Hello hope you are enjoying the end of your summer. I know I was trying to milk the most out of mine as I go back to work on Monday and am soon to be too busy to enjoy it as much as I have been. It has been a while since I have posted and I have lots of drafts of post I just haven't bothered to finish (I know bad blogger). Today I thought I would finish this post. One of my favorite boards on pinterest is my Sew This (pattern) board. When I first started pinning it was a catch all for all my sewing interest but as it got fuller I started to separate out tutorials and needle work. I can't promise you won't still find some of those items on this board but I can tell you it is full of lovely patterns from the past. Above is lovely Hollywood pattern for a 1940s dress.
I have bee thinking of making myself a 1930's evening dress. I found out the local history museum is having speak easy night on my birthday so I thought a 30s evening wear would be a good choice s my husband will want to wear a tux. I have no evening dresses as I have always been more of a day dress/ cocktail dress kind of gal.
If you want to see more here is a link to my pinterest board, Land'O'Lakes Gal: Sew This (patterns)
Notice I changed my pinterest name for the sake of privacy as I teach high school and well I like to have some privacy from my students.
Happy August Everyone, so my pinterest boards just hit 1000 followers. I thought I would celebrate by sharing this board with you.
So if you didn't already know this about me I love flamingos. I mean I really do so much in fact that not only is my yard decorated with them but so is my kitchen. My flamingo pinterest board has over 200 pins. They range from photographs of real flamingos to plastic pink flamingos and everything in between.
It was really hard to choose just a few to share with you but I did it so here they are. If you want to see more here is a link to the board. flamingo board
I love chenille bedspreads and well this one would be my top choice!!!
Don Featherstone the creator of the pink plastic yard flamingo. I was reading something recently about his wife. Apparently she sews him fun flamingo shirts and makes herself something to match. How cute is that!!!! Way to go Mrs Featherstone!!
OK so I thought I would post this really cute video made for Able Grable clothing staring the adorable Miss Amanda Lee. I don't think I could do anything close to this so if you saw my last post and you are not sure how to take your measurements watch this ( or watch it because it is well done and cute).
I hope that helps (yes Jenny I am talking to you).
Kind Regards, Susan
OK ladies I had something really surprise me this week. I was getting ready to sell some of my vintage possessions at a festival (my house is busting at the seams) next weekend. I was talking with a girl friend and she asked me if I would have anything fabulous she would love. I said if she gave me her measurements I would let her know as I went through some of my dresses. I was shocked that she didn't know her measurements. Why was I shocked? Well this lady has some great vintage dresses but she said she only buys them at vintage stores and events.
Why is it important to know your measurements?
You can find some great deals on vintage shopping on etsy, ebay, or even on vintage groups on face book but you won't know how it would fit unless you take your measurements.
Reproduction clothing can be fabulous too. Unless you live in California or New York you may not be able to find them locally in stores. How do you know it will fit? Well you could go off your size but really I find sizes can be inaccurate. One companies six could be another companies eight. This is where knowing your measurements comes in handy. You will have a pretty accurate idea of fit if you know your measurements.
Buying clothing in other countries. American sizing, European sizing and British Sizing are all different. How will you know it will fit and save yourself a pricey return overseas. Again most companies have a size chart on their website that will tell you in inches how their clothes will fit you. So know your measurements and check the size chart.
Even buying vintage locally knowing your measurements can help. I like to measure before I even try on I would have to rip a beautiful dress that has survived the last 50 or more years. I like to measure before I ever step into a dressing many vintage stores and sellers will even put the measurements on the clothes on display.
So ladies measure yourselves and shop vintage and reproduction with confidence.
I have been a fan of garage sales since I was a kid and realized I got lots more toys when my parents found them at garage sales and they didn't have to pay full price for them. Today my own son wanted to go to some garage sales. I have been avoiding garage sales this summer for two reasons.
Reason 1 I have been broke and even though garage sales are cheap I have been trying really hard not to spend.
Reason 2 My house is busting at the seams I need to clear out not add on.
But I promised my son, so we drove around our area looking for some signs (I did not look anything up on craigslist sometimes I like to be surprised). I found two great vintage garage sales and spend a grand total of $16. Not out that much money. But well more stuff. Oh well you can't win them all.
Ceramic Art Vases
Hand Embroidered and Cross Stitched Dresser Scarves, Vintage Gloves, Vintage Scarves
Alaska metal souvenir tray and small round table cloth.
Rhinestone Dress clips and confetti Lucite earrings with shells and a pin.
And finally this cute clear umbrella with pink and white polka dots.
There are also 2 sets of Asian figurines that I didn't get a close up picture of but they were a steal for $2 a set.
Best score of the day for me was the dress clips. I have have been really wanting a nice pair and these are lovely and well you can't beat the price 50 cents.