Skirt shipped to Australia

I just shipped a beautiful black linen trumpet skirt, perfect for Balboa or Lindy, to Australia. There are so many excellent Balboa dancers out there.  The skirt was a rare find with asymmetrical, angled seams that pieced the body of the skirt together. The fabric is a nice matte black that updates the 1930s styling. Great for dancing but also beautiful for non-dancing activities. This is my favorite skirt style as it really flatters the figure.

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Skirt Styles and Features Guide added

I have added a skirt styles and features guide to the main page listings. I hope this helps to clarify styles for many of you!

Banner Image for Etsy Shop is Da Bomb!

Ok. This looks good. I have to admit it.  Check it out here. Whew. That was a lot of photoshop cutting and pasting. Lots of lovely photos to choose from. I’ll have to keep updating it and switching photos in and out. I have more lovely model photos than I could fit in one banner. Special thanks to the discerning eye of my artist friend John Unger who kept reminding me to keep it simple. I really needed to hear that. It made all the difference. Thanks John!

Etsy Shop Launches on Mother’s Day

As a tribute to my mom on mother’s day I am launching my Etsy shop with two vintage suits she owned and wore.  Click here to see my main Etsy page.

My searchable name on Etsy is ModelJVintage: no spaces and capital M, J and V. I decided to start my Etsy shop with items from the 1970’s and 1980’s. From the research I’ve done it seems to be the place to market items from those decades. I believe it’s the younger, hip, DIY shoppers on Etsy that currently favor those styles. It’s funny because if they hadn’t become popular and resurfaced in current fashion offerings I wouldn’t appreciate them as I do now, nor see the connections those decades have to styles from the 20s, 30s and 40s.

The suits I am starting off with are two vintage early 80’s pants suits that my mom wore to sell real estate and work in showrooms. There is a banana yellow linen number by Anne Pinkerton and a magenta wool one by Adolfo. Both are in pristine vintage condition.

1980's Anne Pinkerton Linen Pants Suit

It’s amazing how contemporary they look. These are two wonderful suits that weren’t as big in the shoulders and thighs as those to come in the later 1980’s.

It’s a wonderful sense of accomplishment to get this shop up and running. I look forward

1980's Adolfo wool pants suit

to posting, oh, everything I own! Well, maybe not everything…

Model: Elaine Silver

Photography: Joy Grad

Private Fittings

I had the pleasure of doing a private fitting with a local NYC Lindy dancer who saw my clothes at an event but didn’t have time to try on anything as her dance card was full.  This is often the case. A mutual Lindy dancer friend made the introduction via email and we embarked on  some virtual shopping. First she gave me her approximate size and style interests. Then I looked through my stock, measured items and photographed them, and sent her the photos via email with prices. Next we set up an appointment. On the day of I packed a suitcase with the skirts she liked plus a few other items I thought she might like and a couple of skirts that seemed a bit small but that might work. We met up and she tried on all the skirts and we both reviewed them on her. She ended up purchasing five skirts and staying within her budget. A successful first private fitting for Model J Vintage and a very satisfied customer.

Here are a few of the skirts she took home with her:

Super twirly trumpet skirt by Atmosphere, a UK brand.

Red Silk Polka Dot Skirt

Red Silk Polka Dot Skirt w/Belt and Pleats

NYC skyline print 1950's style full circle skirt

Gap stretch cotton flare skirt, perfect for Balboa!

She got a selection of skirts great for dancing different swing styles including Lindy, Charleston, Balboa and a little rockabilly.

New skirts great for dancing!

I acquired some gently used skirts great for dancing, ladies. Some trumpet, a-line, full, cut on the bias and generally twirly ones in all sizes and colors are now available. I also picked up some sweet and sexy fishtail skirts that are great for our other non-dancing activities. Come check them out before they get snapped up at my excellent prices!

I will also have a box of free stuff from my closet for everyone to pick through so have fun with that 🙂