Friday, April 9, 2010

VINTAGE NudeeDudee - One of my favorite girls!

Time has been flying!  One of the most exciting things I have done lately was visiting with my dear old friend, Kim, who was visiting from Los Angeles.  

She's one of those girls who you almost want to hate because she's just so damn good at everything, but she's way too fun.   Met Kim when I was about 20, when we were both neck deep in vintage Italian scooters.  Her with a Lambretta, me with my little pink Vespa.

The two pictures on the left were from my birthday party circa 2000 (hence, the tiara).  Check out Kim's scooter club Jacket.  I can't quite make out the sleeve on the shoulder but I believe one on the chest is a Lambretta patch and the back patch was definitely our "Screaming Mimi's" Girls Scooter Club patch.  

Kim has been a crazy-obsessive sewer for as long as I've known her.  I was lucky enough to get some of her designs pretty early, the above right picture is me in one of her creations circa 2002 (for my bachelorette party). 

In recent years she has parlayed that love into a little business she calls NudeeDudee on etsy.  She specializes in vintage reproductions with lots of 1930s and 1940s style fashions.  Her clothing truly is drool worthy and every stitch is done by her personally.  What really sets her apart besides quality is her heavy use of vintage fabric and notions.   She has a flickr account set up to showcase them and it is quite the treasure trove.  Seriously, the last time I poked my head in, I didn't emerge for nearly two hours! 

In honor of this fabulous woman, I changed my first song to The Misfits' "Saturday Night".  I can't hear it without thinking about her being picked up and carried off the stage while they played it.  No one has ever looked so glamorous while a bouncer was throwing them over their shoulder.   

Love you, Lady!


  1. Ooh, Kim is just a DREAM to buy from. Her creations are perfection. Very cool that you and she are great friends from way back when....!

  2. What gorgeous items, I am in love with the Ava peasant blouse. Fabulous.
    Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge

  3. I love her designs--she does make some fabulous creations!

  4. Beautiful photos!
    I followed your blog, can you please take a look of mine and follow back if you like it?

  5. Oh Miss Niki, how you have blessed my life in so many ways, I miss you so!! Sniff~

    This is the gal that (not sarcastically) mentioned that maybe I should sew from the original patterns...the rest is history!!! You're a total inspiration.