The English Rose hat pattern by the Red Fox and Gown.

Fall 2012 Knitting Fashion Preview

I really have no idea where the summer has gone. I think she was a late bloomer and rather shy. Hints of autumn are in the trees and air. I’ve been busy working on design projects for the fall in my other venture, The Red Fox and Gown. Specializing in modern hand knits and pin […]

Style Guide: Fabulous 40s

Style Guide: Fabulous 40s Hollywood Glam

1. Vintage 40s black satin dress, available from concettascloset. $208 USD. 2. Vintage 40s/50s hat knitting pattern, available from babydee. $1.99 USD. 3. Vintage 50s blue rhinestone and diamonds earrings, available from nachokitty. $145 USD. 4. Vintage 40s hand beaded French evening bag by Josef, available from ClassyChique. $195 USD. 5. Vintage 40s eggplant sheer […]

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BurdaStyle Summer Sewing Contest: I’m in the Top 10!

I’m so excited to have made the top 10 finalists selected by BurdaStyle’s judges. Now the winner is selected by votes over the next few days. Please vote for my Retro Rocker Playsuit (based on adaptations of 2 BurdaStyle designs) here – my user name is darkhorse and it’s the blue striped and black playsuit: […]

Auburn

Rogue Henna: Did Somebody Say Rouge?

So I’m having a birthday soon. Real soon, actually, now that I think about it. Only seven sleeps! And I’m halfway to a milestone birthday, *mumble*-something years old. My Mom asked me today what I want for my birthday, and there’s always the usual – clothes, yarn, fabric. A pony. An all expenses trip to […]

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Style Guide: Fabulous 40s

Style Guide: Fabulous 40s Hollywood Glam

1. Vintage 40s black satin dress, available from concettascloset. $208 USD. 2. Vintage 40s/50s hat knitting pattern, available from babydee. $1.99 USD. 3. Vintage 50s blue rhinestone and diamonds earrings, available from nachokitty. $145 USD. 4. Vintage 40s hand beaded French evening bag by Josef, available from ClassyChique. $195 USD. 5. Vintage 40s eggplant sheer […]

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Style Guide: Moss Green

Style Guide: Moss Green

1. Moss Green Handmade Dress / Plus Size Convertible Wrap Dress by CoralieBeatrix. $89.99 USD. 2. Vintage moss green suede handbag, available from BoBoVintage. $39.99 USD. 3. Vintage Liberty of London moss green floral iris scarf, available from flyingvalise. $30.00 USD. 4. Vintage 1950s pin-up moss green stiletto heel, available from 4birdsvintage. $60.00 USD. 5. […]

Style Guide: Vintage Aqua

Style Guide: Vintage Aqua

1. Aqua vintage 60s puff sleeve dress, thepigeonchest. $50 USD. 2. Vintage 80s aqua leather wedge shoes, WagonWheelVintageOz. $40 AUD. 3. Vintage Weiss aqua silver costume jewelry, FindingBrooke. $180 USD. 4. Vintage 50s wool cardigan, PurpleDeerVintage. $40 USD. 5. Vintage 50s satin handbag, VintageArmCandy. $55 USD. 6. Vintage Royal Albert tea cup and saucer, AGardenCottage. […]

Ruffles!

Style Guide: Ruffles!

1. Vintage 70s ruffle prairie skirt, available from RockAndRollVintage. $140 USD. 2. Vintage black ruffle blouse, available from TheVintageValley. $25 AUD. 3. Grey chiffon ruffled skirt, available from highfashionboutique.com. $48 USD. 4. Chantal Thomass Black Malicious Ruffle Brief from stylebop.com. $103 CAD. 5. Paul and Joe Sister Coral Sleeveless Dress from stylebop.com. $336 CAD. x […]

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BurdaStyle Summer Sewing Contest: I’m in the Top 10!

I’m so excited to have made the top 10 finalists selected by BurdaStyle’s judges. Now the winner is selected by votes over the next few days. Please vote for my Retro Rocker Playsuit (based on adaptations of 2 BurdaStyle designs) here – my user name is darkhorse and it’s the blue striped and black playsuit: […]

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My finished romper playsuit.

Rockin’ Retro Romper – BurdaStyle Variation Playsuit

Here’s my entry for the BurdaStyle ‘Summer Sewing Challenge’ – I’m calling it the ‘Retro Rocker Tonia Playsuit with Cut Out Bustline’. The romper is a bit big for my mannequin, but I’m camera shy, so please forgive me. I have had visions of retro style playsuits dancing in my head for ages. When I […]

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Life

Auburn

Rogue Henna: Did Somebody Say Rouge?

So I’m having a birthday soon. Real soon, actually, now that I think about it. Only seven sleeps! And I’m halfway to a milestone birthday, *mumble*-something years old. My Mom asked me today what I want for my birthday, and there’s always the usual – clothes, yarn, fabric. A pony. An all expenses trip to […]

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Waterfront Station

Blood Alley, Judas Goats and Sushi: A Typical Vancouver Saturday Afternoon

I emerged around lunchtime at Waterfront Station in Vancouver, with its dramatic heritage ceiling overhead keeping me dry from the fitful rain outside. I was off on a Saturday afternoon mission to find vintage fashions in historic Gastown. Outside, some of Vancouver’s oldest buildings loomed in the mist. Vancouver is a very young city, as […]

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Fashion

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BurdaStyle Summer Sewing Contest: I’m in the Top 10!

I’m so excited to have made the top 10 finalists selected by BurdaStyle’s judges. Now the winner is selected by votes over the next few days. Please vote for my Retro Rocker Playsuit (based on adaptations of 2 BurdaStyle designs) here – my user name is darkhorse and it’s the blue striped and black playsuit: […]

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Fabulous lingerie. Source: Agent Provocateur.

Make Your Own Bra: Lingerie Series Part I

Love Agent Provocateur and Victoria’s Secret? Love making things? I get so excited about the idea of sewing my own lingerie, particularly bras, that I want to hop from one foot to another. Odd behaviour aside, I know I’m not the only one fascinated by the idea of making my own lingerie. Who doesn’t want […]

40s Varga girl.

Those Pin Up Girls…: A Romp Through History

Pin up girls have been around for a long time. They’re first officially known from the 19th century. But I bet they’ve been around longer than that, and if you look carefully at cave art paintings and the Venus figurines found archaeologically from Europe 35,000 years ago, you can see that people have been pondering […]

50s bikini playsuit.

Love Vintage Style Fashion? Introducing The Red Fox and Gown

So you’ve probably been wondering where that Rena has gotten to… why isn’t she blogging as regularly as last month? Well, I have a great excuse. I’ve been busy at work getting ready to launch my second Etsy shop, The Red Fox and Gown, a shop dedicated to upcycled and reproduction vintage style fashion. I’ve […]

50s Gingham Dress

Fresh Vintage in the Shop: 1 July 2012

We have a small but lovely selection of frocks and skirts for you this week, following technical difficulties last weekend. Things are just about back up and running again, but that means a smaller group of items than usual. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I do! x Rena

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Vintage Sneak Peek!

Yes, it’s that time of the week again where you get your vintage sneak peek ahead of Sunday’s listing festivities at TheVintageDesignShop. Try and figure out what the pieces are. :) x Rena

50s tulips dress

Fresh Vintage in the Shop: 17 June 2012

Here’s this week’s round of newly stocked vintage at TheVintageDesignShop! I have truly covered most decades this time around, from 50s to 90s vintage dresses, and vintage sewing patterns from the 30s to 40s. Click on the image to go to the listing details. Please enjoy! x Rena

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Vintage Sneak Peek and About TheVintageDesignShop

Time for our weekly Vintage Sneak Peek of upcoming listings in our shop this Sunday. And check out the link below for the new TheVintageDesignShop About Page on Etsy. As promised, we have a new About page – check it out! :) x Rena

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