1940s · Outfit · Vintage

A vintage outing in Portland


I spent a lovely day in Portland dressed in 1940s vintage yesterday. The Ladies Tea Guild of Portland put on a great event at the Bomber Complex, which was originally a gas station that had a B-17 over it, but expanded into a restaurant, motel, and now museum. I carpooled with Captain Miller, the head of the Historic Aviation Guild, which is the WWII living history group I just joined.

Captain Miller and I in our shades
Captain Miller and I in our shades

First up was lunch at the Bomber. If you ever get a chance to go, I would definitely recommend it! It’s got a great vintage vibe, and a lot of the menu options are named after things in vintage aviation. One of the gals there brought some neat vintage magazines (including the obligatory Life) so much fun was had chatting over those.


After lunch, it was off to a fabulous vintage fashion show hosted by AlexSandra at the Elks Lodge. Unfortunately, I only got a few pictures on my phone (there was too much fabulousness, I tell you!), but I felt the whole time that I had just stepped onto the set of Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day!

1940s fashion show

I was also fortunate enough to meet Kristen Behlings (who is the model in the above pic), who is an amazing vintage hairstylist and looks like she walked out of the 40s. Lucky me will be taking a class offered by her next month on how to do vintage hair, which I’m super excited about!

After the fashion show, we headed back to the Bomber for a private museum tour. They have some really neat stuff, including this WWII nurse’s uniform:


And, after the museum tour, it was off to my friend Kady’s apartment complex, which was built in 1941.


There are also gorgeous inner courtyards, so of course, photos were in order.


As for the dress, I got it off Etsy recently for a different vintage event, but ended up wearing it as the swing dance dress I’m working on was just too tight (which annoys me, since I made a muslin mock-up first). Anyways, it was handmade in the 40s (no label, pinked seams) and I paired it with this super cute hat.

Kady and I are in the midst of planning the June Ladies Tea Guild event, which is going to be Breakfast at Tiffany’s-themed with little black dresses. Super excited about that!

1960s · Outfit · Vintage · Vintage Saturday

Vintage Saturday: Black cigarette pants


Here’s to the weekend, readers! My original plan for today was to head down to Portland for the Fur and Feathers Luncheon Julie of Fab Gabs is hosting. However, I’ve been battling a horrible sinus headache this week (I even went home from work early on Thursday) and the drive to Portland is 4 hours round-trip, so I decided to stay home to catch up on some much-needed errands.  Of course, I want to be comfortable, yet chic, and I love dressing vintage on the weekends, so black cigarette pants were in order.


I’ve been looking for a pair of black cigarette pants for ages, and I picked this pair up about two months ago and have been living in them ever since. They’re made by Gloria Vanderbilt (who also birthed one of my favorite dapper men, Anderson Cooper). Let me tell you, that gal knows how to make a pair of pants. I love to pair them with my black and white striped shirt (although the stripes are a bit narrow and hard to see here), ballet flats, and red lipstick for a modern 60s look.

Other than my boring run to the post office and grocery shopping, I also went to see Les Miserables today. I’m probably the last of my female friends to have seen it (even my bestie that I went with today had already seen it!), and I have to say, it didn’t entirely live up to all the hype surrounding it. Don’t get me wrong, the music was great (although, they could’ve let Russell Crowe sing less), but some of the costumes were a bit disappointing, and I would’ve liked to see Anne Hathaway belt out “I Dreamed a Dream.”. Overall, it was a good movie, and I thought Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne (who we all know I just adore), and Hugh Jackman all did fabulous jobs. Of course, now I have “Do You Hear the People Sing” and “Master of the House” stuck in my head. 😉

1850s · Modern Sewing · Outfit

Outfit: Sunday matinee

Last week was finals week here at Chez Anna (which is why there have been so few posts lately), and I finally feel like I’m catching my breath now that it’s Spring Break. Speaking of which, the weather is finally warming up to the point where I can wear tights with my skirts, rather than leggings with two pairs of socks and boots. 😉 So, in addition to tights, I also wore my new (to me) beaded cardigan and me-made black wool skirt to the theater this afternoon to catch a matinee of The Artist!

Readers, I adored this film. I’m sure many of you have heard of it since it recently won several Oscars, but it’s basically about a silent film actor from the 20s who struggles while the film industry is getting in the business of producing only “Talkies.” And I find it so interesting (and fabulous) that a silent film has been so popular in the 21st century. Despite the lack of sound, the plot came across clearly, the music was astounding, the costuming on-par with the actors looking like they stepped directly out of the 20s, and the dance scenes were incredibly entertaining.

My favorite scene from the film:

Oh, and the dog in the film was *so* adorable! He could do some really neat tricks (like pretend to be dead after fake getting shot). So, when I got home I immediately had to hug the puppy (ok, he’s 4 but he’s tiny!) Marshmallow may not be able to play dead, but he’s very good at being yappy and only sitting when you have food. 😉

Oh, before I forget: one of the things I’ve been working on lately have been reproduction Victorian bookmarks made out of perforated paper (which is sort of like a stiff cardstock that has holes punched into it so you can embroider and cross-stitch on it).

Anyways, I whipped up a few of these for the mini-workshop that I taught on how to make them on Saturday. It was slightly nervewrecking, since I’m not an embroidery or cross-stitch expert at all, but it went swimmingly. And for those of you that do mid-19th century reenacting, this is a great project since it’s so easy and portable.

Alright, that’s it for now. Hope everyone had a lovely weekend!