To all who mourn in Israel, He will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory. Isaiah 61:3

Thursday, December 10, 2015

1950s Christmas Card #1 Complete...and Worn!!


Huzzah!!  1950s Christmas Card #1 is complete!  I'm so excited!!  And I am really thrilled with how it turned out!  Mom and I attended the Boise Train Depot Christmas Open House tonight and I had the opportunity to wear it.  I am feeling that for only my second 50s era outfit, that it turned out rather well!  So, will I make more?  Absolutely.


Striking a Christmas Card pose!!!  It was so kind of the Train Depot to have decorated trees for me to have my picture taken by!


Source:  No Excus

Inspiration photo...again.  I think I need to add another layer of crinoline to my petticoat!  I love her her skirt flares!


My fabulous Mom took the pictures again.  She said, "I want you to sit on a bench like you are waiting for a train."  So, that is what I did!  The ostrich marabou stole is one of many that belonged to my Great Aunt June that are now in my possession! 


I made the black sash out of the black satin that I used for my Edwardian Court Presentation Gown.  I was literally sewing the bow onto the sash as Mom drove into the driveway to pick me up!


See?  Needs a fuller petti.  The shoes I am wearing are 1950s shoes.  Oh my heavens were my feet grouching me by the time we left for home!



Again, Mom posed me.  She is so cute!


I felt like a little girl with this pose!



Hat Picture!

I decided last night that I wanted to wear this outfit for this evenings event and then decided this morning that I needed to make the hat to go with it!  I spent about 2 hours carefully deconstructing the vintage rabbit's fur coat that I purchased last year for making totally different thing.  Plans have since changed and I am just happy I had the coat for tonight's hat!

Here is the inspiration image for the hat again.  I just love her ermine chapeau!  I didn't have any holly, but I did have two vintage chenille poinsettias and some vintage leaves, so that is what was used!  The ermine tails are antique ones I won on eBay long ago, so they were cut into the rabbit fur.


This was only the second attempt at 1950s hair, and I think I did an O.K. job on it.  If I didn't please let me know.  I had about 15 minutes to get it styled as I was the one running exceedingly late this time!
 

I had to stick a red flower in my hair to hide the hastily pinned up ends...I will have to take some time with some tutorials on-line for long 50s hair styles!
 




I do however think I got the make-up down.  I did wear eyebrow liner as I don't have any eyebrows of my own (just kidding, I do have eyebrows, they are just very light.)  The lighting in the depot left so very much to be desired!!!


It was surprisingly a very lovely evening!  I was able to go outside in my short sleeved blouse and not freeze to death!


Mama and I at the Train Depot!  We were there for only a short while, but we did have a very lovely time!!

I hope you all have a lovely Friday my friends!  I am taking the day off from sewing...perhaps the whole weekend!

Blessings!

g

30 comments:

  1. Oh. My. GOSH. You look absolutely ADORABLE!! I LOVE everything - the hat, the shoes, the outfit - amazing!! The 50s sure suit you (as does every other era, of course)! What fun you & your mother must have had at the Depot event!
    Keep inspiring us, Anneliese :)

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    1. Anneliese, you are always too kind with your compliments! Thank you so much. This era is so fun and different. And so much faster to make!! Huzzah! Mom and I have a lot of fun when we get to dress up together!!
      Blessings!
      g

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  2. EEEEEEKKK Gina!!! I LOVE how this turned out! You did such a splendid job!! What an awesome place for pictures too. :) I think your skirt looks great as is but more petticoats are always fun! ;) And your hat! Are those real ermine tails? Oh I die!
    -Emily

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    1. Whoo hoo!! Thank you so much Emily! The seal of approval! This was a last minute decide to wear outfit, so I am happy that everything worked out!! Yes, the ermine tails are real. I won a huge lot of them a while ago on eBay...Yay!!!!
      Blessings!
      g

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    2. You lucky gal!! There is a fur collar with ermine tail trim at a local shop that I really want. But the owner is asking an INSANE about for it. Boo!

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    3. Yes, ermine in local antique stores are always pricey...I troll eBay for ermine and on occasion get lucky!! I'll send listings your way when I see them!

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  3. Too cute! When in doubt - more fluff! I love the outfit but yes I agree that another peti will get you that vintage card flair. Hi mom! Such a fun outing. We have Murphy weather conspiracy, it looks to rain for my town Christmas Sat. Boo and Hiss. It turned out simply beautiful, mom and I LOVE the hat!

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    1. Yes..more fluff. I wanted to add another layer of crinoline tulle but ran out of time. Will have to add that for later! Boo hiss on rainy weather indeed! How rude of it to interfere with your plans!!!
      Blessings!
      g

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  4. I'm new to your blog and just started following you yesterday^^
    I love this outfit very much. You look gorgeous and I think the hair is just fine the way you did it. It's really difficult to have a good 50s hair-do togehter with a great hat. I love your hat (and the inspiration photo^^).
    Oh, and your mom looks fabulous as well^^
    Greetings from Germany,
    Sandy

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    1. Hello Sandy and I am so happy you have joined me here!! Thank you so much for your lovely compliments! The hair...well, it worked and that is what I am grateful for as I have rather long hair and had only 15 minutes to do it! hahahahaha!!! I will tell mom you think she looks fabulous!
      Blessings!
      g

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  5. You look so cute! This came out super well, but I think the hat is my favorite part :)

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    1. Thank you so much L.R.! I have to agree with you...the hat is my favorite! I am so happy it turned out in the short time I had to get it done!
      Blessings!
      g

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  6. omg cute! I love it! That hat is epic, and just the perfect accessory for the outfit!

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    1. Thank you Lauren! The hat makes me really happy. I love ermine and the chance to make a new ermine hat made me more happy!
      Blessings!
      g

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  7. That is such a cute outfit! I am in awe of your sewing speed, it seems hardly any time since you were planning this - do you ever sleep?!

    But most of all, I have total hat envy, it's just adorable!

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    1. Ha! Yes, I do sleep, I have house Brownies that actually do my sewing! hahahahaha!!! This outfit was super easy. I did the skirt in one day and the blouse the next...after all the wife and mom stuff that needed to get done. Thank you for liking the hat! I am quite fond of it!
      Blessings!
      g

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  8. Oh you did a cool job of doing your version of the 1950's Christmas card.

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    1. Thank you so much Beky! I wish I had the time to do more!
      Blessings!
      g

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    1. Thank you so much Jeanette!
      Blessings!
      g

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  10. Excellent recreation, Gina! Love the first picture. :) And your hat is what finishes it off. You are most talented!

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    1. Thank you so very much for your lovely compliments Sarah! The hat makes me super happy...well, all hats in general make me happy!
      Blessings!
      g

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  11. Soooo cute! What an awesome outfit and I love how your hat turned out! I think it's a great ensemble, and you really did a fabulous job with it! :D ❤

    xox,
    bonita of Lavender & Twill

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    1. Whoo hoo! Thank you so much Bonita! The hat makes me happy, as do most of my hats. They are such simple, small little things that really help an outfit!
      Blessings!
      g

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  12. Fi-nal-ly commenting at last!!! ;)
    This outfit is perfection. You've even got the pose down! Perfectly accessorized and everything! Absolutely beautiful. The '50s suit you very well! :)

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    1. Yay!!! Thank you for your lovely compliments! You "vintage" ladies are making my day, as I am striving to look "right"! The '50s are so very fun and faster to make!!
      Blessings!
      g

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  13. This is officially over-the-moon incredible! What a sweet, fun, spot on fabulous look and ode to this well known mid-century Christmas card. I am doffing my vintage hat over here at you to no end, sweet dear!

    ♥ Jessica

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    1. Huzzah!! Thank you so much lovely Jessica! It always makes me nervous when I try to re-create something, hoping to get it right, so your compliment means loads!
      Blessings!
      g

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  14. How come I haven't commented on this yet? Oh, I know - I was so stunned I forgot where my keyboard is! AAAH!!!

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    1. Ha! You are so fun Eleonora! Thank you so much sweet lady!
      Blessings!
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