Sunday, October 14, 2007

October at Five and Diamond Vintage

Autumn is finally here at Five and Diamond. My favorite season and color palette.
IMG_7943(bigger on flickr if you clickr)

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

strike a pose

When WAMC radio interviewed me a couple weeks ago, one of the questions they asked me was "Do you ever find a piece that you like so much you decide to keep it?"

(Actually, I said "All the time, all the time..")

This dress is one of those times. Acquired 3 weeks ago ($5!), it has that
perfect rayon crepe drape, awesome colors and some crazy pre-mod mod pattern. I'm thinking late 40s -early 50s. The skirt has swags that form into pockets, with a big fabric-covered buttons--one just below the bustline and one just below the belly button. Killer.

And, it fits me like a glove.

Monday, October 1, 2007

When life gives you schmattas

The five and diamond label ( a rubber stamp on silk ribbon), gets put on every original created-on-premises piece.

When I find a garment that has a great print, but is otherwise pretty hideous style-wise, or has "issues" (as we like to call irreparable damage in the vintage clothing biz), I turn it into something else; usually a halter top or an apron. Sometimes I get more ambitious....Sometimes.

Here's a schmatta I turned into a halter top:

An XXL housedress

Whose skirt I turned into a bikini, from a vintage pattern:

Here's a $10 sequined evening gown, it's issue being that it was gag-me powder blue:

I turned it into a prize-winning halloween costume:

A Stained Mammy tablecloth from the 40s became a halter top:This was more ambitious than it looks, as it is lined, made from a 60 year old pattern, and I was trying to place a mammy on each mammary.

oh yes and PS I almost forgot to mention: I am the upstate NY expert on vintage clothing. :)

testing one two three

Oct 1 2007 testing testing. Blog about Five and Diamond Vintage CLothing, at the corner of FiftH and DiamonD streets, HUDSON, NEw York.

Business is great, but everyone loves to tell me how to make it better, promote it more, be a big star in the vintage fashion world, blah, blah, blah. How will I ever keep a tidy blog that is only about vintage fashion? I'm not about tidy. I couldn't do it on myspace, why would this be any different? ....