Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Shop update: Fall clothes, fabric, patterns and shoes

I've been HUSTLING over at my Etsy shop for the last several weeks, finally getting my items count up over 100 and adding some new offerings to an already chockablock-full spread of vintage. So I figured I'd post a little update and show you some of my favorite things that are in the shop right now:


The Clothes


Despite my strong dislike of fall, I bit the bullet and started hauling out some fall stock several weeks ago. That being said, I'm all for wearing white after Labor Day, and hopefully you are too. Here are a few of the clothes I'm loving in the shop right now:

 
White ruffle front blouse ($24): I love this under a sleeveless dress as we transition into fall. It's super pretty and feminine, with lace insets on the yoke — totally has potential to become a closet staple.

Wainwright & Spencer textured knit sweater ($17): This sweater is part of a collection of 1980s and 90s vintage I am selling on consignment for a friend. I love the texture of this piece and the oversized, boxy shape.

White crocheted shawl with fringe ($18): A timeless piece enjoying a renaissance. If you miss out on this one, don't worry — I've got more.

Periwinkle silk floral baby doll dress ($22): My 14-year-old self is calling from the 90s, and she WANTS THIS DRESS. She says you can totally just throw it on over tights or leggings with some lace-up boots and you'll be good to go.

Ivory silk dress with draped bodice detail ($29): When I got this dress on a hanger, the first thing I thought was, "Where was this dress when I was getting married?" It would look absolutely smashing on a vintage-loving bride, but it's so chic and simple that it can easily be dressed down as well (I would love it with a brown leather belt and cowboy boots).

The Fabric

For anyone who's been following my thrift haul posts lately, it's no surprise that I've been buying TONS of fabric. Like, seriously. I have a problem. So I had a big "keep vs. sell" moment of reckoning and picked out several fabrics to list on Etsy.


Dutch blue floral (1.4 yards, $10): This pretty blue has a kind of textured appearance, almost like a chambray. Would make fantastic curtains or cushions, but if it were me, I would try to squeeze a full skirt out of it for sure!

Brown geometric calico (2.6 yards, $18): I'd love to see this made into something with lots of pintucks and gathers! A pinafore dress, or a blouse, would be lovely.

Horse and carriage print (2 yards, $10): I kind of wanted to keep this, but I'm parting with it. It's going cheap because it has a few browned spots, but I feel like a savvy sewing ace could easily work around them.

Oversized rose print cotton (3.6 yards, $24): This was in my "keep" pile for a long time, because it's just so darned beautiful, but I have to be honest with myself and recognize that it's not really my style.

Red calico stripe (5 yards, $40): This cheery print just puts a smile on my face. It begs out to be paired with other fabrics in some sort of dirndl dress, don't you think? (Or made into curtains.)

The Patterns

Where there's fabric, there will be patterns, right? Some of these are things I thought I would sew for myself before I figured out what size I actually take. As a note, I'm willing to trade any of the patterns in my shop for Misses' size 10-12 patterns of similar styles! (Except the crazy kiddie Nehru jacket ...)


1960s shift dress (size 16, $5): This pattern would be great for a color-block treatment or playing with prints! I would love to have the red view of this dress in a lightweight wool (or fleece!) for winter.

1960s A-line dress with collar embellishments (size 14, $3): I love the wide collar and detachable bow on the blue view of this dress! I'm already scheming how to replicate this technique on my own.

1960s mod children's jacket, skirt and trousers (size 8, $7): This was part of a lot of patterns that I picked up at my local county fair (don't ask, it was weird but I'm grateful for it). I feel like that jacket would actually be super cute.

1960s princess dress (size 14, $3.50): I love the chic simplicity of this one — there are so many fabrics that would look great in this!

1960s shirtwaist dress (size 14, $8): I REALLY want to sew this pattern someday. It is just so perfectly perfect. Never mind that I don't have a crinoline to make my skirt actually look like that ...

The Shoes

More from my consignment lot — if you wear an 8-9 shoe, take notice! These are all gorgeous and if they weren't on consignment I would be keeping them all. Here are a few of my favorites:


Evan Picone two-tone slingbacks (size 9, $24): I love a good two-tone shoe, and these ones are pretty much perfect.

Gray suede Garolini heels with bow detail (size 8.5, $28): These pretty pumps have a total 80s-does-40s vibe, with the oversized bow/wrap detail at the toe.

Pale pink "Glinda" Bandolino kidskin pumps (size 8, $29): So dreamy! And the fact that they're called "Glinda" just makes it even better.

Evan Picone tan ruched d'Orsay heels (size 8.5, $28): Another classic — any shoe lover should have a great pair of d'Orsay heels in her collection. There's something so flattering about those lines.

Navy loafers with brass bit detail (size 8.5, $14): These ones are going cheap because the heel caps are missing. A trip to the shoe shop or store would have these fixed up in no time.

Whew! And this is by no means all the new stuff that's in my shop — there is plenty of other good stuff (and new listings coming all the time). I'm hoping to add a bunch of terrific vintage handbags this week, and I'm re-releasing some of my fall/winter back stock as well.

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