Thursday, November 16, 2017

Burgundy and Navy Blue

You know I must be a bit tired when I can't manage to think of an even mildly clever or cute title for a post, simply listing colors is the best I've got today! It's Thursday, so I'm ready for bed and I haven't even had dinner yet :)

Do I wish I could have one of these Emmy Design Sweden cardigans in every color? Yes. Sadly, that's just not gonna happen, so I have to wear my "fig" colored version as much as I can. This time I paired the cozy wool cardigan with an equally warm wool skirt in navy blue. The warm brown accessories were selected mainly so I could wear this fantastic and huge acorn brooch from Luxulite! Still speaking of colors, my dark purple hair isn't looking very purple here is it? Don't worry, I have since had it re-done in a bit brighter hue, you'll all be seeing that soon I promise! It is harder to match with things than my old usual shade of dark brown, but it is also just more fun so I'll take the extra challenge when styling outfits for now.

I just can't believe it's November already, let alone that Thanksgiving is next week! I should have planned ahead a bit better and saved up some extra money for Black Friday sale shopping but I'm afraid a recent splurge (and I mean splurge *cough* Remix shoes...*cough*) I doubt I'll be taking advantage of the sales at all. Unless Collectif have a crazy sale on coats...because I could be tempted there perhaps. I need to be sewing instead of shopping anyways!

Cardigan: Emmy Design
Skirt: Made by me
Shoes: Royal Vintage Shoes
Handbag, Earrings, & Gloves: Vintage
Brooch: Luxulite
Beret: Tourist shop in Paris

Monday, November 13, 2017

Emerald in the Pines


While cheekily shopping for this fall I was super pleased to have found emerald colored gloves, and then I spotted this emerald green suit!

Alright, while it's true this suit isn't an absolute perfect fit, just look at the color! I had to make it work, and I have already taken in the waist about 2 inches and I could take it in more. If only I had a bit more tailoring experience! I also couldn't decide if I wanted to switch out the moonglow style plastic buttons or not, but decided to keep them for now. Moonglow buttons, after all, were a thing in the mid-century...which this suit, while indeed "vintage", is not.

No this suit isn't from the 1940's or 50's, it's from the 1980's or 90's! The telltale plastic zipper and more modern labels can confirm this date range. In this great color, and in 100% wool, I decided to take a chance on a "newer" suit and see if I could style it back several decades. It could still use a more pronounced hourglass/new look waist shape, but I think it will do! The only other issue with it are the awkward length sleeves, which are somewhere between being bracelet length and just being a bit too short. This suit isn't labeled as being petites which would have explained this strange sleeve length, but I'm just going to pretend they are supposed to be bracelet length sleeves and wear longer gloves with this jacket! The bright yellow gloves I have on here were another recent find, I have been so lucky finding gloves this season. This pair and another identical in style but bright orange I picked up for a steal and they are/were dead stock too which is always the best!

I hope you all had a relaxing weekend. I spent a whole day scanning and editing the last fashion pages of the 1943 Montgomery Wards catalog so expect to see more from Ward's very soon. The next few pages are all hats so they are extra dreamy!

Suit: Vintage (Etsy)
Gloves, Bag, Hat, Earrings: Vintage
Shoes: Royal Vintage Shoes
Fishnets: Amazon
Sweater: Zara

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Cataloging Catalogs: Montgomery Ward Spring Summer 1943 (Coats!)

With the arrival of the frosts and early sprinklings of snow, it is time to sort out styling coats. If only finding 1940's coats was as easy as choosing from dozens of options in a mail order catalog. These pages may be from the Spring/Summer 1943 Montgomery Wards catalog, but swap out the straw hats for wool and these coats would be just as fabulous for late fall and winter. I know I'd like several of these coats in my closet! It may be time to try and make a coat, though the many layers involved are intimidating. just look at the coat on the left in the image below though! So dreamy. I've got a dress to make first, and hopefully it will be just the project I need to get sewing again more frequently. Have a good weekend everyone!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Tartan Harvest

Tartan season is the best, not that I don't cheat in the summer by wearing gingham which is close to plaid anyways!

This plaid wool skirt is a new addition to my collection of tartans, as I do have quite a few plaid skirts. This one is harder to pair with tops than I thought it would be, as the dark brown in the skirt is actually a very burgundy/brown and doesn't match either color perfectly. I really like to coordinate so stuff like colors not matching perfectly tends to bother me more than it should! The yellow and orange sweater was an impulse buy from Zara last year, and had funny slits in the cuff area that I sewed shut. I'd still like a proper 1940s mustard yellow sweater, but for that I either need to learn to knit much better or save up for having one made by a master knitter. If only I could afford more Emmy Design Sweden cardigans, but I'm currently saving up for other things *cough* *shoes*

I hope you have all had a great week! I always feel like I have to also say "despite the various tragedies and crazy sh** going on!!!" but it's getting old always having to say that, and so I'll just assume you know I mean "good week despite the various tragedies and crazy sh** going on!!!". One hopes for a better future, and hope is important. I have a lot of dreams that I want to work towards, and that keeps me going. It may be crazy now, and the future may be unknowable, but there is always hope!

Skirt: Vintage
Sweater: Zara
Clutch, Brooch, Earrings: Vintage
Shoes: Royal Vintage Shoes

Monday, November 6, 2017

Wind in the Aspens

It doesn't look like this outside anymore honestly, the leaves have truly fallen now, but a few weeks ago when I was out wearing my plaid suit, the aspens were still golden. Aspens are such gorgeous trees, the little leaves like gold coins dancing and glittering in the wind! If only they were golden all year instead of only for a brief moment in autumn.

I haven't worn this suit together in a while, wearing the jacket and skirt apart a few times last year instead of as a set. I should have made the collarless front on this suit less deep, with another button above the two I did plan into the design as it just would have been a better fit/look on me. As it is now the deep front of this jacket always bothers me, enter a faux fur collar to the rescue! Faux fur collars can add glamour and hide collars with ease. I'd like to make some more colorful faux fur accessories this year so I'll have to go check out the faux selection at my favorite fabric shop next time I'm there. I've had a hard time jumping into sewing projects lately, so perhaps a small project like a collar would be good for me.

I hope everyone has had a good start to November, as usual I can't believe it's November already! I have so much to do before the year is out! Better get to it I guess...

Suit & Faux Fur Scarf: Made by me
Shoes: Royal Vintage Shoes
Handbag, Gloves, & Hat: Vintage
Fishnets: Amazon

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