Thursday, December 8, 2011

Why Are Plus Size Vintage Clothes So Hard To Find?

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Latest Hand-Picked Plus Size Vintage Frocks From All Over the Web

There is a wealth of gorgeous dresses out there - perfect for the Christmas party season if you get your skates on... Some of them might be best if you are going to enjoy a Californian Christmas rather than a snowy one though!  Or get someone you love to gift you one of these dresses for when the weather is fairer in the new year.

Lovely feminine vintage dress with peplum detail in extra large.

Classic black 1950s plus-size dress to flatter those curves.  Black lace overlay, XXL ladies size.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Pan Am Vintage and Retro Flight Bags

I have wanted a Pan Am flight bag since I saw one similar to this (currently sold out on, with similar bags sold out on and too) in the world's longest shopping arcade in Kobe, Japan, about 8 years ago.  It was a genuine vintage bag and at the time I couldn't afford the price tag *sad face*.  I forgot all about it until the launch of the new ABC series Pan Am, which, by the way, is a downright feast of vintage gorgeousness and stewardess style.  (I was sad to hear it is being cancelled - I will miss the vintage fashions, if not the blah story lines!) And as bags are not in the least size-ist and 'fit' plus size and non plus size vintage clothes fans alike, I thought it would be no harm to round up a few examples of vintage and retro Pan Am bags and accessories currently available online.

A Pan Am retro record bag!  I would have eaten this up in my DJ-ing days!

Pan Am retro Hat Bag - well I suppose you could put other things in it too!

And for you vintage accessory purists, there are original 60s and 70s Pan Am bags on ebay with starting prices from $10...

Plus-Size Mad Men Style in This Week's Vintage Ebay Picks

Ebay is currently awash with fabulous bargain vintage clothes in generous plus sizes to give you that sexy curvy look made even more popular by Mad Men.  Feast your eyes on these beauties...

Canary yellow vintage Edith Martin shift dress in a very generous extra-large size

Silk plus size dress from 1950s in unusual sunburst floral pattern.  XL ladies' size

Super nautical themed 60s shift dress in general plus-size XXL.  Fab vintage day look.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Get A Perfect Plus-Size Fit With a Vintage Pattern

Hard as it is to find larger sizes in vintage clothes, there is always the option of using a vintage sewing pattern to get a custom-fit vintage style outfit.  Advantages include the fact that the garment will be a perfect fit, in great condition and you can choose your own fabric.  Sticklers for authentic vintage clothing can even seek out original vintage materials and fabric so that the look will be true to the era. Or, conversely, you could adapt the pattern with a modern twist if you so wish.  Here is a helpful video from MsPsychoSue showing you how to adapt a vintage sewing pattern so that it fits your plus-size physique!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Oktoberfest! Vintage Dirndls for the Larger Lady.

I absolutely love dirndls and would wear them on any occasion that calls for a dress!  For those less into everyday dirndl wearing, now is the perfect time of year to don your dirndl - Oktoberfest!  The good news is these germanic dresses are super flattering for full-figured and plus-size ladies.  Here are my picks from

US Size 16 blue vintage dirndl with white embroidery and apron.

 US size 16/18 embroidered vintage plus size dirdnl - looks to be a lovely authentic piece.

Very pretty detail on this black vintage dirndl with generous plus-size 35" waist.