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A Fashionable 1930s Wedding

The weekend before last we were fortunate to attend the wedding of our friends Robert and Ashley (of Miss1940sVintage).  They are quite the couple from the past- and totally immerse themselves in their chosen eras of the 1930s and 1940s.  When they announced that their wedding was “Garden Party Circa 1930s” themed, we were not in the least surprised.  Given the lovely and creative dressing of the vintage scene in Los Angeles and San Fransisco (as many of the guests came down for the wedding) , the guests relished in the chance to dress the part to celebrate the union of their friends.

The bride wore vintage, with a borrowed lucky veil which belongs to talented singer and pianist Sara, of Sara & Swingtime.  All of the bridesmaids are clad in gowns created by the talented custom couture dressmaker and Simplicity pattern designer Theresa LaQuey (whom I finally got to meet for the first time at the rehearsal dinner).  The bride and her bridesmaids were picture perfect and the setting at Forest Lawn looked like it was just right out of a real 1930s film!

The Bride looked gorgeous and her flowers were period perfect!  They were made by Sharlene of LA Deco Flora.  The bride’s makeup was done by the talented Katharina of GoForKat (who also did the makeup of several of my photo shoots for Wearing History patterns).

The groom and all his groomsmen looked impeccable in vintage morning suits.  The joy of the groom in this photo, taken just after the ceremony,  makes me happy.

And, of course, all the guests looked fabulous!

The talented up and coming music artist, Mary Simich.  Her outfit was created by her own personal couturier, Mr Tiny of Wacky Tacky.

All the old cars were parked in front of the church for a fabulous photo op.  Here’s my husband’s top hat he wore at our wedding is perched on top of our friend’s Packard.

Of course, when you get old cars together you sometimes get the…. unpredictable.  In this case, we watched some of the groomsmen and guests give a friend a push to get it started.

En route to the reception we had fun following our friend’s car and seeing two of the European visitors getting a kick out of riding in the rumble seat.

The reception was held at our friend, Nathan’s, beautiful Edwardian home.  Here’s some snapshots from the reception.

Guests listening to toasts.

My husband looking very distinguished in the library.

And hamming it up, as usual.

I wore a vintage 1930s dress I had held onto for several years, waiting for just the right occasion to wear it.  This fit the theme perfectly!  I made the hat to match by converting a horsehair hat I bought at the thrift store to a more 1930s style.

Many congratulations to the bride and groom!

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Great Los Angeles Air Raid, 2013

Wow! It’s been about a month since this event! How did that happen?  Well, I’m a bit late, but here’s my favorite photos I took at an annual event in San Pedro, CA, at Fort MacArthur Military Museum.  This event is called The Great Los Angeles Air Raid and is a WWII themed dance and re-enactment that happens once a year, commemorating the time during WWII when they believed they spotted foreign aircraft over Los Angeles. Panic broke out, and in the end it was a weather balloon (or a UFO, depending on who you ask). You can read more about the real event here on Wikipedia.

This was my first time donning a real WWII uniform.  I was fortunate enough to come across an original British ambulance driver’s uniform. I guess you can tell where some of my heritage is from, as it fit me to a “t”!  We couldn’t find a helmet, and finding other parts of this uniform is proving somewhat impossible, so my husband and I made the hat to go with the jacket by looking at real WWII photos of women ambulance drivers.  I actually also have the matching overcoat, but for once this event was too warm to need it!  We all usually freeze at this event!

Here’s some photos of friends and I at the event.

Hope your week is going wonderfully!

Outfit Post: New 1940s Plaid Suit!

I’m so, so excited!  My Christmas present from my husband got here, and it has to be one of my very favorite vintage things I’ve ever owned.  He said I could pick out a couple things on Etsy for my gift, and I jumped on this suit from Raleigh Vintage.  It’s an early 1940s lovely wool suit- kind of like a tweed, with a thick weave in a bold red, white, gray, and black.  So yummy!!  I’ve always admired vintage suits, especially the “man-tailored” or “collegiate” style ones, so I’m very excited this lovely suit is now gracing my closet :)

I love how I can wear the suit open or closed- both look really authentic to the sporty look of the early 1940s,

My felt “envelope” hat is also new.  I bought it recently from Frock You Vintage in San Diego.

And a silly little close up.  I felt very “film noir” detective girl in this suit!

Now on my wish list, I would love to find a red tweedy wool jacket so I can mix and match a 1940s wardrobe, and a gray or red overcoat.  Someday!  For now, I’m just much too thrilled with my new to me vintage suit :)

Finished Project: Autumn Floral Smooth Sailing Blouse

I haven’t shared a project in such a long time!  I have had this finished for several months and already worn it a few times, but my husband snapped these photos on Thanksgiving so I could finally share the project with you!

My thanksgiving outfit was my new blouse from my Smooth Sailing pattern, paired with a jumper made from a vintage pattern several years ago, a me-made hair flower, Payless saddle shoes and white socks.  I’m so excited that my hair is finally long enough to style without having to do a wet set for curls!  My hair refuses to hold a hot set now that my perm has grown out.

Whenever I wear a dress or skirt with a lot of “swish”, I can’t help playing with it!  I’m like a little girl playing dress up.

I saw this fabric at Joann fabrics and instantly fell in love! I knew it had to be a Smooth Sailing blouse. I’ve worn the other two I’ve made so much that they’re starting to look a little ragged. The fabric is SO cute, and so appropriate for vintage! It’s a “premium quilting cotton” be DS Quilts Collection called “Richmond Floral Red”, but mine is really more of a dark pumpkin color with a little red tone.  I bought mine in the store, but it’s still available online here at Joann fabrics.

I paired the fabric with a blue piping for accent and little baby rick rack on the pockets.  I had stashed some great vintage plastic floral buttons for quite a number of years and had them up on my bulletin board- knowing that sooner or later the perfect fabric compliment would come along.  Well, it finally did, and now they have a home on my new blouse.

 

Just for kicks, gotta add this silly shot.  I can haz no skillz of a pin up. LOL!

Hope you had a lovely holiday!

High Adventure- Indiana Jones Style

Last weekend we went to a very fun event- one of the ones that we look forward to the most every year.  In fact, last year was the first we had missed in a long time, and so we were anxious to go back and check it out again.

This is an adventure day- part of the several day long IndyGear Summit for the Club Obi Wan message board- an Indiana Jones fan board.  I am a huge Indiana Jones nerd, and I love the excuse to dust off the adventure gear.  This day is our favorite- a day we all get together for some sort of adventure at Fort MacArthur Military Museum- the same museum that hosts the Great Los Angeles Air Raid event once a year.

This year was different than some years past.  Where previously we did a sort of scavenger hunt all around the fort, this time we did a mock archaeology dig, and the fort was transported, via WWII British re-enactors, to 1942 England.  Quite fun!  We met up with several friends there, including Beth from V is for Vintage blog, and had a great day out.  Here’s some of my favorite pictures. Warning- there’s a lot of favorites, so lots of pics ahead!

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My friend, above, made her entire outfit and Beth and I were highly tempted to kidnap the jacket, especially.  So picture perfect that I thought it was actual vintage!

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 My outfit was composed of different finds and out of the whole outfit I only made my blouse.  The breeches were from Wear It Again, Sam, when they had a vintage shop in San Diego, and they are vintage 1944 dated British military jodhpurs.  The boots are vintage and were an eBay find.  The belted back jacket is vintage 1970s (but I think it passes well for 1930s) and was bought on Etsy from JLVintage.  The military belt and gun holster are vintage and were borrowed from my husband.  And the pith helmet is vintage and was bought at Fort Mac at their military timeline event that happens yearly.  The scarf was borrowed from Beth’s husband just for photos, and promptly returned.

I love adventure style! I really need an excuse to wear it more often.  It feels more “me” than dressing up in fancy clothes :)

You can see the rest of my photos here on Flickr.

Hope you’re having a great week!

A Vintage Visit to Disneyland

The other day I started thinking about photos and adventures that happened over the last few months that I never got a chance to share.  Well, this one sticks out in my mind because it was an absolute blast!  One of my best friends, Ginger of the Scene in the Past blog, was out visiting around the time of Costume College this summer and we decided it would be a blast to go to Disneyland in 1950s clothing.  Ginger had never been to Disneyland before, so this was a perfect excuse for me to get a chance to go back to one of my favorite places.  I invited our good friends Teresa and Kat, who joined us for part of the day, and the four of us had a really great time!  Here’s a few pictures.

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Ginger just looked so picture perfect with these lovely 1950s style patio sets I just had to take a snapshot!

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Our little group in Frontierland.

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Two girls in vintage patio dresses in a tree house (it will forever be Swiss Family Robinson tree house to me.. I love that they still play the song at the end of the “attraction” on a makeshift phonograph)

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Two Indiana Jones nerds at the exit of the Indy ride with the truck from Raiders.

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The traditional Fantasyland castle shot!

I just love Disneyland, and it’s SO fun to go with friends in 1950s clothing.  It just feels *right* somehow :)

Of course we had to do all the old-timey rides like the train ride through the “grand canyon”, the Tiki Room, and all the other fun vintage things that makes Disneyland so great for vintage lovers.

Finished Project- The “You Were Never Lovelier” Fringey Dress

Thanks to my good friend, Beth, I have pictures to share of this project!

This was another dress I made for Costume College this year.  The theme of the evening on Thursday night was “Carmen Miranda,” but when I was watching You Were Never Lovelier a month or so before Costume College I knew I needed the fringey dress that his lead singer of Xavier Cugat’s band wore in one of the opening numbers.  It just so happens to be on YouTube, so here it is (and now the song will be stuck in my head all day).

The dress and strap were made of fabrics in the stash.  The fringe was bought on Etsy.  I had an interesting time coming up with the pattern- it actually started life as two seperate patterns (one mid 1930s, one mid 1940), which were combined, draped, and completely altered to make it work to be similar to this design.

Here’s Beth and I at the party.

And, of course, since it was Carmen Miranda themed, I needed to add a turban!  Stephanie posted a great image of Carmen Miranda with a butterfly turban, so I knew I needed one!  It was made by draping swimwear fabric on a foam head block, then creating rings of quilt batting and covering them with the same fabric.  The pointy bits were sewn to that shape then I added millinery wire to make them stand up. The glittery butterflies came from Ebay.

That wraps up all the projects I made for this year’s Costume College :)  Many thanks again to Beth for the pictures!