New to the Etsy shop – July 2015

I have this lovely batch of 1930s celluloid brooches coming to my Etsy store. The Navy ‘Buddy’ is 1940s – WW2 era and very rare to find intact and has already been sold. If you are interested in the black swirl or red manta email me at as those 2 are still to be listed.

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Time Capsule Fabrics

Have you ever tried to make a garment from a vintage pattern but just can’t quite get the fabric right? It doesn’t drape or sit the way those original vintage items that you own do. Well now you can buy all the fabric you need from Time Capsule Fabrics to make your vintage sewing more authentic. They have a curated selection of fabrics from to enable you to recreate the right look and feel. From cotton lawns and rayons to crepes…there are some beauties here.


“Time Capsule Fabrics is a special fabric store providing a curated collection of fabrics and sewing patterns perfect for sewing clothing styles from the 1920’s – 1950’s. Time Capsule Fabrics serves both the sewist who wants a period accurate look for everyday or living history and the sewist looking to incorporate the Deco era’s timeless appeal into a modern wardrobe.  Our beautiful fabrics include hard to find dress weight rayns and frozen-in-time retro prints, sourced from countries around the world including the US, France and Italy.  We also seek to support the many small businesses that serve the vintage sewing community by partnering with vintage bloggers and carrying independent pattern makers.” – Time Capsule Fabrics website

1920s and 30s

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1940s and 50s

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Vecona Vintage – 1930s style

Some of of the beautiful 1930s loungewear inspired items that Vecona Vintage carry in their range. I want them all!! The sailor pants are especially gorgeous. I wish more companies would start doing the ‘low rise’ cut in ladies trousers again. So much more stylish and comfortable. The ‘Cap Calloway’ cap is also a winner!

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Artist of the week – Michael Lombardi

Hi all! I wanted to introduce you all to a wonderfully talented artist from Perth, Australia who is now based in Melbourne. Michael Lombardi has an amazing retro/vintage style that I adore. His work is unique and diverse and he captures situations beautifully as portraits, murals, logos and posters. Anyone who loves vintage style will appreciate his wonderful illustrations. From 1920s flapper gals and 50s astro-babes to 1960s G0-Go dancers, there is nothing he can’t bring to life with his quirky style.

His artwork is available online for purchase and he also does commissions, as you can see from the various swing dance logos, portraits, animation and murals he has done. If you would like to buy any of his work, please go to this link or his Etsy shop and if you would to commission him to do some work for you, you can contact him via his website at

* All images are copyrighted © by Michael Lombardi. The use of any image from this site is prohibited unless prior written permission from the artist is obtained.

* This article is taken from my other blog at

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Dorothea’s Closet – 50% off sale!

One of my favourite online vintage stores, Dorothea’s Closet, is having a sale out of necessity. She has some amazing stock so maybe you can help her out and pick up some great vintage at the same time.

From Angela: Owner or Dorothea’s closet:

“OK, I got some bad news (in the form of foreclosure) in the mail just now, so I’m doing a website wide 50% sale. That’s over 1,500 vintage items! Dresses, gowns, hats, lingerie, skirts, blouses, handbags, shoes, jewelry & scarves ranging from Victorian to 1980s. I just need to drum up enough to get them off my back and catch up (once you get behind and other bills gobsmack you, it all goes to shite quickly). So help a gal out and get some cheap (but not cheaply made!) vintage and help me and my family stay in our home!

Code to use at checkout is LOVE50. I’m happy to work out shipping cheaper if I can, just PM me or email through the site. So that’s 50% off ALL OF IT. heart emoticon Thanks for looking!”

1930s fashion plates

Beautiful fashion plates. The ref and white dress certainly makes a statement.

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1930s evening gowns – January

Gorgeous gowns from my favourite era in fashion history. I wish I could own them all! So many fabric styles and textures.

Vintage Christmas and New Year cards

Some of these are amazing and truly capture the Art Deco feel of the time. Others are just plain cute or caught my eye due to their catchy design and imagery.

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A 1930s Christmas…

Another year has flown by and I have not posted as much as I would like. In 2015 I will have more time, so be prepared for vintage goodness again en masse. But for now, here are some of my favourite festive images from the 1930s.



Summer is coming…

I love this cover illustration from the 1932 magazine, Vintage American. Seemed appropriate as the warmer weather approaches here in Australia. I also adore her outfit!


Wearing History Ready to Wear- Kickstarter Project

Yay! My friend Lauren Maringola from Wearing History is finally making her ready-wear vintage line a reality. Check out her wonderful, USA made ready-to-wear line which is inspired by the 1930s and 1940s and contribute to Kickstarter! She’s giving away some cool prizes for backers too!

Kickstarter page


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More pin curl & finger wave techniques

Hello 1930s fans! I came across another pin curl an finger waving article today. I hope this will help you recreate the look of 1930s curls and waves  if you have been struggling.