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New Fashion Swing Dress Designs

These are my new designs for the fashion design competition at Chicstar.com. They have always favoured dresses and particularly of late rockabilly and swing/full skirted/sweep dresses so I made one general shape and added variations in colour and print. It’s a smart yet fun dress. Anyone can look at the competition entries on their website and members can submit designs, vote and wishlist them. Additionally, verified members (paypal address needed) can comment and bid on both design auctions and prototype auctions.

There are two types of design on Chicstar, original designs and alterations of designs that they have already made. Design auctions only take place on alterations.

Design auctions are where verified members conditionally bid on designs. When the auction is over Chicstar chooses which designs they will Accept to make into prototypes. Only the winning bidders on those Accepted auctions have to pay.

Prototype auctions are all ‘real’ auctions that take place when prototypes (of both Accepted original and altered designs) are available.

rockabilly swing 50s dress

rockabilly swing 50s dress

rockabilly swing 50s dress

rockabilly swing 50s dress

rockabilly swing 50s dress

rockabilly swing 50s dress

rockabilly swing 50s dress

Thanks for looking and I hope you like them!


Miss This Dress!

Black Jacquard Red Satin Vintage Inspired Dress

Ok no matter how frugal we are, we’re allowed moments of being pretty and missing a dress here and there!

I had to get rid of this dress a while back and something just made me think of it – ah it was so nice! It was a swing style dress and as a petite person it was very long on me but I didn’t feel the need to try and alter it as I think it looked fine. So there to all ye doubters and disbelievers of petite folk not being able to wear maxi or tea length dresses/skirts! I’ve always worn maxi and below the knee lengths and they always look fine, if necessary just alter things to your proportions and it’s a-ok.

This dress was made of jacquard and I love jacquard (and embroidered fabrics) – it could have done with lining but it wasn’t a big loss. The satin trim made it very feminine. *Sigh* Oh the velvet capelet coat I’m wearing there is gone too. Damn.

Anyway, I posted about it before HERE (November 9, 2012) but I just found some pics I had of it and (edited out the background of the indoor ones) in a moment of nostalgia here they are:

jacquard satin gown dress velvet capelet cape lolita coat

jacquard satin red black gown dress velvet capelet cape coat goth gothic victorian

jacquard satin red black gown dress velvet capelet cape coat goth lolita

jacquard satin red black gown dress velvet capelet cape coat goth

It was a couture prototype from HERE.

This is the shop photo:



Black and Red Roses Vintage Inspired Dress

Hello all,

It’s been a long time since I entered the main design contest on Chicstar.com (more info HERE) and recently they gave a simple design spec for what they would like in new entries. It so happens that I have some old designs that I hadn’t got round to submitting and I thought I’d try my luck by entering one I did last Sept/Oct.

The current desired design spec is:


My new entry is:

Bolero Vintage Inspired  Flared Insert Dress Roses 50s

This is a 50’s style knee length dress that appears like a dress and bolero but is really one piece. It has a high collar, 3/4 inch sleeves with turn-up style cuffs, a sweetheart bust shape and Black inserts (to match the top/bolero) in the skirt section. The should only be a slight amount of stretch to the fabric, if any.

It is a variation of a design that did quite well and got good feedback. I made it longer to be more practical and changed the print from the ones available HERE

The original dresses were these:

Jacquard Red Black Blue Rockabilly 50s Dress

Rockabilly 50's Leopard Pinstripe Polka Dot Spot Vintage Retro Dress

As blogged HERE

Fingers crossed that I do better this time and have my first success!

Fashion Giveaway… And the Winner is!





Christina Brown

All the best Christina, enjoy your prizes! 😀

Thank you to everybody who participated in the giveaway and to dangerousfx.co.uk for sponsoring the prize!

It was a great month long event and as a gesture to all the readers who have not won but would still love the items they saw in store, dangerousfx have extended the 10% coupon FTP10 end date until the end of September 2012!

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Giveaway almost over – last chance to enter!


Hello all!

The Dangerousfx.co.uk giveaway is about to end on 31st July 2012, so this is a reminder to those who haven’t entered but would like to :-D. This is an international competition!

The prize consists of:

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To Enter:

Go to the competition post HERE

Leave a comment stating which is your favourite piece from dangerousfx.co.uk and why, and then Sign Up to this blog with your email by clicking on the little ‘Follow’ button on the bottom right corner of any page, or via your blog ID.

Full details and rules are on the competition page.

See you there! 😀


Gorgeous Giveaway! Gimme Gimme Gimme!


Who doesn’t love fashion contests? Well, I know I love them and so am proud to present to you this glamorous, international giveaway!

ONE lucky winner will receive TWO prizes, generously donated by the lovely people at www.dangerousfx.co.uk


The winner will receive 1) £40 British pounds worth of store credit AND 2) a pair of delightful cubic zirconia drop earrings in a gorgeous presentation box as shown below:


dangerousfx competition contest giveaway

 dangerousfx competition contest giveaway prize


Dangerousfx.co.uk offer a variety of clothing and accessories in standard and plus sizes, for women and men with an emphasis on gothic, pinup and rockabilly. Here are some examples of what you could buy:

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How to Enter:

1) Visit our lovely sponsor’s webstore, browse around and leave a comment back here on this post stating which is your favourite item, why, and for an extra smile – how you would style it in an outfit.


2) Follow (subscribe) to this blog by email for non-bloggers through the little ‘follow’ icon on the bottom right of the screen, or through your blogger ID for bloggers.

Do both to qualify and that’s it! Nice and easy 😀


1) This contest is open internationally.

2) One entry per person. No automated entries.

3) The end time is 31st July 2012, 23:59pm BST (that’s Greenwich Mean Time plus 1 hour). The winner will be announced shortly afterwards.

4) To win the contestant must leave a comment with the answer to the question given and subscribe to this blog.

5) The winner will receive their own personal store code with £40 credit, and a pair of cubic zirconia drop earrings (as pictured above) will added to their order in the post.

Why Wait?

Dangerousfx don’t like to leave anyone empty handed, to them everyone is a winner at heart and so they have given this exclusive discount code for all the lovely readers here to enjoy! If you’re anything like me, when you see something you love and have to have it right away, getting it with a coupon is the icing AND cherry on the cake.

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That’s all for now folks – Best of Luck to you all and enjoy!


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Goth? Lolita? – Fashion Photo Contest Entry

Grettings! 🙂

This is my latest fashion/customer photo entry for Chicstar Competition 3 – posting a pic of yourself or someone you know wearing an item of Chicstar clothing. If you like it please click on the pic, which will take you to the ChicStar pages and vote Yes. Also why not take a look at the other entries and vote, perhaps even get involved yourself, it’s a great  way of getting discounted clothing, fun and nice to see the clothing on different people. The model in my pics is my mum!

Tip – you get $10 for entry into the contest and an extra $100 if you win. If you see anything you like get a 30% discount with coupon code WINNER.

The theme involves the eyes of the Goddess Kali and my mother floating in the void/source of everything on a ‘cloud’ with the halo of divinity/purity/knowledge. The dress is very smart and feminine and I think could be called Goth and leaning towards Lolita.  It was a special limited edition prototype dress and I managed to be an early bird and bought it quickly, it’s the same one from my post: Which Dress Should I Wear? Tea Party to Soiree  It isn’t available at Chicstar anymore but they have plenty more retro and vintage inspired dresses.

The two photos I chose from to make the final version are below: