Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Victory Fabric and Nudeedudee blouse, Nudeedudee skirt, and Avante-Garde Vintage Steampunk hat!

All is well here, we have just been rather busy, I am hoping to get to a better blogging schedule during the holiday season, but we just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Halloween!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

So I completely fail at blogging!

Hello Everyone!

Forgive me from being noticeably absent of my blog as of late. I have been a bit busy this summer but hopefully I will get back into the habit of blogging soon.

So what have I been up to?

Well I've been to several conferences, an internship, working on publications, and my husband and I have been quite busy starting up our Etsy shop, that some of you may have seen called Victory Fabric.

We are specializing in vintage and feedsack inspired fabrics. We are also dabbling in selling hair accessories as well for those who love the fabric but do not sew like these Rosie the Riveter styled headbands....
We also are planning a few things coming up for Halloween. If you're interested feel free to drop me a line on Etsy. Our Halloween edition fabrics will be HIGHLY limited so message me now if you are interested in reserving yours.

Anyways, I should get back to "normal" blogging soon. I have had a few modeling shoots lately and I am also planning on a few more in the coming weeks so there will be plenty of fun photos and adventures to come. I really have not had too much time to go antique shopping this summer so hopefully this fall will be a bit more eventful and cooler. It has been so terribly hot and dry here, I have forgotten what green grass looks like...

I hope everyone has had a lovely weekend and until next time!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Dungaree Jeans Review!


Work was a bit wild this week so I am late with my review of the Bernie Dexter Dungaree Jeans that I promised for the lovely Porcelina!
Please ignore the dying tomatoes in the background!
Overall I really like these. This photo looks a bit awkward but I think this is due to my sub-par modeling skills! They do drape really nicely when in motion. They're a bit big on me due to my weird hip to waist ratio. It's been a struggle for me to find retro-styled jeans that fit me well. I've got a 25" waist but 37.5" hips so I was nervous about getting a Small and ordered a size Medium which has a 28" waist & 38" hips because I was afraid the fabric would not have enough stretch, however I think next time I'll try the size smaller and see if I can squeeze in them because they do have quite a bit of stretch in the hips BUT the waist band does NOT stretch. So if you're on the verge of size choosing and your waist is the major factor go for the larger size. For these I suspect I'll go and get them taken in just a tick, they're built so well it should be quite easy actually, just a tiny bit off of each side of the hip.

As for the quality, these are excellent. I really love the weight of the denim and the color, it's not too heavy and not too light weight. I really do love the construction within these and for casual weekends and working around the house these are perfect! I also love that they are made in the U.S.A.

They do have long inseams, so for you taller ladies who are not super short like me do not fear! I had to roll up quite a bit of fabric to get these to calf length. I haven't had a chance to measure the actual inseam yet but I think based on how far the length went past my toes they have at least a 35" inseam (they went past my toes!)

Oh and for those wondering my top is one of the Freddies of Pinewood Vintage Panel tops. I really love the vintage fish print, it's perfect for this summer heat wave!

I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Feedsack Friday!

Yes Feedsack Friday has returned!

Today I have for you one of the most beautiful tropical feedsacks that I have come across.

Hope everyone has a lovely Memorial Day weekend!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Did someone say Carmen Miranda?

Happy Wednesday!

Here is a photo of the Carmen Miranda-esque feedsack I promise a few days ago!
I hope everyone is having a great week!

Monday, May 23, 2011

My Soap Box....

So if you do not follow me on Twitter, you have probably missed the explosion of Tweets tonight regarding a certain article posted on Forbes website making the claim that most teenage girls who claim to have gluten intolerance are more often using it as an excuse to hide anorexia.

This is a very personal subject that is incredibly near and dear to my heart and if you want to read my thoughts and manifesto on this please feel free to read my article that I posted over on Delightfully Gluten-Free and I wanted to add a few thoughts here on how I responded to being diagnosed to what sounded like at the time, a pretty awful autoimmune disorder that had been making my life a living hell for nearly a year.
Me and Emmy Lou less than a week after I was diagnosed with celiac doing our "thing"
The photo above is one of my all time favorite photos. It was taken less than a week after I had been diagnosed, and instead of sitting around, locking myself in a room, and crying my eyes out for a month and a half I chose to go out and face the world head on and do my "thing" which was kicking behind and taking names in the livestock world. It was everything I had, and one of the places where I could succeed without being harassed over my weight or look by my peers. This was in the Grand Drive of a rather large open livestock show (which is a professional show), where we won Grand Champion Female after winning the national junior heifer show for our breed the day before, and one week later I won a class at the highly prestigious National Santa Gertrudis Heifer Show with Miss Lilly and baby Dolly.
Can you spot us? ps - I'm totally wearing a vintage shirt that I still own, it's a prized possession.
If I could go back in time would I change anything? Probably not, even with all the pain, sickness, and heartbreak of high school - I learned a lot. It's a part of who I am and who I will become. If anything I would probably just give myself a hug and promise that it would all make sense one day.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Dress Twins

So I know I promised Feedsack Friday, but my husband and I took an impromptu trip out to Austin this weekend for our anniversary! (WOOOO!!!!)

While in Austin we decided happened across Amelia's Retro Vogue & Relics which is a pretty fabulous shop that has a wide selection of 1960's and earlier clothing items. While I was there, I happened across the most amazing late 1940's early 1950's gown that is awfully similar to the one I had Miss Kim at Nudeedudee make me for my graduation. It fits decently, but needs some slight alterations to the top. The black portion is a jersey knit and I think it has been hanging for many years which has stretched the fabric. I plan on taking it to my favorite seamstress next week so she can work her magic!

Forgive my hair and makeup it was close to 100F out this afternoon!

The black top is a jersey knit.
This gown from Amelia's is so similar to the one from Nudeedudee that I'm actually wearing the belt from my Nudeedudee dress in the photo above. I am not sure if Kim used a vintage fabric for my custom dress, but I think she did (Kim if you're out there please chime in! ) but the similarities are absolutely fantastic.
My custom made dress from Nudeedudee.

Overall I had a fabulous weekend and I promise feedsack photos tonight!