vintage ootd: over the rainbow

There was a brief* time during my childhood in which I refused to respond to anything other than "Dorothy Gale, from Kansas."

Not "Dorothy."  Not even, "Dorothy Gale."  "Dorothy Gale, FROM KANSAS."  Only.

*Seriously, what 3 year old has a several month-long identity crisis?  But, I digress.

During my innocent, not-at-all worrisome role playing, I insisted on wearing a little checkered and floral jumper daily because, in my mind, it was Dorothy Gale (from Kansas)'s signature gingham frock.  Oh, and pink sparkle jellies TOTALLY passed as ruby slippers.

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I still fantasize about that little jumper dress of mine and the simple days where I could just BE Dorothy Gale, from Kansas.

So, of course, the moment I saw this dress in an online vintage shop, I knew it had to be mine.  I feel like Dorothy would totally approve - blue and white gingham, bright colored poppies...it might as well have an Emerald City and a Yellow Brick Road!

I've worn it many times this summer, and I cannot believe that this is the first time I've blogged about it.  The fabric is a soft, very worn cotton that feels like butter, and I adore the sweet lace details.  I firmly believe it is the most beautiful, perfect dress I've ever owned.  And that's saying a lot.  Have you seen my closet?

Petticoat Dreams

I LOVE LOVE LOVE dresses from the 50s. Thanks to Christian Dior's New Look, the silhouette was waspish waists, full busts, and full hips. Let's make that extra full hips. So extra full, in fact, that women often used an entire extra garment to create the voluminous skirt. This extra garment is called a petticoat, and I recently decided that I needed one.

Okay, maybe need is a strong word, but I REALLLLY wanted one, so I went ahead and ordered one. It arrived a couple of weeks after my new dress form did, so it wasn't until recently that I was able to use it in photographing items for the shop. Petticoats are so fun. You can get them in a wide range of colors and a wide range of materials, and this makes for a wide range of prices. I opted for a fairly inexpensive white one, and from what I gather I'm quite lucky that it's not scratchier than it is. I'm already looking at buying more, though. They're so fun when they peek out from under the hem of your dress. Here are a few items I shot this week. I'm still brushing up on my photoshop skills (it's been a while since shooting indoors, and seamless white background can be tricky!). 

How great is this little number from the 50s. She's silk, too!

How great is this little number from the 50s. She's silk, too!

This French beauty still has tags-- never worn!

This French beauty still has tags-- never worn!

Betsey Johnson princess dress. I just LOOOOVE this one. I think this is a dress that could really benefit from layering multiple petticoats for extreme volume. 

Betsey Johnson princess dress. I just LOOOOVE this one. I think this is a dress that could really benefit from layering multiple petticoats for extreme volume. 

Dude, it's a cat in a petticoat. How could I resist?

Dude, it's a cat in a petticoat. How could I resist?