Vintage Sneak Peek and About TheVintageDesignShop

Time for our weekly Vintage Sneak Peek of upcoming listings in our shop this Sunday. And check out the link below for the new TheVintageDesignShop About Page on Etsy.

As promised, we have a new About page – check it out! 🙂

Visit TheVintageDesignShop’s About page on Etsy to learn more about the shop!

x Rena

Fresh Vintage in the Shop: 10 June 2012

Here’s this week’s arrivals at TheVintageDesignShop!

50s dress with novelty print birds available from TheVintageDesignShop.

50s blue and white striped shirt dress available from TheVintageDesignShop.

80s pink and grey floral cotton dress available from TheVintageDesignShop.

80s pink floral dress available from TheVintageDesignShop.

80s ruffle sheer dress available from TheVintageDesignShop.

Vintage 80s crimson corset style blouse available from TheVintageDesignShop.

Vintage 80s blue floral blouse available from TheVintageDesignShop.

Vintage 70s floral blouse available from TheVintageDesignShop.

50s wiggle or sheath dress pattern available from TheVintageDesignShop.

40s dress by New York Patterns available from TheVintageDesignShop.

50s girls and boys clothing pattern available from TheVintageDesignShop.

50s shirt dress pattern available from TheVintageDesignShop.

x Rena

Links A La Mode

Some of you may have noticed the ‘Independent Fashion Bloggers‘ badge to the right. I belong to a fabulous community of fashion bloggers who share this common interest. A special feature at IFB is known as Links A La Mode, where you submit a recent post that you’re proud of in the hopes of being shortlisted for this nomination. Well, I’m very proud to say that my blog made the cut this week with ‘Flappers: The Roaring Twenties and the New Woman‘ blog post along with 19 other nominees out of a large and competitive field of great posts. Please check out below, published in its entirety from IFB. I wasn’t kidding when i said it was a great week for the blog, between making Links a La Mode and receving the Versatile Blogger Award.


Edited By Taylor Davies

Perhaps the greatest thing about the IFB community is our diversity. We bring together bloggers from all over the globe, who want to come together and share and learn and talk about fashion! This week’s Links a la Mode selections represent a slice of just how far and wide our bloggers stretch across the world. We have a trend report from Japan, online law and legislation from the UK, a Finnish brand debut in Hong Kong, and more. From the Olympics to the Jubilee, and 3 interviews with stylists and costumers – this really is a stellar collection of links for the week. Enjoy!



Fashion Tees at ShopbopWildfox, Ella Moss, Splendid, Theory, Free People, LNA, Enza Costa, Joie, ALC, James Perse, Vince Tees & Haute Hippie Shirts

If you would like to submit your link for next week’s Links à la Mode, please register first, then post your links HERE. The HTML code for this week will be found in the Links a la Mode group will be published later today. ~Jennine

Versatile Blogger Award

I’m very excited to be nominated for a Versatile Blogger Award by the talented dressesandme. I love her blog! In order to accept this honour, I need to nominate 15 blogs that I read and enjoy – please check them out! In no particular order, they are:

1. Tragic Spinster

2. Sadie and Dasie

3. Prim and Propah

4. We Heart Vintage

5. DearGolden

6. Diary of a Vintage Girl

7. Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing

8. Coletterie: Colette Sewing Studio

9. Vixen Vintage

10. As Time Goes Buy

11. I Love Green Inspiration

12. Charming Trinity

13. His Fashion Blog

14. Chocolates and Raspberries

15. Chicquero

And I also need to tell you seven things about myself! Let’s see:

1. I’m an archaeologist in my day job life.

2. My nickname is Darkhorse… I leave you to wonder why.

3. Cherries are my favourite fruit.

4. I have two lovely grey cats, brother and sister, Ben and Kiki. I adore them, and I think the feeling is mutual, ha ha.

5. I have a Master of Science degree.

6. I was a serious tomboy as a young girl and was often found wading in ponds catching tadpoles and frogs. But I was very clean and neat while doing so!

7. Ice cream is my favourite dessert.

Till Saturday, once I return from my business trip! And I will more exciting news to share with you then, I promise. It’s been a great week for the blog.

x Rena

Vintage Sneak Peek!

Hmm, what can it be?

Vintage flowers.


Vintage birds.


Vintage ruffles.


More vintage flowers.


Vintage patterns.

Fresh Vintage In the Shop: 3 June 2012

Here’s this week’s vintage arrivals at TheVintageDesignShop.

Vintage 80s black princess party dress with built in crinoline available from TheVintageDesignShop.

Vintage champagne-coloured satin corset with fringe and black ribbon laces available from TheVintageDesignShop.

Vintage 60s silver-pink paisley brocade party dress available from TheVintageDesignShop.

Vintage 1960s orange paisley designer dress by Uli Richter available from TheVintageDesignShop.

Vintage 80s red linen blend skirt available from TheVintageDesignShop.

Vintage 1980s wide red belt available from TheVintageDesignShop.

Vintage 80s sleeveless red polka dot shirt dress available from TheVintageDesignShop.

Vintage 80s Hawaiian shorts with birds and leaves available from TheVintageDesignShop.

Vintage 1980s pink light jacket available from TheVintageDesignShop.

Vintage 1980s white cotton wrap skirt available from TheVintageDesignShop.

Vintage Doc Martens black Mary Janes available from TheVintageDesignShop.

Vintage brown wool pullover sweater with shawl collar available from TheVintageDesignShop.

Vintage 1980s brown reptile leather skinny belt available from TheVintageDesignShop.

1950s Vogue capelet vintage sewing pattern available from TheVintageDesignShop.

Vintage 1950s Vogue blouse sewing pattern available from TheVintageDesignShop.

x Rena

Style Guide: Fabulous 40s Hollywood Glam

1. Vintage 40s black satin dress, available from concettascloset. $208 USD.

2. Vintage 40s/50s hat knitting pattern, available from babydee. $1.99 USD.

3. Vintage 50s blue rhinestone and diamonds earrings, available from nachokitty. $145 USD.

4. Vintage 40s hand beaded French evening bag by Josef, available from ClassyChique. $195 USD.

5. Vintage 40s eggplant sheer ruffled eyelet gloves, available from poppyfrockvintage. $16 USD.

x Rena

Flappers: The Roaring Twenties and the New Woman

“Flapper” cover of the Saturday Evening Post, 1922. Source: Wikipedia.

With the literary classic The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald being given new life in this year’s film remake, what better time than to take a trip to the 1920s? The Roaring Twenties was a time of affluence and hedonism following the Great War and before the stock market crash of 1929 that heralded the start of the Great Depression. Social values and fashions took a liberal turn.

Actress Louise Brooks. Source: Wikipedia.

The independent New Woman broke free from the conservatism and social propriety of the preceding decades beginning at the turn of the century. Distinctive cropped bobs, loose flapper style dresses, dramatic make-up and sexually liberal attitudes typified the New Woman. They sought equality with men in the workplace and in politics.

Patent for bust reducing lingerie. Source: Wikipedia.

Fashions changed rapidly, making a strong break from had come previously. Hourglass corsets were done away with in favour of lingerie that flattened the breasts to give a slim, boyish figure. An ample bosom was considered unseemly. Coco Chanel and French designers inspired the flapper look with simple silhouettes. Hemlines climbed, reaching to above the knee.

Now, let’s take a moment to have some fun and pay homage to the fashions of the era.

Vintage 1920s French Dress. Source: Vintage Textiles.

1920s silk beaded gown available from VeraVague.

1920s flapper wedding dress available from TheVintageMistress.

Beaded and sequined flapper headband from greenleafvintage1.

1920s flapper lingerie onesie / teddy available from MaryIkaVintage.

1920s flapper gold beaded bag from TreasuredTinks.

1920s cotton dress available from simplicityisbliss.

Gold beaded flapper dress available from saintvermillion.

Do you think you’ll experiment with the 1920s aesthetic?

x Rena

A Vintage Sneak Peek

What could it be?

Fringe and brocade.

Here’s a vintage sneak peak of what’s coming to the shop this Sunday, 2 June 2012 for my weekly listing spree. I have solids and polka dots, graphic prints and brocade – and did I mention fringe? In the meantime, the shop’s always open with last Sunday’s listings and other vintage goodies at TheVintageDesignShop.

Polka dots and buttons.

x Rena