Monday, June 7, 2010

Weekend update

So this is as far as I got this weekend on the Ruby shorts.

Made some darts and hemmed the pocket. Still have no clue what Ruby wants its pocket seam allowances to be. I went with 3/8 as that seemed to make the pocket the right size. I think on Purple Ruby Shorts #2 I'm going to omit the back pocket. It's cute, but it is detracting from that 40s vintage vibe. Of course, Purple Ruby's fabric colors are already detracting from its vintage vibe. Purple Rubys I think will have much more of a 70-80s look, while Pink Ruby's will have a nice 1940s or 1950s feel to them. I'm already planning to pair Pink Rubys with a white button down blouse, a large brimmed hat and some white vintage sandals. I need to swing by the goodwill and my favorite consignment store before I pick any shoes up on the internet, but these are at the top of my list.

Currently they are $20.00 on etsy. I've been dying for some white vintage shoes since I saw this post by the Vintage Baroness. I, of course, was not willing to pay for any of the shoes she posted despite how glorious they were. I was, however, very inspired and went in search of something a little more reasonable. To me dressing Vintage is about having a vintage look that evokes a certain time period, but is not necessarily accurate.  I suppose you could say I lean towards the Rockabilly side of vintage fashion in that way.

Luckily for me, fashion is cyclic. What was once in style will be again and again and again. The sandals are probably from the 1960s or 1970s. The maker is Corelli. The heel is just perfect for the vintage 40s look. It wasn't very common to see different colored heels at the time. You'd be surprised at how difficult it is to find a pair of white peep toes with a solid white heel these days, but if the white heel isn't important to you etsy has a lot of white 30s and 40s looking strappy shoes from the 1970s and 80s under $20.00.

I'm also on the lookout for a sweet 40s red lipstick shade to go with the look. Besame has some great Vintage Reproduction lip colors. I'm leaning towards Merlot for my 40s look.

What do you think? The 1940s look is characterized with a flat foundation, light eyes, a dark liner over the eye (cat-eye optional), a thin highlight under the eye and a dark lip. I'm worried Merlot might be a little too dark for my pale skin, but maybe not. Here's a cosmetics ad from 1947.

Blue Red is pretty dark as you can see. Besame's Classic Enchanting Lipstick even comes in a vintage styled lipstick tube. How cute! The designer of their lipstick collects vintage lipstick tubes and designed their packaging accordingly.  Besame Classic Enchanting Lipsticks come in a large variety of colors, are quite thick, are highly pigmented and are about as close to the lipstick of the 1940s as you are going to get. The tubes sell for $15.00.


Jana said...

the girl in the photo of Besame's lipstick has a blog, Diary of a Vintage Girl, and she did a post on makeup just the other day -

Then again, you probably already knew that, my bad.

Alyssa said...

I was confused on the seam allowance as well and also made up my own measurement. Whatever!
After being inspired by Jenn of Pretty Little Pictures I got some vintage white shoes. Highly disappointing for someone who never ever ever wears white. EVER. I own one white gauze skirt. And it looks too matchy with that and inappropriate with everything else, so I'm sticking to my own personal shoe "neutral", red.

BaronessVonVintage said...

great shoe find! I agree most of those shoes in my post were pricier...they were also from the early to mid 1930s and very very rare! Still, the risk of them being really narrow and brittle is higher due to age, so I think on all counts, you've scored a fabulous deal here. I agree about the cyclical fashion element.

I love that members of the vintage community have their own way of wearing vintage. This diversity of tastes is part of what I LOVE!

Kelli said...

Good luck on the red lipstick front! I can never find something that doesn't make me look washed out and pasty! Can't wait to see what you find!

~Kelli @ Smidgens

Nancy said...

Jana: I hadn't seen her blog. Thanks for sharing!

Baroness: I was in love with those shoes you posted! I wish I could have all real vintage things, but I'd be so worried about something happening to them that I would never be able to wear my vintage things!