>It’s about time, isn’t it? After posting all about the prep, I got lazy when it was all over and neglected to share pics from when I was there!
My husband and I went on a lovely vacation to England this summer- we were really blessed to do it- everything just fell into place little by little. A year ago we would have never dreamed it to be possible! We were invited by some good friends to come over for a week long event, circa 1938, so wardrobe planning was a bit of a challenge. We had never done a vintage event that long!
Unfortunately I don’t have photos of every outfit I wore- there’s a few that we either forgot or were busy or didn’t bring the camera along. Whoops? You’d think after all that I’d have photo proof!
Anyways, in no particular order, here’s most of the wardrobe, minus one evening gown, a day dress, and possible others that I’ve forgotten!
Here’s the little linen suit I had worked on. I’m not too happy with the way it looks in this photo (my belt was too tight, darn it!) but I’m still happy with it sewing-wise. I wore this on the day we arrived- we all piled into a 1935 Riley to arrive in style. I got the hat on etsy from Bette Be Good Vintage.
These aren’t the best photos of this dress, but it’s a blue cotton dress I had made last year. This is my second time wearing it, and I really do love it. It’s so soft and breathable. I wore this for the “Regatta Breakfast”, celebrating all things nautical.
This one I whipped up the week before the trip. Perhaps you remember me mentioning my Fiesta dress before, but thinking of it in terms of 1940s? I changed my mind and made up this little halter dress from linen from a 1937 pattern. It does have a matching bolero jacket, but I don’t think I have any photos with it on! The shoes I found on the trip- a lady who sells a lot of costumes to Poirot was there, and I purchased these amazing (and rare) 30s beach sandals from her. I’d been wanting some forever! Hurrah! When my white heels took a spill the second night there these were fill in for nearly everything. Luckily, evening dresses are long enough to cover a multitude of errors.
Here’s a group of some lovely girlfriends in evening attire. That’s me on the left in the obnoxious cotton plaid dress. I have had this dress for years and years! I purchased it from a local vintage shop that is no more- Dick, Jane, and Spike. Oh, how I miss her store! But the dress was fun. I was hesitant to bring it since it’s so loud, but everyone liked it! I love the rick rack on the little jacket, and it’s very easy to wear in summer heat.
Ah, here’s a very unflattering picture of me… I was feeling poorly that morning, but the dress is darn cute! I bought this on Etsy from Childhood Memories. It literally came the day before we left, so I popped it right into my bag since I was an outfit short. Hurrah! The little yellow hat was from the same seller there as the shoes. Unfortunately this is after my white shoes took a spill, and I was very sad not to have them for this outfit. The purse was a lucky ebay find, and the shoes I bought years and years ago from Vintage Silhouettes before they sold their stock. Art now makes amazing custom hats.
If you follow my little blog, you’ve probably already seen this photo! This is a great periwinkle blue gown I bought on Ebay. The seller had it mislisted as Victorian, so I got it for about $20 plus shipping. It’s one of my very favorite dresses now- perfect for dancing and spinning circles! I think the fur was a thrift store find, and the earrings came from a little local antique store that has since gone out of business.
This outfit was one of my favorites. It was so much fun and so comfy! The jacket I bought there from the host and hostess of the event. It’s SO amazing, and so rare! I had been looking for a real one of these for years and years, so it was meant to be. It’s a late 30s tweed jacket in a yummy color combo of purple, burgandy, and off white. It fits just like a glove, and I love the directional stripes on the pockets and the darts at the sleeve caps. The hat was a find from the Porte De Vanves flea market in Paris- old store stock and never worn. The colors are fabulous! The scarf was loaned to me from my good girlfriend over there who we stayed with- she saw the had and had the perfect color match! Hurrah! And the dress is a knit dress with fun brown little buttons all the way up that I found on etsy from WickedPen.
I can’t believe I almost didn’t pack this dress, and it was probably my favorite one I brought! This was for Empire Night, the dressiest night of the trip. This gown is a black and gold taffeta and still has the NRA label inside. The dress was from Ebay, from when a vintage seller was clearing out their stock. I think I got it for under $40! Totally meant to be. The shoes were from the Long Beach flea market. One of the best parts of the gown is the back. Unfortunately I don’t have a good shot of it, but here’s one of me talking to the Duchess- she makes all her own gowns!
Oh, I love this dress! This was probably my biggest wardrobe splurge beforehand, but I bought it when I was at the opera and making good wages so I don’t feel at all guilty! This was from the eBay seller Mill Street Vintage. It’s got little metal studs all up the front and on the sleeves, and is the softest ever wool/silk blend, I believe. It looks like it was a very expensive dress originally. These are the same black shoes from above, and the hat is gold lame with black feathers and I purchased it years and years ago from Vintage Martini when he was at the Santa Monica Vintage Fashion Expo.
Oh, dear! I was on a role and I’m all out of pics! Oh well. I’ll try to get some shots of the other two outfits I wore. I think you already saw the pajamas- I danced late into the night the last night in them- it was such fun to have a dancing pj party!
Many thanks for the overwhelming good wishes for our first anniversary! We ordered in Thai food and had a nice quiet evening. We decided to wait until friday for our “date night”, but it was so nice and romatic, with time to reflect together.
Best wishes for a lovely week!