Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Aprons: fight the winter blahs

Well, the holidays are over, and we can settle in for the winter. One easy project to keep busy is to whip up some aprons to wear of give later to friends (who wouldn't love to get an apron on Valentine's Day?).

Finding the perfect vintage fabric can be a chore, but we have posted some cuties on etsy this week that would be great as aprons, whether you prefer the kitchy 40's or 50's type or the more mod 60's apron, you can find a cute cotton here with us.

Now that's going to add some color to your winter blahs!

Maybe the next step is to color co-ordinate with a favorite "T" shirt, then you would actually have an outfit, with a pocketed apron to carry you through the day! You will find more inspiration in our favorite apron book: "A is for Aprons".

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Viva La Moda Magazine: Fashion & Handmade

If you love vintage, fashion, and indy designs, you will cheer this new online magazine: Viva La Moda. It is smart, trendy, and fun. The graphics and technical level of this first issue are excellent, making it stand out from so many of the other online attempts. The products shown are vendors, so the mix is fresh and different when compared to any corporate mag you have seen. It can be found online at

Viva La Moda is the baby of Ainhoa, who has compiled a 38 page issue, with 15 articles written by nine authors. Ainhoa also authors a wild and crazy fashion blog, which we can also recommend.
So, drop by the newest fashion magazine, and be sure to visit Ainhoa's blog too.

etsy shop:

Friday, December 26, 2008

Black Cocktail Dresses, Always in Style

We are wanting a dress with glamour and punch this New Year's eve. Designers are showing styles that seem so retro that we found a few in the shop to fit the bill.
All are black, of course, since that seems to be everyone's first choice. But these are not your average "little black dress".

This first black velvet dress from the 1980's has a magnificant bow that is accented by rhinestones in front where the long chiffon cascade scarf flows out from the empire waistline. An entrance making outfit if ever there was one!

A round cut-out back high lights the second dress. This 1980's velvet is ready for parties. That striking back emphasis is perfect for ballrooms and hotel lobbies. Tangos and slow dancing would show off this feature as well.

The third outfit bears a striking resemblence to the famous white dress Marilyn Monroe wore over the air vent in "The Seven Year Itch". That icon of glamour was designed by the costumer and fashion designer Travilla. It is still a very wearable classic today. With the halter neckline and Grecian waist ties our slinky black jersey version is a perfect fit for showing off curves this New Year's eve.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Vintage Baby

Why not a vintage baby? You know, the type whose mom/auntie/grannie is a vintage lover, so she buys tiny vintage for the youngest in the group.

There is something so sweet and charming about baby and children's fashions from the past decades. Lots of little appliques and embroideries to be found on the perky little tops. With so much computer generated embroidery out there, these seem so quaint and old-fashioned (which they are).

And when our little darling blasts through that size range in only a month or so, vintage fashions look adorable on a life-size doll, especially the Madame Alexander kind with flashing eye lashes.

The examples shown here are truely amazing--unworn dresses still on the original hanger! We could just hang them on the wall forever, and maybe that's the way to use these: as room decor.

find them here:
or click on the Etsy slide show to the right -->

Friday, December 5, 2008

Sew Joe Stitch Lounge

Recently Pintucks has completed a remodel, becoming more retail than sewing studio. This has left a gap for anyone wishing to take sewing classes or buy a sewing machine. With that in mind, our loyal sewing students have been put in the capable hands of Jeanie Joe. Jeanie is a wild and crazy, creative soul, and her latest project turns one year this month: Sew Joe Stitch Lounge. This is an inspiring and warmly decorated shop on the west end of the Mission District in South Pasadena--out where Grand and Orange Grove dead-end near the original Trader Joe's.

Jeanie is gifted in many ways, and her shop reflects those interests. It is filled with merchandise to tempt any sewist. Here you will find fabric, sewing crafts, Brother brand sewing machines and other crafty things too.

Sewing classes and project workshops fill the shop's weekly schedule, along with open studio time for the sewing enthusiast who would like a hand to hold when the going gets rough. Time-out is in a lush courtyard off the back door of the shop. For anyone looking to learn how to use their machine, Sew Joe's Stitch Lounge is the perfect place to start, and don't forget to tell Jeanie that I said "Hi"!

Business: Sew Joe Stitch Lounge
Type: Retail, merchandise: Brother Sewing Machines, fabric and notions, sewing lessons and events, original fabric handbags and accessories.

address: 634 Mission Street, South Pasadena, CA, 91030
contact: Jeanie Joe
shop phone: 626-799-3739
etsy shop: jeaniejoe's


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