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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Wedding Photos

Some photos from our wedding on July 13, 2013 in Sarasota, FL. Barbara Banks is responsible for these amazing images (and these are just a few), see for more of her work. 

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

DIY tank made of vintage bedsheets and pillowcases

I'm obviously not the most talented tailor in the world, and a pretty lazy photographer while we're at it, but my first attempt at sewing a DIY tank top turned out surprisingly well! 

I made the neck and straps first with muslin. 

The front and back are floral old printed bedsheets from a thrift store and the sides are floral printed pillowcases. 

I also added this reproduction of the The Unicorn in Captivity (from the Unicorn tapestries in the Cloisters) as a sweet back patch.  

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has a great piece of speculation on the concept of the unicorn captive.  Its thought to represent the beloved tamed; it could easily escape the tiny fence however chooses to remain happily eating pomegranates and surrounded by visual references to marriage and fertility. 

Monday, July 1, 2013

Etsy Bartering!

My wedding is coming up in just a couple of weeks and the alterations on my grandmother's vintage 1964 wedding gown are almost complete. Her dress however, is quite a lot of dress, and I think the cathedral train could become a lot to handle for an outdoor July wedding in Florida. I've been searching for a great reception dress to change into after our ceremony, but our budget has reached its limit, and it's been difficult to find an affordable dress that has both the class and the quality. 

Although states they do not encourage trading, they do a darn fine job in facilitating it, unfortunately, you still incur the standard transaction fees. 
I'm fairly new to selling on Etsy and this is my first online bartering experience. I was thrilled when Sarah of Petal Pink Vintage agreed to exchange a sublime 1950s vintage sheath wiggle dress for a bright pink 1950s silk dress of mine.  

Petal Pink Vintage has some other really wonderful items in the way of women's vintage clothing. I highly recommend having a look. For example: 

60's Summer Dress: $63 on Etsy
1950's Pink Cotton Dress: $68 on Etsy
80s Maxi Skirt: $35 on Etsy
Chenille Cotton Floral Shorts: $23 on Etsy 
And the dress that I'll be saying goodbye to: 

1950's Silk pink sheath dress by Jeunesse 

For more about the wiggle dress and other 50's and 60's trends check out these great pieces: 

The always reliable Sammy D Vintage, 10 Feminine '50's Clothing Trends for Women Today