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How I fell for vintage

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

1940s halo hat and peplum blouse with wiggle skirt via va-voom vintage
Hello there! My name is Brittany, Im a 24 year old housewife and stay at home mom from St Louis. I have always loved fashion and spent many years sewing costumes for LARP (live action role-playing games), renaissance faires, Halloween and just because I love it. I love to study historical fashion and design some of my own clothes and costumes. I married my husband, Pj last year and quit my job as a cook to be a housewife in January of this year. I had my first baby girl, Olivia in October and since then, became too busy for silly things like getting out of my pajamas. I lived in my yoga pants for over a month, while adjusting to mommyhood and one day decided that I had enough with no longer being fashionable.

I remembered my grandma telling me all about the way housewives were in the 50's, how they always wore dresses even to clean, how shorts were never appropriate for a lady (according to her mother).  While the baby napped, I passed afternoons watching my daily fix of Desperate Housewives re-runs thinking about how Bree Van DeKamp manages to clean her house, bake fabulous desserts and keep such a perfect little flippy 'do. Soon I realized that 50s style shirt dresses would be perfect for a stay at home mommy to wear on a daily basis.

 They'd be comfy, pretty and I could even wear my little vintage aprons when I cook dinner and clean house. That's when it all began. Then it occurred to me that in the 50s, most ladies didn't have "junk in the trunk" (like me!) and most of them didn't wear a size 9 shoe (like me) and most of them didn't have an obnoxiously enormous bust size (like me). I've spotted some vintage clothes at antique shops and have never seen anything remotely close to a size 16. 

 I went on a shopping expedition and found some vintage style patterns at my local fabric store, picked up some fabric (woo-hoo, 60% off wool blends!) and got my butt to the sewing machine. I found some great vintage buttons at the antique mall up the street to complete the look.

 I hope that you enjoy joining me on my journey from pajama clad mom to vintage fabulous.

Skirt-handmade by me
Blouse-handmade by me (pattern was slightly altered)
Shoes-payless
Purse-Target
Hat-The Vintage Haberdashery
Gloves- Alton, IL antique store

4 Responses to “How I fell for vintage”

  1. Amazings work and you are so beautiful and feminine!

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  2. your blog is too beautiful...i love your clothes and the way you match them!!i wish we had more vintage stores here..!!!

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  3. Very beautiful! I need to learn how to properly sew. I can do embroidery, but that's about it.

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