When ex-Pin Up Girl Clothing designer Micheline Pitt announced she was developing her own label I knew there would be good things to come – I have always loved Micheline’s aesthetic and I had my fingers crossed she would at the very least continue a XS-4XL size range. And she did not disappoint.
Micheline’s use of fabric is thoughtful and considered – those of us who buy a lot of vintage reproduction and have a large hip-waist or bust-waist ratios know that the popular cotton blouses and shirts are almost always a no go or require a large investment in the form of alterations. Micheline has worked to produce a stretch cotton spandex manufactured in the USA specifically for her range. I can attest to the buttery soft stretch of the Powder Puff & Vixen tops while still maintaining shape due to fabulous construction and seams.
Her heavy weight stretch cotton sateen makes up the pencil and swing skirts, with a stretch lining in the pencil skirts (swing skirts are unlined). There is that thoughtfulness again, I never understand why pencil skirts are so often lined in non-stretch satin, horrible, particularly in warm weather. Not an issue here. The lining moves with you and isn’t at all restrictive. In both the pencil and swing skirts the waistband is fused – meaning it is firm but a creates a great vintage shape with enough give to be comfortable.
Vixen appears to be operating mostly on a pre-sale system for the moment with specific shipment times on each listing. Shipping to New Zealand has cost me appox. $30 (NZD) and arrived within 5 working days. However if you can’t stand to wait Vixen is wholesaling to a number of vintage repro stores including Two Lippy Ladies in New Zealand.
If you do want to buy direct Vixen by Micheline Pitt is available on Etsy and if you have shopped from Pinup Girl Clothing, the sizes run similarly – I sit between an XL and a 2XL in both brands.