I am not really interested in machinery, engines or vehicles. . . except as a subject for photography that is! While visiting my Aunt and Uncle this past weekend, I took some pictures of this old, worn out Massey-Ferguson tractor, that has seen better days. I have no clue what any of these machinery parts are, but I love how they look, with the rust creating a unique patina of colour across the surface of the metal.
I know that Spring must be on it’s way, because the weather can’t quite make up it’s mind! Last week was above zero, then we had a day of soft fluffy snowflakes, and then over the weekend it all melted away again. When it snowed, I just couldn’t resist going outside in the snow for some pictures; these look like Christmas postcards!
It is definitely the time for seasonal dressing though, and this outfit marries winter and spring quite well: a cotton sundress, warmed up with a sweater, wool coat and jewel toned tights.
This sundress is a reproduction I sewed of Butterick’s 4790 famous wraparound “walk away dress”, nicknamed that because it was so easy to make you could start sewing it in the morning, and walk away wearing it to lunch. (I wasn’t that quick at sewing it!) It has been a nice staple in my wardrobe for the last few years though, since it works well for all seasons: the jewel tones make it perfect for fall/winter, but the cotton material is perfect for spring/summer.
I’m looking forward to sundress season, and though the snow is nice, I am certainly ready for Spring- how about you?
Wow, I seem to be on a 40’s kick lately, judging by the outfits I have been wearing lately. This may or may not be directly related to the fact that I have been watching a decent amount of Foyle’s War lately. (The 2nd time around!) I love period films, and the costumes in that show are on point!
Do you ever do that? Match your clothing choices to whatever outside influences, such as films or books, that are inspiring you at the moment? Right now, for me, it’s the 1940’s war years. Before that, I was reading Sense and Sensibility and I wanted everything to be soft and romantic. Before that I was watching Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, and I wanted to wear only silk, feather trimmed robes, coordinating cloche hats, beaded evening dresses and outrageous furs. (The fact that I do not own these things, made it a tad more difficult!)
I am so glad that I live in this era. I think we have it best: we can pretty much choose whatever style we want to wear, from any era, and incorporate it into our dress. Vintage dressing is, after all, just as varied as the people who lived before us. There is not, and never will be, only one particular way of dressing, because even within the fashion trends, style dictates the ability to wear it the way we want.
So regarding this outfit, I found this WWII sailor’s uniform in an army surplus store. They have the greatest things in old surplus stores! It’s in great condition, missing only one button, which I replaced, and it is great to wear in the winter as it is a very warm wool. What a great testament to quality, that a garment that is at least 70 years old, is still being worn today! I love the craftsmanship that was shown to even a mass produced item: the meticulously sewn white ribbon detail, the star embroidery on the back, the bound edge on the pocket, and the fact that it still has the manufacturing label intact, which makes it all a bit more exciting to realize that some young man was fighting for his country!
Spring is on it’s way now, as evidenced by the fact that forced bulbs are showing up in the grocery stores. We got this beautiful hyacinth for my mom the other day, and it is such a lovely spot of colour when winter seems to have no end in sight.