December 26, 2013

Vintage on the Web: Free Paterns and More

Its been difficult to keep up with blog reading, but I thought it would be nice to share what I enjoyed recently.

 Britany from Va-Voom Vintage has a great selection of FREE  PDF patterns including one for a fabulous 1940s handbag & hat!
Our Etsy shop Brentwood Lane Vintage is having a SALE
vintage 1930s 1940s fedora via Brentwood Lane Vintage
This item SOLD see more here
Get Tippy Hendren's look from The Birds! Make Up Artist Lisa Eldrige shows how.
Wearing vintage gloves this winter but don't know your size? Jessica from Chronically Vintage makes it simple to understand in her gloves post.
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Have a great day!

October 24, 2013

A Quick Look at September's Vintage Finds

We'd gone to a few estate sales and thrift stores in September and came home with a few goodies. Too bad none of them had vintage patterns--this was probably for the best because I think we may have V.P.S....Vintage Pattern Syndrome. I don't want to know how many we have....
One of the estate sales we went to was in a really cool 50s-60s house that the owners used as a "party house". It had a blend of mid-century and Japanese decor and many of the items for sale were made in Japan. The owners also had good taste in music, so we bought a bunch of records.
vintage xavier cugat tango records via Brentwood Lane

vintage italian straw purse via Brentwood Lane
This italian purse was only $1!!

vintage italian straw purse via Brentwood Lane
Scuffed with filthy shoelaces...

vintage white nurse shoes via Brentwood Lane
Like new! And those are the same laces by the way...
vintage 50s-60s Bausch and Lomb browline glasses Brentwood Lane
1960s Bausch & Lomb glasses

vintage 50s-60s Bausch and Lomb browline glasses Brentwood Lane

1950s vintage ivory pillbox hat via Brentwood Lane
...Recognize this hat from Instagram?

1960s brown leather driving gloves via Brentwood Lane
Driving gloves!!

1960s brown leather driving gloves via Brentwood Lane

1940s black suede box purse via Brentwood Lane

I geeked out when I saw this purse. I love the box purses of the 1940s-and now I have one!!
1940s black suede box purse interior via Brentwood Lane

vintage gaudy bathroom scale via Brentwood Lane

That's it for September. Happy thrifing!


October 21, 2013

Tell Me...Do You Know Andre?

Many apologies for being terrible about blogging--as you well know, life can get in the way!
But today I am excited to spotlight the Andre Studio Collections, which are available to view online.
Some of you may recognize the site from our links page, whrereas others may already know of this wonderful collection of sketches from 1930-1941. This was part of a project, as the New York Public Library and Special Collections of the FIT Archives put it, to "virtually unite a collection of spectacular quality and historical significance".
When I originally stumbled upon this site, I was thrilled at the orginization of the collection, and quality of the sketches. The collection consists of original, hand-colored and reproduced fashion drawings from Andre Studios, a small desgin company that competed to sell their designs to manufacturers in the U.S. and Canada. It's safe to say I was mildly obsessed with it, dreaming of sewing up my own versions of almost everything I clicked on...
To search for something specific is very simple, you can choose to browse their labels/categories or type in the search box. And its easy to share or print 'em out for personal use. You may just click on every one!
 Happy browsing!


September 18, 2013

Back With A Primary Pop- Mod Monday

Hello! Hello! Everyone, we are very sorry that we have been absent from our blog. We have been excitedly working on our Etsy shops (Brentwoodlanevintage and The Modd Shoppe-under construction). 
Since today is Monday, we wanted to kick off the week with a Mod Monday post. These photos were taken in September when it was much warmer.

 We're all familiar with the primary colors: red, blue and yellow, most of us learn about them in grade school. What I find so cool about vintage clothes is the color combinations. Although daring, color combos today aren't executed in the same manner and don't create the same look. Initially, when I think of red, blue and yellow it reminds me of kindergarten or clowns or something else, but not a cool looking top! I love how these primary colors, when combined with a geometric pattern, make such a statement. The top came with a tie belt but I used it as a neck-tie instead.   

vintage top: thrift store
vintage skirt: thrift store
earrings: Old Navy
shoes: Nordstrom

Thanks for reading! 
Sincerely, Vera 

September 3, 2013

TCM Film Festival 2013- Dial "M" for Murder 3D

Today we have a post about the annual Tuner Classic Movie Film Festival, it's been some months since the Fest but it's never to late to share!

 Sunday April 28th 2013, day three of the film festival we went to Hollywood accompanied by a friend to see a Hitchcock classic- Dial "M" For Murder, starring the iconic Grace Kelly, along with Ray Midland and Robert Cummings. The movie was being shown on the big screen at the Chinese Multiplex 6, this is located on Hollywood Blvd. next to Grauman's Chinese theater.

We were especially excited because it was going to be shown how it was originally intended- in 3D. Unlike expected, the 3D in the 1950's was surprisingly high tech. Film critic Lenard Malton spoke with Norman Lloyd before the film an actor, director and friend of Alfred Hitchcock. He was 98yrs old!!! And is most known for his part in Saboteur and for directing over 20 episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents in the 1960's. TCM events are always well planned and have great guests, we all had a great time and can't wait for next year!  
in the theater before the movie
after the film at the front door

Inside the hall leading to the theater
(Bette Davis)

Julie Andrews

Steve McQueen
Sincerely, Vera

August 20, 2013

What a Nice Day For a Swim!

 Hello everyone!
It feels great to be posting again! We've been busy but we still haven't stopped sewing, thrifting or researching. We've found and made some really neat things and cant wait to share it all! Today I wanted to share these lovely swim suits. I give the photo credits to My Vintage Vouge, it is such a great website for vintage images from the 1920's-1960's. They've given me a lot of sewing ideas and inspiration while pairing new outfits. So if you haven't seen this site already I would definitly check it out! Most of these suits are form the 1940's and 1950's- Enjoy!

Sincerely, Vera