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…

all for naut

If there’s a truer, plainer pleasure than the sea, I have yet to greet it. I love the kitsch, the candied air, the boardwalk romance, but what I love the most is the promise between the foam and me. You slide beneath the wave, and for a moment you pray: the space between a sweet ride and…

me-made: dot dot dot

I can feel my sewing improve, and I’m delighted. My seams are crisper, my cuts defter, my buttonholing a slightly smaller dumpster fire. I’ve made twelve outfits in three months. If each one takes six hours on average, and it takes 10,000 hours to be really truly good at something, then I’m…almost one percent there….