Setting the Caged Bird Free

What a challenging week it has been, first coming down with the worst flu/cold and then the hubby had a terrifying accident on his way to work one morning. We are counting our blessings that he walked away with just a few bumps and bruises, but the Pumpkin (Murano) didn’t make it out unfortunately. Luckily vehicles can be replaced.

I cannot even begin to express how excited that March is here and winter is almost behind us. Longer days are starting, the snow has melted and the temperature is slowly climbing into plus digits. Looking at the upcoming forecast, I am already planning to break out my pretties from their winter lock down. Of course the newest additions are on the top of the list to take for a spin. One of those treasures is the incredible Vintage 1950s Felt Bird Applique Circle Skirt from Ballyhoo Vintage Clothing.

Some of you may recognize this stunning vintage design, famously owned by the iconic Dita Von Teese. Up until recently, I had only ever come across the 1950s Felt Bird Applique Circle Skirt in tiny sizes and/or in very poor condition. Maybe call it fate but I just happened to be scrolling through Instagram when I spotted this beauty at Ballyhoo Vintage and it was my exact size. I will admit, rational thinking went out the window as I hastily went to their website to see if it was still available and if it was in my budget. The vintage gods were smiling upon me as the answer to all those questions was YES!

As I impatiently waited for my new to me vintage 1950s Felt Bird Applique Circle Skirt, I wondered if wearing a skirt made out of felt was going to be a practical or not. Any doubts that I had were quickly diminished as this treasure is in pristine condition (it honestly appears unworn) for its age and was made from the thickest quality of felt that creates the most lovely skirt draping. The darling pink and blue bird appliques jump right off the skirt and the birdcage is made from a rich gold embroidery.

Surprisingly versatile, the vibrant colours in the appliques allow for a variety of options of tops to mix and match. I was taken back by how incredibly comfortable it is to wear a felt skirt; there is a fair amount of give in the fabric and actually very lightweight. Since I do have sensitive skin, I opt to wear a slip underneath to prevent any possible irritation from the felt.

As a passionate vintage collector, my desire is always to give these treasures a new lease on life by wearing them and not simply hoarding like unfortunately so many collectors do. I truly believe they should have a life full of love and deserve to be showcased, rather living a life as a caged bird never being able to spread its magnificent wings for everyone to admire. My hope is that there are more vintage felt skirts out there to collect as they are so unique and utterly exquisite.

Vintage John Wolf Torri Gate Scenic Print Skirt

If you have not gotten a chance to have a look see, the blog got a long overdue face lift recently; I hope that everyone likes the new less cluttered layout as much as I do. More changes will be coming soon, I am working with a local artist to create a fresh new logo seeing as the blog has evolved so much over the past 5.5 years. Please stay tuned…

With summer quickly coming to an end, I am taking advantage of the unseasonably warm days in September to squeeze in as many more summery outfits as possible. Screw the old faux pas of not wearing white after labour day…enjoy each day to its fullest! My Vintage John Wolf Torri Gate Scenic Print Skirt has been by far ones of my all times favorites to wear when the sun is shinning and the flowers are in bloom.

  • Skirt: Vintage John Wolf Torri Gate Scenic Print
  • Top: Fables by Barrie Mauve Bustier
  • Shoes: Remix Pleated Toe White Wedges
  • Belt: PUG White
  • Jewelry & Handbag: Vintage

The Torri Gate Scenic Print Skirt is the one that started my adoration for John Wolf Scenic Prints, they are hands down some of the most stunning scenery you will ever see on wearable canvas. Although they are becoming increasingly harder to come by, there are still many available in a variety of colourways and landscape sceneries. Most are handmade by the 1950’s housewives as the John Wolf Textiles were sold by the bolt during that era. I acquired mine from the Novelty And Border Print B/S/T (Pre-1965) Facebook Group.

This vintage treasure has been a part of my collection for a few years now and it is definitely not one I intend to let go of any time soon. The Torri Gate Scenic Print Skirt was one of the first scenic prints skirts I acquired and it was the beginning of another obsession wanting to collect them all. The gorgeous Torri Gates are set upon a striking blue/turquoise sky surrounded by the lake with blooming cherry blossom trees and mountains in the distance. Luckily the Torri Gate Print can also be found in 2 or 3 other colourways, but I have to confess that I love this particular colourway the most.

With so many gorgeous colours in the print, it allows me to create a variety of outfit combinations for just about any occasion. Of course I had to show you my all time favorite look…the Torri Gate Scenic Print Skirt paired with the Mauve Bustier from Fables by Barrie, white Pleated Toe Remix wedges and vintage white barrel handbag. Needless to say, these unique sceneries are great conversation pieces and often garner lots of attention wherever you go.