Tag Archive: 1940s
Knott’s Merry Farm is in full swing at Knott’s Berry Farm, and over the weekend a group of my gal pals (plus Patrick) and I went to enjoy all of the sights and shows. I’ve wanted a steer head jacket for years now, but they aren’t exactly a dime a dozen. The first one I […]read more
We’re almost all moved into our new house, meaning we almost have all of our stuff over at the house! But we are far from settled! We’ve been so busy I haven’t had time to blog about an outfit I wore a week and a half ago! Normally I like to blog within three days […]read more
Finally. And other sizes are now fully in the works. Size 8 will be up next week, followed by 14 and then 10 and 16 after that. Here’s what it looks like in tweed compared to my first make in cavalry twill. My full size chart can be viewed here. And more coat info can … Continue reading The VV 1940’s coat pattern is now available in size 18! →read more
Over the weekend I had the pleasure of attending a Disneybound event put together by Dole Whip Dame. The theme? Disneyland itself! Attendees were encouraged to bound as attractions, restaurants, shops, and shows. Now the concept isn’t new to me, as I bounded as the Gibson Girl Ice Cream Parlor last spring. This time I […]read more
Last Friday Patrick and I went to Ladies’ and Gents’ Night Out on Magnolia in Burbank. The monthly event is like one big party, with food trucks, live music and lots of sales at the amazing shops along Magnolia. So I swung by some of my favorite shops, and then headed over to Pinup Girl Clothing‘s […]read more
Some of you may already know of my love of the mythical creature the jackalope, so it was no surprise when Erstwilder released a jackalope brooch I just had to get my hands on one! Now unlike so many of my vintage loving friends, I’m actually not the biggest fan of Erstwilder’s stuff, as I […]read more
By now it’s no secret I have fallen head over cowboy boots in love with Knott’s Berry Farm. The literal farm turned theme park has one of the most unique, interesting, and classic American dream stories that there is. The book that helps tell that story best is Knott’s Preserved: From Boysenberry to Theme Park, […]read more
I literally took thousands of photos on our road trip, 3322 to be exact. Most were of abandoned buildings and killer vintage signs, which are my two favorite things to photograph, and our road trip was full of them! So much so my photos are coming to you in three, yes, three, separate posts! First […]read more
If you only go to one museum in Las Vegas, it should be the Neon Museum. The Neon Museum is rich in what made Las Vegas famous – neon. That spectacular glow of gases swirling inside glass made the lure of Las Vegas so bright and people flocked. Sadly though, over the years, many motels, hotels, […]read more
Late last week, Knott’s Berry Farm auctioned off a wide array of items that once dotted the famed amusement park. From paintings to coin-op amusements to animatronics to even a covered wagon, fans of Knott’s could view the items prior to the auction, then try their luck at bidding in the live auction. We attended […]read more
Patrick and I are in Portland for a couple of days for his work, and I tagged along to spend some time with friends, see my dad, and do a bit of shopping. I felt it was a perfect opportunity to share more of my vintage postcard collection! This time I bring you vintage Portland […]read more
I was standing over my sewing table contemplating what sewing pattern & fabric I wanted to use for my next project. I has having a very hard time committing to cutting into this wonderful rayon print. My husband walked in and gave me that extra push I needed to using this extra special fabric. HeContinue readingread more
Over the weekend Patrick and I visited Corriganville Park, the former location of Corriganville, an amusement park of sorts from 1949 to 1965. Corriganville was built by movie and TV actor Ray Bernard, but better known as Crash Corrigan. After going on a hunting trip in Simi Valley with fellow actor, Clark Gable, in 1935, […]read more
Eons ago I shared a selection of vintage Los Angeles postcards I had collected over the years, mentioned it would be a series, sharing other vintage postcards from my collection. Well, here we are well over a year later and I am finally going to share some more gems with you! I decided to share vintage […]read more
I bought this fabric in a desperate search for something out of the box and new a few years ago. I was feeling like I was getting into a rut, and wanted to shake things up a bit. This large floral rayon certainly qualified! 😉 The color scheme is so fun and while I was most excited to accessorize with mustard or one of these pretty blues, when I went to my accessory drawer I couldn’t resist the chance to finally incorporate this wooden bangle! To help tie it in with the dress, I added this block-printed silk scarf while the rest of the accessories remained pretty neutral. I’m looking forward to figuring out a few more ideas to accessorize this dress once the weather warms up again- I think the possibilities will be endless!
I started sewing Butterick 5951 late in the winter of 2016 and before I knew it, the weather turned warm and spring was on the way. Instead of completing this dress – I tucked it away, unfinished, in my cedar chest to deal with later. Later is now here; I just finished this dress andContinue readingread more
Last Sunday was a sad day in the Los Angeles history books, Gill’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream at Los Angeles’ Original Farmers Market closed up shop after 80 years scooping ice cream. I cannot lay claim to many fond memories spent at Gill’s, as I had only been there once, but I can still mourn […]read more
I am in love with the skirt, it’s a good basic black skirt. The length is comfortable, and being a stretch cotton sateen, it’s actually very warm and cozy.
I’m pretty sure I will get more wear out of the blouse in the warmer months, not a couple days after a huge rain storm.
Blouse- Self made
Skirt- Self made
Hufflepuff Pin- Gift from friend in the UK
‘Wand’- Knitting needle
Have you felt extra proud after making such a basic garment?
Do you have issues with purchasing separates?
What is your Hogwarts House?
Over the weekend some friends and I had a potluck. We used El Dia de los Reyes (Three Kings Day – a day that many within our group actually celebrate) as an excuse for a belated holiday get-together, and opted for a more Latin American vibe, with a Rosca de Reyes and other festive Christmas and […]read more
With this newly found confidence, I set on working on my Winter/Spring 2017 wardrobe.
Now, I put myself on a self-imposed dress buying ban. I get this weird mindset after I purchase dresses. “I need a certain outing to be at to wear it, otherwise it’s useless,” or some nonsense my brain makes up.
To counter that, I’ve been thrifting more separates, and have some patterns in place to sew some as well.
But, I can sew dresses. I usually have a certain idea when I sew a dress about where it will be worn. If I make some basic dresses, I will more than likely wear them more.
Here are the tentative ideas about what I intend to create this winter and spring.
VeraVenus’ Circular Knickers
Wearing History’s 1930’sstep-ins
Self-drafted hat patterns
Have you put yourself on any purchasing bans for certain items?
What are you most excited in seeing me create?
No, that’s not a typo, I really did mean “mane” like a horse’s mane, because today I’m sharing some images from one of my favorite high desert locations, Pioneertown, and it really is Mane Street there. Just after my family left from visiting for my grandmother’s services, Patrick’s mother came to visit for a week, […]read more
Last week Patrick and I blasted some Christmas tunes and decorated for Christmas. It takes a couple of days to get everything sorted and put up. Between last year and this, we acquired some more vintage Christmas decorations, including a vintage wall-hanging aluminum tree! As well as some more delightful vintage ceramic pieces that belonged to […]read more
It’s still hard for me to believe it’s mid-November, and that Thanksgiving next week. And with that comes thoughts of Christmas, so over the weekend Patrick and I went out to do a bit of shopping at the antique malls near us. I can honestly tell you I’m clinging to fall color palettes like crazy. I […]read more
After much anticipation, Clifton’s (which I have blogged about on several previous occasions, including its grand re-opening, Thanksgiving, and the first Fur & Feathers in LA) finally opened the doors to the newest addition to its cabinet of curiosities, Pacific Seas, a tiki bar inspired by the first ever Clifton’s, under the same name. The Pacific Seas […]read more
With so many Halloween festivities, fall Dapper Day (an unofficial day at the Disneyland Resort when Guests are encouraged to “step out in style” for a day at the park) really snuck up on me and I honestly felt like I had nothing to wear. But when I noticed the temperatures were going to be on […]read more