Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Then & Now ~ Gold Evening Dress


Then: Something For Alexia

1878-1879  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Now

2014 Anna Sui

Matched Merch


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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Sumage Solution Book Launch Outfit: Pink 1960s Maxi Dress

The Sumage Solution officially releases today!


For my book launch at Borderlands in San Francisco last weekend, Fashionable Reader, I chose one of my more striking and least worn statement dresses. 


I can't for the life of me remember where I bought this maxi dress but my guess is it's late 1960s and possibly was intended as a bridesmaids dress. I love the silly little back pleated empire train, it feels very Grace Kelly. And the bows!


When I bought it, the bow and the back area needed some repairs but it's now good as new. Because the bottom skirt part is linen it doesn't travel well but it is pretty darn cool for a vintage dress. (Cool as in "not hot and sweaty".) At first I thought the flowers were hand painted but now I think it's a printed design. The bodice and the train are both chiffon.


See how it has those gores at the waist right under the tiny bows which happen to also line up with the princess seams on the bodice? That's the kind of detail you rarely get outside of vintage these days. 


I paired it with a...


I have on cute (but practical) flats from Aerosoles. I pretty much live in Aerosoles flats all summer. I don't like flip-flops, so flat leather sling-back slides are my thing. One of the reasons I love a maxi dress, I can safely pair it with flats. 


So there it is, hope you like the outfit.

Your,

Miss Gail


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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Then & Now ~ Gold Evening Gown with a V-Neck


Then: For Monique

Ball Gown  Emile Pingat, 1860  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Now

2014 Altuzarra

Matched Merch

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Things I'm Picking Up for Prime Day


So I keep a long list of items that interest me, Fashionable Reader, but that I'm not sure if they are worth it or not. Prime day, for me, is an excuse to try out some stuff at a lower price point.

So here is what I am picking up...



Angerella Vintage Retro Pin Up Halter One Piece Swimsuit Monokinis for $9.99 comes in four different patterns, sizes are kind of restricted. I'm trying the L & XL (6 & 8) respectively. (I know, right?)


Pretty Polly Womens Nylon Backseam Tights for $14. Like all other denizens of the nude with black back seam (who can't wear Leg Avenue), I used to buy American Apparel. They discontinued their version years ago. I've been hunting for a replacement since. We shall see how these fit.



Things on sale that I have, love, and recommend...





Life's perfect silk head scarf for $13 There is something about this scarf, the colors just seem to always go with everything in my wardrobe and its thick enough to be full cover, but still light-weight, and it's the right size to tie in pretty ways without too much excess.




Life's perfect sleep mask $9.99. Super-smooth with the all important Two Straps.
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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Then & Now ~ All About Gold Sleeves


Then: Something For Primrose

Evening Dress  1890s  Antique Dress

Now

2014 Dolce & Gabbana

Matched Merch


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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Then & Now ~ Gold & Cream Gowns


Then

1900  The Philadelphia Museum of Art

Now

2014 Sass & Bide

Matched Merch

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Then & Now ~ Filmy Wedding Dress


Then

1877  The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Now

2014 Tadashi Shoji

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Then & Now ~ Big Floofy White Gown with Ribbon Detail


Then: For Sophronia

Evening Dress  1860-1863  The McCord Museum

Now

2014 Rochas

Matched Merch


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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

In a Black Coat Dress with Red Accessories at BayCon


BayCon used to be my con, you know way back in the day when I was first bouncing about in fandom (lots of comic book marvel cosplay). It was the first SF/F con I ever attended (not counting Star Trek). I haven't been back in years since it always takes place over the three day weekend in spring and that's a popular weekend for events. I am usually trundling about elsewhere. However, this year my local RWA chapter was invited down, and I happened to be in town, so I figured: why not?


The dress is a black 1950s coat dress with big pockets, lined in red, as are the cuffs of the sleeves. Because it's satin it doesn't travel well so you'll usually only see me in it at local events. I do love it, though. I'm wearing two crinolines under it to give it volume, but it could take more.

Me and my BFF RWA girls! Lea Kirk & Tess Rider

I've accessorized it with the following:

1. Vintage 1950s beret style felt hat.
2. Double strand of red beads with matching earrings, similar set for $25
3. Obligatory pen necklace, $20
4. Wide red vinyl belt, similar $30 (also comes in dark red)
5. Shoes of Prey pumps, wing tips, leather and patent designed by me, $200 (for my concerns working with Shoes of Prey please read this blog post)

There it is. This is certainly a favorite outfit of mine. I'm hoping to get to wear it again soon.

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Then & Now ~ Red & Black Brocade Dress


Then: For Sophronia

1850 Evening gown of red silk brocaded with black rose, c.1850 pinteres

Almost Then: For Gail

1959 Cocktail dress, 1959  From the Kent State University Museum Pinterest

Now

2012 Tadashi-Shoji-American-Pie-Reunion-Madrid-Photocall

Matched Merch


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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Black Pencil Skirt ~ Some Thoughts


I've owned so many black pencil skirts over the years, Fashionable Reader. I would almost think it more a staple of my wardrobe than any other item of clothing.


My current one is the black pin strip fish tale. I think I picked up from Ross or the like. My only concern with it is that the waistband isn't really high enough for vintage.

Genius are evil quote shirt can be found here.

But everything else about it is so perfect I haven't yet been able or inclined to replace it. (I am always on the hunt for the perfect black pencil skirt.) It packs well, has a bit of stretch to it, has the ribbon detail and fish tale to give it something more.

Ellipsis shirt can be found here.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Then & Now: White Sheath Wedding Gown


Then

1930-1934 Wedding Ensemble  Madeleine Vionnet, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art


Now

2014 Tory Burch


Matched Merch


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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Gail Carriger In White & Wine At Steampunk Worlds Fair


Perhaps I'm being inspired by Wonder Woman, I don't know for certain but I wore this outfit the last day of the convention.


I call this my circus corset, because it feels like I ought to be ring mistress in it. It's from Dark Garden (like all my others) and was a customized fabric Christmas special based on their corselette style. I wear it all the time. It's probably my most used steampunk corset because it travels so well and is so very comfortable.


Outfit Details:

* I'm wearing the Circus over a little white chiffon dress I picked up at Ross when I was going through a summer is hot Greek phase (similar $19).
* Wine velvet caplet meets shrug with flutter sleeves bought on sale from a fancy shop in some resort town over a decade ago (similar $40)
* Octopus on burgundy lace necklace & earring set made fro me by a fan (similar in black $11)
* Crochet octopus hair bob I got in Alaska last month, find similar here.
* Soft brand gold sandals with big flower, much beloved, no longer available


Sorry I got these shoes years ago and haven't seen ones like it or even similar. Also I really want a hair thing that's like that gold leather flower.


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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Gail Carriger In Cream Lace Steampunk Worlds Fair


For some reason this is a really hard outfit to get a good photo of, Gentle Reader. Probably all that cream.


I've worn it several times in various different iterations (I have a cream lace skirt with a train for indoor only events, and a beautiful brocade over-skirt REALLY for indoor only) but this is my travel lace skirt version.

Outfit Breakdown:

* Leather flower hairband with additional pearl decoration added by me (similar $10)
* Lacey shrug from Newport News a million years ago (similar only with more steampunk, so cute $6-11)
* Double breasted corset from Dark Garden, highly customized based off their classic Victorian style but super modified. Autumn would make you one similar but take this picture to show her. I also had her custom make me matching wrist corsets. Back when I was working for her as a lacer I started to get some carpel tunnel, these helped and were cute.
* Crochet neckline under blouse is vintage, here's one sort-of similar for $20
* Pearl vintage looking jewelry set, similar $19
* Necklace watch brass $8
* Long stretch lace skirt found at Ross or similar years ago, similar $19


I like to wear cream at steampunk events as lighter colors are less well represented.

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