It’s Cha Cha Time!

What seems like many moons ago now, I was introduced to Uptown Atomic when the lovely creator Ginger donated one of her spectacular handmade playsuits for a giveaway. Little did I know, I had some incredibly talented blog readers right under my nose. As I began following her work, I quickly saw that Ginger’s designs were coveted by fellow pinup lovers and is a total sweetheart too. For months I lusted after the 1950s Style Pinup Senorita Dress and I finally managed to scoop it up during a 50% Flash Sale event.

Available in custom sizes ~ MSRP $175

IMG_4190At the time I placed my order, the sizes were predetermined by the bust and waist measurements listed (ie: bust 36″, waist 26″). I placed a special request to adjust the waist from 26″ to 27″ since all Rockabillybettie’s designs were made to order. Now came the hard part, waiting patiently for my dress to fabricated and shipped. Several weeks later…that day finally came and it was more than worth the wait. The rich vibrant colours in the Mexican print fabric just screamed gorgeousness! All the attention to detail, especially the bottom pom-pom trim just made the dress such a statement piece. Once I was done drooling over the design, I was excited to finally try it on to see if I could pull off such a bold colourful look. Needless to say, I am so glad that I ventured outside of my comfort zone as this dress added some much needed spice to my wardrobe. The overall fit was very good, I do need to have the bust area taken in slightly as I prefer dresses to be snug around my bust and ribcage. The hemline is a bit on the longer side but I am only 5′-4″ and I would not want to remove any the magnificence of the pattern whatsoever.

IMG_4194 IMG_4191In my experience, all handmade clothing is definitely not created equal. There are many people who simply learn to sew and there are those who really have a talent for it. I can honestly say with pure confidence, Ginger is the real deal! Her attention to detail and impeccable craftsmanship shows that she has a genuine gift for what she does. The Senorita Dress really stands out from the crowd; my favorite part is the pom-pom trim because it brings a new dimension to what we normally see in vintage reproduction designs.

IMG_4195The best part was accessorizing! I spent a massive amount of time choosing the right colour combination in bakelite bracelets, this was a tough task since there are so many gorgeous colours to work with in the spectacular print. Although I normally shy away from wearing a petticoat, one was essential with the Senorita dress to show off it’s brilliance. I finished it off with a pair of cherry red Madden Girl pumps to tie the ensemble together from head to toe.

IMG_4197The Senorita Dress is a limited edition print and will be re-released in limited run of sizes in the coming weeks. Make sure to keep an eye on Uptown Atomic’s Etsy shop to snag one up before they are gone forever! Stay tuned for more reviews featuring their incredible handmade creations…

 

Venturing Into The Unknown…

Since the very beginning of Pin Up Persuasion, I have been dedicated to sharing my expertise solely towards the vast online world of Vintage Reproduction Clothing since it was what I knew best. What I didn’t expect was this journey to lead me into unknown territory and discover a whole new world of fabulousness. It will probably come as no surprise to those who follow me on Facebook and Instagram, that I will now be sharing my new found love of genuine vintage clothing. So many of my readers have been here since the very beginning and we have all learned together along the way. With this new venture, it is my plan to share the Dos and Don’ts to buying vintage for beginners just like me. That being said, Pin Up Persuasion will still be your go to place for vintage reproduction reviews but it will also have a portion dedicated to genuine vintage in the months to follow.

shopping1Although I started purchasing vintage earlier last year, I am still quite green and in the process of learning the basics. Recently a fellow vintage dealer kindly recommended an incredible guide book (“The Little Guide to Vintage Shopping by Melody Fortier which can be found on Amazon.com) for those seeking what to look for when purchasing vintage clothing. I am about halfway through reading the Guide at this point and I find Melody’s advice extremely informative. This is a wonderful book for all vintage enthusiasts to learn about the general history behind each decade in fashion and how to apply this knowledge today when shopping for vintage. I’ll be adding post it notes to several sections for quick reference later on.

the-little-guide-to-vintage-shopping-2If you intend to purchase vintage, the one thing you must have is PATIENCE! If you are fortunate enough to have local thrift stores or flea markets in your neck of the woods, those gems won’t be easily found unless you are prepared to dig into the overflowing racks, piles, or old musty boxes. This is most commonly known as the thrill of the hunt, since it can lead to some incredible finds for a fraction of the cost. For people like me that are not so lucky to have such places close by, we must rely on the powers of the internet to find such fabulous treasures. Since someone has done the dirty work of digging, cleaning and often mending these items…the prices will reflect the time invested by the seller. Patience is vital when shopping online as you will be spending hours and hours searching. The challenge is getting the stars to align – your style, your size and your budget. But when the stars align magic happens.

2fb4ef5d01527903b9d84e54a7d14fa2My strength has always been online shopping and this has been no different with my new found love of vintage clothing. Every treasure I have purchased to date has been from Etsy, Ebay and Facebook Groups. These are the cream of the crop when it comes to variety and a plethora of vintage listings. Don’t get me wrong, there are several online independent vintage retailers out there but I personally have not found any to have near the same selection and bargains. There is so much to consider when purchasing vintage; the condition, the fit, the age, the designer, the price, the wearability, etc.

shoppingHopefully I haven’t overwhelmed you already; this is just the start of an incredible new journey! I welcome you the readers to tell me what YOU would like to see in upcoming vintage features. We will learn together and help each other along the way.