There comes a time in the fall when a knitter’s mind turns to thoughts of Rhinebeck. The New York Sheep & Wool Festival is one of those fiber-crafts events that I had read about for almost as long as I’ve been knitting, but never thought I’d attend since it was on the other side of the country. And then I moved to the other side of the country and forgot all about it until last year, when I made a very impulsive and last-minute decision to go.
This year I planned a little better, and when I realized I had a partially completed 1890s cycling sweater on the needles, I knew what I was going to be trying to finish for my Rhinebeck Sweater.
Sometimes, you need a fancy dress. Sometimes you need that dress to be fancy enough to go out for dinner and a show but not quite so fancy that you can’t wear it all day. Sometimes, you accidentally purchase just such a dress because you underestimated its fanciness from the listing photos.
As promised another outfit with shoe review today. These are my second purchase from the Royal Vintage Shoes fall collection, the Alice cutout oxfords in Nutmeg.
I was on the fence about ordering these, because suede is a little harder to maintain than smooth leather and I don’t wear brown a ton, but I had decided to consign my older pair of brown shoes from Royal Vintage because slingbacks and I aren’t friends so I figured it would be good to have something available.
Continuing with last week’s theme of writing about shoes, but in a slightly more timely manner, I’ve got another shoe review for you all today!
Royal Vintage Shoes‘ fall “Spice It Up!” collection has just arrived, and since I had pre-ordered my top picks, a big box-o-shoes arrived on my doorstep a little over a week ago.
It’s a good thing I’m a vintage fashion blogger, because staying on top of writing about the latest trends and releases is not my forte.
Unfortunately (or fortunately), even in the vintage world there are new things, especially from reproduction brands, and although I always make sure to buy the things I want as soon as they’re released, I’m pretty terrible about writing about those in anything resembling a timely manner. Case in point: these shoes.
Those of you who have been following along here for a while may know that one of the many (metaphorical) hats I wear is “professional musician”. Since college, I’ve held an assortment of part-time jobs as a paid church choir member. The choirs have varied in size and skill level, but for almost 10 years my routine has been that Sunday mornings between September and June are for putting on my Sunday best and going to sing.
As I mentioned in my last post, I had a second dress started before the end of the dressmaking retreat I attended in Beacon, NY last month. With my first dress successfully finished, I decided to pick up Gretchen’s new Night and Day dress pattern (conveniently stocked in the shop we were in!) and give it a try. I actually hadn’t originally planned to purchase the pattern, because it’s similar enough to some vintage patterns that I own, but now that I have it I’ve been putting it to good use!
Earlier in the summer on a whim I decided it would be a great idea to sign up for one of the Beacon Dressmaking Retreats led by Gretchen Hirsch of Gertie’s New Blog For Better Sewing and various pattern and book publication fame. The location for the class is only a few hours’ drive from my house, and I definitely felt like I could do with some more guided sewing instructions since my general approach is a bit… fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants.
I still have to grab pictures of my dress from last weekend’s sewing retreat, but since we’re on the sewing subject, I thought it would be a good time to share a dress rescue project from earlier this summer.
I found this dress at Modern Millie (as usual) and although it was pretty something was just not quite right about it.
Hello dear readers, however many of you are still straggling along with me and my infrequent posting habits. I’ve moved my blog (again) and am having some difficulty getting the posts to come with it. I’ve realized I need a blogging solution I can do from anywhere, which my last one… was not. So here we are, back on conventional hosting. If I can convince myself to write, I promise that I have interesting things to report on soon, including a whole lot of sewing that has been happening lately. In the meantime, here’s a sneak look at my latest make on Instagram: