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Feb 17

Silly Old Sea Dog goes to London Edge

February 7th – 9th 2016 and Silly Old Sea Dog is off to London Edge! We have been asked many times over the past couple of years if we offer wholesale, and the answer had always been no. The reason for this simply that in the beginning we did not have the infrastructure to commit to wholesale orders and satisfying the demands of retailers. Since we have now instructed a factory who have taken on all of our manufacture (still here in the UK) it felt right to offer a line for wholesale and we thought no better place to do this than London Edge. The dresses you see displayed here are exclusive to wholesale customers, and cannot be purchased via our website. if you are interested in speaking to us about wholesale, please email: We set up our stand on the Saturday – myself with the help of Lisa our in house Photographer. The stall is smaller than I am used to filling for retail purposes and as we only had one sample dress of each style, it felt as if we did not have a lot to fill the space with compared to our normal set up. Luckily at 3am on the Wednesday morning I came up with the idea of displaying our stand with a vintage camping theme! Afterall I already had everything that we needed to set this up – including fake grass, logs from my home fire, flasks, a retro camping table and deck chairs, beach balls, buckets and spades, a radio and camping lights. As well as some camping themed fabric for the back drop which had been sitting in my studio for a while. On day 1 we were pretty quiet customer wise, but Lisa had the chance to grab a makeover from October Divine at The Pin Up Academy who had brought along lots of fabulous props from their studio into London Olympia for the show. I also had a chance to look around and see what other products were available. The team at Alchemy had this great Marie Antoinette headpiece on their stall and I got to catch up with the fashion show – featuring new looks from Hell Bunny and Voodoo Vixen to name a few. Our stall was surrounded by some fab other brands including the lovely ladies at Tallulah’s Threads (who were also new), Bettie Paige Shoes and Daisy Dapper.

Other brands showcasing at London Edge included Yummy Gummy Latex, Catriona Stewart Latex, Bows & Crossbones, Lady Lucks Boutique, Lola Ramona and Zoe Vine.

After the first day, London Edge hosted an afterparty for all exhibitors. We attended for a short while, but knowing we had to be up super early the next day to trade again, I wasn’t in my normal crazy party mood, so we ended up going to Pizza Express with the reps from Iron Fist instead and getting back home to bed quite early! ……. how boring!

For day two, we were really busy speaking to customers and making contacts. So we didn’t have a s much time to look around, however Lisa popped over to see October again to get her hair done.

 During the evening we headed over top the most fabulous bar in Soho called Cahoots, if you havent been here before, you have to check this out! It is an old Underground station which has been transformed into a bar with a 1940’s feel, and they have the best cocktail menu, with 100’s of options!

For the final day of London Edge we were very busy again, but we managed to catch up with a few of our Blogger friends including Betty Pamper – who made a presentation about Plus Size Fashion and Secret Plus Size Goddess who has written her own review of the day here.

And we also managed to catch up with Sarah from Sarah’s Doo Wop Doos and grab the latest copy of Vintage Life Magazine, which contains mine and Lisa’s article about Vintage Bridal.

And on our last day in London before retuning to Cornwall, we stopped off in Dalston to meet my friend Maxine and get the pancakes which were owed to us as we were too busy working on pancake day!

Yum Yum!

See you next time London Town …….

Alison x


Nov 27

Behind the Scenes on our Christmas Shoot

A chilly October morning in Cornwall, and we’re off to Bodmin & Wenford Railway to shoot our Christmas Collection with the help of Kernow Dream Photography, Madame Tashy and Models Megan, Holly, Liam and Tian.

The location of our shoot is part of the Cornwall Railway which was opened between Truro and Plymouth in 1859 and became part of the Great Western Railway in 1876. The Bodmin to Boscarne Junction (a distance of 3 miles) was opened in September 1888 which is where the Bodmin and Wenford Railway is located. The route for passengers was active until 1963, it was then used purely for commercial haulage until 1983. In 984 this section of track and railway was purchased by the Bodmin Railway Preservation Society. The railway was fully opened with services from Bodmin General to Boscarne Juction in 1996 and the attraction has been a busy tourist destination ever since.

Tashy has created the hair and make up based on a 1940’s look. Holly’s hair has been curled and piled high, whereas Megan’s style was a little more difficult to achieve. The make up is delicate and very feminine.

Holly and Megan are pictured outside of the W35130 train carriage wearing our Polar Bear and Igloo Dresses, whereas the boys are wearing Russian Vintage Military coats.

Outside on the platform of Bodmin General the models are pictured with locomotive number 4612 – which was built in 1942 in Swindon, it is a Great Western Pannier Tank 0-6-0 locomotive which was used for transporting passengers and goods. These locomotives were once common throughout the Great Western and latterly the Western Region of British Railways. This particular example was withdrawn from service in 1965 and following restoration in 1987 made it’s way to the Bodmin and Wenford Railway in the year 2000.

The team of volunteers and staff in Bodmin completed further work, returning it to service in 2013. Now the locomotive is a common sight at the railway, used for passenger excursions and for driver training courses. As part of Bodmin & Wenford Railways events programme, you can visit the railway over the festive period for a ‘Santa by Steam’ experience where mince pies and hot drinks are served aboard the one hour train journey and children can visit Father Christmas.

Holly is pictured wearing a Christmas Stocking Dress from Silly Old Sea Dog’s Christmas Collection available in UK sizes 6-24. This is worn with Christmas Present shoes made to order from You Shu – these shoes can be ordered in all sizes in heeled or flat varieties, and are smothered in glitter and Christmas cheer!


Megan is pictured wearing our Christmas Gnome Dress with long petticoat and shoes from Yu Shoe. Behind Megan you can see a festive floral garland made by Karen at Floral creations St Austell. The garland has been made using evergreens, cinnamon, apples and other spices.

Megan and Holly are also pictured wearing our dresses with pencil skirts in a Reindeer and Santa’s Holiday print. This have a longer length skirt and are more of a wiggle dress fit.

The Silly Old Sea Dog dresses are worn with a petticoat and matching belts from the collection, and available in the pictured Stocking, Gnome, Polar Bear and Eskimo prints.

Silly Old Sea Dog wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year filled with plenty of Vintage Cheer!


Christmas dresses with accessories from Silly Old Sea Dog

Photography: Lisa Parkinson – Kernow Dream Photography

Hair and Make Up: Madame Tashys Beauty Boutique

Models: Holly Harwood, Megan Louise Roberts, Tian Bobsin & Liam Bowley

Location: Bodmin & Wenford Railway

Men’s Military from: Poppy Vintage, Email:

Christmas Shoes: You Sh

Floral Arrangements: Floral Creations St Austell 

Hair Accessories: Roamer Rose


Oct 05

Spooky Season Shoot

Halloween is here!!!!!

Halloween is here! ………………….. One of the most fun times of the year and for me it really marks the start of the winter season – there’s so much to look forward to, Bonfire Night, Christmas, New Years and the possibility of snow!

I love to dress up for Halloween, but personally I’ve always preferred my own take on it, rather than just buying a fancy dress outfit from my local store. Its nice to bring some personality into your outfit and there are also some great vintage clothing, make up ideas and hairstyles that can be used as inspiration for a classy yet scary outfit.

Madame Tashy has created two different looks for our models Keeleigh and Jen. She has created for Keeleigh a set of horns, made from her own hair to give a vintage Devil inspired look. Although the horns were quite time consuming to construct, they were certainly worth the wait! They were created by first making a frame from wire and foam and setting this onto a headband, which Keeleigh’s hair has then been wrapped around to form the shape. Jen has a classic Bride of Frankenstein look, inspired by the 1930’s film – here Tashy has initially crimped Jen’s hair to allow for more volume and texture and has then backcombed this into a beehive, adding a single blonde clip in hair extension to the side.

For the ladies make up, Keeleigh has a much chiselled Devil look, the definition has been created using just an ordinary ruler (a trick from the 80’s) and blusher this has then been then blended. Jens look is again based on the traditional dead bride, with lots of white base used and black around the eyes. White make up has been used for the base of both ladies looks, along with a dark lip colour. But get creative with your Halloween make up, it the one night of the year you can go crazy, and in all honesty can’t get it wrong!

Jen is showcasing a 1950’s Spooky Ghost vintage inspired dress by Silly Old Sea Dog. This dress is made from a glow in the dark fabric, which will look amazing under UV lights at a Halloween party! This has been paired with a petticoat for maximum effect, and works beautifully for a more fun take on Halloween.

Keeleigh is wearing a Zombie Movie Poster Dress by Silly Old Sea Dog, this piece is not only great for a Halloween party but also can be worn casually in the day time for a more relaxed Halloween event. It shows that you can still wear colour around the Halloween season – try reds, oranges and blues. We have paired the dress here with a red petticoat and belt to add some colour to a usually all black season.

Good luck with putting together your vintage inspired Halloween looks! Both of these dresses can be purchased from our website in sizes UK 6-24 for worldwide shipping.

Glow in the Dark Ghost Dress from £105

Zombie Move Poster Dress from £95

Happy Halloween!


Photography: Lisa Parkinson – Kernow Dream Photography

Hair and Make Up: Madame Tashys Beauty Boutique

Models: Jen Rule-Ailes and Keeleigh Remnant