Vintage John Wolf Torri Gate Scenic Print Skirt

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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.




Vintage Seaside Scenic Border Print Skirt

Over the years, my love of vintage has not only taken over my closets but it has become such a huge part of my everyday life. The wonderful people that I have met through the online communities…sellers and fellow collectors have truly enriched my inner circle of friends. It is incredible how fellow collectors and sellers will genuinely go out of their way to help you find those special treasures, spreading good vintage karma among one another. I have been very fortunate to build my collection full of breathtaking vintage pieces through endless hours of scouring of the interwebs, hands me downs from collectors and developing wonderful relationships with some of the greatest vintage sellers. These rare treasures deserve to be showcased for all to appreciate, so I will start featuring my vintage collection one piece at a time! Be warned…this may take a while ­čśë

  • Skirt – Vintage Seaside Border Print
  • Top – PUG Peasant in mint
  • Shoes – B.A.I.T Demi mint wedges
  • Belt – PUG white
  • Jewelry – Vintage Weiss

With the 1950’s being the epicenter of one of a kind circle/swing skirt designs, it is no surprise that they quickly became an obsession to collect them all. Personally I gravitate towards novelty prints, scenic prints, border prints and of course floral prints…plain is boring! One of the places I find many of my most treasured pieces is on Instagram; either from Vintage sellers or fellow collectors. The most important thing is to be quick, these pieces often get snatched up the moment they are posted. Luckily I was able to acquire many pieces before IG sales became mainstream, now it has really become ultra competitive and often disappointing.

Ages ago, I came across this magnificent Vintage Seaside Scenic Border Print Skirt on IG where the seller mentioned it was a wounded bird but still had lots of life left. Remember, most of these skirts are over 60 years old; often homemade from the 1950’s and passed down over the decades with several different owners. Immediately I got in contact with the seller (sorry, I don’t remember which one this was from) to get all the particulars on the condition and of course, price. There she mentioned the skirt had some rust stains and a few holes in the fabric but they were easily lost in the fullness of the skirt sweep. Because of the condition, she was only asking a mere $60…UM WHAT!?! Luckily there was only one gal ahead of me in line and she decided to pass on it…her loss was definitely my gain!

When the Seaside Scenic Border Print Skirt arrived, I immediately assessed the condition and reinforced the small holes with iron on mending patches. The seller mentioned she had already washed and treated the staining the best she could so I did not attempt to do so myself. Most of the rust marks were on one side of the skirt, so the trick was simply to rotate that to the backside when worn and it indeed gets lost in the fullness of the skirt.

Although there is no known designer information available on this print, it is referred to as “Seaside” by vintage collectors. In this series, there is also Switzerland and Dutch Windmills, all available in various colourways. It is always fun to see the different variations of prints in the various colours since I find they really make each one truly unique. I am the first to admit, I sometimes own the same print in two different colours because I simply cannot resist.

*A special thank you to the lovely ladies Kelly and Mary of the Novelty & Border Print Group for helping me with the history on the Vintage Seaside Scenic Border Print Skirt.*