Yes, that's right, it has taken until January for Missouri to get a real, sticking snow. I'm VERY happy about it. I feel winter is a waste of time if it doesn't snow. Who likes cold that doesn't provide snow days or outdoor fun?
Anyway, I also just finished altering this 1920s suit I bought a while ago. It was my first 1920s piece, and it had been lengthened and widened at some point in the past. (I believe it was an old alteration, probably done in the 1920s. It kept the boxy 20s silhouette, and the added fabric is extremely close to the original.) I took out the lengthening panel at the waist to make it short enough for me again, and it now fits! I feel very Coco Chanel in it, but I obviously need to get myself a long string of pearls to complete the look.
I also felt the need for a hat (hats being a necessary part of 1920s winter fashion and all), but 1920s hats are extremely expensive and hard to come by. I took a page out of Lauren Stowell's book and re-blocked a hat to make a 1920s cloche. I don't have a hat block, and I took a very... make-do... questionable route to get to this cloche. (Including putting the hat on my husband's head and steaming it into shape. He's a good husband.) I reused the embellishments that were on the modern hat and sewed them on. I think it's pretty good for a first try ever!
I paired the outfit with one of my only longer-length shirts, some thigh-high socks, a "1928" brand brooch from the 1980s, and my 1920s shoes. I used things I already had in my closet, and I'm proud of that! I'm trying to do less buying and more making-do-and-mending this year.
I'm also proud of how far I've come in my knowledge of vintage styles. A very long time ago I posted a "1920s photo shoot" post that I now realize.... was very not 1920s. My hair and shoes were close, but the dress wasn't even remotely near an actually 1920s look. Even though it's kind of an embarrassing post, it's nice to have photographic evidence of my vintage knowledge growth in the past couple years!
1920s suit: Fab Gabs
sweater: Lands' End
brooch: gifted, "1928" brand
What area of your vintage knowledge has grown a lot recently? Is there something you're especially proud of accomplishing or learning?
If you want more 1920s inspiration, here are some things you may like!
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Pinterest: my 1920s board