Featured Design: Sweet Thang Swim

vintage swim

Summer is here and in full force! The season for beaching, swimming, tanning, festival-ing, you name it! So for the next featured design in the bunch I wanted to pull out my favorite vintage swimsuit – Sweet Thang!

Nothing beats a vintage one-piece for comfort and style. Designed to show off and smooth out curves, this adorable bathing suit has a fun gold clover print, open back, bow detail and splash of floral across the front. Great for wearing to the beach or layering with a high-waisted full skirt. There’s lots of fun possibilities with this unique retro find!

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Trends: Retro Headkerchiefs

pierogi picnic: spring trends - headkerchiefs

Headkerchiefs are back!

These timeless head wrapping scarves are becoming all the rage again – and the timing is perfect too! With spring and summer on their way, and beach days, farmer’s markets and outdoor shows at hand, it’s the best possible time to scoop up a set of vintage or handmade kerchiefs for wearing in your hair!

            1. Rockabilly Bandana from Maple & Oak Designs
            2. Starlette’s adorable kerchief styling off Tumblr
            3. Dolly Bow Tie Head Scarf from Three Bird Nest
            4. Retro head scarf styling from the Mattieologie blog
            5. Vintage Floral Headkerchiefs from Pierogi Picnic

Easy to tie, timeless in charm, and truly versatile, any square-shaped scarf can be transformed into a rockin’ retro hair accessory. Not sure how to tie things up? Check out this adorable and easy to follow video tutorial from the DIY N Crafts website, which will show you twelve different ways to style one of these classics scarves. 

And if you don’t have any in your arsenal yet, check out our new collection of vintage and hand-printed pieces in the Pierogi Picnic shop here!

Happy kerchief-wearing!

 

Holiday Gift Guide: Under $60

Pierogi Picnic Holiday Gift Guide: Under $60If you have a special someone on your shopping list, who you know would squeal with joy if they received a handmade goodie, than this is the gift guide for you!

Pulling together some of my favorite handmade Pierogi Picnic items, which are all ready to ship, I’ve compiled a wonderful collection of creations that will satiate even the most demanding of tastes. Check out my suggestions below, or check out more ideas in the Pierogi Picnic Etsy store here.

Sweet & Low Skirt midi hand stenciled peek a boo print
Never Neverland Tunic Dress limited edition design
Ms Spring Dress re-tailored vintage shirt dress
Eye Catching Dress revamped vintage frock that will steal the scene
Eye on You vintage flutter top
Emerald City Dress strappy revamped vintage number
Night Shift Dress cotton upcycled fabrics
Easy Breezy Shirt vintage textiles and charm

Holiday Gift Guide: Under $40

Pierogi Picnic Gift Guide: Under 40

In our second holiday gift guide we’ve gathered up our top eight favorite Pierogi Picnic pieces under $40, to help you along with your shopping lists. With a little bit of something for everyone, it’s a great price range where you’ll really get a lot of bang for your buck!

Urban Folk printed tunic $40
Waiting On You vintage shirt dress $36
Season’s Greetings handmade dress $36
Ms Spring revamped vintage dress $36
Freshly Picked eco tank $36
Cosby Skirt fitted knit $36
Cherry Confetti vintage t-shirt $24
Craving Cranberries vintage dress $36

Trends: High Waisted Shorts

Summer Trends: High-Waisted Shorts

It’s no secret that I love a high waist! Though this style can be a little intimidating at first – once you start wearing things above your belly button – it’s hard to go back.

Flattering, comfy and oh-so-retro looking, the “hike ’em up” trend has now spread to shorts as well! If you’ve been hoping to give the fit a try, check out these finds and give the look a try.

  1. Vintage Pink Shorts from This Vintage Girl
  2. Vintage Brown Shorts from Brown Cow Vintage
  3. Handmade Scalloped Shorts from Pierogi Picnic
  4. Vintage Yellow Shorts from Charlia Lana
  5. Handmade Floral Print Shorts by Minkie
  6. Vintage Neon Shorts from The Happy Forest
  7. Colorblock Jean Shorts from Pom Pom Vintage
  8. Sabina Short from Bark Decor

Designs: New Swim

 

The moment we’ve all been waiting for – the 2013 Pierogi Picnic swim line is here!

Building from classics like the Green Girl, Blossom and Beach Bum designs, these new vintage-inspired suits are made custom for the buyer out of repurposed t-shirt cotton, making them as eco-friendly as they are chic and comfy! Each suit is hand-cut for the unique shape of the customer and also includes a stretchy swim lining, which helps dry time as well as shaping. Continue reading

Item of the Week: Valentine in Blue

blue valentine one of a kind vintage printed blouse

When thinking about what I should feature this week the choice was easy: my hand-stenciled Polish-folk blouse.

Created using a vintage women’s top, the style of the design is reminiscent of the Polish tradition of “wycinanki” which literally translates to “cut-outs”. Looking to bring the unique aesthetic to a Pierogi Picnic design, I hand carved a stencil with which to create the print. Including the silhouettes of hearts and leaves, I made a whimsical scene that I could then transfer with fabric paint onto the front of the blouse.

The captivating back-story to this particular piece is that my first print also became my last, as my plastic template morphed beyond recognition after the first stenciling. I even wrote an article on how we as indie biz owners can accept defeats gracefully – and guess what inspired the post? This design!

So in ode to Valentine’s Day I bring you a bittersweet design that’s truly one-of-a-kind.