What fun I had you-know-where this morning, readers!
For starters, fabric, glorious fabric. The print above feels like rayon and I adore the colors and drape. This fabric is saying to me, Forties cocktail dress, Forties cocktail dress... Actually, that's the same thing I hear when I put a conch shell to my ear. Or a Dixie cup.
There's a bit over 4 yards here and it's 44" wide. Just $5! (It's darker in real life and reminds me of this.)
Next, this lovely vintage purple strawberry cotton print. About 2 yards and 38" wide. I can squeeze a summer shirt out of if for sure. For $2, can you go wrong?
Finally, 2 yards of black silk chiffon and 4 yards of pink silk chiffon, both roughly 44" wide and $5 for both. The pink has a Japanese government inspection stamp on it (it passed).
Many of us look better draped in chiffon, don't you think?
Next, a book I've admired for years, Jocks & Nerds: Men's Style in the Twentieth Century.
And now, friends, the best for last: a vintage Forties tilt hat! This hat is not in perfect condition and could use a good brushing, but it's awfully nice for $15, and is decorated with the sweetest velvet flowers. This one's for Cathy and if it ever gets above freezing again, you'll get to see her wear it.
I've been looking at vintage hats on eBay for the last few weeks and while there are certainly deals to be had, if you intend to wear the hat as opposed to merely reselling it, you're taking a big chance with something you can't try on.
That's my morning in a nutshell, friends. I spent all my mad money ($20) and dipped into my furious money (an additional $17).
You have another two full days to enter my Vogue Patterns Magazine giveaway, so if you haven't thrown your hat in the ring -- actually, if it's a Forties hat, email me before you throw.
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns, in addition to sewing for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!