I showed you this label a couple of weeks ago, but I didn't show you what came in the package. I'm happy to say now, though, that it's back from the tailors, all altered and ready to go!
I got it from Dear Golden Vintage (the blog has a link to the etsy store), an etsy store famous for its one-of-a-kind vintage threads. It's run by a lady and as far as I can ascertain, she personally collects the pieces one-by-one. Some examples of the things that can be found on the blog:
Photos from http://deargolden.blogspot.com/
Seriously gorgeous stuff. I'm not usually one to shop online - I feel there's nothing like trying something on. But I'd been stalking the shop for a few days and I found something I just couldn't resist, so I decided I'd have a bash, and I couldn't be happier with the result!
It wasn't cheap, but the shipping was hassle free, and look!
This is a 50s circle skirt, which means the fabric of the skirt was cut in a complete circle before being gathered together. The print, if you can see it, is tiny orange, yellow and green camels lined up across the fabric. It was the camels which sold me, I never can resist anything with quirky, slightly deranged animals on it.
The skirt came with a 32-inch waist and was swimming around my ankles, so it was probably made for a much bigger woman than I. I got the waist taken in a bit and hemmed it by about 3 inches to show off some ankle (sacre blue, so risque!).
I wore it last week with a forest green top and a fistful of rings. I can safely say I've never felt so ladylike before, like Rory Gilmore circa the Donna Reed episode. I got several stares, not all approving, but I didn't care, I was dancing down the street in a 50s dream.
Green blouse - U2. Skirt - Dear Golden Vintage.
Shoes - Herman Monster. Necklace - Elle. Assorted rings.
Yes, that is a weed leaf you see. I wear it for my extremely straight-laced aunt who bought it for me, proclaiming that she loved what a dear, sweet maple leaf it was. We had to get on the interweb and show her what a weed leaf looked like before she finally caught on. Every time I wear it, I think of her.
There are some small flecks of mint green paint on the skirt, and every time I look down at them, it makes me happy to think this maybe what a lady wore when she was painting her new house so many years ago.
It's not the same as owning new clothes, but there's something deeply charming about buying vintage. I'd recommend all clothes lovers give it a try, and Dear Golden is a pretty good place to start.