Saturday, 29 June 2013

Let's Go Polka Dot At The Vintage Garden Party!

Wolverhampton's Vintage Fairs are today putting on an event at the historic and lovingly restored  Edwardian museum, Bantock House, situated in 43 acres of beautiful parkland just outside Wolverhampton. The house was once the family home of Mayor of Wolverhampton, Baldwin Bantock and his wife Kitty (and their ten children!) so is the perfect setting for a vintage fair with its lush gardens and exquisite rooms.
Bantock House and its world famous rose garden
Todays event isn't just a fair featuring some of the Midlands finest vintage and handcrafted sellers and makers, its also a garden party with outdoor stalls, children's corner, afternoon teas, as well as live entertainment- it promises to be a great family day out.

But let me get back to the subject I love best- clothes! In the run up to this event, Dawn Melis organised photoshoots with the local press and wore her Prick-me-Dainty vintage dress. 'Lets Go Polka Dot!' is a cool, sleeveless, white, swing styled dress with all-over red polka dot print, elasticated waist and tie belt- very reminiscent of the 1950's and perfect for a summer jive!

Lets go Polka Dot! 
For the occasion Dawn teamed up 'Lets Go Polka Dot!' with a short sleeved red jacket and red ballet pumps to complete the look- and doesn't she look absolutely fabulous, darling!
Dawn and friends getting in the mood for a tea party!
The Vintage Garden Party is taking place today from 10.00am-4.00pm at Bantock House Museum, Wolverhampton, WV3 9LQ.

Lots of love,
PmD xx

Friday, 28 June 2013

We Made It To The National Vintage Awards, Almost...

'The National Vintage Awards' took place at the lush Fazeley Studios in Birmingham last night (27.06.13) and even though it was a grey and wet evening, those dainty ladies and dapper gents arrived in their hoards to show how glamour should be done.

Unfortunately Prick-me-Dainty weren't able to attend, but we were very much there in spirit, or should I say style? Yes, we were honoured to discover that a finalist in the 'Best Vintage Fair' category had chosen to wear one of our dresses to the ceremony!

'The Lady in Red' vintage dress
Harking back to the overt glamour of the late 1970s, this tiny dress designed by Oleg Cassini, boasts a whole lot of detail- shoulder pads, pussy-bow tie neck with self-cover button shoulder fastening, dropped waist and hidden side slant pockets. But the detail doesn't end there, 'The Lady in Red' also has beautiful bellowing sleeves with deep cuff detailing, box pleats to the front for extra shape and glamour and is crafted in a silky jacquard rose material. Oh, and just in case you didn't notice, this little beauty is vintage telephone box red! 

And here we have the lovely Ellen Roberts rocking the look with a sleek 70's do, red lipstick, nail varnish, peep toe heels and chunky jewellery. I think you'll all agree, she looks amazing! We have heard nothing but rave reviews about the evening and can't wait for next year when we will definitely be there in all our vintage finery. 

To find out more about events organised by Ellen including vintage fairs and themed dance nights please visit Blondies Vintage Events 

To find out who won awards, visit The National Vintage Awards website or their Facebook page. 

Lots of love, 
PmD xx

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Dress Like A Starlet For A Fraction Of The Cost!

Anyone who knows me, knows that I love history and clothes, hence my delight at finding a picture of this exquisite Givenchy gown that currently resides in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Givenchy silk, organza and crepe dress, 1972
Therefore you may understand my absolute delight when this morning while sorting through my clothes at Prick-me-Dainty Head Quarters (the fancy moniker for my stock room), I was reacquainted with this marvellous maxi dress and the angels sang to me, rhapsodising at their similarity in style!

Block colour maxi dress, 1970s

By the 1970s, svelte lines of the maxi dress where replacing the more angular lines of the 1960s mini dress

Both dresses comprise of a V-neck bodice with wide frill collar. Both are full skirted, flouncing from the waist with sash belts. Each dress has a decorative hem that echoes the design of the collar.

Hubert de Givenchy was born in 1927 and designed for Schiaparelli's boutique before launching his own label in 1952, producing beautiful ball gowns and evening dresses.
By the 1970s, Western Society was becoming increasingly multicultural and this was reflected in the clothing- you only have to look at the Asian and African inspired 'hippie' fashions and prints of the time.
Both dresses have taken inspiration from the gypsy dress; retaining the classic fluid lines while dispensing with the use of bright colours or patterns in order to create sophisticated and timeless pieces.

I couldn't even hazard a guess at the price of the Givenchy dress, but my handpicked beauty will be available to purchase on the Prick-me-Dainty website, giving you the chance to dress like a starlet at a fraction of the cost!

Lots of love,
PmD xx

Monday, 24 June 2013

Brand New Website Coming Soon!

Ok, it's been an unapologetically long time, but I'm finally back... It's been a busy old 6 months what with vintage fairs, sourcing stock and getting the new website together.

It does seem that the past few months have been spent steaming dresses, watching the weather forecast, getting tripod and camera set up, taking tripod and camera down, packing dresses away, watching the weather forecast, getting tripods and cameras set up- I think you know what I mean! However, we are very nearly there, just a few more tweaks and the brand new Prick-me-Dainty website will be up and running so I can share my vintage finds with you!

Pop across and like us on FaceBook at for updates of the actual launch date and web address, but in the mean while here’s just a tiny little taster of some of the gorgeous items you'll be able to find:


1970s one shoulder, side split tiger print dress (comes complete with waist detail jacket)

Strawberry print dress with corset style belt

1960s hot pink, flower power maxi dress

Red and white patch pocket summer dress

Hope you are as excited as we are!

Lots of love,
PmD xx