Wednesday, July 22, 2015

I'm gonna sit right down and write myself a letter...

It's not every day a girl finds a unicorn.  Since I first started collecting vintage, a 1940s novelty print rayon dress has been pretty high up there on my wishlist.  You can find one, it seems, in any color, shape, size, or theme... if you're willing to spend enough money.  And therein lay the problem:  I am not willing to spend that much money! So the hunt was on.

1940s novelty print love letters and flowers dress

Years of intermittent Etsy searching later, I took the plunge on this beautiful dress!  It was priced a bit on the low side for some minor "as-is" issues, like a little shoulder fade and a nearly-invisible patch on the skirt.  But the print was to die for and the measurements looked spot-on so I took the plunge.  In person, the flaws are minimal and the print is wonderful (I'm not a brown person generally, but paired with everything else it's lovely) and it juuuuust fits. I love it.  So naturally I took a million photos.

Summer 1940s tilt hat with novelty rayon dress

Saturday, July 18, 2015

A Walking Outfit

Part of dressing in vintage or retro styles, I think, is having an unending parade of people asking "Do you dress like that all the time?" in incredulous voices.  And, for quite a few of us, the answer is "Yes."

casual vintage walking outfit

I tend to focus on the fancier side of my closet for the blog, but a girl can't live in dresses all the time!  So when I'm going to be working in the yard, walking, doing house projects, or running errands, my go-to items are usually a pair of shorts or these cropped jeans paired with a modern t-shirt or me-made blouse.  
I clearly need to make an attempt to sew my own pair of retro capris with a modern stretch fabric... this vintage pair is the closest to fitting I've found, but I still find them a bit tight in the calves and needed to take the waist in with some extra darts at the back!  And I'd really love to be able to find some wider stretch belts for casual wear, especially for pairing with this very blouse-y peasant top.  Unfortunately most stretch belts seem to be designed in "one size fits all" which, well, doesn't.

casual vintage walking outfit

Pink confetti lucite earring closeup

casual vintage walking outfit

casual vintage walking outfit

Scarves: Thrifted
Pink confetti Lucite earrings: Antiques shop in Wisconsin
Peasant blouse: Made by me from a '40s pattern
Red cropped jeans: Modern Millie
Pink elastic belt:Thrifted
Sandals: Crocs

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Primary-ish

Ladies and gents, it is too darn hot.  We were supposed to get a thunderstorm or two through today, but no such luck.  So today I have some photos for you from earlier in the summer when it was slightly less hot.

red green and blue dress 2

Even on a blisteringly hot day, this dress is one of my favorites.  Light fabric, light color, and a little extra sun protection make it a winner in my book.  Although if I were wearing it today, I'd ditch the gloves!

valentine brooch backside detail

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Trouble in Tahiti

Last month... no, two months ago, (yikes!) Doug and I decided to drive into Boston for an evening of opera.  Our housemate had a bit part in Metro West Opera's double-bill of Suor Angelica and Trouble in Tahiti, and we won the free tickets from the company's Facebook giveaway, so there was no reason not to go!

pinup girl hawaiian dress 1

Considering the tropical (and mid-century) theme of the second opera, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to debut my new Pin Up Girl Clothing Hawaiian dress.  Clearly I'll have to take better photos later, because I love this dress!  The cut is flattering, the length is right, the material is comfy, the little matching bolero is great for a variety of occasions... I'm incredibly happy with it!  I snapped it up on one of their Online Yard Sale events, and I only regret not buying it in another color too.  I'm sure I'll be wearing it loads this summer.

The opera was very nice too, but since it was so long ago I can hardly advise you to go see it!  Note to self, write about performances as soon as they happen...

pinup girl hawaiian detail 1

pinup girl hawaiian detail 2

pinup girl hawaiian dress 2

Orchid hair clip: Made by me
Blue and green Hawaiian dress: Pin Up Girl Clothing
Green faux patent belt: Target
Bakelite: all over the place
Nine West strappy pumps: Savers

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Windy Days

Happy 4th of July to all my American readers... I hope you have a good day of pyrotechnics planned with lots of tasty food!

If I had an editorial calendar and was a well-organized sort of bear, I might have a nice patriotic post to share with you today.  But I do not have an editorial calendar and so instead of some good ol' American red, white & blue I have for you today some... pink, white, and green?  And black?

Battling wind in a 1940s salmon pink dress with green, black, and white floral print

Yup.  Doing real well.  Amusingly, the weather today is not all too different from the day we took these pictures, except that when we took these pictures it was windy.  Now, if you have ever tried to wear a veiled hat in the wind you might already be thinking that this might be a bad idea.  So if you think I'm making a few very strange faces in these pictures, they have a lot to do with trying to catch a moment when the veil wasn't trying to make an escape or trying to attack my face or anything else uncooperative.

Battling wind in a 1940s salmon pink dress with green, black, and white floral print

Battling wind in a 1940s salmon pink dress with green, black, and white floral print

Please stay put, please stay put, please stay put...

Battling wind in a 1940s salmon pink dress with green, black, and white floral print

The dress was a purchase from Modern Millie, and it makes a wonderful addition to my (slowly growing) collection of 1940s rayon dresses.  It's just a smidge too large for me, but it also has a side snap placket that I'd love to convert to a zipper because snaps make me uncomfortable and I'm sure I can use a little bit of ease to do that.

Battling wind in a 1940s salmon pink dress with green, black, and white floral print

Battling wind in a 1940s salmon pink dress with green, black, and white floral print



Battling wind in a 1940s salmon pink dress with green, black, and white floral print

Battling wind in a 1940s salmon pink dress with green, black, and white floral print

Battling wind in a 1940s salmon pink dress with green, black, and white floral print


Battling wind in a 1940s salmon pink dress with green, black, and white floral print

Green wool tilt hat with veil: Modern Millie
Green gloves: Antiques shop?
Bakelite bangles: Everywhere
Stretch elastic belt: H&M kids' section
Floral 1940s rayon dress: Modern Millie
Nine West strappy pumps: Savers