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Recap of Customer Photos from 2014!

New Year’s Greetings…and here I’m finally getting around to posting some of the awesome photos I received from customers in the past year. It was truly a wonderful gift each and every time to see a vintage dress brought to life, so thank you all so much for giving these lovelies a home and keeping the world beautiful.

There was this summer wedding in Chicago that I was eagerly anticipating, as the bride Lucy was wearing a 1930s wedding gown from the shop, one of my favourite finds ever and so fabulously iconic of the era that it deserves a place in a fashion history museum. Goodness, she totally worked it. And their outdoor garden ceremony looks like pure magic.

Wedding couple with bride in vintage 1930s satin bias cut halter neck wedding dress

The lovely couple: Lucy and Josh.
Lucy is wearing a vintage 1930s liquid satin bias-cut halter neck wedding gown from the shop.

Wedding couple with guests, bride is wearing vintage 1930s satin bias cut halter neck wedding dress

With the wedding guests.
Lucy is wearing a vintage 1930s liquid satin bias-cut halter neck wedding gown from the shop.

Bride in vintage 1930s satin bias cut halter neck wedding dress, outdoor garden summer wedding

The outdoor wedding ceremony.
After we’ve drooled over the magical setting…behold that exquisite dress back!

Bride in vintage 1930s satin bias cut halter neck wedding dress, outdoor garden summer wedding

Just sunny and fabulous…

Bride putting on vintage 1930s wedding dress

And finally, a sneaky behind-the-scenes shot of the radiant bride

Elisa in Sweden sent me these photos of her wearing a late 1940s to early 1950s New Look lampshade straw hat from the shop. You can read more about the outfit on her vintage 1940s fashion project blog. Elisa is a skilled dressmaker and she made the pretty 1940s reproduction outfit herself! She also works on historical 18th Century sewing and writes about it on her other blog Isis’ Wardrobe (I’m hopelessly into historical re-enactment myself, so it was a wonderful surprise to find out about her similar passion).

Vintage 1940s New Look hat and brown dress ensemble, from Pretty Bones Jefferson

Elisa paired her 1940s to 1950s New Look hat with a handmade 1940s ensemble.

Vintage 1940s New Look hat and brown dress ensemble, from Pretty Bones Jefferson

Elisa paired her 1940s to 1950s New Look hat with a handmade 1940s ensemble.

Susanna Vesna, a fashion blogger friend of mine in Abu Dhabi, wore a 1970s Pretty Bones Jefferson chiffon dress (with a bit of Victorian Revival/1940s look) on her visit  to St. Petersburg, Russia.

Susanna in Pavlovsk Garden, St Petersburg

Susanna in Pavlovsk Garden, St Petersburg; Vintage 1970s pale green chiffon dress

Susanna in Pavlovsk Garden, St Petersburg

Susanna in Pavlovsk Garden, St Petersburg; Vintage 1970s pale green chiffon dress

It was my favourite piece from the Spring 2013 shop collection, such a beautiful pale green colour! You can read more about the photoshoot on her blog here and find the look on Lookbook.nu here.

My photographer friend Deirdre bought a 1970s floral maxi dress (with a gorgeous 1940s style neckline) and a 1970s chiffon nightgown, which she also used for her photography projects (2nd & 3rd photo).

Vintage 1970s floral maxi dress, 1970s does 1940s

Deirdre in vintage 1970s floral maxi dress.

Vintage 1970s floral maxi dress, Deirdre Marie Photography

Erikute in the same 1970s floral maxi dress, photographed by Deirdre Marie.

Vintage 1970s chiffon floral nightgown from Pretty Bones Jefferson Vintage, red scale photo Deirdre Marie Photography

The 1970s chiffon floral nightgown, photographed by Deirdre Marie.

That’s it for now and hopefully there will be more vintage dresses found and re-homed this year. I’ll be shooting the spring collection shortly, so make sure that you are on the mailing list (link is powered by MailChimp) and the shop Facebook page to receive the earliest previews. And again, happy New Year!

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Last Posting Dates for Christmas 2014

Hello Vintage Lovers!

Just a quick note in relation to the holiday season shipping, that I think may be of assistance should you be shopping for Christmas over the next few weeks. I got the list of last posting dates for Christmas 2014 from the Irish An Post office, which shows that in order for your package to arrive before the (usual) gift-giving big day, it’ll have to go out before one of these dates, depending on where you are located in the world (Pretty Bones Jefferson Vintage is in Dublin, Ireland):

  • 11th December – USA
  • 13th December – Europe
  • 19th December – UK
  • 20th December – Ireland & Northern Ireland
  • 6th December – Rest of the World

My listed processing time for each order is 3 working days, but I usually get to send out orders within 1 or 2 working days, and if you are particularly concerned for time, please don’t hesitate to ask and I’ll let you know how soon I can get it ready to go out.

I’ll keep posting new vintage items throughout December (so if you get an Etsy giftcard…you’ll know where you can use it! Hehe). I’ll also update the details of shipping options and transit times on the blog here after the holidays. In the meantime, please make sure to sign up for the shop mailing list (link is powered by MailChimp) so you can make sure to get the most up to date news on previews and promotions.

Happy holidays!

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Shop Update

Definitely time for an update, as it’s been more than a year since I last posted here! The shop has been well and busy, but I have been learning so many things about vintage fashion, that I needed to step back a bit and absorb all the new knowledge. For a long time I felt that there was so much to catch up, so many photos to see and so many articles to read; and I wanted to wait to write while I looked for new perspectives.

There have been many lovely vintage things passing through the shop during the time, which I definitely wish I had shared on the blog. So to make up for it, here are some favourites past and present:

1940s/1950s New Look beige straw lampshade hat

1940s/1950s New Look beige straw lampshade hat

1930s bias cut cream satin wedding dress with halter neck

1930s bias cut cream satin wedding dress with halter neck

1970s Victorian style peach chiffon dress

1970s Victorian style peach chiffon dress

1980s does 1940s chiffon and velvet  evening dress

1980s does 1940s chiffon and velvet evening dress

1960s cream and pink cupcake wedding dress by Nadine

1960s cream and pink cupcake wedding dress by Nadine

1950s blue feather fascinator half hat

1950s blue feather fascinator half hat

1950s brown faux mink fur coat with gold caramel colour lining

1950s brown faux mink fur coat with gold caramel colour lining

1940s black velvet opera coat with cream lining

1940s black velvet opera coat with cream lining

1950/1960s sea foam green organza cocktail dress with side sash

1950/1960s sea foam green organza cocktail dress with side sash

1950s ruched sheer white chiffon wedding gloves

1950s ruched sheer white chiffon wedding gloves

1960s absinthe green chiffon cape sleeve dress

1960s absinthe green chiffon cape sleeve dress

1960s gold faux leather handbag by Elbief

1960s gold faux leather handbag by Elbief

1970s floral maxi dress

1970s floral maxi dress

1970s orange plaid tartan half circle skirt

1970s orange plaid tartan half circle skirt

1980s does 1940s pink sweater with white lace Peter Pan collar by St. Bernard

1980s does 1940s pink sweater with white lace Peter Pan collar by St. Bernard

1970s black and gold chiffon evening dress by Peterson Maid of London

1970s black and gold chiffon evening dress by Peterson Maid of London

More to come very soon – this weekend, actually!

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Shop Collection Spring/May 2013 Lookbook

Pretty Bones Jefferson Spring May Collection 2013

The 12 pieces here are full of the energy of Spring. There is much floral, a good bit of green (my favourite colour!), and monochrome. Era-wise it’s mostly 1970s-1980s, but there is also influence of Mid-Century styles.

We shot most of the photos in my new room, which also has a back garden although it was too cold/windy to shoot there. Hopefully we’ll be able to take photos outdoors for the summer collection, if we do get a summer (oh you just never know in Ireland).

Little Benjamin “Goodluck” Ferdinand – Mr. hedgehog – makes a quick appearance in the collection in the second photo with the 70s black floral gown. He arrived from Russia recently from Olga, who makes wonderful original soft toys like him at her Etsy shop Wassupbrothers. I shall have more photos and talks of him soon.

I’ll be posting the collection at the shop over the next few days (one is already up). Hope you like these and please look out for more updates!

Pretty Bones Jefferson May 2013 collection 1-4

Pretty Bones Jefferson May 2013 collection  5-8Pretty Bones Jefferson May 2013 collection  9-12

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Somber Mood, Art Deco Silk

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image_2image_3image_4At the moment I don’t have much of an idea what to do with the “holidays”. I’ve been harbouring some deep reservations about Christmas as an unquestioned tradition in the English-speaking world, on the points of its origin and purpose, and seeking to understand how I truly feel about man-made customs that are close upon rules; therefore I’m trying not to engage in the festivities, but rather hoping to use this time for some thinking, reading, and sewing.

And as always I’ll be working on putting up some new listings in the shop. This vintage shirt in the photos is a new arrival and definitely one of my favourite from the shop collection so far. It’s simply so classy and…Art Deco glamorous, with the triangular front design, silky texture and satin panels. And it’s French!

…For some reason these picture are beginning to feel to me how coming to the new year should be like – plain clear tones, with a touch of old glamour, something with a silent museum quality.

(Top: [artificial] silk shirt, vintage 70s/80s by Grege Paris, available in my shop

Skirt: vintage 70s by Kriss, charity shop

Necklace: High Street shop)

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Watercolour

I’m quite abashed to be admitting that it’s been two months since I last blogged. I’ve done a good bit other things in the mean time – a good bit! But really nothing should have gotten into the way of writing diligently…

(Top: Primark/Penneys

Skirt: Vintage 1970s by Blue Grass, available in my shop here

Briefcase: Vintage 1960s by Remploy (UK), coming soon to my shop)

Shoes: REDZ)

I had expected to be able to do much work for the shop and the blog right after I had sent in my final thesis for college at the end of August, but for some reason, in the subsequent weeks, it became so difficult to return to normal life, or the normal, industrious life as I had envisioned. I’m perhaps still in shock that my three years of college is now done!

And then of course I got busy with a number of other things, too. I had been busking intensively (taking advantage of the warmer weather while it lasted), and played a few gigs and events.

So this week I finally put up a new listing in the shop, which is this vintage 70s skirt here. The photos were taken some time ago in the Dublin Trinity College, which quite suited the skirt. I’ve been very much in love with this unique and artistic watercolour skirt and have been wanting to get it listed properly. It’s such an elegant combination of modern impressionistic watercolour paintings, and the 1940/1950s Roman Holiday shape (complete with fabric belt and side pockets). Looking at the skirt makes me want to jump up onto my feet and visit museums and art galleries.

I did make a blunder while preparing the skirt for the shop – I set the iron temperature just a touch too high! Apparently the fabric is a blend of polyester and viscose with a semi-detached gauzy overlay, which is rather sensitive to heat and can actually melt. Fortunately I was ironing the fabric belt first and so ended up with melt spots only on the belt. Oh I nearly cried – lesson learned!

The blue faux leather briefcase in the photoshoot was a find from a vintage market and is a 1960s specimen from Remploy, which is a UK firm for the benefit of people with disabilities and has been around for more than sixty years since its establishment under the UK 1944 Disabled Persons Employment Act. I’ve done some research on the firm and heard many good things about the amazing quality of their products as well as the social significance of the business. This briefcase definitely confirms what I’ve read, as it is in incredible like-new condition and doesn’t have a single fault to note. I should be listing it in the shop as soon as I’ve gotten close-up photos of it and figured out the shipping costs.

I’ll hopefully be getting more photos edited this week and post again very soon. I’m kind of debating whether or not to post pictures from summer, since it is now deep autumn and all the colours are so different!

(Photos by JEG)

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To the Post Office!

I’ve grounded myself this week to finish a work experience report paper for college. This should be the very last thing that I need to do for my business degree, which has occupied me for the last three years. And the work experience…was actually this very Pretty Bones Jefferson Vintage boutique, so I really shouldn’t complain!

One of my favourite things about working for the online boutique is packaging and sending items off at the post office. As each of the vintage items is unique, special treatment is almost always required for packaging. The latest was the gorgeous vintage 70s tan faux leather bag which I sold and sent on earlier this week. It was also featured part of the outfit from last month’s post “Thoughts of Fairytale“. This time I asked my Monsieur JEG to take some photos of me going to the post office; as I was visiting for lunch and using the post office just around the corner to his house. We took a photo in front of a charity shop window as well, where they had a handsome set of New Orleans/American South jazz musician miniatures (they were quite dear, though!).

I had packed the bag with bubble foam on the front side and solid foam on the back side, and wrapped it in a brown paper bag with the edges re-enforced by duct tape for durability. I also put in one of my favourite cards from the National Gallery of Ireland – I’m always using the gallery’s post cards for my customers, until I get my own greeting cards printed…

I’ll have the paper finished and sent in by Tuesday so the end is near! I’m so very much looking forward to spending more time here on the blog and putting into action some new ideas for the shop. So now, back to the work at hand.

( Off white chiffon shirt: Thrifted

Skir: Thrifted

Faux suede red bag: High Street)

(All photos by JEG and Lute)

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Catch Me If You Can (updated)

(Kuntzel and Deygas’s title sequence in Steven Spielberg’s drama thriller Catch Me If You Can [2002], music by John Williams.)

I remember seeing great movies when I was a young child in the 90s, the kind of movies that was a real experience and a joy, where you sit up and say to yourself – now this is really put together! It’s a shame that I actually can’t name many of these off the top of my head, though I could safely say that Gone with the Wind, the old Star Wars trilogy, The Matrix (I was quite young, so) were among them, as well as some TV films and smaller films such as The Cure (1995) which I watched many times during the summers. As I grew older, these experiences became few and far between, and the big blockbusters almost always left me feeling disappointed; which led me to wonder whether it was actually a result of my growing up and becoming more critical as well as less sensitive to movie tricks, rather than a reflection on the quality of the new productions – and the thought bothered me not a little, because I missed the feeling of seeing a good movie.

But Catch Me if You Can (I think I saw it on DVD at home in 2002 with my parents), directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks, was a change to that gloom; because this time I enjoyed this film thoroughly, absolutely thoroughly – so I guess…I was still capable of liking a new movie!

I think that one of the great things about Catch Me If You Can is its costumes, which focus on the bewildering new jet-setting glamour of the 1960s, following the path of the con artist young Frank Abagnale (Leonardo DiCaprio), who poses as a Pan American World Airways pilot  to steal millions of dollars by forging Pan Am pay checks, as well as to fly around the world for free on the airline’s “jump seat”. Those are the heyday of airline glamour and pilots and flight attendants are the epitome of the dashing and darling. The uniform suits, pencil skirts, white gloves, and little hats are painstakingly neat and chic, and dazzle young Frank’s eyes as he first watches the pilots and stewardesses in their full glamorous glory in the movie. Apparently Frank isn’t the only one who is dazzled – the whole America is. Later when Frank “becomes” a Pan Am pilot, little girls would ask to shake his hand in the street in admiration; and on the run, he would be able to divert the attention of FBI agents by walking with eight attractive stewardesses – everyone (and I mean everyone)’s eyes are on the girls, never saw anyone looking so good!

Here’s the scene where he escapes the FBI at the Miami airport, surrounded by the Pan Am girls.:

My outfit is inspired by both Leonardo DiCaprio’s character Frank and the 60s Pan Am flight attendant uniform. The darker colour and metal belt clasp correspond to Frank’s pilot uniform elements, while the knee-length 60s style high-waist pencil skirt and the pumps take after the Pan Am ladies.

I have used the blue straw cocktail hat as a romanticised version of Pan Am flight attendant’s pillbox hat. I had the hat quite a long time ago when I was first starting to source for my Pretty Bones Jefferson boutique, and have finally got it listed in the shop this week. It’s such a darling little hat with white netting face veil and a bow in the back. I’ve tried to find out more about the maker “Bermona” but I haven’t been able to get much information, except that they were an English hat making business and had been around since at least the 60s. I’d like to narrow down on the hat’s era more, so I’m hoping to get some help from fellow vintage sellers on Etsy who have more expertise on dating vintage hats than I do – hats are tricky! But for now late 60s/early 70s will do for the dating.

As for the pencil skirt, I have really surprised myself by how much I loved wearing it during the photoshoot. Pencil skirts are addictive. These little steps take some getting used to but are so fun and…pretty! I guess ladies in the 60s (including Marilyn Monroe) didn’t wear pencil skirts for no reason. This skirt is a bit big for me (it’s a 26″ – 28″ waist with 38″ hips), so I think it’ll look even better on someone of the right size, as it is so well tailored and is supposed to be fitting. You can read more about the skirt’s measurements and details on the listing here at my Pretty Bones Jefferson boutique.

The maker, “Jobis” is a German designer company and I think they’re still in business in Germany.

Putting this outfit together really made me miss Leonardo DiCaprio’s Frank Abagnale, oh that young devil. I should probably see the film again and brush up on 60s fashion.

(Skirt: vintage 80s black wool pencil skirt, available in shop, 27 USD

Hat: vintage 60s/70s, Pauline for BERMONA, made in England, available in my shop, 35 USD

Earrings: vintage clip-ons

Shirt: unknown non-vintage, thrifted

Belt: can’t remember…

Shoes: Zara)

(Photos by JEG)

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Thoughts of Fairydust

Cicely Mary Barker (1895 – 1973)
The Willow Fairy

Cicely Mary Barker (1895 – 1973)

Cicely Mary Barker (1895 – 1973)
The Snowdrop Fairy

Cicely Mary Barker (1895 – 1973)
The Lavender Fairy

“All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.”
― J.M. Barrie, author of Peter Pan

We took these photos last Wednesday for listings at the boutique shop. The skirt, which was a recent find and which I think is the prettiest skirt ever, has now already been snatched up, only two days after being listed! But the handbag and (maybe) the earrings will be coming to the shop soon.

When I looked at the first photo, the light in the picture reminded me of fairies. I haven’t thought of them in a long time, but sometimes woods, flowers, and especially soft luminous light such as this bring them to my mind. I had a wish to gaze upon Cicely Mary Barker‘s flower fairy illustrations once again, that were very much part of my childhood and my mother’s idea of whimsical loveliness.

I felt that these photos could be a grown up real world re-presentation of the fairy look (with the gloves, leather bag, and heels…). Maybe I was indeed trying to capture some fairydust, being unconsciously inspired by a tiny hand mirror with a fairy picture that I purchased at the National Gallery of Ireland shop earlier this month. I adore that shop – sometimes I spend more time browsing and reading in it rather than the gallery itself.

I’m not sure if this painting is from the National Gallery of Ireland’s own collection, or if it’s actually Cicely Mary Barker’s work, but it looks like it could be one of hers? I thought it was lovely.

It was also a bit of an extravagant purchase for me at the time, as I didn’t need another mirror – a sign of how I was charmed by the picture and most particularly, the artistic idea that I longed to be re-connection to.

And now that I’ve started looking at flower fairies again, I think it would be absolutely wonderful to put together outfits inspired by particular fairies (starting with Barker’s creations). I really like green and the Willow Fairy, however I’m also thinking of using white dresses which would be so well suited for summer air.

The Vintage 80s skirt with geometric print:

(Blouse: thrifted

Skirt: vintage 80s, Pretty Bones Jefferson

Shoes: Zara black fabric heels

Earrings: vintage clip-ons

Gloves: vintage 80s, Lucy’s Lounge Dublin

Bag: vintage, available at Pretty Bones Jefferson soon)

(Photos by JEG)