Archive for the ‘Retro’ Category

If you live in the Bay Area and love costumes, you must get yourself to the Vintage Fashion Expo. I am so sad to miss it as there are sure to be some truly drool-worthy togs in every size, style, and price range.

Website blurb: “Dealers from across the country will be presenting vintage clothing for men and women. Women’s hats, shoes, dresses, costume and estate jewelry. Vintage eye wear. Men’s suits, shoes, shirts, watches, ties and more.”

The details:
September 22nd and 23rd
Concourse Exhibition Center, 8th Street and Brannan, San Francisco, CA
Show hours are:
Sat. Early Buy 9:00am-10:30am. Regular Admission 10:30am-6:00pm.
Sun. Regular Admission 11:00am-5:00pm.
FREE entrance on Sun. with Sat. ticket purchase. Students free on Sun. with student ID.
Early Buy Admission is $20.00. Regular Admission is $10.00.


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Dark Garden’s Rummage Sale
July 17th
11 – 5pm
321 Linden St., (between Octavia & Gough)
San Francisco, Ca

Dark Garden’s Rummage Sale is a sight to be seen. Store-wide clearances of off the floor Ready-To-Wear corsets, clothing, fabric remnants, costume pieces, and Custom Corset orders.

Best of all, this is the only time they sell Custom Corsets from their archive as well as “Cinderella” Corsets—those that were ordered and never picked up (can you imagine?) and gently used corsets being sold by those who feel it’s time to re-vamp their wardrobe.

Do you have a corset that has served you well over the years, but for whatever reason, you just don’t wear anymore? This is your chance to sell that corset. In order to have everything ready in time, Dark Garden will be accepting consignment corsets July 3-16. They are happy to help you decide on a price.

Call Dark Garden for details or if you have any questions (415) 431-7684.

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Hillbarn Theatre in Foster City is having a vintage clothing and costume sale this coming Saturday, June 18th from 10am to 3pm.

From the Facebook invite, “We are cleaning out a huge collection of vintage & contemporary clothing and accessories! Hundreds of items from 25 cents to $10! Present day back to 20’s. Notions, accessories, hats, shoes, coats, dresses, tops, military, skirts, petticoats, suits and MORE!!! Cash or check only.”

Hillbarn is located at 1285 E. Hillsdale Blvd. in Foster City, California.

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Greenberg and Hammer
Greenberg and Hammer was a New York City Garment District landmark shop that sold every kind of sewing supply you could possibly imagine (many that weren’t even made anymore but had been languishing on their shelves for years). Visiting their store was always a memorable experience. It was full to over-flowing and not always that clean, but it had that old New York charm that is becoming rarer and rarer. It will be missed.

This article from Crain’s offers some paltry details.

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If you haven’t checked out www.CorsetsandCrinolines.com, you should do so right away. They sell vintage and antique clothes. Their selection of mid-century underpinnings (garters, bras, hose, girdles, etc.) is divine. The only downside is that they are located in Great Britain. They do ship to the US but when you have to pay in pounds and add the cost of shipping, it becomes a little more than the average girl can cough up.

On the plus side, they have a very nice timeline of fashion from the beginning of the Victorian Era through the end of the Edwardian, complete with photos of actual garments from their collection. This is a great costume history reference to keep in your back pocket.

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Farthingales Corset Blog (farthingalescorsetblog.blogspot.com)
Linda Sparks literally wrote the book on how to make a corset (The Basics of Corset Building). She owns the sewing supply company Farthingales, originally based in Canada, they also have a location in Los Angeles. Farthingales specializes in corset supplies. Her blog mostly consists of announcements for the various classes she and others in her company teach. But check out her other sites for great info like the Tips and Tricks page on her L.A. website.

Good Quick Cheap (www.goodquickcheap.net)
David T. Howard is a professor and resident costume designer at the University of Rhode Island. His blog focuses on costume design and construction. He posts lots of pictures of vintage and antique clothing from the school’s stock. He also posts some of his design renderings and the photos of the corresponding finished garments. This is a great resource for anyone interested in costume design.

Oh So Happy Together (ohsohappytogether.blogspot.com)
Jessica obviously loves to sew for her daughter. This blog is full of tutorials on fun kid- and adult-oriented craft and sewing projects. One of my favorites is The Dress Up Skirt (i.e. Tutu). I also love the photos of a gorgeous, vintage inspired, girl’s sailor dress she made.

The Sassy Crafter (sassycrafter.blogspot.com)
is “a writer and crafty gal who loves transforming old things into hip new accessories for you and your home.” Her blog consists of stories and projects about a mix of sewing and crafts. She writes excellent tutorials with thorough instructions and informative photos. Some of my favorites are The DIY Bobbin Organizer, The Executive Chef Apron, and The Re-purposed Top.

Sew Retro (sewretro.blogspot.com)
You probably already know all about this gem. Members post their vintage inspired creations. There are a lot of posts that are just ads trying to get you to visit a member’s personal blog but this is actually a decent way to find other interesting sewing blogs and project tutorials. Members also post about occasional freebies and give-aways.

Threadbanger (www.threadbanger.com)
Threadbanger is a video blog that focuses on DIY sewing projects. Some are fashion related and some are about home decorating. The videos are made by the Threadbanger staff, by guest artists, and by viewers. So, if you have a super cool tutorial you want to send them, you might be featured on a future episode!

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