Happy 4th of July! To celebrate Independence Day I thought it fitting to wear red, white and blue. Vintage style of course 🙂
Simplicity has a reproduction pattern that does 1940’s casual so well. I bought three of these. High waist trousers, button down blouse and coordinating vest. I have yet to make that vest though. I can’t decide on the fabric 🙂
I chose to make just the blouse this time. I used a lightweight cotton nautical print (perfect for celebrating the holiday on the coast), with plastic fish buttons. Kitschy!
This was such an easy make, and it will be my 3rd blouse in this pattern. The last button is white because 1) I didn’t have an extra fish, and 2) that button is covered when you tuck in the blouse. Making do with what I have! Front has shoulder darts, wide collar and shoulder pads (I personally think for that 40’s look one must use shoulder pads).
Wide leg trousers are from another reproduction pattern from Simplicity I bought awhile back. I’ve worn them weekly and they’ve become a staple wardrobe piece for me.
And here I am at the coast taking full advantage of the nautical, patriotic look.
I also went antique and thrift store hopping over the holiday weekend. Found some adorable vintage buttons and two needlecraft magazines. One dated October 1918 and the other September 1937. In a later post I’ll see about posting photos of the advertisements in them, they are so fun to read.
So Happy 4th of July and I hope you enjoy the weather! I’m off to enjoy some bratwursts on the grill, potato salad and chocolate cake 🙂 My ancestors fought in the American Revolutionary War so I’m going to raise a toast and enjoy the day!