Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Polo Ponies and a Vintage Adventure

We had big plans for last weekend. We were to attend a 1920s themed beach party Sunday morning and the 2nd annual Roaring 20s Lawn Party at Castle Hill in Ipswich, Mass. Cori and I went last year and had a great time. So this year we planned to bring our friends Jenn and Julia. However, the weather had other plans and everything has been postponed until this coming weekend. Hopefully we will still be able to go.

We decided to make the best of things and planned our own outing. The weather was bright and sunny on Saturday so we took advantage of it and hopped in the car to head to one of our favorite places to watch a polo match. It's been years since the last time I watched a live match so this was lots of fun for me. I think Cori and the girls had a great time as well. The home team, in green, won the match!

I helped Jenn and Julia create some simple 1920s dresses for the lawn party. I let them pick fabrics from the stash and helped them cut out pattern pieces. They did most of the sewing themselves and I think the dresses turned out rather well. I'm very proud of them. Julia's dress was made using this pattern while Jenn's was made using a combination of patterns and inspiration from fashion plates. 

I wore a 1930s dress that I've been dying to wear for the longest time. It's all cotton and perfect for a hot summer day.

Cori wore a new to him vintage suite and his 1920s straw boater. Doesn't he look dapper? :) The people at the polo match got a kick out of us all dresses up.

After the polo match we headed to the Quechee Antique Mall to have a look around. Much fun and silliness was had.

What we like to think of as "our" phone booth was still there. It's be come a silly tradition now to take pictures in it. Example here. :)

As it was late in the day then train and carousal were closed. Next time we will have to get there earlier. I love carousal and firmly believe you are never to old to ride one.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

1940s Novelty "Fan" Print Dress

Hello again everyone! My goodness, the last few weeks have been so crazy busy. As I mention recently Cori and I have started house hunting. Because clearly we don't have enough going on in our lives right now! Ha! We can't wait to get our own place! We've been making progress with the wedding plans as well and getting a lot of last minute things finalized. It's incredibly stressful right now and kind of exciting too. We visited another house this past weekend. I say house but really it was a castle. :) OK, so really it was an on location auction preview for a house built to look like a small castle. No kidding, but more on that later. I took lots of pictures! :)

Anyway, I thought I would show you something far more interesting today then etsy updates and sale news. I posted a few pictures of this dress on Facebook but it's time for a proper blog post. This is the dress I wore for the third day of the MAAM WWII airshow that Cori and I went to back in June. You can see my first two outfit posts on it here and here. None of the photos in this post are mine so I kindly ask that you do not copy them without permission. Photo credits go to Voon Chew and Neal Howland.

Photo by Neal Howland
This dress was an ebay purchase. I have mixed feelings about shopping there. Sometimes there are good deals to be had but I find that most people who sell vintage don't really know what they are listing and don't take very good pictures. It's also really annoying to have someone outbid you at the last minute. I've had that happen several times. Oh well. After a good long soak this dress was ready to wear. (You should have seen the color of the water after the first wash, ewwww!) I wasn't sure at first if I like the way it looked on me because it was so different from anything I normally wear. I don't often go for crazy prints but it's really grown on me. :) I paired the dress with the same blue felt hat and shoes seen in this post. I have a darker blue hat that would look good too but I received so many compliments on this one that I think I'll wear it again with the dress in the future.

One of the fun things about the MAAM event is the variety of historic displays. So many opportunities for fun photos. Cori and I joined Neal at the home front display for a little photo shoot. Inside one of the hangers visitors could walk through and experience what life was like at home during WWII. The display included a full living room, bed room, dinning room, kitchen and bath. The food of course was fake. :)

Photo by Neal Howland
Photo by Neal Howland
 The bedroom set up was really neat. The group that put this all together really did a fantastic job and nailed all the little details.

Photo by Neal Howland
Photo by Neal Howland
So funny little story about this dress. Prior to the event I had tried the dress on a couple times without any troubles. However, the morning of the event I put the dress on and tried to zip it up. The zipper caught about 2 inches from the top. Even with Cori's help we couldn't get it to budge up or down! I was stuck in the dress! We discovered that a few of the metal teeth had fallen out of the zipper. This sometimes happens with older metal zippers. Fortunately I had my sewing kit with me so at the end of the day we used the seam ripper to carefully open one side of the zipper seam so I could take the dress off. I have a bunch of zippers in the stash, some new and some old, so I should be able to find a replacement one. Has anyone else ever experienced an "I'm stuck!" moment when wearing vintage?

Cori and a friend of ours debuted their 1940s LAPD uniforms for the event. They spent the better part of six months researching and finding all the pieces they needed. I'm working a post for them now. Neal took a series of really fun photos of the guys making a car stop. And guess who they pulled over? ;)

Photo by Voon Chew
 Thank you again to Voon Chew and Neal Howland for allowing me to share your photos.

I'm using a close up of the print as my new background image. What do you think? My old background was a close up of this dress, said to have been worn for Dwight Eisenhower's inaugural ball.

Friday, July 18, 2014

When To Keep and When To Sell

Over the years I've accumulated quite the collection of "stuff" i.e. vintage and antique clothing and other items, fabric, sewing notions, etc. Each piece is special in its own way and has a story to tell. It's hard to let things go. But sometimes that's just what you need to do. I've reached a point in life where many changes are being or are about to be made. As I'm sure you are all aware I'll be getting married this fall. But on top of that Cori and I have started looking for a house to buy. Talk about a big change! We viewed our first house on Monday which was pretty exciting. It has a lot of the features we like but we want to look at a couple different places before making any decisions.

Last June we moved out of our awesome apartment. I miss that place. Did I ever show you pictures? I don't think I did! We had the whole second floor of an old farmhouse to ourselves. For a number of reasons we opted to move back to my parents' house. While not ideal it has allowed us to save a good amount of money that would otherwise go out the window for rent. For the last few months we have been house sitting for some family friends. It's been nice but we are SO ready for our own place. So much of our stuff is still packed in boxes and it never seems to be in the right place. It's frustrating not being able to find things when you need them.

The old apartment. I really miss my little porch!
So what's the point of this post? Well, lately I've been looking at my vintage clothing and all the things in my sewing stash and myself asking "Do I really need this?" "Am I really going to wear/use this any time soon?" It's time to down size my collection. At the same time I want to upgrade by adding/making things I know I'm going to really use. I've listed a few things here and there but it's time to be a little more diligent about it.

Does this mean I'm going to stop accumulating "stuff"? Well, that's really a silly question isn't it? ;) But seriously, knowing that we are going to be moving in the, hopefully near, future has pushed me to really look at things, think about storage, etc..

I posted on Facebook last week about this dress. I couldn't decide if I should keep it or sell it so I asked for your help. I absolutely love this dress but it's something I've never worn, and I'm not likely to any time soon. It's a little big in the bust for me but otherwise fits nicely. My decision is to try and pass it along to someone else. It's a darling little dress but it won't do anyone any good if it stays packed away never to be enjoyed.

Steal My Heart 1940s Formal Party/Wedding Dress
In an effort to find vintage dresses for my bridesmaids I've picked up some larger size dresses in the last few months. This is one that didn't make the cut. I really adore it but it is way too big for me. Could it be remade to fit? Of course, but I know I don't have the time or energy to make that happen. Too many projects going on and not enough sewing hours in the day. I'm really hoping this too will find a new home and be loved and enjoyed. Does anyone else find it hard to let things go?

1940s Pink Embroidered Butterflies
Need a vintage wedding dress? Yeah, I have a few of those too.

Vermont Liquid Satin Wedding Gown 1940s
If you see something in the shop that you like please let me know. I'm happy to answer any questions or take additional pictures. I will also check on international shipping rates. Don't be afraid to make me an offer on an item. It doesn't hurt to ask as long as your offer is reasonable. :) Right now I'm having a sale but followers of my blog will always receive a 10% discount, just use the code BLOGFAN at check out.

Use the Code FLASHSALE and Save 15% Ends July 31st

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Flash Sale!

Hello all! I'm having a small sale if you would be so kind as to take a look. Use the code FLASHSALE and save 15%. The sale will end July 31st. The code is good for everything listed including the most recent items.

As some many have noticed I only have shipping rates listed for the US. However, I don't want to leave anyone out so for those of you who live "cross the pond" please feel free to contact me and I will do my best to figure out international shipping rates. (Shipping international is something that is still very new to me.) I have one item already reserved for a lovely lady in Switzerland pending shipping costs. You can see what's in the shop here. Please feel free to ask any questions!

All items listed here.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Great Hair Fridays - July 1943

Today's Great Hair Fridays post features articles from a July issue of the Modern Beauty Shop. These articles are from 1943. Pin curl sets and tips for problem hair.

Modern Beauty Shop - July 1943

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