Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Stunning 1930s Hungarian Embroidered Peasant Tops

This amazing beauty wasn't in the shop long before it was snapped up by an actress to wear on her opening night. It's a 1930s aubergine/plum colour crepe jacket with glorious hand embroidery and little red early plastic buttons. Just incredibly beautiful.

Along with it, came this beautiful delicate 1930s sheer silk crepe Hungarian peasant blouse with smocked waist and the biggest embroidered front panel I have ever seen on one of these tops. It's a rockabilly or boho girl's dream blouse and will make anyone look and feel so pretty.

Such a work of art and is still available in the shop or online.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Vintage 30s Traditional Dirndl Costume
I've had some beautiful and interesting things come into the shop recently.  This is an original 30s Bavarian Dirndle dress with matching apron. The work in it is amazing, all the pleating, gathering, tucking etc all hand done on the prettiest of floral printed fabric.

 Fastens with hooks and eyes and has a removable white lace bodice piece that fits on with poppers.
 The colours are beautiful with a pale dusky blue and pale coral pink decorated with a white eidelweiss floral pattern.
Some of the gathering in the sleeve.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Vintage 70s Men's Shirts - Rockabilly Western and Pure 70s Disco. 
Since binge-watching the TV show Vinyl I'm all out hooked on the 70s again, Studio 54 the works. So I've been prancing about in vintage jump suits, mega flares and my monster platform heels and floppy hats. Love it - now all we need is more sunshine for that Summer of Love reinvention.

In the meantime.... I got a stash of men's 70s shirts to add to the shop this week, once I've washed and pressed them. Here's a lillte taster of a few of them that came through the light colours wash. Darks are next.

Above is a 70s H Bar C longtail California Ranchwear, blue embroidered Western shirt with pearl snap buttons to fit 38" chest.

Above is a 70s Kennington Western shirt with patchwork quilted yolk, you couldn't get more 70s I don't think.

Above is a 70s Kennington Western shirt with embroidered flowers and braided trim.

Above is a polyester disco shirt featuring a fly fishing scene - I can just imagine the dance moves to go with this shirt. Haaaa.

Above is another polyester disco shirt featuring a landcape with a red village and flying green birds. 
I'll show you some of ht ejump suits in the next blog.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Opening times

I'm reverting back to being open Thursday, Friday and Saturdays. I tried Wednesdays but it was just too lonely so am in the studion photographing stuff for the online listings instead.

You can always contact me if your need is urgent though.

Enjoy the pix of lovely Deco bakelite trinket boxes to cheer you up in the meantime.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Wishing for Spring sunshine and the colour yellow 
It's all grim and grey outside so let me cheer things up with some wonderful Spring colours, cheery yellow and fresh green florals. 
A fabulous vintage 1960s cotton umbrella parasol to brighten up your day as well as outfit. Take it with you for a Spring walk or picnic in the park to guard agains showers or bright sunshine. It would be fabulous for a festival too, where the weather is changeable or taken to the beach for stylish shade.

Gorgeous Midcentury housecoat, dressing gown by the lingerie and loungewear brand Sidroy. Late 50s early 60s and just divine for wafting around the house looking all pretty and charming - what's not to love about this. It's got a lovely large curved collar lapel, tied with a yellow ribbon (not the original), a pretty little fron pocket. It's got yellow satin edging and oh that print! If you are a fan of Midcentury fabrics, you will just adore this print.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Back to Black with Victorian Whitby Jet Mourning Jewellery

Have been fiddling with Victorian mourning jewellery all made from antique Whiby jet and French jet. I have been repairing and re-stringin necklaces, here's a few pieces from the selection. The long necklace is a 1920s Flapper necklace with hollow jet beads.

Gorgeous Whitby jet link chain necklace.

Another Whiby jet link chain mourining necklace, I am a couple of the rounded links short, so this one still has string holding the links together in a coule of places. Along with a pretty shell cameo mounted onto a jet pendant base.

A massive jet button or it might also have been worn as a mourning bead fob decoration to hang on a watch chain, also pictured is a three-way spacer with hand carved solomon seal flower decoration. Just beautiful, I love jet it is so glam-gothic and it is ever currrent.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Maven the Mannequin given a Steampunk Makeover

Decided to style up the dummy with a steampunk theme, she's wearing a vintage lace blouse, steampunk riding bustle skirt and matching bolero with elasticaded waist and brass buckle. a faux fur duster coat, vintage wide brim hat with velvet trim, a vintage riding crop and riding boots.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

New stock arriving thick & fast

Well I've only been open a couple of weeks and people are bringing boxes of vintage treasures through my door, so far there's been this fabulous bespoke made vintage 1950s 3 piece tweed suit in a brown windowpane check with a hint of yellow  and copper lining. It's in a good size too at 44-46" chest and 32" inside leg, the trouser waist is 40" and along with the jacket have been let out at some point in their history. The suit is dated 1954.


 The same people brought in a stash of 1950s and 60s cocktail dresses and evening gowns, below is a fabulous lime green silk number.

Another silk and such a classic style this is a timeless full length evening gown. In the most beautiful copper silk with gold and ivory bands running horizontally, I love it.

Below is a wild and colourful Peter Barron 1960s dress, made from Tricel fabric which is usually used for silky cravats. This dress is lightweight and slinky with the most intense orange, green, yellow and black geometric print with a peter pan collar and little attached neck tie detail.

Below is a polyester fabric pink floral evening maxi dress with a pretty green velvet attached ribbon around the empire line. It's a true Abigail's party classic with double breasted opening and popper closures. Fab.

Here's the copper dress again teamed with a luxurious vintage squirrel fur coat, which is ever so elegant with its bell sleeves, super posh copper colour lining which has been hand embroidered with the lady's initials and the wonderful large collar.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

I've finally done it & opened an actual vintage shop


I can't believe it - after how many years of wishing, deliberating and faffing about I have actually done it! Vintage Vampalicious is now in a proper bricks and mortar shop, my very own premises all full to the brim of vintage loveliness. I am so excited.

Here it is -

The address is: Top Notch Vintage, 14 Brunel Precinct, Somerton, Somerset, TA11 7PY.

Come and say hello and browse for something fab' to wear.

Spiderweb beaded dress with silver faux fur evening jacket on the left and on the right a black velvet Victorian cape with a gold and black striped basque, wearing a spiderweb necklace.

 It began looking like a total mess like this. At first I was panicking thinking I wasn't going to fill the space. That didn't last long, several car loads later....

 I now have areas divided up to menswear and women's these are some of the waistcoats.

 Toppers and Victorian lingerie - watched over by the 1920s chap whom I have decided is the patron.

Loads of mens and women's vintage jodphurs, including 1940s land army, 1930s tweed cycling breeches, military breeches, corded, tweed and wool.

 My first window display - it had to be Halloween didn't it. Here's a spectacular kilt set for the chaps, with matching fishtail trews, buckle shoes, too and tie and dicky bow tie, for the whole ensemble.

 And in the men's department we have shaving accessories, ties and bow ties, cravats, hats, gloves, pipe collectibles...

Scarves, fur collars, men's shoes brogues by Racing Green and Loakes, sewing magazines and books.

Not much chance of it looking minimal now and I'm still waiting for the electrician to fit better lighting.

My pimped up counter which was kindly donated to me by Trevor and Liz at the Witchcraft shop in Glastonbury. After a good old scrub down with lots of elbow grease and glitsy sticky back plastic it has been restored to loveliness.

 The most fabulous gentleman's oriental black silk satin brocade smoking jacket - oozes vintage scoundrel, along with a black trilby and a velvet songkok Malaysian hat.

Lovely blue fedora, and hanging is a full length complete with train, blue velvet medieval style theatrical or wedding gown. It's so heavy, the fabric and quality of the make is beautiful, would make a spectacular winter wedding gown.

Beaded purses, there are more inside the cabinet, dressing table trinket sets, gloves and inside the box are bakalite art deco buckles.

On the groovy purple dresser are bits and bobs, here shown are a wonderful set of 1930s shot glasses decorated with with pink dancing ladies.

Dinner jackets from Edwardian tuxedos, through to 1940s CC41 double breasted tux and the lushest of lush blue velvet bespoke made shawl collar dinner jacket that is eminently strokable. There's a shelf of dress shirts including starched front and collarless as well as marcella waistcoats with and without backs and also dove grey formal waistcoats too.

 Starched collars, gent's scarves and funky Gieves tweeds.
 Added a few more tweed hats to the mix since taking this picture.

 The glass table and perspex chairs are also for sale, but the vase and flowers aren't because I love them so much. On the table is a beautiful silky soft moleskin fur wrap and matching muff, along with an Edwardian fur muff that matches the stole pictured elsewhere.

 Fab 1960s Quad burgundy hooded cape with pink quilted lining, full length red taffeta evening skirt with fitted net underskirts and the chiffon blouse is potentially a 1980s Dior.

 Bags, cases and shoes.

 Stunning cobalt blue velvet opera coat with removable faux fur collar.

Here's what you see when you walk in the door, sorry for the bag I was still setting up, but it gives you an idea. I had a couple of lovely customer's yesterday who stumbled across me and were so excited, they ever so kindly declared my shop as the best shop in Somerton. That's high praise indeed. Wow. Hope I get more like that.

Now all I need to do is finish pricing everything up and do some marketing and sort through the boxes of patterns and fabrics for the haberdashery area which I need to make room for!!

Come see me - say hello.
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