This weekend, I submitted my entry to Emily’s “Fall Color Photo Contest”. I was sorely tempted to submit a mid-1930’s outfit made from this pattern (see at left) out of a rust cranberry colored paisley with brown and gold tones. I have yet to blog about this dress despite being very proud of it.
However, just like for Emily’s “Color Recipes for Spring” photo contest from earlier this year, where I submitted my 1942 Winter-Mint dress and Velvet Hat, I went for the 40’s again. You can see my entries on her Facebook page. Here is my outfit pictures with my summary:
“My outfit incorporates my sewn projects and authentic vintage, as well as several different recurring fashion ideas mentioned from the inspiration articles. Here I am channeling the mid-1940’s.
“Brown Proves Popular” article was my main inspiration. Alligator ankle strap shoes were mentioned in the article, and so I’m wearing my dark brown, vintage, leather strappy platforms in what I believe is a circa-1946 style. To link in my shoes (like the article mentioned), I’m carrying a brown faux-alligator leather 40’s style purse, handmade by me from a free online pattern and blogged about here. The straps fold over into one another to close the box top.
“Brown Proves Popular” article’s mention of silver and grey hound’s tooth check, so I personalized the idea with what I had on hand and sewed a silvery grey Glen plaid center pleated skirt using an old Advance #3964 pattern from the year 1945. The skirt’s fabric is a thick rayon acrylic as warm as wool.
Green was mentioned throughout, so I am wearing a vintage heavy wool suit coat, with lapel pockets at the hips and turned back cuffs. This jacket was a gift to me from a close friend of mine who shares my vintage and sewing enthusiasm. Both jacket and shoes are “Famous-Barr” brand.
The buttons on my suit coat are golden, so I chose gold earrings, a gold watch necklace (from my husband), and a vintage golden dachshund dog pin as my accessories. Long, short dogs are a personal “thing” for me – for three generations now, my mom’s side of the family has always had one in the house as do I now, too. I love my sweet little canine companion and am wearing that sentiment on my jacket lapel!”
I have enough extra fabric to make a matching jacket for to match the skirt, and I’m hoping to get to that sooner than later and make a post on the whole outfit. We’ll see!