One of the most popular questions I receive as a vintage seller is “How do I clean vintage clothing?” or “How do I get this stain out?” Well my darling little muffins, I have put together the first of many laundering and cleaning vintage clothing guides for you! I even formatted it in a lovely (well at least I hope YOU think it’s LOVELY!) info graphic so I hope you will share this with others or pin it on Pinterest!
Now, a bit of background and a little disclaimer.
I have been handling vintage clothing for over a decade. HOLY CATS that’s a long time to be getting it on with old clothes! But, see, in these 10 plus years I have learned A LOT about cleaning vintage. But, I MUST stress that I am NOT an expert on laundry! Ask my future husband, he will tell you that I actually kind of suck at it. Well, modern day laundry anyway.
Anyway… my point is, I KNOW what I’m talking about, but I don’t know EVERYTHING. These handy little guides and tips were all tried by me and through many laundry failures I’ve picked up a couple tricks or two I want to share. Now, the other thing you must understand is to remember you are dealing with OLD TEXTILES. You really don’t know WHERE that dress has been. You can just GUESS what that stain is. (Are you grossed out yet?) So, while I may advise you to use lemon on a certain stain and it doesn’t work for you even though it worked for me…remember, not all stains are one in the same and take into account the fabric it’s on, how long it’s been there, etc etc.
In other words, there are no guarantees. Now, if I haven’t scared you enough yet about cleaning and laundering vintage clothing…God speed my little laundress queens!
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It is of no secret how much I love vintage photographs. I think most vintage sellers share my love for old photos. We obviously like old things to begin with. It’s so much more than that though. It’s the story behind the photo. Or rather the mystery as to what the story is. I have a board on Pinterest entitled “As She Was” where I pin found vintage photos of women from the past. Sometimes they’re famous (you’ll definitely see many photos of Audrey Hepburn for example), but most of the time they are photos of women with no names. Just faces and a story that only very select few know or no one knows at all.
“The truth is, honey, I’ve enjoyed my life. I’ve had a hell of a good time.” – Ava Gardner
Ahh just kidding, I love florals! However, today’s blog post is decidedly UNFLORAL (my floral loving heart just heaved the biggest saddest sigh…).
OK, first a QUICK CONFESSION!
I adore the 1920s, really I do, but it’s probably one of the most unflattering periods of fashion EVER. Unless you’re a waif and have no breasts. (I belong in the latter group) But dropped waist, straight cut throughout silhouettes just really doesn’t do anything for anyone. Oh, except Olive Oyl! Her little ensemble is very 20s to me. And BTW…Olive Oyl is suppose to be a flapper! Did I just blow your mind or WHAT!
Anyhow, I’ve collected a bunch of lovely fashion and style inspirations from the 1920s that feature stripes, plaids, and all sorts of geometric prints. Not necessarily art deco, but patterns (in my opinion) that transcends all eras. Ok, some of this IS art deco.
ARGDLFNSKFD!#* This sweater!!!
I usually take the opportunity to reconsider my wardrobe and my hair when the change of season is just around the corner. I tend to find imagery or latch on to a certain era and play around with it until I move on to something else. While my wardrobe will never have a drastic overhaul (been there, done that), it is nice to adopt new styles and new ways of wearing things or just try something new for the hell of it.
Lately I have been incredibly enamored with the 1930s again. Or rather the late 1920s to the late 1930s. This is possibly my favorite era for dressing and I just find the clothing, style, and imagery from this era just so damn beautiful and I know I shall never tire of it.
Just looking through all these 1930s style inspirations just aches my heart. I just adore it so much! I have a feeling I am going to be living in bias cut dresses and skirts, puffy sleeve blouses, and long cardigans for the remainder of the year. And lots more hats! You know I love me lots of hats!
I came across this photo of Montmartre Paris from 1952 and just loved so much about it. Aside from the obvious (it’s in France, there are painted shutters on the buildings, an old man is painting…) I quite love the outfits the young women are wearing, their plaid a-line skirts and little sweater tops.
Wouldn’t it be lovely to just traipse around this beautiful city with the streets dappled in sun. Ahh, to summer in France or anywhere pastoral really! That’s what this week’s vintage photos are all about. Images of an idyllic summer. Lots of plush green earth, scenes of farmland, lakes glimmering with dusk approaching…
“Hills and dales and of summer hills
green, green grass, on the vine
frolic through wildflowers
laughter fills the open sky
everlasting until autumn comes”
I’ll be your summer girl
If you’ll be my summer boy
Pluck the petals.
He loves me. He loves me not.
Montmartre Paris 1952
Way to St. Petersburg 1994
Girl in Summer
Handfull of Daisies
Somewhere in France back in time
Mademoiselle Chanel on the beach in Biarritz, 1920
Girl with Flowers