Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Right Place At The Right Time

I've been really enjoying my foray into novelty skirt prints.  I've been keeping my eyes peeled for particular types of prints, mainly scenic in nature.   I've also got some great prints I need to sew up.  I'm really interested in making a paneled skirt and I keep waiting for the right print but I'm thinking I should just dig in and make one with one of the fabrics I already have.

A little over a week ago, I see this marvelous skirt pop up on LuckDryGoods.  This is a skirt that wouldn't have lasted long for sale.   It's also a rare store made skirt.  It fits well with no adjustments and it is really difficult to find 1950s novelty skirts that are in a regular size as I see so many with very tiny waist measurements.  This skirt print showcases boats and has a very painterly effect but when you look up close there is a lot of line details.  The color scheme is just beautiful.   I'm very happy with my purchase.   The sweater is also from LuckyDryGoods.  I saw it on the model and thought what a great combination.  I don't know about you but it's also a task to find matching sweaters and blouses to skirts.  There are so many wonderful things in the LuckyDryGoods etsy shop.  I encourage you all to take a look at their stock on Etsy.

I was also very happy that my ReMix shoes fit the color scheme as I have been looking for the right outfits to pair them with.

We also just recently put in a nice walkway to our home.  I'm ashamed to tell you about the before walkway:)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

1940s Blouse and Lauren's Smooth Sailing Trousers.

1940s blouse from Concetta's Closet and I knew I'd just love this color combination.  I think I shall also have to try the blouse tucked in.

I've also put in a bid for a pair of Wearing History Smooth Sailing Trousers.  If you haven't yet, please go over and support Lauren's campaign to bring these great garments to life.  I'm thinking this blouse would be perfect for these pants.   Although, I must say she also has a two wonderful blouses in the mix in the Kickstarter campaign too!   I've been meaning to make a pair of Smooth Sailing Trousers as I do have the pattern but this will be better:)

Kickstarter Campaign.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Sisterhood Of The Vintage Dress - First Stop Pennsylvania!

The lovely Kristen at Verity Vintage Studio has posted about her adventures with her visit from our Sisterhood of the Vintage Dress.   This is the first stop of our sisterhood dress adventures and oh my, what a grand entrance!

This dress will make its way through the USA, then to Canada, then to Australia.   I smiled all the way through Kristen's post.  Her post is so warmly written and oh wow, what an amazing place to live!  I almost felt like Kristen was going to offer me a nice slice of homemade apple pie at the end of her visit with the dress:)  I'm quite sure the dress enjoyed this first stop.

The dress just fits her beautifully and she shares a lot of wonderful images.  Please take a look and leave her a lovely comment.   She really took a lot of time out to think about the dress, accessories, and incorporate some of her own personal journey into this dress.

Thank you Kristen!!!  How gorgeous is Kristen's hair?

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Recreating A Fashion Look - 1942

There is a certain art to bringing back to life an outfit that I've seen portrayed in a vintage magazine.  I feel like I am learning a lesson in history, art, form, discovery, connections…the list goes on.

A couple months ago, I was wandering the lockers of ebay and I came across an auction for a butterfly skirt.  This skirt looked very familiar, then a rather large wave of epiphany hit me, this is the same skirt pattern from the butterfly image by Louis Dahl-Wolf.  The image below was originally printed in a 1942 Harper's Bazaar fashion spread in very rare color form.  You could buy the skirt from B.Altman.

Thie skirt that was worn in this iconic image was way before its time.  The sweeping nature of what was to become the 1950's circle (full) skirt look.  But, it is not just the skirt, it is the whole impression that just lingers and is one of those fashion images that leaves an imprint.  The composition is perfection and so is the lighting, not to mention the beauty of the model (Bijou Barrington), it's like all forces of nature were aligned to bring this image together in color.

So, when the auction ended for the version of the skirt I am wearing above,  I fell off my chair when I won it for $18.  I did have to have the side button holes fixed but well worth the investment.  It is a cold rayon skirt and still very vivid in print.  I also bought a yellow linen kind of short sleeve cardigan that I believe went with this skirt.  But, that is for another day.

Then, my quest began, to find accessories to match this creation that would be similar to the vintage fashion image.   Isn't it crazy that this image is from 1942??

I really did want to recreate closer to the exact image but my skirt isn't full enough for the effect.  So, I opted to photograph near a rounded arch doorway in a Spanish influenced entranceway.

The interesting vibe I really like about the jewelry in the 1942 fashion image is the metallic nature.  I think we so often think of Bakelite and rhinestones but there was also a big movement of warm earth tone metals.  Some of these bracelets and earrings carry with them a great mid-century modern overlay.

Outfit Details:

Earrings:  I found by looking for "pearl and metal" and came across these wonderful  Hogan Bolas screw back earrings from Etsy shop Classic Mid-Century.

Bracelets: Various sources keeping to the theme of the 1942 photograph.

Butterfly Clips:  Even better in person and appear to be made from feathers.  Olgadesigns

Blouse:  Made by me, vintage pattern Simplicity 2127.  I actually bought this pattern as a size 30 bust and it's still crazy big.  I think if I ever made it again I would certainly bring it in.  Pattern went together pretty easy and I made this pattern because there was nothing similar out there for what I was looking for.

Skirt: Ebay 1942 cold rayon with butterfly motif.

Shoes:  Gave me blisters:)  Really need to break them in but they were free with Amazon rewards points:)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Traveling Hat

The lovely Tanith Rowan is thinking about a hat design to travel the world.  I'm so very impressed with her lovely hats.  Take a moment to take a peak at her blog.

How fun to have a traveling hat!!!   She also has a Facebook page here.  Go ahead and give her a big like.  How could you not?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

What Did She Wear To The Firemen's Ball? 1947

I came upon this very lovely scrapbook filled with a few pages of patterns and some brief explanations and fabric swatches of the outfits.  Some of the patterns have pieces missing but I wanted to buy this because of the overall thought of this scrapbook.  The pattern pieces are included in a sleeve in each section.

Care to take a peak?

Caption:  Made this skirt in the fall of 1947

Caption:  Made this blouse in the fall of 1947, to go with the skirt.  Had  bit of a hard time with the collar.  (Note: also fabric swatch included)

Caption:  Made aprons for Christmas 1947.  Each one was different in color.  There are quite a few of these patterns available on Etsy.

Caption:  Started out the new year right with a new dress.  Worked on it until 10 o'clock New Years Eve.  Must be dazzling.  I caught Alex's eye and got a lot of compliments.

Caption:  Had to have a new dress for the Firemen's Ball,  February 9, 1948.  Went with Kenny Anthony, another success got a very nice compliment from him.  Dress is trimmed with gold buttons and gold belt.

I do wish we would have heard more on these lovely pattern creations from this lovely lady.  But, she must have given up on the scrapbook idea after this.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Steals, Deals, Are You Kidding Me?

This dress is really lovely and I was hoping it was going to go a bit cheaper but I can see why it didn't.  This would be a very interesting dress to study.  If a striped dress is made really well, you can tell.  $71

Vintage Novelty Fabric - Saul Steinberg 1.75 yards $67

1940s Lilli Ann suit $240

Scenic sundress $213

Large Bakelite Scottie collection! $363.  This is worth it considering the amount.  So cute!

1930s beach pajamas.  I'm still on the lookout for a pair but I think I might like a geometric type of design.  These were still a deal for a pair of highly coveted beach pajamas. $75

I like to show the Vogue Counter Book auctions because you get a sneak peak inside.  $165 not too bad of a price for a counter book 1952.

Super cute polka dot dress in medium sold for $43

Vogue Counter Book 1950  $315  I think in worse shape than the one above.

1940s novelty print robe. $237  

Jacques Fath ball gown Joseph Halpert. $1,865

Super swanky Vogue pattern $49, love this design.

Vogue Paris Original Patou  $209

Very cute peplum blouse 40s  $38

$265 crazy awesome Bakelite purse.  Worth every penny.

Very cute dress worn by Dita herself $280.  Actually thought it would go higher.

1950s silk dress  $40.  This really is a beauty.  Look how well it is all aligned!

Um, yes this Jacques Fath pattern did sell for $363

Yes, there is a need for McCall's to release some 30s patterns.  This one sold for $264

Lovely 1930s dress $34

So what is something that I've bought recently?  That's a steal..

30s blouse, oh so cute!  $15