Tuesday, February 23, 2016

"Noble Idea." Or the Gold Crepe Dress

Many of you will recall last year's spring photo contest here on my blog. Today's post is about one of the outfits I created as part of that contest. (I WILL be hosting another photo contest later this year, don't you worry!)

Below is part of the newspaper article that I used as a the basis for that first photo contest. It talks about the latest colors and color combinations for spring in 1939. At the time I read the article it was the dead of winter and here in New England we were buried under several feet of snow so anything spring-related was most welcome. Today, although we are lacking in snow, I find myself craving spring big time! Is anyone else looking forward to warmer weather?

"Color Recipes Compiled from Fashion Shows. Dominating Note of Style Can Be Used in Many Combinations. By Alma Cunningham.
    Color is everywhere. It's the dominating note of fashion. And it's used in new ways, new combinations. If you've never a doubt about what color to wear with what for that much desired chic, turn the page. Our color recipes, taken from outstanding ensembles of recent style shows, are for the likes of us who sometimes like to dabble in unusual color, who sometimes astound natives with our color consciousness, who always want to wear a color accent that is effective.
    Assuming that your first purchases for spring will be a pair of shoes, a bag and hat to snatch your winter wardrobe from boredom, our color recipes start with at least one of these items already on hand."

Reading the descriptions of the article and going through my vintage clothing and accessories was so much fun! And in doing so I learned a number of things. It really made me think about colors and the many ways to mix and match to make the most of your wardrobe. I put together a couple outfits based on the article last spring (you can see them here). While I did share photos of this yellow dress, I didn't post about it with these particular accessories.


I really can't say why exactly, but I have a weakness for mustard yellow. It does not seem to matter what time period either. (I have a lovely worsted wool in my stash waiting to be made into an 18th century gown and I'm looking for silk of the same color.) Last year I made a 1940s suit in a very similar color. (See it here.) It's such a wonderful color and one that I don't see on many people. It can be difficult to wear for sure but I've found it to be very versatile.


This particular dress is probably late 1930s or very early 1940s and is made of rayon crepe. Sadly, the dress didn't fit as well as I would liked so it went to my Etsy shop. It was too snug in the waist and across the back to feel like I could wear it comfortably all day. Darn it! When it comes to wearing true vintage, you win some and loose some. But oh I do adore that color!

Here is the quote from the article that this outfit is based on.

"Noble Idea.
Because of the popularity of some colors, there will be some who will wear a less popular color in order to be individual. Thus brown is literally and figuratively a dark horse for spring. ... (3) Or a gold crepe dress, a natural straw hat with a bright blue ribbon trim, and bright blue gloves."


I paired the dress with brown alligator shoes, a brown alligator or lizard clutch, blue gloves, and a hat that I reshaped and trimmed with vintage ribbon. The hat was actually made for a doll but it's a perfect representation of those adorable little tilt hats that were so fashionable in the late 1930s. I've been meaning to put together a tutorial on how I reshaped and trimmed it. Any interest?


How neat are these gloves!?


Outfit details
Dress - Facebook swap group
Hat -  My own creation
Shoes and Clutch - Brimfield Flea Market
Necklace - Was my grandmother's
Gloves - Thrifted
Stockings - Bobby's Warehouse

And just for fun, a quick look at the same dress worn three different ways. See, versatile! This color can be paired with red, blue, green or brown! :) The possibilities are endless.

Friday, February 19, 2016

GBVS's 1950s Winter Formal

Finally getting around to sharing these pictures!. The Great Boston Vintage Society hosted another amazing event back in December. Their annual winter formal, held at the Carrie Nation Restaurant and Cocktail Club, was 1950s themed in honor of Frank Sinatra's 100th birthday. Formal events are always a blast and it's not often that Cori and I get the chance to dress in 1950s fashions.

Photo by Tobias Karlsson
I wore a 1950s vintage dress that I purchased a few years back from the shop Who Is Sylvia? Believe it or not but this is the first time I have worn this dress! As I said, there are not many occasions near by for 50s formal wear which is really sad. The dress is made from faux taffeta and makes that great rustling sound when you move. The print reminds me of peacock feathers.

A few quick picture before leave the hotel. Please pardon the crappy background.
I paired the dress with a double strand of pearls, a lovely gift from Jessica of Chronically Vintage, 50s vintage clip on earrings, and gold and pearl pin I picked up last winter. The "bubbles" are little pearls and rhinestone, how fun! The gold belt is actually from the 1980s but goes very nicely with the dress and picks up the gold tones in the fabric.

I wasn't really sure what I was going to do with my hair but I'm pleased with the results. First I pin curled my hair and let it dry over night. I made two small victory rolls in front then twisted the rest of my hair in back, sort of a mock French twist, and piled the curls on top of my head. I used a lot of tiny bobby pins to hold the curls in place. Two little combs with pearl accents helped secure the twist along with more bobby pins.



Cori wore his original 1940s tux. It fits him so well! The tux is something my mom picked up for me years ago when I first started collected clothing. (Waaaay before I had even met Cori.) His shirt, tie, shirt studs, cuff links and pocket hankie are all vintage too. It's no wonder he won bested dressed for the guys that night!

Photo by Tobias Karlsson
Jason, our host, with the three finalists. We thought the gentleman in the kilt would win for sure! Photo by Tobias Karlsson
The best dressed guy and gal! Isn't her dress stunning?!? Photo by Tobias Karlsson
We danced the night away listening to live music provided by the Beantown Swing Orchestra and singer John Stevens who preformed holiday songs and all the best known classics by Frank Sinatra. We also enjoyed a dance performance by the Chifferobe Tropigals.

You can see more photos from the event here. Be sure to check out the new website for the GBVS to find out about upcoming vintage style events in the Boston area.

Outfit details
Me
Necklace - Gift from Jessica of Chronically Vintage 
Champagne pin and earrings - Stone House Antiques
1940s Army Air Corp Sweetheart bracelet - Fort Anne Antiques 
Vintage petticoats - Thrifted
Retro pink seamed stockings - What Katie Did
Shoes - Payless? Can't remember

Cori
Mid 1940s tux - Something my mom picked up for me years ago! No idea where she found it!
Vintage tuxedo shirt, Arrow collar and bow tie- Etsy
Swank shirt studs -Quechee Antique Mall
Cuff links -Stone House Antiques
Tiffany Co. gold collar studs - gift from family friend
WWII reproduction "Brother in Service" pin - National WWII Museum
Shoes - Stacy Adams

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

My First Video Post!

Hello there! Today is a first for my little blog. I have for you my first ever video post! I thought I would post a combination welcome and Q&A to start off. I have several ideas for future video posts, but I need to work on my editing skills first. This first video is a little longer then I thought it would be and I didn't get to answer all the questions you sent. But that's OK, I will have them for another post. Feel free send more questions! What would you like to know about me?


I would love to get your feedback! If you have tips for making videos I would love to hear those too. As I said, this was my first time creating a video post and I know I still have a lot to learn! Enjoy!



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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Butterick Fashion News, August 1946

We finally have some snow here in my little corner on New England! It's not much but I'll take it. It looks so pretty! My friends in the Boston area and closer to the coast have received more snowfall this winter and I'm a little jealous. Ah well, what can you do except enjoy what you have, right?

Today I want to share with you this awesome little pattern catalog. I received this as part of my Chronically Vintage Secret Santa gift. A huge thank you to Jessica for organizing another successful gift exchange and to my not so secret Santa, Carla of Tiny Angry Crafts. In an odd twist, I was Carla's Secret Santa the previous year. Her gift saved the day for me! I'd been fighting nasty winter sinus thing when her gift arrived. And to my joy found her gift included some of my favorite teas! Chi and peppermint! (All the tea is long gone!) There is nothing better then curling up on the couch with a cat and hot cup of tea when you are sick. Fortunately I'm feeling much better, even if this time of year leaves me feeling down some days and unproductive. (Check out Brittany's post on ways to tackle seasonal depression.)


This Butterick Fashion News catalog is from August 1946. You can really see the changes in post war fashions. Dresses and skirts seem to have more details like side drapes, and wider or fuller sleeves. Shoulders seem boxier to me too. The overall silhouette of 1946 just feels different from those of 1944 and 1945. With rationing at an end, designers are feel to use more material in their clothing.



I really like these evening fashions.


And this blouse pattern. I need this blouse pattern in my life!! If anyone comes across a copy. please, please let me know!




A few of the patterns looked very familiar to me and sent me digging through my vintage pattern stash. While both my patterns are by Vogue, they appear very similar to those shown in this Buckerick catalog. I wonder who borrowed from whom? ;)




Do you have a favorite pattern from this catalog?

Sunday, February 7, 2016

A Simple Vintage Look

Hello All! It's early February but it looks like April outside my kitchen window. Where is all my snow??!?!

Well, today I'd like share with you one of my favorite vintage looks. It's super simple and one that I find myself wearing more and more this winter.


I purchased this WWII era US Navy sweater with a box lot of items from a local junk shop. It was pretty stinky when I got it but after a good soaking it was just fine to wear. It's all wool and sadly was loved by moths. Despite having a few holes scattered through out (which I really need to mend!) I absolutely love this sweater!

The orange cotton turban you have seen before in this post. I used a vintage pattern and fabric from my stash. I promise I'm working on that turban tutorial post!


Just because it's winter doesn't mean you can't have fresh flowers in the house! These tulips are starting to go by but still add a nice splash of color to the kitchen.


Here is the view outside right now. It's been unseasonable warm lately, which in a way is nice. However, I'd like to go snowshoeing at least once this winter!!




I'm slowly building my collection of sweetheart and WWII era jewelry. You can see a few of my pieces in this post. (Also see part 1 for more information on WWII era pins and jewelry.) This is my third sweetheart expansion bracelet and features an Army Air Corps emblem. My other bracelets have USMC and Naval Aviation emblems.


Outfit Details
Sweater - Thrifted
40s Style Turban - Made by Me
Earrings - Gift from Cori
WWII Army Air Corps Sweetheart Bracelet - Fort Anne Antiques
Lip Color - Chocolate Kiss by Besame Cosmetics

Do you have a favorite vintage outfit this winter?

Friday, February 5, 2016

Great Hair Fridays - February 1943

It's been a long time since my last Great Hair Fridays post. Today's features an article from a February issue of the Modern Beauty Shop. Enjoy!

Modern Beauty Shop - February 1943
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Modern Beauty Shop - February 1943
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