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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Gatsby Picnic

Wool Felt Cloche
Wool Felt Cloche 2
At my mother-in-law's request our family attended the Gatsby Picnic a couple weeks back. It was motivating, if nothing else. Where does a 185 lb, 5 ft. 9.5 in. girl get herself some authentic 1920s or 30s vintage outfits in a hurry? She doesn't. She has to make them.

I started by buying some patterns from Decades of Style because they have redrafted some great vintage patterns to fit larger sizes (Angelina are you listening?). I made this skirt and this jacket (still a WIP). My sister found a vintage-looking Target sweater at a garage sale. I just happen to have some vintage size 11 shoes that worked. My goal was to look appropriate, but not too fancy.

After looking at the Vintage Pattern Lending Library I was dying to make one of these wonderful felt hats. Of course, I picked the one with the flowers. I used all materials from the stash — a benefit of being a hoarder. The picnic day turned out to be very warm, so I traded in the wool for a straw cloche that my MIL had. The wool hat made its debut at preschool last week when my hair was in a state that might scare small children. Turns out the hat scared them more than the hair. Go figure.

More photos from the picnic here.

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Anonymous Carrie S. said...

I saw those pictures on Flickr, and instantly fell in love. What a great idea, what a great event. I think you and your whole family looked fabulous - and I love the hat. Not all. Just lovely...

Thu Sep 27, 06:29:00 AM PDT  
Blogger kristin said...

you look great!! what fun photos of the get-together. i'm always in favor of theme parties with dress requirements :)

and your hat is gorgeous...looks very much like a vintage one i own ...beautiful work Michelle

Thu Sep 27, 03:08:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Hurrayic said...

I think I was 14 when I dressed as a flapper for Halloween. I refurbished a drop-waist dress I had and added some beads and headband. Thought it was so cool then - look back at the photographs - how silly I looked! Your hat is much more subtle and sophisticated. Sounds like you had fun.

Thu Sep 27, 07:34:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Rebecca said...

wow! what a fun day out. you all look fabulous!
LOVE the hat. and thanks for the links to the vintage pattern sites. (i was going to bed in a few minutes - don't think i'm going to make it now) ;-P

Thu Sep 27, 08:58:00 PM PDT  
Blogger nikkishell said...

WOW! A Gatsby picnic????!!!! How wonderful, i wish i could have come :)

Fri Sep 28, 03:59:00 AM PDT  
Blogger plaidshoes said...

I can't tell you how much I love that hat! You did a fantastic job.

Fri Sep 28, 07:42:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Angelina said...

Kids are so funny! I love the hat and actually have that pattern. It's so cool to see it sewn up. It's beautiful on you!

So, I'm off to check out your link. I'm totally listening...

Fri Sep 28, 10:19:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Kristin Nicholas said...

Love the hat - beautiful job! Forget the party - wear it all the time.
Happy fall.

Fri Sep 28, 04:42:00 PM PDT  
Blogger APO (Bem-Trapilho) said...

amazing hat. lve it!

Fri Sep 28, 05:46:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Laura said...

Most beautiful thing i've ever seen
can I post the picinic in my blog?


Thu Oct 04, 10:29:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Scribbit said...

Love that HAT!

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