12.21.2008

The weather outside is frightful...


Its been snowing all week, which means the world stops around here. I wasn't able to go thrifting at all so I'm a little lacking on items for the shop, but that's given me a reason to get all the mending done and even make things, like another bustle skirt I've been working on. I've been enchanted be a 1930s coat at work, so in order to consider buying it I've been going through my own coat closets and seeing what I can part with. So far I sold one, and have two others up for sale in my shop. But loving this coat has made me look closer to 1930s fashions. Flipping through the 1930s Sears Catalogue book I can see just how amazing these outfits were. The waistlines and hemlines are in a love hate relationship the entire decade, moving closer together and farther apart with each year. The detail not only on dresses, but on the sleeves of the dresses is what amazes me most.
I pulled out a beautiful 1930s two piece dress my friend gave to me that was her grandmothers, and mended a bit of the smocking on the sleeve. This dress is silk and the only flaw it had in 80 years was some stitches loose. I've bought new shirts that barley last a week. As I told a friend recently, these sleeves have more character in them than an entire modern formal gown. Simply stunning. I plan on wearing it to my families brunch on Christmas Eve, and attempting on finger waving my hair. We'll just see how that goes...

Coat-Estate sale. My first vintage purchase years ago.

Hat-Goodwill.

Gloves-Discovery shop.

4 comments:

SusiePrue said...

i'm in the same boat as you! haven't been able to get to work much and forget about the post office - snow snarls all my carefully woven plans. at least i'm getting some work done. i have over ten slips to repair. i always pop the straps off!
i adore the 30s and 20s attire, too. i'm too curvy for most 20s stuff but the 30s dresses fit me amazingly well.

Solanah said...

Yeah, work around the house seems to be the winner. I look so frumpy in 20s dresses, although adore the lavish detail, but yeah, the 1930s bias cut is great, such an overlooked era in fashion.

Darlene said...

Aha! My two favorite fashionistas...

Good times, the snow... and you look so fetching in your outer coat, So. I can't wait to see the new bustle skirt, b/c God knows I'm going to need another one, lol.

I really think that whole bit about a 30s sleeve is more than just a funny, but true witticism, but something far more. Because your right. They put a lot of love and time into 30s garments, and it definitely shows...

I miss getting snowed in!

kim* said...

I wouldn't last in that weather...I'd surely become a hermit. lol