Expo Expo Expo!

This past weekend I went to the Santa Monica Vintage Expo. Its a quarterly expo showcasing vintage goods from all over California. Ive been before, and its fun.

I have no cash, so I mainly go to look. There are some amazing pieces, and I often check the garments to see if Im using techniques that were used in the past. I squee like a kid when I find I do. Like one blouse that a friend of mine bought, it had snap fastener spaced on the bottom after the last button. I often do that to keep the bulk of a fourth button from bulging when I have my shirt tucked into my slacks. Well, I guess thats so vintage because I found that a lot. That, I guess would also explain the reason for button cards that only have 3 to 4 buttons. Mystery solved!



Saturday I wore the navy linen suit I had been working on. I got a lot of compliments on it. More detailed final shots on NVL. After the expo, I went to 'church' and met the lovely proprietor of the etsy store FabGabs. She had a booth at the expo, and a rather nice plus size section, I might add.

On Sunday, I didn't want to endure another day of the garter belt, so I was casual with 40s cut slacks I made and a blouse I made. People loved the blouse. It got a lot of stares, I think the buttons drew people too. They are vintage ('40s) and SO cool.

On the second day I did buy one thing. 2 1/4 yards of vintage fabric. The lady whom I bought it from had mad stashes of rayon, so I picked this up for $8 a yard. Turns out its silk, ha! Aw well, Ill still use it. I plan on making a blouse. Im going to use my repro pattern.

I do hope I have enough material, and if not, Ill get creative. Seems Im branching into more dry clean fabrics lately. Im getting fancy!

8 comments:

  1. I love that second outfit. I feel like vintage casual is so much harder to put together.

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  2. Hi! Love both of the outfits. I would really love something like that blue linen suit of yours.

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  3. Cute outfits! Great job on the linen suit!

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  4. You did a great job on the linen suit, it's beautiful!

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  5. Love the outfits, and such beautiful work on the linen outfit. Gorgeous. I love your blog.

    -d

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  6. Thanks everyone! I love the suit, LOVE It. Im a suit gal anyway.
    I want to make another, but dye the linen to a slate gray. Mmmm, delicious!

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  7. I found you through sew retro - you have so many pretty dresses!!! I Love some of your other pretty calico dresses...and this navy linen - isn't it wonderful to make something that 'suits' you so well : )

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