVE the way this outfit looks! I need more Heidi dresses with cropped cardigans! The Red in the Cardigan doesn’t match the red on the dress exactly, but I’m probably the only one that notices lol.

Dress: Pinup Couture from Pinup Girl Clothing

Cardigan: Sidecca from Amazon

Hair Flower: Amazon

Snood: Amazon

Glasses: Zenni Opitcal

Shoes: Chase & Chloe

Spanish Fan Heidi Dress by Pinup Coutore for Pinup Girl Clothing

This weekend is supposed to be raining and crappy again, so it will be interesting to see what I put together for outfits. Next week starting Monday though we are supposed to have sunny weather in the 60s and low 70s all week, so I am excited for the outfit possibilities. If you want to check out this weeks prompts for #thevintagefashionchallenge on Instagram my username is sparkleshan, the pictures are different then my outfit pictures in this post.

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Vintage Tiki Party Essentials from Vivien of Holloway

This post was inspired by an event that I will be working at that was organized by Pinups for Pitbulls, Inc, The Bow Wow Luau in June in Staten Island! It got my thinking about retro Tiki Parties and vintage Hawaiian fashion during World War II. So I went on a search for the best Summer/Tiki/Hawaiian vintage inspired outfits and put together my favorites in case you need some inspiration for your summer parties or wardrobe.

The first site that I am going to talk about is Vivien of Holloway. They have the largest selection of Tiki/Hawaiian vintage style clothes that I found on one site. They not only had dresses, but also skirts and shorts. They also just came out with more casual Hawaiian dresses, if you want to wear it on a regular day.

The first dress by Vivien of Holloway, is a style that I adore. The Sarong Dress. It’s awesome because they have a tons of different prints. It also comes with a Bolero that you can wear or not wear with the dress. I love the Sarong Hibiskiss Blue Bolero Set (pictured left) with out the bolero. They also have the Sarong Malibu Red Bolero Set (pictured center) that has a super cute pineapple and hibiscus print. The even have several different color Sarong dresses with Plumeria flowers, like the Sarong Plumeria purple bolero set (pictured right).

If you don’t want a fitted dress and you are looking for a full swing skirt type dress, Vivien of Holloway has you covered there too. They carry several different Hawaiian floral prints in their 1950s Halter Neck Dress. I love the 1950s Halter neck Deluxe Hibiscus Black Dress (pictured left). You can even pair the dress with a belt like they did here in the Red Palm Print Dress (pictured center). And they just released this beautiful White Blue Pink Floral Halter Neck dress (pictured right) recently.

If you want something Hawaiian inspired that is more casual for every day, there are several cute options as well. Such as the Kitty dress shown here in Hula Girl Pink (pictured left) and Pineapple Sky (pictured right). This is a great every day, comfortable dress if you are running errands or doing stuff around the house

Vivien of Holloway just released another casual Hawaiian inspired dress that I HAVE to have! I think this is a good every day dress, but also nice enough to wear to a summer party or picnic. The Anna Sundress comes in a few different patterns so you can order more than one! My favorite patterns are the Palm Beach Red (pictured left) and the Hibiscus Royal (pictured left).

Vivien of Holloway doesn’t just have Hawaiian/Tiki Dresses they also have skirts! And they are my favorite full swing skirts at that. They just came out with the new Circle Skirt Hawaiian Sky (pictured left) that is so pretty and you can get the same floral print with a black or cream background too! When I think of Hawaiian flowers one that always comes to mind is the Bird of Paradise and this Circle Skirt Bird of Paradise (pictured center) has the perfect print. Another one of my favorite flowers is the hibiscus and the Circle Skirt Black Hawaiian (pictured right) has print ones on it!

As far an vintage Hawaiian/Tiki themed clothes go, Vivien of Holloway has the most options out of all the vintage reproduction stores that I have seen. Go to there site and you will find many more patterns in skirts and dresses besides the ones I featured here! Where do you find your vintage Hawaiian inspired clothes from?

Disclaimer: All photographs are property of Vivien of Holloway.