If you have been following along, you may remember that I recently bid on a vintage dress from this fabulous Ebay shop called Park Avenue Pin Up. Needless to say I won the auction. Unfortunately when the dress arrived it was to big, so I had to put my sewing skills to the test. I had never altered a dress before. It didn't turn out perfect, but for a first time alteration I think I did alright.
As you can see it was stunning on the mannequin but quite frumpy on me. Knowing that vintage clothing sizes run 4-6 sizes smaller then current sizes, I thought the dress would fit. I was wrong, but at least there was more dress then needed, and not the other way around, so it was fixable. My advice to those wanting to buy vintage is if possible make sure to try the item on. If you can't try it on, and are bidding in an online auction like I was, make sure to pay close attention to the measurements. For example Marilyn Monroe was a size 12, however if Marilyn were around today, and was to purchase new, she would be a size 6-8. I want to state I have no complaints with the seller. She did a wonderful job of describing the garment. I simply should have shopped for a smaller size.
I had fun on PicMonkey turning some of the pics into black and whites. Besides my new vintage dress I am wearing my vintage-y shoes, they are the same pair I wore to my wedding 12 years ago. I am also wearing a red bottle cap flower necklace that I made. You can find the bottle cap necklace tutorial here.
Notice the great monogrammed tote. My sweet blog buddy Jen from Frazzled Five made it for me. Thank you so much for the sweet gift. It was the perfect accessory for this fun vintage photo shoot. Besides my great new tote, I thought it would be fun to use my new to me vintage Samsonite suitcase from
Junque In The Trunque on Etsy. I purchased the suitcase to use as a display at craft shows, so you will see more of this fun luggage this Summer.
If you have not noticed yet, I am back to blonde! I felt silly with the big curly hair, but it seemed appropriate for this style shoot. I really loved the red/purple hair I had, however it was fading so fast. Every Summer my hair tends to lighten up from the sun a lot, since I enjoy hiking outdoors, so I thought it would be best to go back to the blonde for now. I was really hoping for a platinum blonde, however the red did not want to come out completely. It's more of a strawberry blonde now.
I want to thank my wonderful and talented husband Jerry Hilton for photographing this vintage shoot. It's always nice getting dressed up and spending sometime with him, which is why I keep sharing each week a what I wore fashion post. I hope you enjoy them too.
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