8.27.2012

What we wore in 1938

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{1938 Picnic outfits}

Here's what Ruth and I wore to the picnic. She borrowed her outfit from my closet, the jumper being from Fab Gabs, and the blouse thrifted, originally from H&M. I was really surprised when I found the blouse and saw the label, it's the perfect late 30s design, in the perfect colors and print. When I wear it to threads I'll have to make a pattern from it, I just love finding modern pieces that can fit in a vintage wardrobe so well. 

I made my dress combining the patterns for the skirt of a 30s outfit, and the top from a late 30s/early 40s dress. The bakelite necklace and bracelet are both from Expo, I thought the necklace especially appropriate for a picnic :) 

I found the fabric at an estate sale and just love it, there's lots more leftover!All the materials for the dress came to about four cents. Thanks goodness for estate sales. Even a good deal by 1938 standards!

Shoes courtesy of ModCloth 

Hat-Red Light

Sunglasses-H&M

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32 comments:

art deco dame said...

I don't think I can express enough how much I love that necklace and must tell you every time I think.You and Ruth look great!

Nadja said...

Lovely and seductively.

Adin B said...

You and Ruth look oh so lovely vintage. :) Love your dress and her outfit as well. Oh vintage love! :)

Adin B

Alexandriaweb said...

The tartan blouse is so cute :D

Anushka said...

Fabulous - such a great autumnal feel as well.

duecitti said...

Adorable post! I love these looks and the sunglasses are so cute! :-)

Charmaine said...

I am in major dress envy right now. Of both you ladies.

Jessica Cangiano said...

You both look (and are) so incredibly beautiful in your late 30s garb. I'm especially taken with your sublime acorn necklace - one can't find a more perfect autumn inspired accessory than that!

♥ Jessica

Jess LadyofVintage said...

This is just simply amazing. The colour, cut and pattern really flatters your figure. Beautiful!
Jess x

LandGirl1980 said...

GLORIOUS!!

casey said...

Both your outfits are so pretty! I especially love the acorn neckline you're sporting, Solanah--really gorgeous piece. :)

Leigh Ann Fisher said...

Magnificent! Love this!!

Apothecary Inn said...

I was totally drooling over your dress and thinking to myself, "Oh my gosh! WHERE did she find such an amazing piece?!" I should have known you made it! :) What a great idea to combine the two patterns (I'll have to remember that), and the fabric pattern is perfect! GOOD JOB! :)

My Passport to Style said...

Omg, this is darling, the necklace is simply delicious.xx

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Babes in Thriftland said...

Wow, your dress turned out FANTASTIC! I wish I could sew that well. Combining patterns is like jedi skills :)

Hannah said...

The dress is perfection on you I love it, and that shirt is indeed adorable xxx

Technicolor Cutie said...

Love! Is the necklace Bakelite?

Technicolor Cutie said...

Love! Is the necklace Bakelite?

MrsAmberApple said...

You both look lovely!

Youthanize Vintage said...

That necklace is amazing!

MissNathalieVintage said...

I'll have to check out H&M more often. I was lucky enough to find a button down H&M blouse with puffed short sleeves at my local thrift shop. I believe it was between $2-$3.

Good thing you showed the rick rack up close. I thought it was one of those puffed lines some vintage dresses have sewn into the seems. Very nice job.

Andi B. Goode said...

Your outfit is just too too perfect! Gah.
-Andi x

Kristian said...

Impressed you made your own pattern. Cool!

AnnaBananaCupcake said...

Beautiful ladies!!!
XOXO

Janice said...

I love your dress! Well done.

wardrobeexperience said...

wow, this dress is so amazing ... i especially love the top and the pattern. great work!

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Emileigh "Mimi" said...

Positively adorable!!! I'm still looking for some friends to do such things with; vintage wearers are few and far between where I'm at!

Frances said...

Perfect! I love the rick-rack edging in your dress. I also absolutely adore your necklace (I also think I'll have to tell you that every time I see it) because my parents work with oaks and I grew up harvesting and planting acorns... maybe some day I will find one of my own.

ourdailydress said...

Rick rack and gingham is just the best combination. I love both of your outfits, and am so impressed you made that dress.

Suzanne Carillo Style Files said...

I loved this outfit so much that I've included you in my Friday Top Five picks.

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justicepirate.com said...

beautiful ladies!!! what a beautiful design on your dress and I love the length. you don't see things that long usually.
+Victoria+