What do you do when you have nothing to do? You find a cute cafe and have milk shake and waffle ice cream. Cafe Maji, a small gem nestled inside a Fitness Club. The location is quite obscure and hence a bit different from all the other tea places.
I have never encounter such an unique distribution of space. Two-third of the room belongs to a dance studio of some sort and one-third of the room is Cafe Maji. Decorated with small homey touches and wooden chairs, the overall ambiance was supper chill until I came along. My red polka dot dress was loud and even louder when I tried having a photo shoot there. The owner was fine with pictures so I had to be oblivious and get things done.
My red polka-dot dress was referencing 1970s. I shortened the dress about 6 inches. I’m not saying skimpy skirts update a garment but in this case, yes it did help. The chalk white buttons grew on me but I’m still not crazy about the polyester fabrication. Overall, it’s a cute shirtdress. Would you dare to be different and wear it?
In front of me was actually a room full of people. I think my heart was about to pop taking these pictures. Let’s find a happy home for this lovely dress. Bravo to my daring friend who was eager to help.
Dress, Lady Gibson Cameo Collection.
Photographed by L.W.
Palm trees and a bottle of Corona sounded just about right in this heat even if it’s almost Fall. Wait… it will be even better if we had some giant elephants roaming about at the beach.
Seriously, that was the vacation I envisioned when I saw this forgotten embroidered elephant dress at the local flea market. It needed just the right amount of touch-up to be fresh again.
So I murdered the dress with my seam ripper. The top was dissemble from the the skirt and the center back zipper was remove. The neck was reshape and lower about 3 inches. The skirt was shorten about 5 inches. Instead of a zipper closure, I replaced with elasticated waist with shirring. Lastly, the elephant embroidery was touch-up by my awesome mom fixing all the broken threads.
Project completed with a much younger looking dress ready for a new home. Can you see the difference?
Dress, Forever21. Espadrilles, J.Crew.
Photographed by P.L.
I’m not jumping just yet…not from a girl wearing polka dots and bright neon espadrilles. You would think my happy outfit would shed some light on this overcast weather at Long Beach Pier. I’m just thankful it’s not scorching hot. Did you know this weather is actually perfect for shooting? Heh…not much pictures today because I’m too busy being in the moment.
A feeling of nostalgic looking at the Lanz Original dresses hanging above my fireplace. A bit of historical background on the Lanz. They were a company originated from Salzburg, Austria in 1922 supplying traditional folkwear costumes for music festivals. Just think “The Sound of Music” type of clothing back in the days with ladies in dirndl skirts and tight bodices. The company gave their clothing a clever slogan “Isn’t it Lanzy!” to describe their rural clothing with both elegance and comfort.
During 1940s, the Austrian company established Lanz of California manufacturing Austrian inspired clothing in the United States. The company was then brought and became completely separated from the Lanz in Austria. Lanz of California targeted mainstream fashion but never left the Lanz signature of European folkwear designs. They established many labels including the Lanz Original. Different labels from Lanz dated back to different periods. The printed ditzy floral black dress dated back to the early 1950s with the adorable Lanz heart embroidered label. If you look closely, the “LO” letters inside the castle outline within the heart tell the time period of the garment. The canvas color dress dated back to the late 1950s and early 1960s with the Lanz Original printed copyright signature. The label doesn’t actually mean the garment is copyrighted but the label itself is. This is good to know since I was thinking about making a similar dress inspired from Lanz dresses.
Let us inspect the canvas dress with a magnifying view… the precious detailing. Just look at those curvature on the sleeves and the godet set-in underarms gives the wearer wider range of motion for arm movements. The spaghetti bows cinched the waist super tight for double support. Clever designs right?
Not to mention the detailing on the back closure, covered buttons on placket ending with baby snaps. Nowadays, most of us grew accustom to easy accessible zippers. I must say it’s not a dress one can put on and take off easily without some sort of help and I had lots of help!
Turning the dress inside out, wow hello! It’s another dress. haha j/k. I am so amazed that the dress has both facing and lining. Nowadays, garment makers most likely can only opt for either facing or lining to cut down on cost. I’m just glad we still have clean finished clothing. Onwards, the waist and the underarm seams have double support from twill tape. The hem is finished off with bias tape blind stitched to the lining. This is one heavy duty garment. No wonder it can withstand time. That’s 50 years and going on more! Try having anything looking as intact in 50 years, certainly not my face. Well… I won’t want you to see me on Powpow Look by then.
Hey! Move out of my limelight will you? Errr…
There.. a shot of the dress on finally. Face still intact.
Fine! You look way too cute not to get the last photo.