me-made: mimicry

You ever get a certain design just…stuck in your head? Because that’s what happened with this dress from Mode de Lis’s Year of the Polka Dots.  When I discovered Lily’s blog earlier this year, I read the entire archives in about a day and a half, but I kept coming back to that bloody orange…

silly hats & unpopular opinions

I don’t understand Dolman sleeves. From a sewing perspective, they’re miraculous and all, but you gotta admit they look super weird. Like extra triceps lounging somewhere near your ribs. I’m glad they seem to get a lot of love from more adventurous sorts. I prefer wearing men’s shoes to women’s. Give me a handsome brogue…

hop this way

Stepping out with modern friends is always an exercise in bystander whiplash. On my own, people usually assume I’m some kind of friendly ghost, confined to grandmas’ closets the world over and out for my yearly haunt. Seeing me interact with a girl in booty shorts and a beanie must be jarring: wait, she’s real?…

maybe just one more

I know my last post promised All Autumn All the Time, but…well, it’s 85 degrees here. With about a thousand percent humidity. Little Miss Seasonally Appropriate can’t stop getting dressed just because the weather doesn’t care about her, so here we are. I’ve slowed down posting the past couple of weeks – I’ve blogged my…

it’s fall, dammit

Come September 1st, it doesn’t matter what the mercury says: it’s autumn, and it’s gonna act like it. Even if it’s too warm yet for swing coats and tasseled loafers, I’m officially done with summer’s whimsy. I’m all about sedate cuts, luxe hats, and my god, the textures. My brown velvet hat and tapestry bag are old favorites…

me-made: stars & stars forever

Straight on the heels of disavowing “cute”, I bought fabric from the children’s section of Goodwill. Containing multitudes and all that. The print reminded me of a vintage dress I’d lusted after years ago. For only $3? Yeah, I had to. Hoping to temper the finished product’s whimsy, I added decidedly adult details – a…

con artist

I see conventions and other such “geek culture” repositories as a chance to be even more myself. Really turn the vintage up to 11 and wear the best of everything – fuller silhouettes, softer curls, more luxurious prints than I might otherwise choose. It’s like I’m cosplaying as me. The best part is being complimented…

me-made: pintucks & perfectionism

With the completion of this piece, I feel I’m really starting to understand the mechanics of clothing. Face it – full-skirt-nipped-waist dresses are entry level, voluble enough to forgive most mistakes. There’s only so many pleated skirts a girl can make before repetition bashes her skull. But this dress – forties, fabulous, and fitted –…

normcore

I don’t want to look “alternative” anymore, and I feel bizarrely guilty about that. I want to be a vintage lifestyler. To wear Dior & co. as they were supposed to be worn, to sew my own reproductions, to sleep on curlers every night. And I’m just…not feeling twee anymore. I don’t want to look…

new in the shop

Selling off some pieces from my personal collection. Rare larger sizes! Midcentury Salmon-Pink Church Hat | $25.00 ’60s Purple Velvet Hat w/ Floral Detail | $35.00 ’50s Joseph Stein Overcoat Size L | $85.00 ’50s Lace/Taffeta Evening Dress Size XL | $70.00 ’50s Pink Seersucker Dress Size XL | $50.00 ’50s Teal Plaid Day Dress Size…

photo story: hear ye, hear ye

I attended the Stowe Renaissance Faire almost two months ago now, and I just managed to upload the photos, oh, yesterday. Look at me, all topical ‘n’ shit. This is why I could never blog for a living. Renn Faires are equal parts cheeseball fun and actual living history, and I love each just as…

capture the castle

Back in Ogunquit with a full ’40s flashback. You’ve seen all these pieces before, but the romance of keystones and creaking hinges makes everything new again. Plus, I was having a killer hair day. I wore this outfit to tour Maine’s historical buildings with my partner and parents. The tour guide interrupted herself multiple times to…