Friday, January 30, 2009
I just listed this truly remarkable gown which was the inspiration for my newfound love affair with this color:
A rare and delightfully sexy vintage 70s nightgown by Claire Sandra for Lucie Ann Beverly Hills. A luxurious indulgence in the sheerest and silkiest nylon. In my Etsy Store
And I love the floaty flyaway train on this baby pink 60s dress, also in my Etsy Store :
And to truly ambrace this color you need to have it in your home. Start in the kitchen with lovely Pyrex in their gooseberry design. This one from Jessjamesjake's on Etsy
Another Fav Etsy store is LeHotTomato where they have the best photos ever. Cute aprons from cool vintage fabrics.
And if you love Kitsch ( and I do), you gotta have this 50s pink horsey lamp on top of your TV. From BlissVintage on Etsy
XOXO Empress Jade Vintage
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Just a few incredible patterns I found today:
Butterick 4156 late 1920s/early 1930s; Short Wrap for Women and Misses
McCall 9049, Molyneux' velveteen dinner dress, from McCall Style News December 1936.
Vogue 927 - 1956 Vogue Couturier Design by John Cavanagh of England One Piece Dress and Jacket "Full skirt in two lengths with concentrated back-fullness from released pleats joins the bodice across the back at waistline. Off the shoulder neck-line. Cap sleeves with released pleats. Fitted jacket has soft draped collar joined to off the shoulder neckline. Three quarter length sleeves and sleeveless. Slip included."
McCall 8134, 1950 Misses Peasant Style Blouse.
Check out EmpressPatterns on Etsy for a great selection of authentic vintage sewing patterns at reasonable prices:
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Chart provided by Lostandfoundbydawn
If you've never bought vintage clothing online you may be intimidated by the fact that vintage sizing is so different than modern sizes. VINTAGE FITS SMALL and even modern clothing sizes can vary tremendously from one manufacturer to another. Okay, so you covet that gorgeous vintage dress and you need to determine if it's going to fit you, so how do you go about it?
#1.) Take your body measurements: Get a friend to help take your body measurements as it's really impossible to do it yourself. Use a fabric measuring tape and keep your muscles relaxed. At a minimum you will need the following measurements:
Back (neck to waist)
Depending on the garment you may also need the following measurements:
Arm Length (possibly upper arm circumference)
Shoulder to ankle or to floor - to determine the desired length for a long gown.
#2.) Know the measurements of the garment: Most Sellers of vintage clothing measure the garment laying flat, in inches. Reputable sellers will provide garment measurements and are more than happy to answer any of your questions. If you need additional measurements always ask!
For example the bust measurement on this slip is 16 inches across, so doubled would be 32 inches.
#3.) Look at the style of the garment: Some unstructured and loose fitting styles may comfortably fit a range of sizes, where a body hugging sheath will have to fit exactly to look it's best.
#4). What is the fabric? Some fabrics have little or no give, so you need to take this into your consideration. Others, like spandex, have lots of stretch and are intended to fit tight. Some vintage and antique fabrics are so fragile that they must be worn with extreme care, or may only be useful as study or display pieces.
Other Hints and Tricks:
Foundation Garments: Until the 60s almost every women wore foundation garments to both support and sculpt the body into the fashionable hourglass shape. Some vintage designs will only fit properly if you wear appropriate undergarments.
EASE: Remember the measurements that the Seller is providing are for the garment, not you. You must allow a reasonable amount of ease so you do not split seams or put stress on the fabric. A general rule of thumb is to allow an inch or 2 of ease in a tight fitting garment.
Compare: Take the measurements of a similar garment that you own that fits you well and compare those measurements to the garment you are considering buying.
Consider Alterations: Vintage clothing is often significantly less expensive than comparable new clothing, so the cost of doing alterations may make pretty good sense. Note: it's generally easier to make a dress a little smaller than to let out seams.
XOXO Empress Jade Vintage
Monday, January 19, 2009
overflowing bra ect.....
Please girls, before you hand over your money at the mall take a good hard look in the mirror, from all angles. Does that outfit really suit YOU? Most importantly, does it fit?
Britney Spears wearing a top as a dress.
Even in my business I've found that I have to find the right model for the item I'm photographing. One model will look amazing in the tiniest miniskirts imaginable, but is far too short to pull off wearing a midi or maxi dress. Another tall curvy model I use is devastatingly sexy in anything body con, but looks surprisingly dumpy in clothing with a slouchy fit. KNOW YOUR BODY TYPE and wear clothes that accentuate the positive, and for gods sake make sure they fit.
Having said all that, I secretly admire anyone who truly says "what the Fuck" when making their fashion choices, as long as they've got enough moxy to pull it off.
Check back tomorrow when I will explain how to buy vintage fashion online and make sure it fits!
And Hey, I just added the Blogger gizmo today, so you can now follow this blog.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Empress Jade Vintage on Etsy.
Fun Tiger print 80s top $14.99
Curvy floral v neck dress with bright blue flowers $19.99
BOMBSHELL 70s maxi dress with mod daisy print $24.99
Sexy Swirl Wrap Dress $24.99
Rhinestone and baby blue lace 50s party dress $22.99
Friday, January 16, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
I've fallen in love with this hard sided hunter green suitcase. This is the kind of luggage that will stand up to some serious travel while maintaining your clothes in style!
And I adore this cherry red traincase, upcycled with black cross skeleton keys. So cool, and very reasonably priced at only $52.50. This would make the perfect Valentine's Day gift... especially if you included some train tickets to a romantic destination :)
Sunday, January 11, 2009
50s themed wedding:
Just think how stunning this dress would be in ivory satin! Simplicity # 1573, copyright 1956, Misses hourglass party dress with cummerbund and cropped jacket.
Romantic 70s Bride:
I love the exaggerated angel sleeves on this 70s wedding dress. Style 2874, copyright 1979. Wedding and bridesmaid dress with sleeve options.
For the nontraditional bride:
My Mom's wedding dress was very similar to this 70s mini dress pattern: Ultra short with bell sleeves done in white lace. For her going away outfit, she added a yellow vest, go go boots and a big floppy hat. Très chic!
Simplicity 8783, copyright 1970
Shop EmpressPatterns on Etsy for a huge selection of authentic vintage sewing patterns.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Get noticed in this fabulous pleated red dress. Authentic 70s glam. Available in our Etsy Store.
I love this romantic off the shoulder dress with sexy peasant girl styling. Also in our Etsy Store.
And to complete the perfect romantic evening try some vintage lingerie to spice things up.
Just look at the fine details of this sheer coral red nightgown by Luxite with lace and crystal pleats. Old style glam at it's best. Also in our Etsy Store.
To get the best selection and to ensure delivery in time, make sure to place your order early.
XOXO Empress Jade Vintage
Friday, January 9, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Here are some totally unrelated things that caught my fancy on Etsy today...
Amazing tile mosiacs by Krakenmosiacs:
A gorgeous vintage red party dress by FashionFlashbacks :
Lime Green Chrysanthemum bobby pins made from vintage cabochons by Cutieis4u :
And finally a fab vintage rivoli articulated owl from truecolorsforyou
If you love vintage clothes and accessories don't forget to check out Empress Jade Vintage at Etsy.