May 21, 2018

Garden of Blue and White

This is the first dress I have made this year! Wahoo! About time.

I was busy, and now that I'm forcing myself to do anything other than write (since writing has proven it can consume my brain whole this year), it honestly feels strange to be deciding on other tasks. For so many weeks the only option I had was to write, all day, for days on end. Now I can sew, or record a video, or even catch up on all the amazing TV people are always talking about that I have never seen. And even though spending time sewing means I get new dresses like this one, and I am loving Westworld season one so far, I do miss writing! I just have to figure out how to balance it with the rest of my life. For now I'm just jotting down ideas in between serging seams and hemming skirts, but the call to type doesn't seem to go away. I'm also using sewing as an escape from editing because I have to cut down the manuscript by 40,000 words. I know they say to kill your darlings and all, but I can't imagine cutting away a third of the book I just finished pouring my heart into. So procrastinating the editing means I dove headfirst into a rayon challis dress project Sunday afternoon instead of opening up the draft...If I am going to procrastinate, I might as well be productive!

Though I'll admit it, I did spend all of Saturday morning watching the royal wedding. As liberal as I am normally, the anglophile in me blinds my judgement when it comes to the British royal family. I blame all those fairy tale stories growing up. I still want to watch the glamorous actress marry the prince and ride through town in a carriage, sue me. As angry as people seem to get about the royal family being a stain and strain, the way two people look at one another when they are really in love is still inspiring. "Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself." Also, from a fashion standpoint, the dress was stunning no? So classic and I love a bridal gown with real sleeves.

Still I shall resist the idea of making a white cotton sateen day dress with a nice bateau neckline and return to my floral challis dress project. Anything's better than having to cut a novella out of my novel-- even fighting a slip sliding battle with silky rayon.

Dress: Made by me
Shoes: Chelsea Crew (Royal Vintage Shoes)
Handbag & Gloves: Vintage
Fishnets & Belt: Amazon
Earrings: Forever 21
Petticoat: Malco Modes

May 17, 2018

Bears Repeating

I repeat this dress all the time, but I have never showed you all how I would style it for evening! So this time I layered on the crystal rhinestone jewelry and slipped on my most Barbie worthy orchid pink/purple gloves. I bought the flowers (at Michael's craft store) to match these gloves and even brought the gloves with me to the shop to make sure I found some that would coordinate well. I really can't wait for the hair flowers I ordered recently to arrive from the UK, I try not to shop from overseas anymore since I tend to be too impatient...

I feel like I have mentioned this before, but I have a love hate relationship with my smile. I can't decide if I like that last photo there, which is why I decided to make sure to include it, to push myself to try and like the smiling version of my face. My parents did pay a pretty penny for braces, so really I should show off my teeth more often, but I just don't like what smiling does to the rest of my face! Weird complex I know. Perhaps it's also that my hair is just a bit too short to really pull of this half up sort of style. The back settled into such a good wave this time though! I haven't poodled the front in a while, and since I was going for quite an authentic 1940's look I decided my hair should reflect that as well. I think all in all this ensemble does look pretty authentically 40's. Though the shoes are a bit of a modern take on the style from Zara.

I actually finished a sewing project this week you guys, can you believe it?! That makes this (an olive green circle skirt) the first start-to-finish sewing project I have completed this year...and it's May already. So crazy, I have never been this behind/slow with sewing. I'm half way through making a new dress that I hope to finish soon, but that's only if I don't end up with jury duty tomorrow! Fingers crossed I won't be needed this time!

Dress & Flower Accessories: Made by me
Shoes: Zara
Fishnets: Amazon
Jewelry, Gloves, & Clutch: Vintage

May 16, 2018

Cataloging Catalogs: Spring/Summer 1950 (Montgomery Ward's)

A lot of us vintage loving gals admire both the 1940's and the 1950's styles, and it really does seem like many of these dresses from Spring/Summer 1950 really do blend the two eras in a great way!

I am seriously considering choosing one Ward's dress from one of the catalog pages I've shared to recreate and do an exact repro. What do you think? The biggest trouble will be finding a suitable fabric I think, since nice cottons and rayons are so much harder to find in this day and age. I'm looking through them now to decide which to replicate, but goodness is it hard to choose!

May 14, 2018

Eye-catching Eyelet

Second day of this set and my front wave just wanted to behave properly for once, so that was nice!

This white eyelet dress is one of my favorites, and I am tempted to style it several more ways until you all get well tired of seeing it on here. There is a vintage white eyelet dress for sale online that I have my eye on too, but after investing in a new desktop computer last weekend I don't think I'll be able to snatch up any vintage dresses for the foreseeable future. Editing video is so much faster on the new computer though so that has been amazing while working on new videos for my YouTube channel. New tech just isn't as much fun as new handbags or dresses though!

And speaking of handbags, this multicolored vintage corde clutch has to be one of my best finds of the year so far. I looove it! I can't believe I managed to snap it up before another vintage loving gal spotted it online. I had never seen corde like this before in so many colors together. Naturally that meant I had to have it ;)

I've been feeling a lot more optimistic and relaxed the past few days oddly, but it is a welcome change. Today I'm allowing myself a sewing day, since I have made so little time for sewing this year. I've got a new circle skirt that just needs a hem and a new dress that I'm about halfway through. I promise as soon as those projects are finished you will be seeing them shortly!

Dress: Made by me
Shoes: Modcloth
Belt & Fishnets: Amazon
Gloves, Clutch, Hat, & Jewelry: Vintage

May 11, 2018

Video: Last Winter's Outfits in Motion

All of you wonderful folks over here on the blog have already seen all of the outfits in this lookbook video, since I usually just record a little clip when getting photos, but here are some of this past winter's outfits in motion in case anyone wants to see me do my best awkward voguing in film form! I never film quite enough footage for these, so that is something I want to work on in the future. I always have higher expectations of doing grand fancy things for a lookbook video, but sticking with my more "British Pathe fashion video" inspired format usually works out better for me. Have a great weekend everyone!

May 10, 2018

Give me Gingham

It's gingham season by now right? I do hope so. Also, I wish I could wear this hat every day I love it so much, and it was one of the first vintage hats I ever bought! I recently invested in some new floral hair combs too (they are on the way from UK pin up flower atelier Alternate Normality), because I feel an odd need to cover my hair in flowers just now apparently.

As much as I love the 1940's, sometimes a flouncy 1950's outfit is just what a gal needs to brighten up a duller day. I have been experiencing a persistent little layer of stress this year that just won't seem to leave the back of my mind. I know I say it all the time here, but as always it seems like time is speeding past me and I am making zero progress towards my goals. Usually I can manage to shake that feeling off, but since last fall I haven't been able to as often. When I'm writing the feeling goes away, but it also seems, this year at least, when I'm writing it consumes my whole life so much that I can't do anything else! Perhaps it's just high time for another Ghibli movie marathon. Watch a different Ghibli film each night for a week, a prescription if you will. Those films will fill your heart with light even if only for a few hours.

What is something, an activity, a certain place, something you change, a piece of media, that you return to again and again to refuel your hope reserves and reliably gives you a needed boost? Asking for a friend...

Blouse & Skirt: Made by me
Handbag, Belt, Hat, & Gloves: Vintage
Shoes: Royal Vintage Shoes
Fishnets: Amazon
Petticoat: Malco Modes

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