OK, I promised to post the bits of my 50s party outfit for tonight’s staff Christmas do.
First the dress. I found this at the Sally Ann for five bucks! It’s not true vintage…the fabric is far too fresh. But it was made by someone who knows their way around a sewing maching, using a vintage pattern. They kept it authentic too…using a metal side zipper and ‘rope’ belt loops (unfortunately there was no belt with the dress and I couldn’t find one that was just right, but I think it looks fine without a belt too).
Next the crinoline. This is the only thing I bought that was new. Got it at a local shop that caters to dancers.
I needed a wrap. I looked and looked for something suitable in the local second hand shops, and the closest I came was a black wool shawl with rabbit fur pompoms. It had ugly lace trim, but that was easily remedied. After removing the trim I also cut it so it had more rounded lines. I think it works.
Now I needed some bling. The earrings were a Christmas present from Iris years ago; the rest came from second hand shops or ebay.
The purse was easy…my beaded Kelly bag I’ve had for years.
The piece de resistance was going to be a little cocktail hat I ordered from Etsy, but sadly it hasn’t arrived yet. Here’s the Etsy photo:
Putting this all together felt like doing a jigsaw puzzle. It was great fun. There are still a few things I’d like to add to really complete this…a little pair of black cotton short gloves, and a belt. But that will come.
I’ll try to post a photo of the finished product in a couple of hours, once I’m dressed.