Friday, October 17, 2014

Wedding Photos Soon, But First...

Hello all, I'm back! So much blogging to catch up on! And so many wedding photos to look through! :) But neither of those are bad things.

Everything went smoothly for the big day last Friday with only a few minor hiccups, which of course, in the grander scheme of things are hardly worth mentioning. I would like to say for the record that although we started 10 minutes late, it was not my fault! The girls and I were ready to go with plenty of time to spare. But the guys lined up without their boutonnieres and had to send someone to get them from the car. Anyway, pictures soon I promise. And there are lots of them!

So Friday was the wedding, Saturday was spent with family and friends. But on Sunday we managed to escape for the day and drive to the Collings Foundation for their annual WWII event, Battle for the Airfield. (We went last year as well, you can find that post here.) Due to a lack of funds and vacation time, we are not going on a honeymoon until sometime next spring/summer.

I like my airplanes and tanks to color coordinate with my outfits. :) I actually didn't plan that. We just thought it was funny the yellow matched my sweater.

Outfit details:
Skirt - US Navy WAVE uniform skirt from ebay 
Shoes and stockings - Etsy
Sweater - Fab Gabs
Hair Flowers - Made by my friend Monica at Cutie Clips (and more)
Lipstick color - Red Velvet by B├ęsame

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

1920s Bachelorette Party on Star Island

This will likely be my last post for a couple weeks. As some of you may know, Cori and I closed on our new house and are in the process of moving in. Also our wedding is coming up in two weeks and I need to get my act together and make sure everything is in order. Last minute things to coordinate and lots of stuff to pack for decorating the reception area. I'm looking forward to the day itself but I'll be glad to have all the planning, coordinating, stress, etc. behind me. I'm ready to move on to other things.

Today's post will be short on text but full of pictures! Back in August my friends surprised me with tickets for Gatsby on the Isles for my bachelorette party. We joined some fellow vintage fans from the GBVS, hopped on a ferry boat and headed out to Star Island for a 1920s themed adventure.

The history of the island, the second largest of nine rocky islands ten miles southeast of the mouth of the Piscataqua River, goes back hundreds of years. The Star Island Corporation has owned and operated Star Island since 1916. The Oceanic House is the largest structure on Star Island and has long served as a place of retreat.

Jill looks said because we told her we ate all the chocolate. Don't worry, we saved her some! :)
After a 2 hour ferry ride which included a narrated history of Portsmouth harbor, the Isles of Shoals and the New Hampshire Seacoast, we arrived and were ready for lunch. The girls and I set up our picnic blanket, listened to some live music, and relaxed. Then we explored the island.

Warning. Silly things happen when these girls and I get together!

I wore the dress I made for the 1920s Downton Abby event last year. It's the dress I got engaged in so it seemed fitting to wear again for the bachelorette party.

Erin borrowed the same dress my friend Jen wore for the Roaring 20s Lawn Party.

At the end of the day we boarded the ferry once more. A few people stayed behind at the hotel but they came to the dock to see us off.

The ferry ride back. It was much warmer then the ride to the island in the morning!
After arriving back in Portsmouth we changed and went out for dinner. My hair was an absolute mess by the end of the day. But look, I got new sunglasses! Our waiter said that even though it wasn't my birthday it was a special occasion so he put a candle in our brownie sundae!

It was a wonderful day!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Back to the 18th Century

Despite the craziness of down to the wire wedding plans and buying a house (we close today!) I managed to escape for a few hours for a little time travel to the 1770s. This past weekend was the Revolutionary War event at the Fort at No. 4. It's a wonderful site, and although it suffers many of the same woes of other historic sites, it has a lot of offer. I dusted off my interpreter skills and talked with some of the visitors inside one of the reconstructed homes. I spoke with a gentleman who was an antique dealer/collector and a lady who was just starting to make some 18th century clothing for herself. I brought a few items for display including my blue and white cross-barred gown. She was very excited to look at it and see how it was constructed and I was happy to share a few tips and resources with her.

Photo credit - Erin Jarrett
It was rather chilly in the morning and I was happy to be wearing my extra petticoat! I typically wear two unless it's supper hot but that day I wore three - my under petticoat of white linen with a printed cotton border, a quilted petticoat, and finally my blue and white striped linen petticoat. And of course my shift, stays, stockings, shoes, pocket, cap, mitts, gown and apron. Yes, that's a lot of layers!

I've posted about my purple and white cotton gown before but this is only the second time I've worn it. It's first outing was to Old Sturbridge Village last summer. I forgot my camera, along with a few other things that day, so my friend Erin took these photos with her phone. Everything I'm wearing in these photos, except for my cap, stockings and shoes, was all hand sewn by me.

I attempted something new with my hair but by the time we took the pictures it looked a little funky so please forgive me! These first couple of photos were taken in the bed chamber of the Parker House.

Photo credit - Erin Jarrett
I love the cotton bed hangings. Note the painted floor cloth too, these kinds of floor coverings were fairly common in the mid to late 18th and early 19th centuries.

Photo credit - Erin Jarrett
The robings on my gown came unpinned so it looks a little strange in this photo. Photo credit - Erin Jarrett
These next two my favorite photos of the whole group. :) I really like the play of sunlight and shadows from the window. Erin's husband is a professional photographer and I think his skills are rubbing off on her.

Photo credit - Erin Jarrett
Photo credit - Erin Jarrett

We took a few pictures in the keeping room (kitchen) and office/study area. I look so studious, ha! My linen mitts were started in a Hive workshop back in 2012 (yikes, has it really been that long?!) and patterned off the black and yellow pair seen here. The points are backed with silk and they are embroidered with matching yellow silk thread.

Look, I finished my mitts!! Photo credit - Erin Jarrett
Time for tea! Photo credit - Erin Jarrett
Photo credit - Erin Jarrett
Photo credit - Erin Jarrett

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Second Annual Roaring 20s Lawn Party

Hello all! Sorry for the delay in posts lately, there is so much going on right now. We are a little more then one month from the wedding and neck deep in finalizing the purchase of our first home! Yikes! So yeah, life is just a little stressful right now. I have to say I'm overwhelmed with the number of people who viewed and commented on my post about the 1920s beach party! Thank you to everyone who commented and/or shared my post. My goodness, according to my blog stats it's now one of my highest viewed posts ever! This is thanks in large part to Lauren of American Duchess sharing it on her Facebook page. Thank you Lauren!!

As promised here are some pictures from the second annual Roaring 20s Lawn Party held at the Crane Estate. The weather was much cooler then last year and very comfortable. The event was postponed a week due to rain so there were not as many people this time. However, I think everyone had an enjoyable time.

We walked to the end of the rolling lawn for a few pictures.

Cori and I both wore the same outfits from our polo match outing in July. Julia wore the cotton robe de style I helped her make with a sash borrowed from her sister Jen. Jen raided my vintage clothing and wore an original cotton 20s dress. I love the embroidery and smocking on this dress.

We played Bocce ball and badminton . However, I don't have any pictures of our badminton game.

The girls also posed for some silly pictures.

 More photos from the event here!


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

1920s Beach Party

A few weeks ago I had the chance to go to not one, but two really fun vintage events. The Greater Boston Vintage Society's second Roaring 20s Lawn Party and a 1920s beach party. As noted in an earlier post, the lawn party was postponed by a week because of bad weather. Part of the weekend was still sunny so Cori and I took are friends Jen and Julia to see a polo match. And of course we dressed up. :) The weekend the lawn party was held the weather still looked a bit gloomy but actually turned out to be very nice. It was not as hot as it was last year.

Photo by Devon Kurtz
On the morning of the event a small group of us gathered at a public beach near the Crane Estate. The water was cold but some of the guys decided to go for a swim any way! I should note that all the guys were wearing wool bathing suits!

I'm disappointed in my own beach attire but with so much going on lately I just ran out of time to make what I really wanted. I did mange to finish a pair of beach pants so I just wore those with a modern tank top. It looks vintage-y enough in the photos but if there is a beach party planned for next year I will strive to do better. The pants were made using this pattern. (I plan on make the whole PJ set this winter.)

How many people can you fit in a changing tent?
Jenn and I waded through the water and gathered hermit crabs. She is wearing the brown dress I made for last year's lawn party.
Julia keeping warm. Many thanks to her for taking the bulk of these photos. :)
I will be posting a few photos from the lawn party soon. Until then enjoy a few fun and silly photos from the beach party. :)

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