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Tartans & Plaids

Fall Fashions – Cool Weather is Coming

I know it’s August, and here in Arizona it’s hard to realize that Fall is just around the corner; but it will be here before you know it, and I thought I’d take advantage and get a head start.  My new site Scorpio Vintage has already listed some lovely vintage items.  So here’s my fashion Fall Forecast.

Don Sayers for Wellmore designs have the classic look of St. John Knits, but are much more affordable. Here’s a stunning Little Black Dress with exquisite shoulder & neck embellishment

Next we have a Hand Knit Dress done in a beige wool boucle yarn with shoulder & upper bodice accent in a metallic copper.  Shoulder are done in a Pointelle stitch.  Bombshell Beauty.

Next, we got some Squared toe stiletto pump with color blocks of very fine suede.  This is a much finer & softer suede than you see today.

Next is an Escada 80’s Window pane plaid skirt in a wool blend.  Slim pencil style done in a red tone on tone color.  Classic simplicity.

We hope that you’ll visit our new site.  Click on the pictures to go to the listing.

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Plaids & Tartans! Is there a difference???

Usually when we think of “Plaids” we think of Scotland, and Tartan plaids, but it can be any fabric in which bands of color running horizontally & vertically intersect for form squares.  Plaids date back to the 1500s and now come in many patterns from argyle and gingham to madras and windowpane, always evoking classic style.

Tartan is a pattern consisting of criss-crossed horizontal and vertical bands in multiple colors. Tartans originated in woven cloth, now they are used in many other materials. Tartan is particularly associated with Scotland. Scottish kilts almost always have tartan patterns (Tartan is also know as plaid in North American, but in Scotland, a Plaid is a tartan cloth slung over the shoulder or a blanket.)

Tartan is made with alternating bands of coloured (pre-dyed) threads woven as both warp and weft at right angles to each other. The weft is woven in a simple twill, two over – two under the warp, advancing one thread each pass. This forms visible diagonal lines where different colours cross, which give the appearance of new colours blended from the original ones. The resulting blocks of colour repeat vertically and horizontally in a distinctive pattern of squares and lines known as a sett.

Scorpio Vintage proud offerings range from an authentic MacKinnon Hunting tartan, a homespun pastel skirt & shawl, an argyle sweater; ending with a high fashion tone on tone plaid skirt.


Vintage MacKinnon Hunting Tartan Plaid Skirt


Pastel Plaid Skirt/Shawl Suit



Vintage 80’s Angora Arygle Pullover Sweater


Escada Tone on Tone Red Plaid Skirt