Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Vintage Blowout Sale!!!

Do you love vintage clothes?
Like 'em at a bargain?
Then get thee to the Vintage Blowout Sale (VBO) going on
this Labor Day Weekend sponsored by the great vintage sellers
on eBay's Vintage Clothing and Accessories message board.
All items fixed price, 19.99 or less, no auctions, Aug 30th-Sept 6th!
Just search keyword VBO.

Don't forget to check out what the Goddess has listed this sale.
I'll be adding more items daily.

Friday, August 25, 2006

How cool is this?
I sold these 2 dresses sometime last year to Ancient Chineze Secret.
They were just wonderful dresses.
The gray is an almost sharkskin gabardine, wiggle perfect with this
bust defining bow on the bodice.
So Hot.

Here they are again.
Don't they look wonderful on a real live woman and not a mani?
(Which is amazing for me to say since I normally do not like models for vintage clothes.)
My babies are all grown up.

Vintage Sewing Patterns

I love to sew.
I hate to sew.
Actually I love patterns.
Sewing is a chore.
I'm cool if there is no collar or inset sleeves, I really suck at those.

Patterns are about what could be.
Sewing is the here and now and the thread that has gotten all tangled
with the bobbin again.
Damn Bobbin.

All that being said the advent of the pre-made sewing patterns ensured that any talented home seamstress could dress like a Duchess if she had the time and fabric to do so.

I have a Pictorial Review Pattern on ebay right now.
It is the oldest pattern I have ever had. I've dated to about 1910-1917.
Nice day dress.

I am in love with this Vogue Couturier Design pattern.
I love the structural back hip draping.
So chic.
Yes it would look fab in black rayon crepe....

All of the patterns pictured can be found on ebay in my auction listings.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

I loves the Internet

A break in the love of all things that have to do with black 40's rayon dresses.

Yes, gentle reader, The Goddess spends way to much time searching the internet...well, mostly fandom wank and jounalfen, for teh stupid to entertain me. Because I love you all so much I present these two stories that made my day:

In what alternative universe is it ok to separate folks by race?
Apparently in the Survivor one it seems.
Best WTF? comment is from Probst:
"It's not just 18 white people," Probst told the magazine. "Suddenly you have new slang, new rituals--people doing things like making fire in ways that haven't been done on Survivor."

The other fucktard of the week is Michael Noer on Forbes website and his little article: Don't Marry Career Women, there is a chance your house will be dirty....a counter-point is provided to his point of view; Don't Marry A Lazy Man.

The best part of this?
Forbes had originally posted Noer's piece of offal alone. Then they bahleeted it after comments got hot and heavy (and it was begining to make its way around the internet, including journalfen for the wanky comments) then Forbes re-posted it with the counter-point.
Best comment left for Mr. Noer?

"I like it when guys like you say things like this in public.
It makes it easier for guys like me to get laid.

Thanks man, for taking one for the team."

This guy wins the internet.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Is This Becoming an Obsession?

Maybe I need to tile this blog "little Black 40's dress" since that seems to be all I am interested in lately.
Like this dress.
It is a simple, iconic shape of the 40's.
Black rayon, hugs the figure, but the beading (which I am always amazed when work like this has survived intact considering what I run across everyday and do not buy due to various age issues.) takes it from an everyday look to something The Black Dahlia would have worn.
Now there is another obsession; maybe because it involves "old Hollywood" and makes a great subject for a Noir film. The victim was lovely and her murder was gruesome. She (and that is her to the left, Elizabeth Short) is rumored to have worn black most of the time hence we are back to the 40's black rayon dresses that I seem to love.
If I lived another life and was another size I would wear these dresses with great 40's platforms and seamed stockings all the time.

All this brings me to the two movies I am looking forward to.
The Black Dahlia and Hollywood Land.
Old Hollywood and murder make the best movies in my book and the costumes will be right up my alley.
I can't wait.
Don't forget to stop by RedPony Vintage to check out that dress. Maybe you can buy it and wear it to see The Black Dahlia when it opens. Now that would be cool.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

You Can File This Under WTF?

Why do white boys think they can rap?
Who is behind the pathetic display that was K-Fed's "debut!!!" on the
Teen Choice Awards?
I have a teen who has just howled whilst rolling on the floor while
watching this absurdity on tv.

Thanks to God that ole' K-Fed has Brittany's millions to live off of or that
boy would starve to death.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Just a quick pic of the best of this weekend's finds.
It includes:
  • Lots o' hats
  • A double breasted, black Persian lamb pea coat that has a lovely pink rose lining. The set included a black lamb purse muff and a scarf/twisted turban hat that matches the lining of the coat.
  • A FAB salmon pink LILLI ANN mohair swing coat!!!
  • And a lovely 70's faux fur Russian Princess walking coat.
All and all a nice weekend haul. Check Damn Good Vintage
to see these lovelies up close soon.

I just realized I had not SQUEED here yet.
Neil Gaiman will be in Arkansas in Nov.
Nov 14th to be exact.
In Conway.
Not much gets me to Conway except my friend
Kim, but I will be making the trek to spend an
hour or so in Neil's company.
My bitter little heart is quite happy at the moment.



Since I was talking about 40's vintage in my last post I thought
this snazzy dress from Couture Allure on ebay would be a
great addition to my watch list.
Perfect Noir style with a modified peplum AND a side hip swag.
What makes this dress even more special?
It is a freaking 2XL!
How often do us Zaftig gals find vintage in our size that is not
a glorified house dress?
It can be found here.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

I wish I could find out more information on
Paul Sacs Originals.
I have this wonderful 40's vintage swing dress
in my store, Damn Good Vintage, on Mainstreet Vintage.
Great construction, nice slubbed rayon with
good heft to it. I love the big collar and and
flared A-line skirt. It may not be 40's Noir style,
but still a very wearable vintage dress.

One the other hand here is a McCall pattern recently listed at Sew-Reto Vintage Patterns.
Why do I love this pattern?
The nipped waist, smooth peplum and the smart pleated skirt. I've got a thing for 3/4 length sleeves.
Dig the hats too.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Over on the Arkansas Times Blog they posted a bit of trivia. We have been in Iraq longer then we were in WWll. I could go on a rant to express my disgust with this war and distrust of the current administration, but instead it would be easier to just post the comment of one Joel here:

I am a veteran and I resent any one telling a citizen of this country to "Shut up" when I fought for that right and many other things this country stands for.
Hell, if you want to make comparisons, we still have a long way to go before we reach the mark set by the 100 Years War. Does the length of a war have anything whatsoever to do with its value or lack of same?
Never has the Law of Unintended Consequences been so terribly proven as it has in this conflict. The dream of a Pax Americana has turned into a nightmare that is being inflicted upon many cultures and may eventually threaten all of civilization.
And the reason for it all: hubris. Pride, patriotism, and power mixed in a deadly cocktail which poisons the better natures of our souls.
The enemy is demonized so that we can justify releasing our own demons upon them. Both sides are committed to the wicked gods of war as their only recourse.
I hope we find some way to stop this descent into a culture of carnage. Our children and our children's children deserve better.

Amen and amen.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Oh no it is another BAD MOMMY!
This one has had the nerve, the transparent honesty utter gall to admit that she finds being a mom ~drum roll please~ BORING!

Freelance journalist Helen Kirwan-Taylor, 42, hit a nerve after the Daily Mail tabloid on Wednesday published her first-person essay under the headline, "Sorry, but my children bore me to death!"

The gnashing of teeth and rending of garments is overpowering.

What can I say? I agree.

I love this quote:
She’d rather go shopping or have her hair done than attend another child's birthday party.
Me too.
Actually if the party is at Chuckie Cheese I'd rather a binki wax done by an M&S practicing dwarf. It is my belief that Chuckie Cheese is actually a Hell Mouth from whence the Four Horsemen will emerge.
I was always happy to have 2 or 3 hours free whilst The Boy spent time running around like a maniac, stuffing his face with lots 'o surgery treats and chugging all the soda in their house.
Of course payback is a bitch...

She says that when her children were young, she became a workaholic to avoid having to spend time with them. She begged the nanny to read them bedtime stories.
Where was my nanny?