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

Monday, July 7, 2014

New Shop My Closet & A Little Wedding Update

Thank you all so very much for your wonderful comments on my last couple posts! You are all so sweet. I wish I could reply individually to all your comments but I don't seem to be able to with blogger. Does anyone know how to change that? I still feel like I need some practice when it comes to created a head to toe authentic looking outfit so it's great to hear your kind words and encouragement.

So, for those that are wondering.... Wedding plans are coming together. Invitations are DONE and going in the mail today! Phew, that's a big thing to cross off the list. We visited our venue last week to figure out what to do for decorations. (Pinterest I hate you) My felt flowers are almost finished but I have enough done that I can start assembling my bouquets. Lots of little things to finish now. As my dress, well ... I ordered a 1930s reproduction pattern from the Vintage Pattern Lending Library and put together a mock up. You'll have to visit the website to guess which one I ordered. The pattern was not in my size so I needed to make some adjustments to get it to fit. It's not the one I posted about but it's still a lovely 30s design. In some ways I like this one better and think it's going to look really good made with my lace fabric. I have some vacation time later this week so I plan to do some MAJOR sewing in the next few days. Of course I'll be taking a break on Saturday for my bridal shower. I don't know any details but a little bird tells me it's going to be vintage themed shower. Shocking I know! I can't wait to see what the girls have planned. :)

In the mean time, I've added a few new items to my Etsy shop if you would be so kind to have a look. Cori had to work pretty much the whole holiday weekend so I spent some time cleaning, taking measurements and photos of things to part with. I have a few more dresses to list, two in larger sizes, and one smaller in need of a good soak first. As always, my blog followers can receive a 10% discount with the code BLOGFAN. I don't have international shipping rates listed BUT if you live across the pond and see something you really like send me a message and I will do my best to figure out shipping rates for you.

1940s Red Knit Dress
1940s Red knit dress
1940's Black Crepe Dress w Beading and Blue Rhinestones
1940's Black Crepe Dress w Beading and Blue Rhinestones

Karmen Western Style Shirt
Blue Western style shirt
Lee Western Style Shirt
Red and white check Western style shirt

Black Suede Shoes
Black Suede Shoes

NOS 1940s Green Slingback Heels
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