Poetry & Words

Coffee and (lack of) sleep and vintage and assorted happenings!

Hi, lovelies! It’s been a busy couple of weeks around here. I’ve been filling orders for my Etsy shop, getting ready to become a vendor on GreenByUSA, and prepping for the Fall line coming to the Nakate website this weekend. And, rumor has it I’ll have an article in the next issue of Babiekins Magazine!

The most exhausting thing lately has been getting back into the swing of two wake-ups per night with Aveline. She’s decided two bottom teeth aren’t enough, and put in an order for two more. But there’s a silver lining. I’ve upped my cuppa intake from 1/3 coffee + 2/3 decaf to straight-up half-caff. What a cute little chomper Aveline will be with four bottom teeth and none on top ;-)

Aveline and papa

I also wanted to stop in today to share a fun vintage find with you — the Etsy shop Pomp and Pride. My new friend Ariel (a fellow displaced Northern Californian!) has been selling pretty vintage dresses from her DC home for 6 months now. In celebration of this “half-iversary”, she’s offering 50% off all orders between $20 and $150.

Here are a couple of pretties from her shop…

vintage 1950's lace dress / full skirt / ombre tiered / medium - POMP AND PRIDE on etsy
Vintage 1950s Lace Dress with Full Skirt

vintage 1970's dress / red striped / xs small medium via POMPANDPRIDE on etsy
Vintage 1970s Striped Dress

Aren’t they fun? There are lots more in her shop. (All dress images via Pomp and Pride.)

Inspiration, Little Style

Gussy Sews Inspiration Workshop :: [Baby] Vintage

Today is my first time linking up with the weekly Gussy Sews Inspiration Workshop. Gussy Sews is hugely inspirational to me — she’s a Michigan girl living in the Twin Cities, who, after teaching herself to sew just three years ago, now runs a very successful handmade business! Each week she chooses a theme for the Inspiration Workshop, and bloggers everywhere participate by sharing their interpretation of that theme. Gussy says,

This week’s prompt is vintage. Do you have a favorite vintage piece of clothing or accessory? How about a favorite vintage shop? Or is there an old car you admire? The possibilities are endless…

Alrighty, then! Let’s get started. No big surprise that I’m interpreting vintage with a baby flair, right?

Reproduction of Vintage 1930s Girl’s White Cotton Dress

I’m especially drawn to the simple designs from the early 1900’s — the ’10s, ’20s, and ’30s. In fact, a very talented friend handmade Aveline a gorgeous little garment fashioned after a 1930’s dress.

Entire Dress - Vintage-Inspired 1930s Girls Dress Reproduction copy

Hem Detail - Vintage-Inspired 1930s Girls Dress Reproduction copy

Shoulder - Vintage-Inspired 1930s Girls Dress Reproduction

Isn’t it lovely? It won’t fit her until she’s a little older, so until then it’s displayed on the wall in her room.

Vintage 1910s, 1920s, and 1930s Baby Dresses and Rompers

I just love old baby clothes. Have you ever browsed the Belle Heir website? It’s so easy to get lost amongst all the pretty vintage baby things. This 1935 number even has the same kind of pintucks as Aveline’s dress!

1935 cotton batiste dress with embroidery and pintucks via belle heir vintage

Here’s a linen romper from 1910 — such delicate embroidery! (That blue section you see around the goose is cross-stitched.)

bluegoose c 1910 linen baby romper via belle heir vintage

Don’t you just love the black stitching on this 1930s peach gauze dress?

peach cotton gauze 1930 baby dress via belle heir vintage

I like the subtle addition of color with the striped placket on this 1930s linen dress.

Linen Stripe Vintage baby Dress 1930 via Belle Heir Vintage

Another 1910-era cotton romper.

Cotton Romper 1910 via Belle Heir Vintage - Baby

Vintage 1930s Knitting Patterns

It’s fun to imagine the little people who wore these outfits. The photographs on vintage patterns, like these 1930s Bairns-Wear Knitting Wools pieces from the Vintage Knitting Lady, give a little peek into what the wee girls and boys might have looked like. I gotta admit the recurring appearance of nuns made me giggle.

Bairns-Wear Knitting Wools 1930s Pram Set

Bairns-Wear Knitting Wools 1930s Babies' Cardigan

Bairns-Wear Knitting Wool

Bairns-Wear Knitting Wools 1940s Sunsuit

Bairns-Wear Modern Baby Wear Knitting Vintage

Now I’m completely and totally inspired to make Aveline a dress like I mentioned in my creative goals for the remainder of 2011. Off to look through my stack of fabric!

Gussy Sews Inspiration Workshop!