Saturday, December 20, 2014

Half a Suit & Leopard Print

When I was younger, I really disliked most animal-print fabrics.  I thought they were weird and tacky and generally in poor taste.  And then at some point in the last few years leopard print started growing on me...

I've been working diligently on sewing up a suit in some lovely red wool in time for snowy weather, but when I finished the skirt the other day I couldn't resist putting it on and wearing it out right away!  And really, what goes with red better than leopard print?  It seemed like a perfect match.

Velvet and mink topper (worn backward): Concetta's Closet
Leopard print sweater: Target kids' section
Bakelite earrings: Antiques shop, Tomahawk WI
Mink collar: Etsy, don't remember where...
Red wool skirt: Advance 7745 (Via Atomic Hideaway)
Black pumps: Thrifted

Monday, December 15, 2014

"...And sables might add to my charms."

 Wearing purple for Sundays in Advent is a lot harder than wearing purple during Lent... it's just not quite so festive feeling as reds and greens!  So last Sunday I opted for a more holiday-ish color palate of red, white, and cream.  Especially since it was snowing on and off through the morning and there were little teeny snowdrifts on the ground when I went out to take pictures.

The cream swing coat and the sable stole were both gifts, and every. dang. time. I wear the stole I get "What Good Would the Moon Be?" stuck in my head for a good portion of the day.  Ah, word association and the singer brain.

I have nothing else productive to say about these pictures other than that I absolutely loved most of the pictures I took!  The light and the colors just played so nicely together.  I feel like the sets I do for the blog are either meh or awesome and rarely do I get a set of pictures that are pretty good.  I even had a good hair day!  I think it's about time for a winter trim now, though, my pincurls aren't quite staying put the way I want them to.

Hat: Courtesy of FabGabs Vintage
Pin and earrings: Gift from Allison
Sable stole: Gift from the University Registrar
Cream swing coat: Gift from a parishoner
White sweater: Forever21
Red gloves: 57th Street Antiques
Red belt: Thrifted
Red pencil skirt: Thrifted
Red Sofft pumps: Goodwill

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Last of the Leaves

Yikes, it's been a while since my last post!  Just after Thanksgiving we learned that some of Doug's family is coming to visit this Friday, so nearly all of my free time in the last week and a half as been spent cleaning and tidying and finishing a few last-minute house projects.  I'm going to try to queue up all the photos I've taken for the blog though so things aren't completely quiet around here in the coming weeks!

Our last day to put out leaves for pick-up was December 3rd, so although these pictures are just over a week old our yard looks very different now! 

I don't wear orange-ish shades very often, so I was glad to be able to pair this dress with a lot of my bakelite pieces that I otherwise don't wear a whole lot.  And, of course, everything about this was really just an excuse to wear my leaf hat, which has a rather limited season and which I don't wear half as much as I ought to during the fall.

The green dress you may remember from last winter, and I clearly have yet to find that last button!  I also still need to finish the hook and eye on the waist, although I disguised my procrastination with a belt this time around.  I'm promising myself that I'll sew on the hook and eye soon... maybe when the set of 7 buttons I ordered on Etsy to replace the 6 on the dress arrive?  It would be nice, after a whole year, to have this dress actually finished!

Felt leaf & rhinestone hat: Etsy
Bakelite earrings: Antiques shop in Tomahawk
Bakelite necklace: Gift from a family friend
Fakelite Avon leaf brooch: Wakefield Uncommon Antiques
Dress: Butterick 9428, made by me with alterations
Bakelite bangles: Thrifted various places
Belt: From a family friend, no longer associated with a dress....

Monday, December 1, 2014

And now for a little Seasonal Materialism...

Happy Monday!  I suppose technically today is Cyber Monday if you're in full holiday shopping swing.  I rarely do wishlist or shopping posts here, although I see them often enough on other blogs... somehow writing them is a challenge for me!  But I thought I'd get in the capitalist spirit today and share a little list of things I'd love to get for Christmas, if money was no object!

Let's start out with jewelry!

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I've always admired Erstwilder brooches, and although they're rather steeply priced here in the US it would be amazing to get my hands on one someday!  I love all the quirky and colorful critters, but I clearly have a soft spot for birds.  I heard they were thinking of doing a turtle soon, though...

Another jewelry maker at the top of my wishlist is Luxulite.  One of her confetti brooch & earring sets (clips, please!) has been on my Christmas list for a couple years now.  I have a couple of vintage brooches and confetti lucite pieces now, but I'd still love to fill out the color spectrum with one of her amazing handmade designs.

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Keeping on the accessories theme, I love the atomic pattern on this pillbox and cigarette/business card case.  A girl always needs a stylish way to keep painkillers handy in her purse, and I'm hoping to finally get around to ordering business cards for my blog and other projects in the new year... so a business card case would come in handy too!  And of course I love all things matchy.  They have these in a green and a yellow colorway as well with different art, but I keep finding myself drawn to the orange!

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Moving on to bigger pieces... More petticoats, of course, are always on my wishlist.  I'm most of the way around the color wheel now, so perhaps I should sew a few more basic circle skirts for myself!

CC09 1940s Reproduction Bra

My very tiny stash of vintage bras is getting a bit... well... worn.  So a reproduction from a brand like What Katie Did would be a huge help in my wardrobe.  The Bullet Bra Revue over at Atomic Redhead was a great resource for sorting out my options, and the CC09 looks like the best bet.  I'd still have to order a "sister size" to get into it, since bra options are pretty limited at the small end of the spectrum.

I'm on the lookout for some outer accessories as well... this stunner from Raleigh Vintage already sold to some other lucky lady, but I'm hoping to add a green 40s or early 50s hat to my winter collection and I'm looking for another red one as well.  I'd also love to fill a few holes in my glove rainbow: peach, forest green, royal blue, and brown are all contenders!

So there you have it!  I've got my own Christmas shopping almost completely wrapped up already, so I'll just have to sit on my hands or bake cookies until the 25th of December rolls around!  What are you hoping Santa will leave under the tree for you?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

New for November

I've been trying very hard to behave myself and stop shopping before Christmas, but it's so tempting to browse through Etsy for a few wishlist items, and then when you find one at a reasonable price, it's awfully hard to tell yourself not to buy it because it will probably still be there in a couple months... and then when you find out you just happen to have money lurking in your PayPal account that you'd forgotten about, well...

Anyway, now I'm done shopping for myself until after the holidays!

It's been a very November-y sort of November, with biting cold some days and moderate weather others and plenty of wind.  The leaves are all brown and very bleak now, so I'm waiting with some impatience for the day after Thanksgiving at which point it will be socially acceptable to fill my living room with bright lights and sparkly decorations.

So, the suit!  I've been looking for a good black suit for quite a while now, and although I got one last fall that halfway fits (I still need to alter the skirt) I was hoping to find one that's slightly more era-ambiguous that I could pair with some of my larger and sillier hats.  So when I saw this one listed (wool felt, curly lamb details, lightly padded shoulders) I reviewed all of the measurements a couple times, crossed my fingers, and hit "buy"... and my little leap of faith was rewarded!  I'm not sure that I paired it with quite the right foundations on its inaugural wear, and I'm not totally happy with the fit through the hips (squish, squish) but it zips and it buttons and it's cozy and warm, so all in all I'm pretty darn pleased.  If I can find a suitable lightweight wool felt, I might make a second skirt to go with it that has a slightly more flared cut.

New York Creation hat with bird: Etsy
Carved bakelite earrings: Antiques shop in Tomahawk
Black wool felt suit: Dandelion Vintage on Etsy
Almost skintone tights: TJ Maxx
Black pumps: Goodwill