(This post was supposed to be finished last week, but due to a crazy busy weekend, it was delayed until today.)
Getting ready for a wedding entails several major shopping trips, where we include visiting some large thrift stores. Some new-to-me clothes made their way home, among them this lovely vintage style feminine sweater, which I spotted on a mannequin as soon as I stepped in the door, and hovered around it until someone could take it off the mannequin for me. My first impression was - ooh, that looks so 1950s!
Fitted sweaters in a shorter length, worn without a belt, were very popular in the 1950s, as were allover prints and sweater sets. This one is a classic, with its V neck and hip length, wide ribbing and a giant houndstooth design. Super 1950s style.
Here I dressed it up as a go-to-town outfit, but it also could be styled more simply for an everyday or house outfit.
It's also more than just a pullover, with the pretty lace detailing at the neck and the use of contrast at neck, hem, and cuffs.
I found I have a dearth of skirts to wear it with, so that will need to be a wardrobe upgrade at some point in the future! I wasn't really happy with this pairing (also a thrift store find from years ago), but didn't have much choice.
But it does go so well with my newest hat, snagged at an antique store earlier this year. The straw beret is fairly fragile, but I couldn't resist the big black velvet bow.
It can be worn at various angles, and I believe would also work to accessorize for the 1930s, though I'm pretty sure it's a late '40s or 1950s hat.
The sweater also I could see as having 1930s potential, if worn with a longer bias-cut skirt, ruffles at the throat, and a belt. That's the fun thing about simple pieces like this - they can cross decades of fashion. (Obviously, since this is a modern sweater! :-)
I will enjoy wearing it this fall, and finding new ways to style it. Light sweaters with short sleeves are a favorite of mine when the air starts to turn, but it's still warm during the days. Especially for everyday, since as I've mentioned before, sweaters are fitted and vintage appropriate, but without movement restriction or the need to be pressed before wearing.
So I consider this one as a wonderful addition to my autumn wardrobe, and am so glad I spotted it at the thrift store!
This has been a very procrastinated-upon project. I started the makeover several months ago, then left it lay around without being finished for a long time. Finally I buckled down and finished it, and in less than a half-hour it was completed! Another reminder that procrastination never pays. :-)
Anyway, this skirt started out as a thrift store find: a very long, straight skirt I used to wear a lot in the summer. A solid gray that goes with anything, in a non-wrinkling fabric (though after being stuck in a redo-or-mend stack for a long time it did get some wrinkles in it). I had dressed it up years ago by doing some embroidery on the front above the hem, so it was also personalized.
Yet it was always too long to be practical. After I lost weight last year, this skirt settled down around my hips and what had been an ankle length skirt now puddled on the floor! It went from being impractical to being impossible.
I considered just getting rid of it, but liking the color, fabric and embroidery, I decided to try doing something else entirely. My first makeover.
I cut it off just under the zipper, which made the length about right. I wanted to cut the waistband out of the remnant, but the darts made that impossible. So I cut out a waistband from another fabric. Not the closest color, but close enough. I usually wear my blouses out over the skirt band anyway.
Marking the center of the front of the skirt, and the waistband, I pinned it together and began to play with the extra fabric.
I tried several ways of pleating the extra fabric.
And decided on just a single box pleat in the front. For the back I did long darts to use up the extra.
From there on, it was just like finishing any skirt. I put in a short zipper by hand, and whipstitched down the waistband.
Now I have a much more practical skirt that will actually get some wear!
I'm quite pleased with my first attempt at a makeover. I think there are more pieces in my closet that deserve a new lease on life as well.
It's nice to have what feels like a new addition to the wardrobe without all the work of making it from scratch.
Since I'm wearing it in these photos, I have to show you another favorite thrift store find - a classic pullover sweater. It's another one of those modern pieces that can easily become vintage with the right accessorizing.
A simple V neck and pretty puffed sleeves make it suitable for 1930s and 1940s wear. Plus it's comfortable! One of my favorite ways to dress vintage even when I don't feel like dressing up.
I think more makeovers are on the radar for the future! (After wedding sewing, though, I think. :-)
The past few weeks have been super busy, but also good and not too stressful. And I feel like a lot has been accomplished on the wedding-preparation front. Among other things, we have a venue, did a bunch of shopping, and completed the table decorations. Gift registries are being compiled - that's a fun thing to do. Two bridesmaid dresses are all but finished. I made my dress muslin and bought one kind of fabric for my wedding dress (no sneak peeks of that here, though, probably...:-) and ordered the rest of what I need, so as soon as that arrives I can get started on the final version. I'm hoping to have plenty of time to work on it so I can enjoy the process. Myriads of details to be thought of and attended to - so many lists to be made and crossed out!
Just a few of the small things...
Touching up my wedding shoes with blue...just because!
The foundation of a wedding dress - the All Important Muslin! I am using an existing 1950s pattern but altered the bodice in both fit and style, so I did a lot of basting and trimming on the bodice muslin. Once I got it how I wanted it, I just ripped out the basting threads and will use these pieces as the pattern pieces.
And these dainty confections arrived recently. They are a few of the flowers I will use for my bridal wreath and corsages for various folks. They are so pretty and cheery and vintage-y - just what I was hoping for! (I'm hoping to have time to take some step-by-step photos of some of my wedding projects so that after the wedding I can put up some tutorials.)
Color makes me h.a.p.p.y.
Of course, planning a day to be married to my Sweetheart makes me even h.a.p.p.i.e.r.
Maybe you've noticed my blogging has become erratic. Suddenly. Well, there was a reason! Suddenly.
That reason was a red-headed young man who came into my life in April and never will leave it, Lord willing.
On July 29, I promised to become Mrs. Dustin Clay.
We are planning a 1950s style October wedding, and are in the throes of early wedding planning.
What this means for the blog? I may be able to give you sneak peeks at my various wedding-related projects throughout the next few months, but due to a Certain Upcoming Event and a million things to do, as well as all the normal upheaval of this totally life-changing time, blog posts may continue to be erratic for a while. :-)
(I did get this 1950s dress finished in time to wear it for our engagement photos, though! It's the same pattern as this one, in a summery version without a contrasting yoke.)
My beautiful, beautiful ring. It's vintage style...he must know me pretty well. :-)
God is so good, and has blessed us in too many ways to count - and continues to do so, even in small things. He cares even about the details and dreams in our lives, and I am continually overwhelmed by His kindness toward me.
Most of all these blessings, more wonderful than even my girlish hopes and dreams of a future husband...Dustin.