The Ivy Retreat

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Preppy white and blue dress

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This dress doesn't really need an explanation because it's so darn cute, but I'll give it to you anyway! It's a 1950's handmade dress that was created from a textured pattern of royal blue lines intersecting each other on white cotton.  It has large pleats dispersed throughout the skirt as well as smaller ones on the front of the bust.  There is a zipper down the back of the dress and pointed Peter Pan collars on the front and back sides.  It is appropriate for so many occasions and can be dressed up or down.  It would be great to wear to work as well as out visiting the girls for brunch.  I've decided that if there was a tag it would say "this dress definitely needs to be danced around and twirled in before wearing it out in public"... this is simply for its ranking on the cuteness scale.  

Etsy, meet The Ivy Retreat!

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Hello all, I have some exciting things to talk about today!  For the last month(ish) I've been posting projects in a before, during, and after blog series.  As you know, once items are completed they go into the shop and are put up for sale.  I must confess that since I've started this journey I've had a problem though; something has been... missing, perhaps.  I've been finding vintage clothing that I'm absolutely obsessed with.  Many of the pieces I've come across I couldn't bear to transform.  They've just been too perfect!  So, along with gaining a collection of vintage linens, materials, and clothing that needs love and restoration, I've been stocking up on beautiful vintage that just needs a second chance.  Hand washing, mending, and ironing is usually very crucial for these pieces.

The Ivy Retreat now has a page on Etsy.  As a second selling platform, it's a place to show all of my blog projects as well as the new vintage items that will be popping up all of the time.  It creates an environment for my company to be close with other creatives and to share my goods with the world.  Blog posts will be the same as before, with additions of posts about new and beautiful vintage items being added into inventory.  So, be sure to check it out my store at The Ivy Retreat on Etsy!  New things will be added in all of the time and I am super pumped to share them with you!