1920s 1930s Prohibition Picnic at Historic Overlook House in Portland

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I have been looking forward to the New Deal Weekend Prohibition Picnic for quite some time here in Portland!

Before the picnic my friends Katie and Cari came over to my house and we had so much fun rummaging through the Adored Vintage stocks and trying on different hats. I was so incredibly indecisive as to what to wear, but finally settled on this late 1920s early 1930s floral chiffon number. Which surprised me a bit because I had been pretty set on wearing 1920s. But at the end of the day, my favorite era won over! Although honestly, early 30s isn’t very flattering on my figure as the mid to late 30s, but oh well.

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I had so much fun! This was my very first vintage themed event I have ever attended! It seems a bit surprising to me to say it out loud. I mean I LOVE ADORE vintage so much and I just never thought to go to an event where everyone is just as obsessed, (actually even MORE SO) than I am. I have so much, honestly SO MUCH respect for the vintage gals that can wear head to toe vintage and do it everyday and do their hair and makeup. I WISH I could do that. I’ve dabbled here and there, but for me it takes so much effort and I never look how I want to look so I just throw my hands up and give up.

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Anyhow, Cari and Katie packed a lovely lunch of cucumber tea sandwiches, Greek salad, fancy crackers, and I threw in some Vermont chocolates my Aunts just sent me from Burlington and some cherries. (Always dessert on the mind!)

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We giggled (A LOT). Freaked out over Vanessa’s (of Wanderlust Vintage in Portland) new puppy, Pearl. Took loads of photos. Admired all the dancers. Shimmied to the live music. And tried (albeit was unsuccessful) at keeping dry. You see it POURED this morning and the lawn was still wet. But you can’t have a 1920s Lawn Party and not be on the LAWN!

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I got to see some familiar vintage friends like Julie of Fab Gabs (who organized this event) and Solanah of Vintage Vixen. It was also really lovely to meet some vintage gals I just know through Instagram like Christine of Living Threads Vintage and Katie Scarlett who models for Fab Gabs (who I really hopes hosts a Wet Set pin curl class coz I would be there STAT).

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These last series of photos are my favorite we took today. The light was absolutely perfect, the mood just right. I adore my friends so much! Excited to attend future vintage events here in Portland!

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Wishful Sewing

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I cannot sew. It would seem like I do considering the amount of repairs I’ve done for Adored Vintage, but nearly all of these are HAND DONE. It takes me forever.

My mother on the other hand is a master seamstress. She has the uncanny talent of being able to simply look at a picture of a garment and then magically make it. I am not engineered this way. I so wish I was! And if I had kickass sewing skills… here are the vintage patterns I would have made already.

Most of these vintage patterns are from the late 30s by the way, I have such a soft spot for this period of fashion.

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Vintage dress sewing pattern from 1939. I adore the peter pan collar so much and the slightly puffed sleeves.

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Isn’t this vintage sewing pattern from 1937 just perfect? This is my favorite silhouette, perhaps not such a wide shoulder though. Soft a-lines cut on the bias are the most flattering for my frame.

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This vintage skirt from the late 30s is great. So are these shoes!

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Early 1940s vintage dress sewing pattern. I adore this silhouette! So flattering!

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It’s another late 30s dress pattern! I bet you are super surprised!

Maybe my late summer project will be to finally attempt sewing something from start to finish…

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Her Portrait and the Departmental Ditties

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On a recent vintage expedition (where the bounty was not nearly as fruitful as I hoped) I was lucky enough to come across this small book of poetry, Departmental Ditties by Rudyard Kipling.

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I adore old books. I like the smell of old books. I love how they feel. Also, I WILL judge a book by its cover. Vintage book covers are just so very beautiful. I am often inspired by their motifs and colors.

It is a very, very wonderful thing when the book on the outside is lovely however inside the true treasure awaits!

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For you see…this vintage poetry book also has inside some poems from the original owner of the book. A man named Maurice. This book was originally purchased from Lippman, Wolfe, & Co. Booksellers right here in Portland! Who are you Maurice? Who was this lady you wrote of?

It saddens me so much that his penmanship is so difficult for me to decipher! I can however make out a few lines…

“She is all the world to me

As she stood before me

I can see her now”

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Jazz Age Fashion Inspiration

On my bucket list of vintage things to do is the Jazz Age Lawn Party held bi-annualy at Governor’s Island in New York to celebrate all things 1920s and early 1930s and jazzy. There’s dancing, there’s picnicking, there’s kicking up your heels, and there’s lots of gorgeous 1920s and 1930s vintage to drool over.

The next one is August 15th and August 16th and while I won’t be in attendance next year (although my darling Esther Jean will have me there in spirit as she attends every year), I want to pretend like I am going and therefore start dreaming up of all the possible 1920s and 1930s fashion ensembles I could wear.

Jazz Age Lawn Party Fashion Inspiration \ Early 1920s

If you’re an early 1920s gal, you might want to wear an ankle length dress (tea length will work too) or drapey gown. You can also get away with wearing something from the late teens era since some women still wore their Edwardian frocks into the 20s. The idea is to embody the spirit of the Jazz Age era, not necessarily be era accurate. Well, that’s how I see it anyway. Some may think otherwise.

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Now for some mid 20s to late 20s fashion inspiration for the Jazz Age Lawn Party! I adore the mid to late 20s and basically the entire 1930s, but we’ll get to that in a bit! The mid to late 20s is what most people think of “flapper style”

// SHOP: vintage 1920s and 1930s vintage and vintage inspired clothing for the Jazz Age Lawn Party at Adored Vintage

Jazz Age Fashion Inspiration / Mid 20s Early 30s

 

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Let’s move into the early 1930s now, shall we? The early 30s features one of my favorite silhouettes! Slight a-lines and tulip flared. I find it to be the most flattering on my figure so I a lot of my wardrobe has nods here and there to this era.

You’ll note in the early to mid 1930s there is a lot of emphasis on collars and sleeves. Lots of ruffles! Ruffles up the wazoo! You’l also notice hats got a bit smaller. Smaller brims and many tilt hats.

// SHOP: vintage 1920s and 1930s vintage and vintage inspired clothing for the Jazz Age Lawn Party at Adored Vintage

Jazz Age Fashion Inspiration / 1930s

Oops! I’ve just noticed I didn’t number these photos, so here are the image credits by description instead!

Both of the vintage 1930s dresses featured in this post are from Adored Vintage. Vintage 1930s pale pink gown from Adored Vintage / Vintage 1930s pale green ruffle gown from Adored Vintage

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***I can’t remember where the trio of ladies in 1930s dresses photo is sourced from. But it was also on Pinterest.

// SHOP: vintage 1920s and 1930s vintage and vintage inspired clothing for the Jazz Age Lawn Party at Adored Vintage

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An Ode to Laura Ashley

I remember in 3rd grade (or perhaps it was 4th grade) when all I wanted for my birthday were these ruffled lavender Laura Ashley sheets with matching ruffled pillow shams and purple floral accent pillows. I did not get this elusive set of bedding (which amongst my circle of girlie girl friends, having a Laura Ashley bedroom set basically made you impervious to anything “uncool”).

Instead what I got were these pink rose patterned sheets and pillows. And while they were still floral and were bedecked with enough lace and ruffles to make Marie Antoinette proud, they were NOT Laura Ashley. They were a SHAM (haha I just made a bedding pun!).

In case you’re blind (wait, how are you reading this?!) it is probably no secret that I adore anything floral and feminine and have a tendency to lean towards colors that appear sun faded. So without further ado, my ode to Laura Ashley and all things ruffled, romantic, and puff sleeved.

An Ode to Laura Ashley

When I think of Laura Ashley, I think of romantic English countrysides. I think of tiny floral wallpaper and fabrics that seem like The Bennet’s (from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice) might have had.

Laura Ashley isn’t the only brand that rekindled a love affair with pastoral inspired fashion. From the late 60s to the early 1980s brands such as Gunne Sax (Jessica McClintock) and Young Edwardian also followed suit. While the latter produced more Medieval and Renaissance inspired designs in the late 70s and 80s, Gunne Sax did start by creating clothing that was inspired by Victorian and Edwardian prairie styles.

An Ode to Laura Ashley

An Ode to Laura Ashley

At Adored Vintage, I’ve come across some vintage Laura Ashley clothing. Laura Ashley reached its fashion peak (in my vintage opinion) in the 1980s.

I wonder if Gunne Sax was America’s answer to Britain’s Laura Ashley? While there were similarities between these brands, it is my opinion that Laura Ashley is quite distinct from Gunne Sax and Young Edwardian.

What do you think? Are you more of a Gunne Sax girl or a Laura Ashley girl?

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