Monday, October 26, 2015

1940s Dress • Violet and Chocolate

Today I'm sharing my mom's gorgeous dress that she wore to our friend's wedding last week!
We had both originally planned on making 1930s dresses, but with the time squeeze we had, and the seeming difficulty of the patterns, we decided to change plans and come up with something different!
She decided to use this gorgeous purple fabric, called "Violet and Chocolate," incidentally, to make Butterick 5281. Since she only had 3 1/3 yards of it, it was a trick to fit all the pieces on, but in the end she was able to get the whole dress out of it. The fabric is so soft and drapey, it looks beautiful in this pattern!

I love the details of this pattern, not the least of which is the beautiful drape of the bodice. It's so elegant!
Incidentally, I love this belt buckle! :) It's made of gray shell, but matches the purple *perfectly*. It was still on the card when we bought it, which adds to the neatness factor! ;)

These buttons. Don't they look just like candy?! I just love them! She bought them not knowing what they would match, but to our great surprise and excitement, they matched this fabric beautifully. And they're just the right size to be the perfect accent. I just love it when that happens!

This little brooch was an inexpensive find at an antique shop, but so worth it! It looks like something Queen Elizabeth would wear! :)

Our (of course planned color-coordinating) outfits did in fact end up coordinating quite well, I'm happy to say! :)

All in all, I just love this dress! It's perfect for all seasons, depending on how she accessorizes it, and it looks just gorgeous on her. :)

Meanwhile, I might just be sharing our latest antique finds this week! We had a scrumptious time antiquing this past weekend, and found some amazing stuff. Buckles, buttons, patterns, magazines....just so many goodies! Eeek!! :)
And I'll go ahead and let the cat out of the bag; we're working on colonial outfits! It's about time, right?! We randomly decided that it would be fun to wear them for Thanksgiving, so that's what we're shooting for. We'll see how it goes, and hopefully have an update post or two! :)
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  1. A perfectly lovely ensemble, Mrs. W.! I picked up right away that your outfits matched, without being identical. My favorite way to match someone. :) Especially when one is older than 12! :) I am not usually drawn to purple but your fabric is just lovely, and the buttons are COOL! I noticed your shoes right away, they are a style I like as it is classic, dressy, yet comfortable (or so they appear). Where did you get them?

    1. Mom thanks you very much! :) And me too!
      She got her shoes in....Duluth, of course! :) I forget which shoe store it was, but it was at Miller Hill Mall. They're Life Stride brand, and are indeed very comfortable. I wanted some too, but they didn't have my size. Surprise, surprise.
      Thanks, Sarah!! :)

  2. Oh what fun! I love the "sister" dresses that Moms and daughters wear! My mom and I do that at times! You mom looks fabulous in her new dress and what a grand name! Violet and chocolate!

    1. Thank you, Gina!! :) I LOVE IT when you and your mom wear the coordinating dresses. It's just too much fun!

  3. That really is a gorgeous dress. I have so much respect for you both and that you're a mother-daughter vintage wearing team. You're trailblazers on that front and a huge inspiration to so many of us in the old school adoring world.

    ♥ Jessica

    1. Thank you so much, Jessica! We do very much enjoy sharing our love of vintage! I can't imagine what it would be like if both of us didn't have an appreciation for it. We're so blessed! :)


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