Sunday, November 27, 2011

My very first blog award!

I was thrilled to find out that Nabby of This Old Life has bestowed a Duchie Award upon my little blog.  If you are not familiar with Nabby and her fantastic 1930s style wardrobe, you must take a peek – I promise it will make you wish you were living inside a Thin Man movie (if only for the fabulous fashion). 

So here are the rules:
“When you receive a Duchie Award, post on your blog (in any order):
* Five things you love about historical costuming/wearing vintage clothing
* Three (or more) blogs to pass the Duchie Award onto
* A link back to the blog who awarded you the Duchie”

And here are five things I love about wearing vintage (or vintage styled clothing!):

* There is no need to worry about being “in style” or on trend – vintage is so old it is new again.  And even if it is considered passe, I just don't care!

* You will never show up to an event wearing the same outfit as someone else.  I think I am rebelling against the many, many years I spent in a school uniform.  Now that I can make my own clothing decisions, there is no way I am going to choose to dress like everyone else!

* There are so many extra special details found in vintage clothing and vintage patterns.

* Unless you are willing/able to spend $300 or more for a blouse, the quality of ready to wear clothing is seriously lacking these days, in my opinion.  Everything is made to be disposed of in a couple of seasons.  It amazes me that a cotton day dress from 1950 with pinked seams that obviously got quite a bit a wear is still around.  I highly doubt that many of the cotton dresses made today will last 50 or 60 years and still be in wearable condition.  Which begs the question – will vintage clothing even exist in 100 years?

* Color!  One of the reasons I love sewing is that I can choose my own fabrics and color palettes (although finding something that I have pictured in my mind is not always possible and sometimes frustrating).  These days we are at the whim of a few people at the top of the fashion ladder that decide on a palette of two or three colors for a season, and should you wish to purchase a new sweater in any other color, well, good luck with that!  I love discovering old catalogue images from the 1940s and 1950s of fabric swatches in a rainbow of colors, not to mention those beautiful prints and plaids.

I would like to pass this award on to the following blogs:
Amanda Lee is a picture perfect pin-up.  And if you enjoy film noir, you must watch “The Naughty Lady” short with her starring as a Gilda-inspired character.  Love it!

Jen always looks absolutely adorable in her 1950s full skirted frocks and cardis.

Molly sews her own wonderful vintage style dresses and takes incredibly cute photos.

If you are curious about where this award originated, check out American Duchess.

And a great big thank you to Nabby!  My first blog award – this is so very exciting!  I feel absolutely honored.