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Grey Wool Suit Kind Of Day — Vintage Dream Blog

Not only is this lovely lady part of the Killer Kitsch Knit-a-long, she is a brilliant vintage blogger and vintage style icon. Everyone should be following her blog!

Another cool (70’s F) kind of day here in Texas, so not one to miss a fashion opportunity, another day to wear a vintage suit to work! This wardrobe staple is a 1940’s wool two piece I purchased from Etsy store Lawrence of Baltimore. Exactly as described, timely shipping and lucky for me fits like […]

via Grey Wool Suit Kind Of Day — Vintage Dream Blog

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Killer Kitsch Knit-a-long part deux

Oh my goodness!  We are now at almost 40 participants in the first Killer Kitsch Knit-a-long. It has also evolved from just Instagram. I realized partway through the knit-a-long that I should also be posting on my Ravelry and I have set-up a group! It is called the Killer Kitsch Vintage Knit-a-long and you can view it here. Please join us for our next knit-a-long.  I honestly had no idea these many people would be interested. I am cuffed.

After discussions with the core group of original knit-a-long participants, we decided to do this 3 to 4 times a year. We may pick themes from time to time. I’m overjoyed that this community is also building! In addition, we have decided to extend this one until the end of December. That way, more can join in and it gives knitters an opportunity to do two patterns if they can fit it in. Having a community doing the same thing at the same time is motivating and incredibly fun!

If that wasn’t enough, I am being completely blown away by all of the different colour combinations chosen for the two-colour jumper and the work on the cable jumper… oh my!

Below is the next set of progress photos including finished sweaters by Carmen, Michelle, Katy and myself. There will be a few others finished very soon as well.

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Killer Kitsch Vintage Knit-a-long

For the months of September and October, I am hosting a vintage knit-a-long that offers three vintage sweater patterns from my Etsy shop! We have quite a few participants and I am having a lot of fun watching their progress on the version of the pattern they selected.

When I first put the idea out there, I asked those who were interested, to vote on patterns from my store. The top three would be the patterns for the knit along. The variety of the three patterns is wonderful and it made it hard to choose one. Many of us went with the two coloured jumper, one participant choose the cable jumper and another the bed jacket.

Every day I check to see what everyone is up to and right from the beginning I have been absolutely beside myself with joy!  The colour combinations are beyond stunning! There are a lot of greens!  I want to do this sweater again and this time will choose more fall colours. I choose the eggshell blue and grey colour because it reminded me of one of my favourite pre-code stars, Ruby Keeler.

We are nineteen days in and look at the amazing progress so far! These are only a few of the wonderfully talented women who are part of the Killer Kitsch Knit-a-long!  I will have another post soon showing, even more, progress and eventually finished jumpers!

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Please also check out all of the Instagram accounts of the participants! All of these ladies have killer vintage style and a few of them also have blogs. (links will be in their profile info at the top of their accounts)

@rorytheredd
@esmesvintagecloset
@raven_rose_retro
@mckeeveramanda
@marenmarnie
@thebendyredhead
@vintagedreamblog
@kamikatdesigns
@lovelyladylilian
@kellispieces
@marieloumarble
@handmadebyhandyside
@hortensepia

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Favourite blog: Subversive Femme

When you are a curvy girl like me, you hesitate to make vintage patterns because you are never sure how they will look your figure. For many years I have stuck with the 1950s fit and flare because I know they work on my body type.  Then, I found Subversive Femme!  She is a stunning redheaded curvy girl who uses patterns from the 1930s to 1950s and creates stunning reproductions.

For both sewing and knitting inspiration, please follow her on both WordPress and Instagram.

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The photo is from the Subversive Femme website.

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Favourite blog: By Gum By Golly

I am madly in love with By Gum By Golly and not just because of she is a sassy redhead.  Tasha and her partner are living the vintage life to the fullest. If you walked into their home or met them on the street, you would feel like you stepped into a time-warp. Not to mention, I want to make every single project that Tasha makes. You should also follow her on Instagram because she is very active on Instastory.  https://www.instagram.com/bygumbygolly/

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Other reasons I love this blog is By Gum By Golly also has tutorials on how to resize vintage patterns to modern sizes. I reference her often. http://bygumbygolly.com/category/tutorials/

Please go check out By Gum By Golly and get lost in the beauty of her vintage world.

Photo is from By Gum By Golly website.

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Living Vintage in Toronto

Why do I love vintage clothing, purses, jewelry, and movies so much? I think I have always been in love with everything vintage. When I was a little girl, I would beg my mother to dress me up as a flapper. My earlier teen years I was obsessed with dressing in a 1950s style and later teens and early twenties, I was a blend of goth, Edwardian and the 1920s. These days it is a mix from the 1920s to the 1950s. I don’t recall a time when I wasn’t dressing or in love with vintage.

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Over the years I have been influenced by many and lately, it has been Miss Lemon, Miss Fisher, Clara Bow and every single movie from the 1930s I’ve been watching. I adore the 1930s and every single year of that decade.

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When I was a teenager and growing up in a small town, it was hard to find vintage clothing, so I made my own and I even learned to sew on a Treadle sewing machine. Between that and learning to knit, I didn’t have to rely on stores or mail order catalogues. My mother even relented at one point and gave me her purses from the sixties. Purses I sadly don’t have any longer as I wore them out. Having those skills today is also a benefit. As a curvy girl, it is harder to find sizes in a lot of vintage clothing. I tend to lean towards vintage reproduction or making my own using and resizing vintage patterns. At the moment I have a growing pile of fabric that needs my attention. I have patterns from the 1930s to the 1950s ready to be drafted and my knitting WIP includes sweaters from the 1930s and 1940s. I recently also started making my own hat pins.

1940s-shoesI am always on the hunt for vintage clothing and antique stores, diners, events, and music. I often envy places like England, where there is a wealth of vintage everything and wish that Toronto had more vintage events. As our own vintage community grows, I hope events and flea markets do as well. I have decided to start a list of what we currently have in Toronto and by no means is this list complete. These are places I’ve been to, shopped at, eaten at, events I’ve attended or generally know about. I also have had input from friends as well. If you see something that needs to be added, please let me know. I would love to keep this list up to date. 🙂

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Neighbourhoods great for vintage and antique stores
Roncesvalles Avenue
The Junction
Parkdale (Queen Street — Roncesvalles to Dufferin)
Liberty Village
The Annex (Spadina to Christie)
Bloordale (Dufferin to Landsdowne)
Bloorcourt (Christie to Dufferin)
Ossington Avenue (College to Queen)
Kensington Market
Leslieville

Stores — Vintage and Antique
Dufferin/Dupont area
Vintage Studio 342 — 342 Westmoreland Avenue

Roncesvalles
Mrs. Huizenga — 28 Roncesvalles Avenue

Queen Street
Kind Exchange – 611 Queen Street West
Pearls and Pockets — 672 Queen Street West
House of Vintage — 1239 Queen Street West
Three Fates — 1394 Queen Street West
In Vintage We Trust — 1580 Queen Street West
Frou Frou Vintage — 1616 Queen Street West

Dundas West
Penny Arcade 1177 Dundas Avenue West
Door Number 2 — 2792 Dundas West
Smash Vintage — 2880 Dundas West

College Street and area
Print Vintage — 834A College Street
Arts Market – Dufferin Grove, 846 College Street
I Miss You Vintage — 63 Ossington Avenue

Kensington Market
Breathless Vintage — 9 Kensington Avenue
Courage my Love – 14 Kensington Avenue
Space Vintage — 34 Kensington Avenue
Exile Vintage — 60 Kensington Avenue
Vintage Depot — 70 Kensington Avenue
Winsome Vintage — 146 Augusta and 4 Kensington Avenue
Bungalow Vintage – Kensington Market, 273 Augusta Avenue

Bloor Street and The Annex
Monarch Vintage —
897 Bloor Street West
Siberia Vintage — 955 Bloor Street West
Ransack the Universe — 1207 Bloor Street West
Puddin’ and Pie Vintage — 1248A Bloor Street West
Jellyfish Emporium — 1586 Dupont Street
Gadabout Vintage — 1300 Queen Street East
Rewind — 577 Mount Pleasant Avenue

Blackbird Vintage Finds — 11 Trinity Street
Gypsy Found Objects — 762 St Clair Avenue West

Thrifter Sisters, Aurora — https://www.facebook.com/thriftersisterscanada/

Stores — Vintage Reproduction
Black Daffodil — 3097 Dundas Street West
Doll Factory by Damzels — 394 Roncesvalles Avenue
Rosie the Rebel — 604 Queen Street West

Vintage Markets, Flea Markets, Fairs — Toronto
Arts Market at 846 College St — https://www.vintageb.com/ 
Geary Avenue Flea —
www.gearyaveflea
St. Lawrence Market Antique Market —
http://www.stlawrencemarket.com/pages/about_the_market_gallery_and_antique_market
Vintage Clothing Show and Sale (Exhibition Place) — http://www.torontovintageclothingshow.ca/
Wychwood Vintage Clothing Show and Sale — https://www.facebook.com/VintageShowTO/
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Vintage Markets, Flea Markets, Fairs — Close to Toronto
Freelton — http://freeltonantiquemall.com/
Pickering Flea — http://www.pickeringmarkets.com/

Vintage Collections/Collectors (online or at shows)
Union Label Vintage — @unionlabelvintage (instagram)

Events — Regular
Lindy Hop — http://www.torontolindyhop.com/
New Orleans Connection Allstars at Grossman’s Tavern  (Every Sunday)
Spadina Museum — https://www.facebook.com/spadinamuseum/
Toronto Burlesque Festival — http://torontoburlesquefestival.com/

Toronto Silent Film Festival – http://www.torontosilentfilmfestival.com/
Toronto Vintage Crawl — http://www.vintagecrawltoronto.com/
Vintage Prom — https://www.facebook.com/VintagePromToronto/

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Bars and Restaurants

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Restaurants
Apache Burger — 5236 Dundas Street West
Aunties & Uncles — 74 Lippincott Street
Bloor Jane Restaurant — 2434 Bloor Street West
Bus Terminal Diner — 1606 Danforth Avenue
Cardinal Rule — 5 Roncesvalles Avenue

MARS FOOD — 432 College Street
Skyline Restaurant — 1426 Queen Street West
The Ace —  231A Roncesvalles Avenue
The Lakeview Restaurant — 1132 Dundas Street West
The Senator Restaurant — 249 Victoria Street

Vintage Toronto Diners — https://www.facebook.com/Vintage-Toronto-Diners-1384779678460763/?fref=ts

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Bill Hicks Bar – 946 Queen Street East
Bovine Sex Club – 542 Queen Street West
Miss Thing – 1279 Queen Street West
Shameful Tiki Room — 1378 Queen Street West
The Shore Leave -1175 Danforth Avenue

Bars
Cadillac Lounge – 1296 Queen Street West
Cherry Cola’s Rock n’ Rolla Cabaret Lounge — 200 Bathurst Street
Disgraceland (Bar and Grill) – Dovercourt, 965 Bloor Street West
Gun, Rod and Barbers — 2877 Dundas Street West
Reservoir Lounge (Jazz + Swing) – 52 Wellington Street East
Swan Dive — 1631 Dundas Street West
The Black Dice — 1574 Dundas Street West
The Hole in the Wall — 2867 Dundas Street West
The Local — 396 Roncesvalles Avenue
The Rex Hotel (Jazz + Swing) – 194 Queen Street West

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Websites and Blogs
Cabaret Vintage — www.CabaretVintage.com
Chronically Vintage — http://www.chronicallyvintage.com/
Fashion in Motion — http://fashioninmotion.wordpress.com/
Leslieville Flea Blog – Mod Mad — http://leslievilleflea.com/mod-mad-party-madcap-recap/
Petite Plus, Meow!  Blog — http://petiteplusmeow.wordpress.com/
Suzanne Carillow — www.suzannecarillo.com
Swing Toronto — http://swingtoronto.com/
The Vintage Inn — http://www.vintageinn.ca/toronto-vintage-society-events/
Toronto Vintage Society — http://www.torontovintagesociety.ca/
Yesterday’s Prints — http://yesterdays-print.com/search/canada

Instagram Accounts To Follow
@bellafloravintage
@Retrouverbiz
@victoryvintagegirl
@Wildthingvintage

musicMusicians (not a complete list, some of my favourites — this list will grow)
Alistair Christl — http://www.alistairchristl.ca/
Christian D — https://christiand.ca/
Ginger St. James —http://www.gingerstjames.com/
Luau of Die — http://www.luauordie.com/
New Orleans Connection Allstars — http://torontojazz.com/artist/new-orleans-connection-all-stars
The Royal Crowns — http://www.theroyalcrowns.ca/

Artists (not a complete list, some of my favourites — this list will grow)
CheapTrills Co. — https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/CheapThrillsCompany
Vintage Love (light switches) —
http://www.vintagelove.ca/

Events near Toronto
Elvis Festival — Collingwood — https://collingwoodelvisfestival.com/
Vintage Car Show — Wasaga — https://www.wasagabeachcruisers.org/
Vintage Film Festival — Port Hope — https://www.vintagefilmfestival.ca/