Saturday, January 31, 2015

Sisterhood Of The Vintage Dress - New Travels

Some updates to the glorious places our dress has been traveling.  Sorry, I've been a little backlogged on this.

The lovely Cori Lynn at Poodles and Pin Curls, this dress got to visit Hawaii!!!!  Cori Lynn just totally outdid herself.  I want to be this dress!!!  She is also the queen of Bakelite and had some great accessories to match.  Oh the beaches and the scenery.  I had no idea such a beautiful temple existed in Hawaii.  Please go visit her blog and leave her a lovely comment.  You also will be blown away.

I literally want to cut and paste myself into these images:)

This dress really has had some very fun and wonderful journeys and memories and I thank all of you for participating in this adventure.  After spending some time in Hawaii, our dress was very lucky to dash off to Chicago:)  I am going to keep saying this.  I want to be this dress!

Our fine dress was wanting a nice twirl and dance by the lovely Jessica of ZellaMaybe.  She is a modern day Cindy Sherman.

I know Jessica had to think this was coming that I would use this photograph:)  Love the leg kick.  You ladies really make vintage inspiring and bring back the fun and joy of it all.  I love seeing this journey this dress is on.  Thank you!  Love it!

I love the photograph with the neighborhood dog!

Soon our dress will be making its way to Canada and then International.  We have one more US destination to go.

If you are in Canada and want to participate, drop me a line below.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Sewing With Rayon

I'm making it a goal to make a blouse from rayon.  I'd like this to be my next sewing project.  Do any of you have any tips or tricks you use when sewing with vintage rayon?  I'd appreciate any and all thoughts on the subject.  Do you cut your rayon with tissue underneath to avoid slipping?  Do you use a special needle?  Do you prewash?  Do you do anything special when sewing?

Thank you!!!  All tips and tricks welcome.

P.S.  has anyone done bound button holes on rayon or silks?  Boy, that sounds tricky!  I think I might skip this part of the blouse idea.

A big salute to rayon, until I become frustrated at the slippery nature:)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Sisterhood of The Vintage Dress Travel Updates!

Updates to our wonderful dress journey!  You ladies are all wearing it so well!!!  And, all these great accessory ideas.

Goody at EatTheBlog also choose to also introduce us to her much loved wombat.  This wombat is very special as he even gets to wear booties from 1935.   I love how all you ladies have different inspiration for this dress.   Spectator shoes and pink tights, love it :)  I actually have an ad somewhere for colorful tights that were from the 1930s...I'll have to see if I can find it.  But, onto the lovely dress...

Update….  found the article from a mid-1930s fashion magazine..

A stop in Texas, In Our Happy Place.  I love how Marie partnered this dress with a lovely textured sweater.  Modern meets vintage:)  Very lovely!

Thank you ladies!!!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Dreaming In Color Blocks In The 1940s And My Dream Dress

Do you ever have times when you browse through vintage styles and you think, "that's nice" and move on?  Then, could be years, you come back to the same idea and think I really like this.  Just like in modern fashion, ideas and styles come in and out and you may not think too much of them, you appreciate them but don't really look too detailed,  but then at some point in the future they grab your attention.

Well, color block styles of the 1940s have keenly come back onto my visual radar.

I came across the image of the very beautiful Lola Lamour in a color block dress.  This my friends is a dream dress.  I'd sell a Lilli Ann for this one!   If I see a dress like this in the future (or if you do), please let me know.  I'm on a mission!  I haven't seen a vintage pattern that is similar to this.  The collar area looks very tricky to accomplish.  Oh this dress is amazing!

Once I saw this picture, I was inspired and it got me thinking any other grand color block designs out there?

Lola Lamour fan page.  You should also check out more of Lola's website she really has this eye for capturing glamour of the 1940s and you wonder how and where she found her wardrobe.  Also, she has that beautiful 1940s charm about her.

Of course, this amazing color block from The Aviator of Kate Beckinsale.

And, the amazing recreation from MyHappySewingPlace!  It's fascinating how she found the pattern to match this composition.  I love the triangle "keyhole" look.  Oh my that hat too!!!  Such a talented lady!

Photography PSD photography please do not copy without permission of Debi (MyHappySewingPlace)

Photography PSD photography please do not copy without permission of Debi (MyHappySewingPlace)

Photography PSD photography please do not copy without permission of Debi (MyHappySewingPlace)

I have one color block dress from 1946 and below is the corresponding ad via MyVintageVogue.  Images are from a couple of years ago.  I do still have this grand dress and maybe it just might deserve another reshoot with a better camera.  I believe this was one of my first vintage to actual matches.

Color block dresses and patterns:

Amazing color block dress from Raleigh Vintage, unfortunately sold!

Color block dress via Pinterest.  Unable to link was an ebay auction.

Perfection in color blocking Adrian ad via MyVintageVogue!

Via Tumbler  Horst, Vogue February 1946.  I think this may even be black and white and the light source a soft blue. Grand photography!

Looking for nice color block patterns?  Keep these in mind…

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

A Symphony of Vintage Hats - Looking Back

I thought I might show you a sampling of vintage hats that I have worn over the last three years.  Some you may not have seen before.   I noticed while putting this together that red and black are quite abundant.    But, why mess with something that works?  The great thing about vintage hats is that they are generally affordable even the big names like Schiaparelli and Dior.

1940s "pancake" hat

Schiaparelli hat.  My favorite Lilli Ann coat, fashion art for certain. This coat is amazing.

There is something fascinating about ostrich feathers.  They add that vintage flair to an item.

This poor hat above found its demise in a basement flood, but not to worry I've found a suitable replacement.

Oh this poor umbrella, the top of the handle broke off and I'm still thinking of a way to fix it.  I've tried superglue but it didn't work.

This is a very cute hat as it reflects "V for Victory".

1930s straw hat from Wildfell Vintage.

Will Cook Photography below:

I found this hat above for $15 in a thrift shop in Michigan.

I was recreating "the New Look" in these images above.  I'd still love an original silk Dior jacket, anyone got one for me?

More blasts from the past:


Feather and velvet new look hat.  This suit is one of my favorites.

Hattie Carnegie blue velvet hat.  I was lucky enough to find this Hattie Carnegie jacket and match it up with an existing skirt from my closet.  I love this jacket!

Be prepared to see this hat again in 2015! 1930s/40s beach sun hat.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Smooth Sailing

When Lauren started her Kickstarter campaign to bring some of her patterns into garments for ready-to-wear, I knew that I really wanted to try out her Smooth Sailing Trousers.  I've got the pattern but never got around to making it so when I could buy a pair of already made ones, I jumped on it.   Trousers are so difficult to find in true vintage so it is nice that Lauren has brought these into production.

These pants are very comfortable to wear and feel like lounging pants.  I was in-between sizes so I opted for one size up.  I hope in the future Lauren will also be able to do in-between sizes because I'm not sure if one size down would be the optimal fit.

Just like the style of the 40s, there is a lot of free flow movement in the the width of the pant leg.

Outfit Details:
Trousers:  WearingHistory
Blouse: Vintage rayon fabric and pattern/made recently bought from ebay
Cardigan: vintage bay
Brooch:  Bakelite cherries
Hairclip:  Etsy
Shoes: Re-Mix