Tuesday, February 18, 2014

1940's Dress/90's Jacket

The thermometer outside our house read 77 degrees F. at 1 PM. That is not typical February weather in Omaha. I did what any sane person would do-I made a picnic lunch, grabbed a book to read aloud, and held afternoon class outdoors. You don't waste days like today. Danny got out his large sketchbook and pastels, made a mess, and enjoyed himself. It is due to snow tomorrow evening.
I adore this dress, but it loathes me. Clearly, it does not fit, never did fit, and without serious work, it never shall. But I love it, faults be damned. If I got rid of everything I loved over a few tiny faults I'd be on my tenth husband by now.
This is a handsewn dress, that someone put a great deal of thought and effort into. Who am I to alter it?
Maybe she could have paid better attention to the sleeve. Sleeves are hard.
If I keep my arms at my sides no one will be the wiser.
Outfit Particulars:

1940's home-sewn dress-Thrifted years ago
Belt-old, retail
Talbot's silk jacket (90's I think) Thrifted .99 cents
Shoes-retail, sale
Bangles-thrifted here and there
Butterfly brooch-Hand-Me-Ups Store
60's beads-thrifted
50's earrings-thrifted
60's ring-Mum's

What you can't see in the photo is how long this dress is. It comes past mid-calf on me (I'm short, and the dress is too large anyway adding length)which has to be the oddest length to wear. I finally found a pair of shoes that didn't look idiotic with it, but it took several tries to get right.

See that black thing sticking out from beneath the vanity? That's a shower stool. I balked at first, thinking it was the sort of thing only old ladies use. How wrong I was (to balk)! Sure, it is old lady-ish, as am I. Do you have any idea how great it is to sit, and shower? That was the best money I ever spent. Really, I don't know how I lived without it.

By my calculation there's still an hour or so of sunshine left-I'm off to make the most of it before the snow arrives.

77 degrees F. in February, in Omaha. Something ain't right.


pastcaring said...

What wild variations in temperatures, that's crazy! But I agree, take advantage of the warmth while you can.
The dress looks cool actually, in a vaguely military-meets-Joan Crawford kind of way. Could you shorten it a tad? I like it anyway, especially with all the bits and bobs of jewellery.

Thank you for your thoughtful comment on my last post, I appreciate it. xxx

Goody said...

As soon as you said, "Joan Crawford" I knew what the dress needed-shoulder pads! I think that may just solve the sleeve issue *smacks forehead*