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Jul 03

Miss Viva Las Vegas 2015 – Ginger Watson’s Review

Text and Images with thanks to Ginger Watson of


The first time I had ever heard about Silly Old Sea Dog was from one of my very dear friends and fellow pinups Miss Mozzy Dee. We were talking about the fashion show at Viva Las Vegas and how she scored the opportunity to walk for two designers. One of which was Silly Old Sea Dog. I was not familiar with the brand at the time, but Mozzy convinced me that they would have designs that I would love!  She pretty much knows how I roll.  I enjoy clean, classic lines, thoughtfulness in fabrics, and appropriate lengthed dresses.  I am not a huge fan of super short hemlines in vintage reproduction.  I adore dresses that my grandmother would approve of and my friends would still wear to meet up in.

Mozzy working it in the fashion show wearing:  The 1950’s Style Periodic Table Dress

Mozzy and I were both in the fashion show and I found myself gushing behind the curtain about how cute my friend looked in her dresses.  The fit of the dress on her was wonderful. It was not too short and not too long. The fabric was playful just like her personality. I instantly thought that it was the perfect dress that she could wear to work and easily transform it into a fun weekend outing

That belt shows off the curves that Mozzy is known for rockin’ 

The bow belt is a perfect addition to the dresses along with a petticoat for fullness. The dresses compliment all body styles. I am a big fan of the sleeves on the specific dress that Mozzy is wearing. At the time I was still living in the Midwest. You never know what kind of weather you are going to get so layering is essential.  Even with living in California it can get chilly. This dress style is perfect!!!  Add tights in the winter and a cardigan for cuteness.

I bet y’all recognize a few of these pretties!!!!

The fabric and prints that Silly Old Sea Dog has to offer are fantastic. So many fun novelty prints.  The dresses remind me of a fun day at a carnival or a tea party with friends.  The designs are classy. The combination of playful prints on a classic silhouette works every time. After learning more about the company I knew I loved it.

Alison is the gal behind the brand. She is very hands on with her products.  She has a degree in Commercial Fashion and takes pride in keeping all of the work within the UK.  

Taken from the Silly Old Sea Dog site! 

I admire people who are hands on with their designs and companies. It is nice to see people doing the physical part of creating their brand. I am not a fan of sweat shops. Being a seamstress myself…I understand how much work goes into making each dress. It is not as easy as it looks. The owner of Silly Old Sea Dog seems very involved with her products. I admire that. I had to have my own!

1950’s Style Glamorous Ladies Dress with Sleeves

Good things come in hot pink packages! My dress came in a bright pink mailer, gift wrapped, and accompanied with a note. I love a hand written note! The quality of the dress is amazing. Even when it is inside out it looks wonderful. My dress came with one of those fabulous bow belts. I am in love with the print that I chose. The dress looks great with or without a petticoat. Silly Old Sea Dog recommends that you wear a petticoat underneath. The length is perfect. Not too long and not too short. I often find that most dresses are the opposite. Too short or too long.  This dress is perfect as far as fit for my size.  I am so thrilled to have my very own dress from this UK company. I loved how my friends looked in the dresses and now I can match them!

Taken from my Instagram

I chose the Glamorous Ladies dress because it reminded me of my fashion sketch plates from my childhood. I used to love creating drawings of flowy dresses. The ladies also remind me of the pictures I would see on the patterns in my grandmother’s sewing shop. It is the perfect dress for a fellow sewing fanatic to have. I am looking forward to seeing what is next for this company. Be on the lookout for some classic designs with a twist! Perhaps I will rock one of their playsuits next!

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Read Ginger’s full review here

Jun 26

Fuller Figure Fuller Bust Review

Words and Images by Georgina Horne:

I first became aware of Alison Ballard and her adorable brand ‘Silly Old Seadog’ when she traded at London Edge. Her stall certainly popped with colours and patterns, and Alison and her gorgeous friend, model and assistant who accompanied her to the show were both dressed in the brand and they looked amazing.

Alison handmakes all of her garments using fabrics that she sources and loves. Her garments are currently available in sizes 6-28 – which is massive for a fairly new brand. Alison’s designs are heavily inspired by actual vintage pieces, and she handmakes everything here in the UK. was If you want to learn more about the ‘Silly Old Seadog brand then click here.

Alison recently contacted me asking if I would like to try some pieces from her range, and we decided on two 1950’s style sleeved dresses. The dresses are cut quite generously with decent bust room, and so Alison sent me a 14 in a Retro Gamer Pacman dress and a 16 in a Pink&White Loveheart dress.

The matching pink heart headband was included in the parcel, as was a shorter length petticoat and some matching belts

Both dresses fitted well – however, the sleeves on the gamer dress were a little too tight. I have very squishy arms so both dresses look very tight on the arms. The fit in the bust was extremely firm on the 14 without squashing me.

The dresses are made of 100% cotton which is fairly thin, but not thin enough to be see through – perfect for hotter days. They do not crease easily and the patterns are beautiful. These are 50cm long and the larger sizes are 62cm long.

I know that the price points might put some people off, but every brand deserves the right to pitch themselves where they want to. These dresses are handmade in the UK made using 100% cottons and the patterns are gorgeous. They don’t feel like they would fall apart easily and they would certainly make you stand out.

The petticoat was an ideal length to go with both dresses, and it was lovely and soft. The belts fit me really well and they were perfect colour matches. And my Primark shoes helped add the finishing touches.

As mentioned, the brand makes clothes in sizes 6-28, and their models really reflect this. Since the beginning they’ve used slimmer and larger models and they’ve not divided them with a plus size section which is ace! The range of fun, quirky and adorable prints is amazing and Alison is always adding new products and photos.

If you fancy treating yourself to something from Silly Old Seadog and you fancy 20% off til the end of June then enter ‘JUNE’ into the coupon section.

What do you think of the brand and their range? Tempted?

*This is a sponsored post. My fee always covers my exposure and reach. It NEVER sways my opinion.*



Jun 25

Viva Las Vegas 2015 review of VLV18

I have wanted to go to Viva Las Vegas for many years, and this year I finally made it! It is North America largest pre 1960’s car show and vintage event, with over 25, 000 attendees every year. Not only did I want to experience the festivities, but I was also fortunate enough to have gained a place to exhibit my brand Silly Old Sea Dog in the fashion show.

We arrived on the Friday to The Orleans Hotel where the party was in full swing, with vintage American cars parked outside the hotel, ladies in the most glamourous and colourful vintage pieces, and dapper gentlemen dressed to impress. With being part of the fashion show, we had an early start to get rehearsed and to get the ladies ready for the show. We were proud to be exhibiting amongst some US based brands including The Oblong Box Shop and Swearing Parrot whom you should certainly check out if you haven’t already as they have some excellent vintage inspired pieces. We were also lucky enough to work with an excellent group of local pin up girls modelling for us, which included Miss Lulu Divine whom was a contestant in the Miss Pin Up competition during the weekend. The girls entering the competition had worked hard all year to gain their places, firstly entering their photographs online to make it through the judging panel to the event itself and then with various heats and costume changes at the event itself.

One of my favourite parts of the event had to be the pool party, firstly seeing the vast array of colourful vintage costumes on display, but also just enjoying the music and the atmosphere. The pool party was also where the swimwear contests took place, ladies, men’s and couples. The ladies contest was especially enjoyable, as many of the ladies had stories about where their costumes had come from and the history surrounding them.

Saturday is host to the main day of the car show, with a large display of primarily 1950’s cars on offer including the Bat Mobile, cars from the movie Grease, a selection of American muscle cars and hot rods – all polished to perfection and on display in the 30 degree heat. You are free to wander around the cars and take photographs, and many of the owners are on hand to tell you more about them whilst basking in the sunshine and enjoying live rock n roll music from the car show stage.

I loved that every day everyone is dressed and original or replica vintage attire, and I mean everyone, just wandering around the car show you could see the outfits, hairstyles and make-up of the 40’s – 60’s era, many with the modern touch of coloured hair and an assortment of colourful tattoos, which in some cases were designed right there in the tattoo parlour at Viva Las Vegas. There are vendors on site throughout the duration of the show offering different products, I picked up a great 1950’s cowboy print dress with circular skirt for just $50 and a fabulous vampire boned corset from a vendor at the car show.

There were many other activities on offer including live music, jive dancing, a bowling contest and burlesque shows.

If you have an eye for vintage fashion, cars, rock n roll and love everything colourful, then Viva Las Vegas is certainly the event for you. It is running from the 14th – 17th April 2016 at the Orleans Hotel and Casino and more information can be found on the Viva Las Vegas website: