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Creating Magic Out of a Ball of Yarn

It has been quite a while since I became enamored with the classic vintage 1940s Knit Sweater Dresses and endlessly searching for one to fit my petite frame. Sweater dresses come in various patterns, styles and colours, yet they appear to be more rare in smaller sizes and those get snatched up quickly. What makes it even more challenging to find is that there are no reproduction clothing companies who offer knit sweater dresses, likely due to the high cost of manufacturing. Fortunately that all changed when a very talented independent artist that many of us love and admire, Alixis from Ains & Elke StyleHaus surprised us all with her take on the 1940s sweaters. Needless to say, everyone is absolutely smitten with these adorable novelty print knit sweaters and cannot get enough of them. Of course, her creativity never stops and when she shared her very first 1940s Knit Sweater Dress on Instagram…I was over the moon excited!!! Today I bring to you, the gorgeous Ains & Elke StyleHause Flight of Birds Sweater and Michelle Knitted Skirt in Green.

Available in sizes Custom Sizes/Colours ~ MSRP Sweater $135+, Skirt $75

img_9093The wonderful aspect of buying from smaller independent businesses like Ains & Elke StyleHaus, is that they offer more personalized services to their customers. They have off the rack sizes Small to Large along with custom sizing as well. I provided my measurements, bust 36″ waist 27-28″, hips 40-41″ and had both pieces custom made to fit. In addition, I requested a lovely Kelly green since it is one my favorite colours and quite rare to find in the vintage world. The anticipation immediately turned into joy when Alixis finally revealed a photo of our design collaboration …I was truly blown away! The 1940s Knit Sweater Set was even more gorgeous in person, the shade of green could not have been more perfect. Do not be intimidated by its tiny appearance…the wonderful thing about knitted clothing is that it stretches to hug all of your curves and fits like a glove. It is a dream come true to finally find a knitted 1940s inspired sweater set that fits my petite frame flawlessly. The 1940s Knitted Sweater features a lovely contrast white flight of birds pattern, with high scoop neck, short sleeves (available in 3/4 & long sleeves), designed in a vintage cropped length, accented by ribbed cuffs and waistband. The coordinating Michelle Knitted Skirt features a sleek pencil silhouette with matching ribbed waistband and tappers at the knees. At 5′-4″ tall, the hemline falls just at the knees, customized to personal preference.

img_9114 img_9107There is no doubt about it, Ains & Elke Stylehaus has opened a whole new world with their vintage inspired 1940s sweaters…filling a much needed void in the reproduction industry. Let me start by saying, these are NOT cheap quality knitted type sweaters/cardigans that we normally see coming from overseas…these are the real deal! They are exactly like the authentic vintage knits that have lasted over 7 decades, made from quality soft acrylic yarn. As I mentioned earlier, the knit is purposely designed smaller and stretches to create a sexy hourglass silhouette. This ensemble is so unbelievably comfortable and figure flattering. The thickness of the knit hides trouble areas well and really smooths everything out giving the illusion of a flawless shape.  I was worried that the skirt would get all stretched out with wear but surprisingly it always springs back to its smaller appearance. The Flight of Birds Sweater and Michelle Knitted Skirt can be worn, together or as separates…both great staples for your wardrobe.

img_9092 img_9116Immediately I knew this was going to be a great work outfit therefore I decided to keep my look very simple and classic with my go to round toe pumps in black. For a little sparkle, I will pop on a pair of confetti earrings in green. If you want to have a more defined hourglass silhouette, I recommend pairing it with the Rago 1294 open bottom girdle.

img_9133 flightofbirdsIt has been so exciting to see Ains & Elke StyelHaus flourish over the last few years and become a household name within our vintage and pinup communities. I remember back when one of my friends Ashleeta was raving about a custom dress she had made by Ains & Elke and I had surprisingly never heard of them before. It is absolutely wonderful to see an independent business prosper all due to one person’s hard work, dedication and creativity. Make sure to follow them on Instagram as I know you won’t be disappointed by what they will create next!




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Pin Up Persuasion 4th Anniversary Giveaway Bash!

With 2015 coming to a close, there have been so many great memories to be thankful for and I could not have done it without all the wonderful readers of Pin Up Persuasion. With each passing year, I find myself growing and learning as I continue my journey in the pinup vintage lifestyle. It is such a blessing to be able to share my passions with fabulous pinups that span around the globe. Four years ago I began a new venture into blogging and I never imagined it would have flourished into something so life changing.

Banner2bAs a token of my appreciation to the Pin Up Persuasion fans new and old, it’s time to kick off our biggest blog anniversary giveaway bash yet! Let’s begin by thanking all of our incredible sponsors for donating such spectacular prizes…they truly outdid themselves this time. Make sure to enter all the prize below, you are eligible to win each and everyone. If you run into any problems while trying to participate, please email me at

Contest starts at midnight January 4th & ends at midnight February 1st.

Winners will be selected and announced right here on the blog…so make sure to check back to see if you’re a winner!


CLICK HERE to enter to win the Pin Up Persuasion Dita Von Teese “Your Beauty Mark” Book & Mac Lipstick Prize Pack.


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All prizes must be claimed within 7 days of contest end. Any unclaimed prizes will be forfeited and redrawn on the 8th day from the existing pool of entrants.

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Pinup Summer Essentials

Every pinup fashionista must have versatile separates to keep them looking fabulous while staying cool on those hot summer days. That search if often a serious challenge for many of us who cannot buy off the rack sizing due to our non standard proportions. The struggle is real when it comes to finding great fitting shorts when you have an hourglass figure in addition to a short waist. Luckily for all of us, there are terrific boutiques like Ains & Elke StyleHaus that hand make all their garments to their clients’ measurements. The moment I spotted the Dorothy Jean Shorts in dark denim, I dreamed of finally finding a pair of high waist shorts that would fit my proportions. No summer wardrobe would be complete without versatile suntops like the Angie, Donna, and Tallulah.

Dorothy Jean Shorts in Dark Denim ~ MSRP $65USD

With all items being handmade to order, you simply have to provide your measurements which will include waist, hips, rise and length when ordering a pair of the Dorothy Jean Shorts. If you are unsure how to properly measure, it’s best to always triple check and speak with Alixis from Ains & Elke StyleHaus to ensure they are done correctly. As I mentioned earlier, it is nearly impossible for me to find shorts that fit due my extreme waist to hip ratio (11″+) in addition to having a very short waist. The rise on off the rack styles is always much too long (impossible to have altered after the fact) and I always have to size up for my hips but then the waist is swimming on me. When ordering the Dorothy Jean Shorts, I provided my measurements: waist 26.5″, hips 38″, rise 11 3/4″, and inseam 2.5″. As soon as they arrived, I anxiously went to try them on…literally holding my breath in anticipation. There was a moment of disbelief encompassed by pure joy when I saw how wonderfully they fit, they were seriously a dream come true. They are made from a quality stretch denim, featuring a high waist with large front pockets and contrasting red stitching, a side zipper and button closure. I am not one to be boastful but…DAMN! …the Dorothy Jean Shorts make my ASS LOOK KILLER! They are truly figure flattering to hug all your curves in the right places courtesy of the stretch denim.

IMG_5519 IMG_5502 IMG_5540Tallulah Suntop in Strawberry Print ~ MSRP $50USD

Now who is surprised to see that I chose the adorable strawberry print in the Tallulah Top? 😉 They looked so darling with the green ruffles, it was a match made in heaven. When I provided my measurements (bust 36″, waist 26.5″), I also included my underbust (29″) since it’s quite narrow and most times I find tops to run too wide in the ribcage. It’s best to provide all those extra details when placing a custom order, it will only help in creating the perfect fit for you. The Tallulah Suntop is by far my favorite by Ains & Elke StyleHaus, the ruffles are absolutely delightful. The ruffles really give the Tallulah so much character and style. Featuring a sweetheart neckline with halter strap, fully lined and closes with a back zipper. The cropped length is ideal to pair up with high waist shorts like the Dorothy Jean, or your favorite skinny jeans.

IMG_5505 IMG_5509 IMG_5508 Angie Suntop in Boat Print. ~ MSRP $50USD

The Angie Suntop is a true pinup staple with the classic front criss cross halter top design. I absolutely adore this style on everyone as it’s very elegant and sexy while still modest in the bust area. Due to the cross over design, this is where a great fit is essential otherwise the bustline will start gaping. The fit overall was spot on but mine did gape a small bit but it’s nothing I can’t fix by either moving the buttons in slightly or having my seamstress take in the side seams just a smidgen. This happens to me a lot with crop tops or bustiers, due to my very narrow rib cage and shoulders. The Angie Suntop is also fully lined, features a sweetheart neckline with cross over adjustable (button) straps and back button closure. The classic nautical sailboat print is so captivating and a great summer basic. The modest crop length is wonderful for those who are not completely comfortable to show their midsection but love wearing the vintage high waist style bottoms.

IMG_5530 IMG_5537 IMG_5538Donna Suntop in Animal Print ~ MSRP $45USD

Many of my readers know, I am not the biggest fan of animal prints only because I went overboard with my obsession for them as a teenager. That said, I can handle animal motifs in small doses like with the Donna Suntop. Since the Tallulah and Angie fit so well, I was quite surprised to find the band on the Donna Suntop to be considerably too wide. Although I am not a very skilled seamstress, I knew that moving the back buttons over would likely be all that was needed to fix the width of the band. With the help of a large mirror to see the back while I had the suntop on and using a straight pin, I marked how far the buttons had to be moved and then proceeded to measure it all out before relocating them. The whole process start to finish was super quick and easy to do, and the Donna Suntop fit beautifully afterwards. The only thing to note after the alteration, the back buttons are no longer centered but that does not take away from the design whatsoever. The Donna Suntop features a plunging V neckline with center bust pleats, button halter strap and back button closure. This suntop is definitely less modest in length and shows more of your midriff in comparison to the other two styles. The Donna Suntop design is the epitome of a classic pinup bombshell look.

IMG_5516 IMG_5520 IMG_5523The wonderful thing about these separates from Ains & Elke StyleHaus is that they can all be mixed and matched with one another along with your existing pinup wardrobe. Once you find staple pieces like these to add to your closet, you will have endless ways to style them to create fun new versatile looks. Now that I have found my dream pair of high waist shorts, I won’t ever let them go!

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