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CALLING ALL CRAFTY GIRLS

I’ve hoarded vintage patterns since high school. 20s flapper dresses, 40s playsuits, 50s ball gowns, 60s structural mini’s, 70s bell bottoms… Regardless of size, if it looked cool I had to have it.

 I managed to amass an entire coat closets worth of patterns, and have made myself many wonderful items over the years. I’ve also made many one of a kind, vintage inspired outfits which I sold through Etsy and EBay, which have gone to happy homes worldwide. I won’t give up this hobby any time soon. But…. I’ve decided to part with the excess. Rather than horde things I don’t use, I’m hoping the patterns will find new owners who will appreciate (and hopefully use) them. 

 I decided now is the time because traditional domestic skills are making a comeback. The art of making things by hand (and with love) is slowly but surely resurfacing. These patterns are valued today as they weren’t 13 years ago, and I couldn’t be happier about that.

 Here is the first batch of patterns I’m offering for sale on EBay.  There’s hundreds more, which will be listed weekly throughout the year. I only sell patterns which have all pieces intact. I carefully inspect them to ensure this. So no gambling involved.

 

1940s Advance #4564 playsuit/swimsuit. Good larger size (40 bust).

1940s Hollywood pattern#1487. Darling casual dress/suit set! 40s size 18 / 36 bust.

Late 1960s/1970s Vogue Couturier Design #1692. Pucci pajama jumpsuit. Vintage size 12.

Late 1960s/1970s Vogue Couturier Design #2249. Pucci v neck pajama jumpsuit. Vintage size 10.

Late 1960s/1970s Vogue Americana #1856. Chester Weinberg mod mini dress. Vintage size 10.

1960s Vogue Paris Original #1737. Guy Laroche mod mini dress + matching coat.Vintage size 14.

1928 Vogue #9242. Flapper dress with asymmetric hem + scarf. Matching slip pattern also included. Size 18 years/36 bust.

HIGHLY COVETED! 1940s Simplicity #1307 sarong skirt, shorts, and cropped tie top playsuit/dress set. 40s size 16/34 bust.

Late 1960s/1970s Vogue Couturier Design #2065. Fabiani mini dress.Vintage size 10.

Late 1950s/1960s Vogue Paris Original #1458. Lanvin Castillo full skirt dress + matching coat. Factory folded – unused w/ 2 original sewing labels intact. Plus a 3rd department store sewing label. Very Mad Men! Vintage size 12.

 1960s Vogue Paris Original #1694. Pierre Cardin mod mini dress w/ sculpted seams. Vintage size 12.

1970s Vogue Paris Original #2827. Pierre Balmain day dress. Ok, this one is missing the pattern piece for the belt loop, but that can easily be recreated. All the critical pieces are intact.Vintage size 14.

More to be listed on Thursday – namely 30s and 40s patterns.

 

HELLO AGAIN, EBAY

A few years back I decided to switch selling venues, from EBay to Etsy. But I’ve decided to start selling on EBay again. The Etsy shop will remain open and I’ll continue to add to items to it every so often, but EBay will be the preferred online venue from here on out.

 Perhaps you’re wondering why. In one word: traffic. While there’s several things I dislike about EBay, they generate the largest audience for vintage clothing.  Hands down.  While I love Etsy’s lower prices and ease of use, I’ve recieved more hits in 5 days on a single EBay auction than I have on all my Etsy listings combined… over the course of 3 months! Small businesses need heavy traffic in order to operate. Otherwise sales stagnate and the business becomes a hobby. In the past year this is exactly what happened to me on Etsy. So back to EBay it is.

 With no further adieu, here are some treasures currently for sale on EBay:

 I know, right? Metallic teal green patent leather vintage heels from (I’m guessing) the 1940s. Possibly 30s or 50s though. Super rare color that’s perfect for spring. Approx. size 7 1/2 – 8 US. Listed at $9.99 w/ no reserve here. Auction ends this Sunday.

Va-va-voom! 50s inspired 80s vintage Lanvin dress. Strapless w/ asymmetrical peplum and wiggle skirting. Red silk + black velvet. Current bid is only $31.00 here. No reserve. Auction ends this Sunday.

LOVE!!!! Indian made 80s rayon chiffon slouch ‘trophy’ jacket. Loaded with aurora borealis sequins, purple glass beads, and faux pearls. 20s art deco/flapper inspired look. Current bid is only $16.50 here. No reserve. Auction ends this Sunday.

Luxuriate, 70s style. This bohemian beauty reminds me of Thea Porter. I love the elegant, free flowing silhouette + opulent Indian paisley print. Great color scheme too! Made of rayon. $9.99 opening bid w/ no reserve here. Auction ends next Thursday.

Red hot. Ultra glam 50s party dress w/ couture like cut, full skirt, and tons of rhinestones. 10x better in person. Viva Las Vegas, prom, maybe your wedding? All worthy causes for this baby. $9.99 opening bid with no reserve here. Auction ends next Thursday.

Several ‘buy it now’ store listings are available too:

These crazy 70s platforms came from the estate of country star Skeeter Davis. The certificate of authenticity is long gone, but I purchased them from a very reputable dealer and take her word for it. Size 7 – 7 1/2 US. Grab ‘em here.

Jackie O behind closed doors? The only 60s vinyl pillbox hat I’ve ever seen. Perfect for a bad bad girl. Available here.

1950s full circle skirt w/ cording detail for texture. Lovely spring floral print. Up for adoption here.

The bold and the beautiful. 70s raspberry + bubblegum pink felt floppy hat. Fun stuff. Buy it here.

Prices are negotiable on most store listings. If you need a better price, please don’t hesitate to ask. Serious and reasonable counter offers will be accepted : ).

I go out of town for business this weekend, but will try to add more listings on Sunday night. There’s a ton of great stuff on the way including vintage sewing patterns, fabric, sunglasses, jewelry, boots, and of course clothes. Plus the most amazing vintage cape I’ve ever found. Stay tuned!

xoxo

 

KAISIK WONG

Wearable art by San Francisco designer Kaisik Wong. Collaborator/friend to the Cockettes and Steven Arnold (among others), inspiration to many, and rivaled by none. To have been a fly on the wall when these were made…

The master himself. Second from right. Rare photo of the play Dragonfly. Steven Arnold on the far left.

RECENT ENCHANTMENTS

More treasures available from Goldmine Trash <3. A gal can never have enough clothes, right?

I usually don’t stock separates, but I’m a sucker for a great novelty print. Therefore I couldn’t say no to this! Lady Veshoevius, I’m looking at you.

Spanish dancers and bullfighters. Whatever the Spanish word for ‘swoon’ is can be inserted here.

Again with the novelty print thing. This thing is bat bird shit insane! 40s inspired 70s 2pc dress set in the most amazing/eye gouging bird print known to man. Natrurally, it sold in an instant. I’m including it in this post for your gawking pleasure though.

70s chic = all over this spring/summer = I found your new favorite dress. Beautiful and goes with everything.

This Courreges inspired cutie gives off a…. medical…. vibe. Blame it on the Stendhal syndrome.

Barber pole beauty! If it’s color blocked, count me in.

For lucks sake we’ll call it a horseshoe print. 1940s, rayon, larger size, pristine condition – sounds like a winning streak to me.

Mad Men a la Mode. The perfect lil atomic age dress for everyday wear. Go shopping, cook dinner, and plunge the toilet IN STYLE. It’s all good, girl.

House of Trash strikes again! I have 60 yards of this fabric. Isn’t it fab? This is the perfect dress for Viva Las Vegas. It’s appropriate for a wearing to a car show, but would make quite a statement as you dance the night away too.

This was made from an authentic 50s sewing pattern – which I tweaked to incorporate some 50s Hollywood meets Hawaiian style flair. Strapless, balcony bustline, rouching, boned for support, and sporting a full circle skirt : D.

I love the mid century influenced wood grain print. The sort of wood grain which leaves you intoxicated on an aesthetic level.

Didn’t see this one coming, did ya? Another House of Trash masterpiece made by me!

This thing is so structural that it can stand up on it’s own. This was fashioned from the same vintage pattern as the tiki dress above, but was also tweaked to have a style all it’s own.

Once again you get a strapless bodice w/ balcony bustline, only this one is accentuated with ruffles. And the front overlay has a dramatic ‘m’ shape which resembles a (holy smokes!) Batman mask. It’s double boned at the sides, and has a full circle skirt.

Made of a jet black vinyl which is textured and crinkled. It’s lightly lined with cotton too.

Cecil Beaton said it best “Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.”

My friend Allison (a real life Blair ‘evil dictator of taste’ Waldorf) pointed out that the bodice is similar to the one on the Vivienne Westwood wedding dress. Ya know, the one Carrie Bradshaw wore in the Sex and the City movie. I never made that connection until now.


Spot on. Allison is the expert!

Like it? Snag it here.

Many more beauties are on the way soon. House of Trash has some major tricks up it’s sleeve. Plus there’s piles upon piles of vintage waiting to be photographed : D.

SWEET SHOP SUNDAYS: WHIRLING TURBAN

Former Hollywood costume designer Katherine Robinson fell so deeply in love with Bali while vacationing there that she relocated asap. From a studio in paradise, Katherine and her small staff are the forces behind Whirling Turban, this weeks Sweet Shop.

Kamehameha. Gladys Williams. Alfred Shaheen. If you’re a vintage collector, chances are you’re familiar with these labels, and the high prices they often fetch. Combining universally flattering cuts with couture like construction and eye catching prints, their output is among the highly coveted,  and are scarce finds nowadays. Such iconic designs have inspired many labels since, but too often these vintage ‘reproductions’ are pale imitators.

So what’s a gal to do when she hasn’t found her vintage dream dress? Buy from Whirling Turban instead. Or better yet, have Whirling Turban custom make a dress to her precise measurements! Armed with a variety of cuts and fabrics to chose from, they aim to indulge your cravings for classic glamor.

Pinup girls love their ability to replicate ‘the little details’ which make all the difference in vintage. But those who prefer a less literal translation will find Whirling Turban just as wearable. A variation in accessories will transform these beauties from silver screen sirens to street chic trendsetters. Pair the romper with over the knee socks and chunky heels, the Chinese Bombshell dress with large chandelier earrings and Louboutin heels, and the Peek a Boo dress with a cropped denim jacket and your mom’s ethnic jewelry – circa ’69 trip to Cairo. Universally flattering, I tell ya.

In an age where ‘fast fashion’ is an excuse for poor quality, it’s refreshing to see a company go against the grain(line).

xoxo, SJ

COUNT ME IN

Count Ferdinando Sarmi hailed from an aristocratic Italian family and studied to become a lawyer, as his family had wished.  Much to his fathers disappointment however, he abandoned the profession soon after to pursue his passion for fashion design. And thank goodness he did.

After costuming a few Italian films, Sarmi headed for New York; and from 1951-59 he was Elizabeth Arden’s head designer. His elegant evening attire wowed clients such as celebrities, socialites, and first ladies (Pat Nixon was a loyal customer).  “Every woman with $600.00 to spend wants to own a Sarmi.” he famously once said.

In 1959 Sarmi opened his own fashion house, which specialized in ladies evening attire. Just one year later he received a Coty award. Renown for it’s haute couture and high end ready to wear; Sarmi gowns costed as much as $4,500, and were known for floral prints and lavish trims such as Ostrich down and cellophane lace.

Despite the decadent detailing, Sarmi stuck to classic silhouettes which are as appropriate for today as they were back then. Goldmine Trash is pleased to offer this Sarmi in pristine condition for a mere $374.99, a fraction of what it would’ve originally cost (usually it’s the other way around with vintage).


Made of silk, it features a an impressionist style ‘watercolor’ floral print in rich jewel tones, which flatter any skin tone. It has a sexy v neckline w/ tie accent, princess lined + darted bust, nipped in waist, semi full skirting, metal back zipper, and the designer Sarmi label. It’s fully lined with silk as well.


What better way to dress up this winter!

xoxo, SJ

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Balenciaga coat, 1950s.

 Bright and festive 50s Balenciaga coat. Yes please.