Thursday, 19 February 2015

Springtime favourites

It's been a fairly gloomy day here but through the grey and drizzle and dark there has been the odd burst of sunshine... which has put me in mind of warmer weather and the coming months. So, while I'm still shivering indoors, I've dug around on Etsy and put together a selection of some sweet vintage favourites for when Springtime finally arrives...
1920s dress from Honey Talk Vintage
1940s crochet bag from Wildfell Hall Vintage
Late 40s / early 50s dress from Blue Fennel Vintage
1920s silk dress from 1919 Vintage
1930s silk blouse from Vacation Vintage
1930s dress from Dear Golden
1930s dress from Living On Velvet

Friday, 13 February 2015

Valentine's Weekend Sale

Elly Maggy Vintage is having a special sale over Valentine's weekend. Enter VAL20 at the check-out for 20% off the entire shop, valid from today until the end of Sunday.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

American finds

The shop is open again after my Stateside trip and I'm starting to clean up and repair some of the vintage pieces I found over there, including this skirt and dress. It is a little hard to make out in this hastily-snapped picture but the skirt features an amazing print of pink roses and white bulls and the dress has a fantastically unusual collar / cape detail at the back of the bodice. The dress needed some TLC but, since this photo was taken, its zip has been replaced and a few repairs here and there have revived it to its former lovely state!

 I was really pleased to discover that the skirt was made by a designer from Seattle, Pamela Foster. I usually come across pieces made in New York or London and, having spent quite a bit of time in the Pacific Northwest now, it was nice to find a piece from this part of the world. I've been trying to discover more information about the designer but unfortunately I can't find much online. There is however an expired listing for a two-piece set she designed for the Seattle World Fair, which took place in 1962.

 According to this 1990s article, clothing was quite a large feature at the fair, with Vogue putting on four fashion shows a day by a perfumed pool and media concern over how attendees would dress:

"Pained, The Times' Dorothy Neighbors had begged local women who visited the fair not to disgrace the Pacific Northwest with their dowdy clothes and casual hairstyles. She advised them to shorten the hems of their dresses, not mistake high heels for high style, and -- above all! -- to leave their slacks in the closet."

Eesh! I hope that when this skirt is sold, the new owner will wear it however she likes, casual hairstyles and all!!! I'll be sure to post details here when the new pieces are listed in the shop. And in the meantime, look out for a special shop discount code in the coming days.