I made this black and white draped number over the winter and am so excited to finally wear it. The pattern I used was my favorite shirtwaist pattern with some alterations, obviously. Some of the alterations I did was I added large pleats to the skirt, extended the bodice and added an over lap so it crosses the body and added some extra fabric in the shoulders for shirring. This was actually a very simple, fast, and easy alteration to do and I love the end result. I am very happy with it. The fabric was a 99 cent wonder! No kidding. It was a thrift store bargain to be sure. The fabric has this amazing black and white print and has a soft drape. It just slows and clings to the body just right. Even better is that it's easy to accessorize. Today was all about rhinestones. Honestly I have been on a rhinestone kick lately hunting for bracelets, pins, necklaces and you name it. Diamonds may have been Marilyn Monroe's best front but rhinestones are mine!
Isn't it funny how some movies can really influence ones choice of clothes or attire? As of late I have been watching lots of movies from the 40s and 50s. Some are Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Ziegfeld Girl, and Covergirl to name a very small selection. From those movies I have just been gravitating to the sparkle and glitz of rhinestones. What can I say. . .I'm inspired. Many of the women in the films were wearing diamonds and although diamond tiaras and bracelets are out of my budget, rhinestones most certainly are not. So I have been on a poor girl's diamond kick . . . AKA rhinestones. The rhinestone necklace and bracelet worn here are from Poshmark (see, you can find vintage there).
If you ever get a chance to see Rita Hayworth in Covergirl, do! It is a feast for the eyes (and it is in color!). My hair and make up for this look was heavily inspired by her look. I used the book Vintage Hairstyling by Lauren Reynolds for a little help in getting the look although I did deviate a bit to get the look to work for me. The is a late 40s look for hair although it does show up in mid 40s too. Honestly this may be my new favorite hair style for a long time to come. . .and now that I know how to get it, I like it more! To wrap up this look, I am wearing vintage 40s pumps in black suede, midi length white gloves, and a black hat I scored off of Poshmark. I got a lot of five amazing vintage hats for a deal, this is only one of them.