Sunday, January 25, 2009

80s Vintage Prom Dresses

We have an obsession with red prom dresses from the 1980's lately. With Valentine's Day ahead, they seem the perfect idea for a romantic quiet dinner or a big bash. What we have noticed is that dresses back then were FUN! Whether you love a cute and flirty dress with a sexy fitted corset style body, or a flippy mini that has a sweet heart necklinle, prom and cocktail dresses were made to flatter, whatever your size or shape.

The set of dresses shown here are wonderful for their complex designs: wrapped, shirred and ruffled, these dresses were made by masterful pattern makers. All are unworn, coming to us recently from an amazing fashion designer's archive of 1980's dresses. Some even have the original hangtage (with prices that exceed $100).

So be the first to own and wear one of these (or others) that we have listed on our NEW EBAY store: Pintuckstyle. You can 'click' on the new Ebay photo in our right-hand column. We are excited (and exhausted) to present nearly a dozen gorgeous dresses this week, waiting for new owners to love them. If you miss this auction, drop by the Etsy shop:, where more are for sale at fixed prices.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

CPSIA: Is Your Family Ready?

What is it?
The Consumer Product Safety Inprovement Act is a new law that will prevent businesses from selling ANYTHING for children without product chemical testing.

Failure to test each item may include landfill or burning both new and used clothing, and preventing thrift stores, yard sales, ebay or you from selling children's apparel and toys that are untested or were made before the law goes into effect on Feb. 10.

This is a classic example of botched legislation.
The intent was valid: it was supposed to prevent lead content from being in children's toys (from China) but the bill is so badly written that it includes required lead test for each and every model and style of toy, garment, books, furniture, fabrics etc.
But the real shocker is that this bill is


The law is unclear how used or old children's apparel, toys, furniture and other items will be disposed of. But right now the interpretation is that nothing can be re-used or re-sold again!

This is a real blow to young families who routinely trade, buy and sell used children's ware in order to keep up with the demands of a growing child and still keep to a budget.
This is a shocking fact that the hurting economy will have to deal with.

Another big issue is the fact that the testing process is expensive, and only the major manufacturers are able to comply. Small home industries (often mother-at-home businesses) will not be able to afford this expense, and many 'boutique' businesses are expected to close with in the next few weeks.

When is the deadline? coming soon on Feb. 10.

Read these sites, then if you think this deserves notice, email, phone or write your to your friends and family (feel free to cut and paste this post)

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Topping it all off: Wearing Vintage Hats

If you wear or sew vintage fashion, do you include accessories? This would mean wearing hats when you leave the house. Now selecting the right hat can be a real problem: what about my hair? what hat goes with this dress? can I wear a black hat with brown shoes?

I can't give you all that advice, so perhaps it's best to just say: consider the weather first.

Like a miniature coat for your head, it should provide warmth, style or shelter. This means that black fur is perfect for a cold night on the town. The wool brushed tan hat is also a nice way to say "Keeping warm!".

But why not a leopard fur beret. It's cute and sexy at the same time. Besides there are few hats so easy to wear and classic at the same time as a beret. Never mind the French style connection(even if the French don't seem to wear berets ever).

And while you are looking for the perfect hat this winter, don't forget that spring is just around the corner, and a lovely straw might suit your best silk shirtwaist dress.
Feeling foxey? Try an outrageous statement hat: "Hi, I'm a Chrysanthemum". Wouldn't this be great to wear to the next Hollie Go-Lightly party?

Sewing Patterns: available at
Vogue 5094, cloche
Vogue 5110, beret

Hats: Available at Pintucks, Pasadena, and coming soon to
Several are from the Victorian Room at Bullock's Pasadena
(now retrofitted and open as Macy's Pasadena, but without the Victorian Room, alas)


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