Sailor Girl

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In another installment of story time. A fictional story I made up about a dress I have in my shop.

Just like the yellow sister dresses I found this pretty sailor girl dress at a flea market, I instantly fell in love with it and made sure it came home with me. This pretty is already listed in my shop, you can check out the listing here.

Sailor Girl

Daddy just bought a yacht much to Mama’s dismay, she told him not to but he never listens and buys what he wants. A new boat means new boating clothes and Mama ever the proper one made sure I was dressed in the best. She found my new sailor dress at Lazarus on a freshly brought in rack of clothes. I do have to say of all the sailor dresses I’ve had to wear this is my favorite. It is an off white dress with blue trim and red sailor knot bow in the front, plus the fabric is this so I won’t be too hot out in the sun. Mama said it was A Kate Greenaway Keepsake dress, I don’t know who that is but I hear she is a great designer of children’s clothes and Mama said I should be honored to wear one of her creations. I mean it is a nice dress and all but it is still just a dress. Now my friend Betty, her Mama sews all of her clothes and she always has the best looking dresses in school well at least I think so.

Today we are heading to the yacht club now that Daddy bought a yacht we are now card carrying members of the yacht club. It seems a little pretentious to me but I’ll go anyways because I heard that Burt Conway’s Dad owns a yacht and I want to see if our yacht is bigger than his so I can hold that over Burt’s head when he is mean to Betty. I asked Mama if Betty could come with us today but she told me maybe next time because she was afraid Betty would embarrass her for some reason. I don’t see why she would I mean I’m usually the one that embarrasses her. Accidents just kind of find me. Just last weekend after church I was walking slowly and lady like to the car like Mama is always instructing me to and I tripped over a large rock and landed face first into a big mud puddle. I was covered from head to toe in mud and gross water,  put a hole in my new stockings and my shoes squished when I walked in them.

Daddy is very understanding of my clumsiness, he usually holds my hand when we go somewhere in case I do fall he can catch me. On Sunday he skipped church and went to buy a yacht much to Mama’s chagrin.
The yacht is beautiful, all white with gold stripes down it. It’s tall to, I think it has 3 levels in it Daddy said, I really don’t care about that. I just love to sail, Daddy always takes me sailing on the weekends during the summer. Sometimes we go out for a few days and come home all sunburned, when that happens Mama usually throws a fit since young ladies of 10 aren’t suppose to be sunburned and look like a pirate. I don’t know where Mama gets these silly ideals but I go along with them for the most part because it is just easier than fighting with her.

Thank you for reading another one of my stories, I hope to be bringing more of those to the blog soon.

Until next time,
~Kristen

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The Sister Dresses

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This past fall while at a flea market I found this set of yellow cotton sister dresses. So adorable and the price was right that they just had to come home with me, if only I had 2 girls close enough together to have them wear them but alas my oldest is a 11 and the youngest is 18 months old. While I was photographing these I kept wondering about the girls who originally wore them. So I decided to come up with my story. This story is completely fictional and original to me.

The Sister Dresses

Mama, Patty and I went shopping for some new Easter dresses since Mama didn’t have the time to make new dresses for us since she started her new job as an office clerk for Papa’s dentist office. She made us try on 6 or 7 dresses before settling between a soft buttery yellow and a pair of pink dresses. Patty kept grabbing the pink dress in her size as she loves the color pink but I asked if we could get the yellow dresses instead. Mama said “Patty don’t cry please, we will get you the pink dress next time sweetheart but for Easter you must wear yellow this year.”

Patty always gets what she wants, so imagine my surprise when Mama chose the yellow dresses like I asked. I knew if I asked if we could get different colored dresses that she would say no because Mama insists that we match for every holiday. For Christmas Mama made us wear dark green plaid, I hate green and I hate plaid. I looked like a human gift complete with a giant red bow on the top of my head. I almost had to walk sideways through doorways so I wouldn’t knock my bow off the top of my head it was so large. Patty of course just loved that stupid big bow, I took mine off and threw it in the back of the closet when Mama told us to get ready for bed. Mama still asks what happened to that stupid bow, after I threw it in the back of the closet I haven’t seen it since and I did try to look for it. I’m pretty sure there are Borrowers living in our house as we are always losing socks but that is a story for another time.

Well Mama got our dresses cleaned and starched for Easter Sunday, Patty and I wore little white gloves, white shoes and stockings and pearl necklace that Daddy got us for Christmas. Grandmother bought us matching yellow hats with small white daisies on the brim, I loved how I looked that Easter morning. Patty fussed the whole way to church because her dress was yellow not pink even though Mama bought our dresses 3 weeks ago. Papa finally got her settled down right before we pulled into the church parking lot.

After church we went to Grandmother’s house for Easter dinner and to hunt Easter eggs, we were very careful not to get our dresses dirty but Patty found some old lipstick and got a bit of it on her dress and Mama was not happy. Between Mama and Grandmothers tricks to get lipstick out but that was one stubborn stain.

Only I got to wear my dress one other time after that Easter and it was to church in June, I grew out of my dress after that. I’ll never forget that Easter and my yellow dress.

The end.

Until Next time,

~Kris
http://www.kvclothing.com

This listing process

Good heavens I haven’t written a post since September. Between homeschooling, soccer, preschool, business and my husband’s activities which included running for our county Recorder office. He won by the way. Our lives have been crazy busy, but if you have been keeping tabs on the shop you should have noticed all of the new listings I’ve been busy working on.

Several weeks ago I took somewhere between 500 pictures that required editing and listing, it evened out to be about 100 new pieces for the shop. I try to take 5 photographs of each item to show all the angles and important trappings.

I’m going to talk about the process I go through for a piece after I have acquired it.

Cleaning: I clean almost every garment even if it is just a freshening up.

Steaming: I steam the wrinkles out of everything, I never use an iron on my clothing. Mostly due to the fact irons and I don’t get along, plus when I use my steamer I get the added bonus of a facial.

Photograph: As I stated before I try to get take at least 5 photographs of each piece to show every angle, imperfection,  what makes it unique, label etc. I then take my camera home and edit all of those lovely pictures I took, usually just cropping them a bit and resize them a tad.

Measure: I measure every piece and hand write my listing out in a notebook that comes to the studio and home with me. I have filled 2 notebooks already and I’m on my 3rd one for this year. I used to use bits of paper but I would lose them, so now I stick to notebooks. Plus if I ever happen to accidentally delete a listing, I can look through my notebooks and rewrite the listing out.

Research: Once I get my notebook home I go through and do research on each piece, if there is a brand label even better I try to find something comparable not only to help with SEO Tags but for price as well as history. I use the Vintage Fashion Guild daily as they have a lovely Label Resource and are just a great resource for all things vintage clothing related.

List:  Once all of that work is done, I get to go through Etsy to list this is where my handy dandy notebook comes out. Once I have something listed I draw a diagonal line through that listing and write the amount I have it listed for so I know it is done.

This isn’t a very sophisticated procedure but it works for me until I can find a more efficient way to list which will probably come in once I get a computer up in the studio for me to work from.

Until Next Time,
~Kristen

A Sewing Wish

Sometimes I wish I could sew as well as my Mom and Nana Janet, especially when I am listing vintage sewing patterns and I find one that I really would love to be made into something for me instead of listing it in my Etsy shop.
Today was one of those days as I listed several new vintage patterns, as I looked at the pattern imaging how the dress would look on myself I realized I need to learn to sew well. I can do basic stitches, patches and buttons but my skills of sewing from a pattern is sorely lacking.

Perhaps I should start attending the sewing lessons my daughter takes in the winter time as she will be starting on patterns soon from what I have been told by her sewing instructor.  I remember my Mom driving to Steubenville Ohio to learn to sew when I was a small child and with that knowledge she would sew my siblings and I new clothes. My favorite thing she ever made me was a pair on white and yellow striped pants. However the second time I wore them my brother punched me in the nose and I bled all over them before I could get a paper towel. Sadly the blood stain never came out, but I remember those pants fondly.

~Kris

Buckles and Belts

I rarely buy belts, not that I don’t like them I just don’t come across to many that strike my fancy. That is until last September when I found a light blue scale belt, when I say scale it literally has scales like a fish or a dragon. I’m pretty sure I snatched it up as quickly as I could and threw my money at the booth owner and ran the opposite direction laughing gleefully the whole way home.

This week I finally got around to photographing said belt and it will be up in the shop this week so be sure to keep an eye out for it.

Isn’t it great?

Until Next Time,
~Kris

Let’s go swimming

As it is Memorial Day Weekend and the officially unofficial kick off to summer I thought I would share a few swimsuits that have recently come to the shop. If you know me in real life  you would know that I love to swim and when I mean swim, I literally could spend hours every day just swimming laps.  However not having a pool to swim laps in or a sitter to watch my minions that is a moot point these days.

Swimming isn’t just a great way to cool off but is so low impact that it makes for a great work out without hurting your body not to mention it works many muscle groups and is a great cardio workout.

To check each of these gorgeous suits out you can find them here

Have a wonderful weekend and stay safe out there.

Until next time,

~Kristen

Vintage Style Show at the Ohio Valley River Museum

Back in December I did a style show at the Puskarich Public Library. After the show I was approached about doing a style show at the Ohio Valley River Museum in Clarington Ohio on April 23rd for their Ladies Day at the Museum. After much debate with my husband, I decided to do the show. So off I went looking for models again. Charlie and Brandi graciously agreed right away and I asked Sarah and Abby if they were interested it was a quick resounding yes.

The Ohio Valley River Museum features exhibits on Ohio River riverboats, locks and dams exhibits, and more.

The morning of the style show started out a little over cast but beautiful. Since the ride down was over an hour we (models, my 2 girls and I) either carpooled or met at the museum. For this particular show I was asked to keep my speech part short since there were vendors

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Good Afternoon and Welcome to the Ohio Valley River Museum. My name is Kristen Willis of Kris’s Vintage Clothing. Today I will be showcasing outfits from the 1950’s to the 1970’s. I hope you enjoy this step back into yester-year.

So let us begin.

Sarah: Is wearing a 1960s Candy Jr Pink and White dress decorated with small embroidered flowers

Charlie: 1950’s Blue strip dress with large white collar and cuffs gives this dress a school Marm look.

Abby: 1950’s lipstick red double button front khaki a-line skirt. Very bright red skirt made of khaki material. A 19560’s white cotton blouse with double buttons pairs nicely with the skirt.

Brandi: 1950’s White and Teal Blue Pin Vertical Stripes Shirtwaist Dress.

Sarah: 1950’s/1960’s Light blue and white print sundress.
Sleeveless dress with large white buttons down the front of the dress, almost a shirtwaist appearance

Charlie: 1970’s Pale blue dotted Swiss sleeveless maxi dress Pale blue dress with floral bouquet print on dotted Swiss material.

Abby: 1960’s Inspired by 1920’s Drop Waist Ivory dress trimmed with black ric-rac and 10 buttons

Brandi: 1950’s Aqua Patio Dress trimmed with white lace and black grosgrain ribbon

Sarah: 1950’s/1960’s White sleeveless sundress Sleeveless white sundress with 2 horizontal stripes across the waist, pleated skirt and an accordion folded pleat bust.

Charlie: 1950’s Navy Blue Shirtwaist Dress. Pin Up style shirtwaist dress, the buttons end just past the waist, heavy pleated skirt

Abby: 1950’s Pretty green and white checkered sundress is sure to to be eye catching.

Brandi: 1960’s Blue and white stripe dress with a bright red bow

Sarah: 1970s/1980s Floral Summer Maxi Dress.You can wear on or off the shoulders this dress has ruched bodice that is stretchy. Long flowing skirt with a ruffle

Charlie: 1950’s Dark Gray and White checkered shirtwaist dress.

Abby: 1950’s/1960’s Dress has a blue and white bodice print and a solid blue skirt along with matching blue bolero

Brandi: Vintage 1960’s Red and White Checkered Gingham MOD dress with white flower print all over the dress

Sarah: 1960’s flower power mini dress. Large print flower print dress with long sleeves, button cuffs, zipper down the back and small square collar.

Charlie: 1970’s Jody of California Halter Top Bohemian Maxi Dress, Patch work like details makes this dress the perfect for any summer activity.

Abby: 1950’s Sleeveless sky blue and white stripe shirtwaist sundress

Brandi: 1960’s MOD bright floral print dress Drop waist bright floral print dress inspired by the 1920’s drop waist dress. Print is a mixture of flowers, foliage, and butterflies in bright colors such as pink, light green, light blue, yellow and white

 

 

Sarah: 1960’s Youth Fair Sleeveless Green Checkered Dress. Adorable checkered print dress with large belt loops as a decoration. Each loop has 2 buttons on the top of the loop for decoration only.

Charlie: 1950’s Sage Green, Beige, Tan and Brown Stripe Shirtwaist Dress

Abby: 1950’s Yellow linen dress. Front has a faux zipper look, the metal zipper is down the back.

Brandi: 1950’s Blue Floral Patio Dress.

Sarah: 1970’s Pink and white floral print A flirty number just begs to be worn to a Summers eve party or out for coffee with friends.

Charlie: 1950’s Pale purple halter dress is ready for any Pin Up photo shoot.

Abby: 1950’s Champagne colored lace dress, lace is floral pattern. Perfect for a vintage wedding dress or a cocktail party.

Brandi: 1960’s White and navy blue color black a-line sheath dress Great Navy blue color block down the center of the dress with a small white panel going across right below the bust complete with decorative blue button

Sarah: 1960’s Gold and White Lace Shift Dress. Ivory dress with gold and white lace overlay, there are small gold flowers over the lace

.Charlie: 1970’s Aqua prom/debutante dress Wear the lace shawl collar on or off the shoulders, with a half tulip skirt over a ruffle lace tiered flouncy skirt

Abby: 1960’s Minty blue/aqua jacket, this mid length jacket is perfect for spring showers or chilly mornings

Brandi: 1970s sleeveless ivory wedding dress with a high collar is reminiscent of Victorian Revival

That concludes our styles show for today, I want to thank each of my models for helping me showcase each of these outfits for you. I also want to thank the Ohio Valley River Museum for inviting me to share my love of vintage with each of you. Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the rest of your day.