Clothing · Vintage · Wedding

Alice’s Suitcase

Alice was a wonderful woman. She was my father’s mother, and she had the kindest heart and soul. She would have gladly given the clothes off her back to help someone in need. She met my grandfather, Jerry, in 1951 on a blind date. At the time, she was training to become a nurse, and he had just been drafted in the army and was sent to Indiana. He wrote Alice many letters, one of which was addressed to Alice’s parents asking their permission to marry her. Through this correspondence, they planned a wedding and when he returned home, they got married in 1952. Alice and Jerry were married for over 53 years when Alice passed away from an aggressive form of Lupis. A few years later, Jerry followed her.

After they were married, they lived with Jerry’s parents for a while before moving into University housing and then to a rental house near the site of their future home that was being built. After their third child was born, they moved into their new home and spent the rest of their lives together in, what the family calls, the red house (due to the paint color). Now that they are gone, the family is left to go through memories and reminisce of times past. While going through some of my grandmother’s things, they found this suitcase and some of the following: 2 evening clutches, 2 hats, and one handkerchief which is thought to have belonged to Alice’s mother before her. Along with these, a Singer Dress Marker, and a black cocktail dress with a matching belt were found.

 

When they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, their original wedding attire was put on dressforms and displayed for guests. Below my grandmother’s wedding dress were her shoes, which were turned into a silk flower arrangement. I have those shoes now, and every time I look at them, I am reminded of the day she wore them, and how excited and happy she must have been.

So this is for you, grandmother and grandfather. Where ever you are, I hope you are happy, and I hope you are together. ^_^

Clothing · patterns · sewing · Vintage

VPS: Advance 6723

VPS: Advance 6723

Dress and Bolero
Size: 14
Bust: 32
Copyright: Unknown – Early 50’s? 

Info:

 Misses’ Dress and Bolero: Princess Sundress with pointed top front and back
and shoulder bands tying into bows-Pockets in side seams-Back zipper closing
-Wide sweep to flare at hemline. (View 1) Dress and Bolero-All one fabric.
(View 2) Dress with contrast bolero in stripes or contrast the color to plain
or print dress.

 

 

Another gorgeous dress! This one is a sundress with a bolero jacket. Perfect for a day on the town without the bolero or a social gathering or evening engagement with the bolero. I adore the shape this dress gives, the full skirt and fitted bodice. Notice again, the white gloves. Boy, I’m glad I picked mine up at that vintage booth for $5! ^_^ I still have yet to score some vintage shoes that fit.

Some pictures that will be coming soon are: My grandmother’s vintage wedding shoes, a Singer Skirt Marker, a few hats and clutches, a vintage suitcase, and a vintage black cocktail dress! All of these were in my grandmother’s possession, but I believe that some of them may have belonged to her mother.

Stay tuned! ^_^

*Please note that the patterns posted in the VPS are not for sale. These were my grandmother’s vintage patterns am I am sharing them because I have a love of sewing, vintage patterns, and the memory of my grandmother. ^_^ Thx.*
Clothing · Vintage

ModCloth Outfit

I was surfing the net yesterday and I stumbled across ModCloth. I can’t believe I had never been there before! The clothes are so cute! There are a lot of vintage inspired pieces, as well as real vintage finds. The real vintage stuff flys out fast, so you basically have to be sitting on your refresh button to buy anything! ^_^

I picked out a few pieces from my wish list that I would think go rather well together. What do you think?