Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Summer Wishes and an Update Promise

I must apologize for my lack of VLV follow-up; we had a grand time but I haven’t gotten any pics back yet. Of course I did bring my own camera, but I can never remember to use it. Plus, I spent much of the weekend carting around at least one extra bag (though I did try to behave when it came to vintage shopping, really I did!), which made it difficult to manage taking photos as well (indeed, I can be a bit of a klutz.) I will say that it was a fab weekender overall, and I hope to go back next year! I’ll also add that the fashion show was quite the fun experience, though I missed most of the show as the designer I modeled for was the second to last entry in the program, and we had to wait backstage until show time. I did meet some lovely ladies though, and saw many amazing designs! Stephanie of Dottie’s Delights is a real doll, and so talented! I daresay I could have taken home her entire collection—it’s truly amazing! Here’s one photo of the group, for now!

Anyway, since I’ve gone and disappeared for ages again (and with no excuse really, just been busy with work and such) I thought I’d do a little post on my fashion inspirations of the moment. A wish list of sorts, you could say! Soon I’ll follow with photos and a recap from VLV, as well as some updates on my recent sewing projects :-)

Because I think a gal can never have too many nautical fashions, a sailor dress or playsuit is most definitely on my season list.

I’m in search of fabric to make up this darling pajama set—something tropical, I think.

I’ve been lusting after these tooled wedges from Remix for ages. I have a near deadstock 40s pair in red, but I’ve gone through three vintage pairs of natural leather heels—for some reason these just don’t seem to last through one or two wears for me! So, I think a reproduction pair is in order, especially to wear with peasant blouses and skirts this summer.

A tie top and shorts set--I do have this set almost finished, so that will be ready to be put into summer rotation soon!

Another bolero from the wonderful Dixabilly was on my wishlist—she just made up this bolero for me in a cherry red shade. I’ve worn it three times already; as the weather heats up, the air conditioning in my office becomes more and more arctic. Having a sweater handy means that at least my arms won’t get frostbite!

I’ve also been on the search for a new snood, like this one—the seller is customizing this design for me, and I am excited for it to arrive! Snoods are wonderful for days when your hair refuses to cooperate, or when it’s sweltering and you don’t feel like fussing with it!

Amanda Lee

P.S. Don't forget to enter the Name This Frock contest--there's only a few days left to do so! Those of you who've already entered have submitted some wonderful names--it's going to be hard to choose one!


  1. Great inspiration!

    I made the top in the second pattern years ago and it was super easy and super cute! It went from raw fabric to ready to wear in one short evening! And if I remember correctly, I made it reversible too!

  2. Thanks for reading, BomshellShocked!

    The top was super easy to make up--I just need to finish hand rolling the hem (next time I think I'll ignore the instructions and machine stitch it lol) and adjust the waistband on the shorts (these are actually too high-waisted for me, go figure.) But all in all I really like this little number and can't wait to wear it! If I make it again, I think I will use your reversible suggestion too :-)

  3. wowee, gorgeous first pic!

    I agree one can never have too much nautica (?) in one's life!
    Adore your other choices too: I actually JUST finished a pair of shorts from a 30s Evadress pattern. Haven't made the matching bandeau and beach hat yet, as my eyes are still bleary from attempting the shorts in one go. Can't wait to see your own lovely sewing projects!!

  4. Thank you, Baroness :-)

    I'm looking forward to seeing your creation as well!

  5. Great pic! The patterns look amazing, I love the sailor playsuit. And I am kicking myself (pardon the pun) for not getting a pair of remix shoes at the start of summer here!

  6. Thanks, esme!

    I've been eyeing a couple of Remix's styles for ages; I always balk at the price but I think we're allowed a splurge now and then ;-)

  7. I definitely need a snood! I have a feeling they'd be good to wear whilst dancing. =D
    -Andi x

  8. That PJ on the left is just darling! I've never seen one like it.

  9. I think you do need a snood, Andi! I have found that the ones with elastic don't work for swing dancing (they seem to slide right out of my hair after a spin or two) but the drawstring type stay very well (especially with combs). I think the snood I posted will also work very well--I will report back once I get it!

    Naomi~when I saw that pattern I had to snap it up--I thought it was so cute!

  10. I realized I forgot to include a link to the shop for the snood, so here it is:

  11. What a delightful wish list, I'm especially fond of the pajama/play suit pattern and that fantastic snood!

    Wishing you a blissful Thursday, honey!
    ♥ Jessica

  12. Thank you, Jessica--I hope you have a wonderful Thursday too!

    I think the pajama pattern would work quite nicely as a day ensemble too!

  13. Oh my those shoes are to DIE for!

    I saw you at Viva, but didn't want to be creepy and pull a "Ooo I read your blog , hi!" so instead, I opt for a less creepy version of fangirldom by leaving this message. So many great vendors this year...but all in all I was disapointed that they sold 7500 tickets and the venues held max of 3500 people at a time..I missed bands and the burlesque show..disapointed!

    Can't wait to see more sewing projects.

  14. I know what you mean--I saw several people that I recognized from reading their blogs, but I felt awkward approaching them too! Next time, we'll just have to say hello :-)