Monday, August 18, 2014

Vogue Counter Catalog - April 1947

I have for you today a selection of colorful patterns from a Vogue Counter Catalog dated April 1947. (see images from March 1944 here.) This pattern book was listed for sale on Ebay. These are rare books indeed, and pricey! Oh my! They don't come up for sale very often so when I happen across them I save all the pictures I can. This particular counter book has 512 pages filled with suits, dresses, all kinds of separates, menswear and formal wear.





















Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Red Brids, Brown Birds - Guess What I Found?!

Remember my Red Birds Dress made using McCall 5724? Remember too how I said I had seen the same fabric in a different colorway but could remember where? Well, I did some more searching online and finally found the picture of that fabric!! Yeah! :)

It's only a small piece and it appears to have some damage, BUT it's still awesome to see! :) I love seeing "vintage twins." It's listed for sale over at Laurel Leaf Farm. I'm temped to buy it but it's only 35" wide x 1 yard. Not sure if I'd be able to squeeze a blouse out of that or not...

Brown Birds! - source
Here is my dress fabric. :)



See the finished dress here. :)

Friday, August 1, 2014

My Vintage Bridal Shower

Hello again everyone! A few weeks ago my family and friends hosted a bridal shower for me. I shared a few pictures on Facebook but I thought I would give everyone a proper look here. My bridesmaids and my sisters did an outstanding job putting everything together. The food was amazing and the weather was just perfect!

My favorite girls! These are my former roommates from college. Flossie, Lauren, Jill and Monica
A special thank you to Kris Jarrett of Kris Jarrett Photography and Media Production for taking photos. Kris will also be taking our wedding photos.




Knowing how much I love vintage and historic fashions, the girls planned a vintage garden party themed shower. The guests were asked to dress up and wear hats. :) 

Cori and I with my bridesmaids!
My sisters and I. There are five siblings but my brother wasn't at the shower. 
I really enjoyed seeing all the things the girls used to decorate. Including the little orange chair they managed to sneak out of my bed room. They even used my mom's wedding dress.

This was my mother's wedding dress. :)
My mom made pin cushions to use for party favors. What a fun idea! 






















I wore a vintage dress that I believe was made in the 1950s or early 60s. It was a little bit big for me so I had to take it in. It could still use some minor adjustments. My flower clip was made by Monica. She makes all kinds of super cute hair accessories. (Check out her Facebook page Cutie Clips and More.) I keep telling her she needs to open an Etsy shop.


Pink is one of my least favorite colors yet for some reason I love pink flamingos. Does anyone remember the scene from Alice and Wonderland where she plays croquet with the Queen using flamingos and a hedgehog? It's been a long running joke since college, I have no idea how it started. But my friend Monica gave me a pair of lawn flamingos and a stuffed hedgehog at the shower. She also gave me a real croquet set.


Much silliness ensued as I'm sure you can image. Our gamed was more like lawn hockey then croquet. That poor stuffed hedgehog!



I might have cheated just a little bit. ;)

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.




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