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Funny Feelings: Vintage Swimsuits

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1950’s Bikini

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1970’s Bikini

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I know that the majority of men in my life will disagree with what I’m about to talk to you about. The scantily clad bathing suits that the line the beaches, swimming pools, and wherever the hell else you wear one are not doing women justice. *Gasp*. Of course, modern swimsuits are now made with as little fabric as possible and sold, in many cases, for the highest profit possible. For such a minimal functioning clothing item, we sure do spend a lot of time and money on them, when in the majority of cases, they are not very flattering and we only spend 3 or 4 months a year wearing them (that depends on where you live… I guess). Anyways, here’s a few reasons I think that vintage swimsuits are the jam.

1. Fabric- Modern bikinis are composed of spandex and Lycra. Know, I find these fabrics to be incredibly useful at times, but I do have some qualms with them. They are meant to stretch in large proportions, this means that the garments made with them have a lot of leeway when it comes to structure. Sizing is no longer taken into great account because of the freedom given by the fabric. A majority of vintage swimwear is made out of cotton, taking sizing into greater account. Like in picture one, 1950’s Swimsuit, holy moly.

2. Structure- Anyone who purchase, wears, or admires vintage clothes understands that clothes from different time periods are made to fit women in those time periods.  The baggy silouhette of the 1920’s and the nipped waist of the 50’s are all indicative to this gesture. A large portion of vintage swimwear is sewn like an exoskeleton, it keeps everything in place and emphasizes all the good stuff. This is seen in the last photo on Inside of 1950’s Swimsuit on Etsy.

3. Design- I feel that I don’t need to explain myself. The glamour that comes from these suits is enough to make anyone feel about themselves when wearing one of these.

These are some of the things I try to take into account when I sew for myself and I sew for Showboat Clothing.

Feel free to comment, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Cheers,

Jillian Ouellette

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Organized Messes

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Aside from being incredibly average in height, I find that I am still constantly wearing skirts that are really not built for a frame such as mine. The skirt above is a testament to such clothing- the Virgin de Guadalupe skirt. I made this skirt in order to acquire more of said unflattering-on-my-frame clothing and will probably continue doing so until I am publicly shamed into wearing only miniskirts and short-shorts to much my physical proportion (because that totally happens, right?).

I love this fabric.  I love this fabric so much that a made a matching bustier to go along with it: Virgin de Guadelupe Bustier Bra Top. The fabric used on this can be deemed as a bit “much,” but a bit much has never really hurt anyone. Yeah, right. Upon trying to envision what I could actually make with this fabric, I immediately thought that it would be almost impossible to pair it with anything other than a solid color. LIES! This fabric kills it with some cheetah print. You probably don’t believe, so I’ll just have to show you at a later time.

I actually was inspired to make this after seeing the Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2012 RTW collection (seriously, I haven’t stopped thinking about it since laying eyes on it). I mean, chili pepper repeats on a bustier top and a midi skirt? It’s all so tropical, and I’m not a tropical girl. I’m a “busy city” vacation girl. But when I saw this collection, I thought to myself- Oh the places I would go in that- dive bars, class, or perhaps to a garage sale. After truly putting that into perspective, I decided just to make something somewhat close to it.

On a serious note, did you get the same feeling as me when you saw that? It’s beautiful.

A little more about the making of this skirt, I made this skirt with a pattern made by yours truly.  You can find similar ones by any pattern maker: Simplicity, Vogue etc. If you’re a beginner or new to this whole sewing thing, it’s probably one of the easiest things you could make for yourself. Another tip is to find a bottom of a dress pattern with a gathered skirt, and cut a long rectangle for the waist, add an extra inch to the total waist length for the zipper and there you have it, a skirt.

Last thing- I feel like I really hit the Japanese Purikura photo booth nail on the head with these photos. Black and white polka dots can really make a girl feel like a cartoon, along with a bun that is pretty much the size of my head.

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Crop top & sandals – Topshop, Skirt – Showboat Clothing

Cheers,

Jillian Ouellette

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Are You Wearing Astronaut Pants?

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Galaxy Suit: Topshop

I recently had a dilemma: how do I present myself in a more “professional” photograph and not lose my identity? When you browse through your connections on LinkedIn, there is a sea of black and gray blazers, but realistically, that’s not who many of those people intrinsically are.  I understand that there is a protocol for professional presentation, especially over the internet, but I’m also a firm believer in that some rules are just plain ol’ stupid.

So what is the most logical thing I could have done in order to present myself in a “professional” way and not completely abandon myself in the process? I bought a space suit. Yeah, what you’re probably thinking right now is exactly what my mom said: “are you ____ kidding me?” No, mom. I’m not kidding you.  So what was I thinking when I purchased this bad boy? I was thinking about all the one-liner “are you wearing astronaut pants?” jokes, how I’m already somewhat of a space case, and the fact that I have nebula’s printed all over me.

Now let me explain the photo above. I convinced (by “convinced”, what I’m actually trying to say, is that  it was by her own free will) my very talented friend Kelci McIntosh, to take some photos of me. I went into her room and threw my things everywhere (because I’m just THAT much of a diva). So, half of this mess is mine, actually all of that mess is mine.

So, do you feel that you can translate your personality online and still maintain professionalism?

Peace!

Jillian Ouellette

P.S. Get your own galaxy suit here.

P.P.S.- Psych. I bought this suit a few months ago, so they are no longer there, BUT, you can always start your galaxy wardrobe out with this Galaxy Bustier Bra Top from Showboat Clothing!

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Who is the Showboat Clothing Girl?

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I’d like to be able to say that Showboat Clothing is a direct extension of myself. While I believe this sincerely, there is definitely as less shallow aspect, and a lot more to it.  I started sewing and selling the garments I make for a simple reason; because I believe in them. I think that a girl has the power to dictate her self-image to others and herself, simply through what she wears. Confidence and personality can all be translated through a simple piece of clothing, but there is one issue, fashion is fast. Literally. We all know that it changes and shifts all the time and what we have access to is cheap and likely won’t last through more than two washes.

This is where the concept behind Showboat Clothing comes into play. While the cost of an item won’t be the same as a big box retailer, each piece is hand-made with the care that is often overlooked by many larger companies.  That’s what I love about the Showboat Clothing girl, they genuinely love owning a piece of clothing that they will keep for several years to come and every time they wear it, they’ll love it even more.

This girl is a trendsetter. She understands that taking risks in life is vital to their success in everything from their career, to fashion. The Showboat Clothing girl is on it. Quite frankly, they’re the bad ass who understands that you are what you wear. They just happen to wear the coolest stuff ever.

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