Last Saturday my nephew got married and it was an occasion to get out of the plaids and cashmere sweatshirts. I toyed with the thought of making a dress, but realized it was going to be black and I did not need another black dress. So I pulled out one I’ve had for several years and piled on the vintage gold.
My sweater is an early 1960s Hadley cashmere with applied gold braid and little gold studs. It is made out of what they called “Cashmere Souffle” which was their best product, being an 8 ply yarn. I found it years ago at a Salvation Army store bag sale. The best 50 cents I’ve ever spent.
I did make the belt, which doesn’t show up very well. I was rather fond of it.
And unfortunately, I don’t have a photo that shows my shoes, which were the finishing touch. I found them, again, years ago, at a Goodwill. They are from the late 1950s, from Saks Fifth Avenue. This pretty pathetic photo shows just the toes. The heels are also decorated with little jewels and that web design. Every woman there was envious of my shoes.
PS: My hair is not that blonde. The late afternoon light was quite strong…
I’m back from a whirl-wind trip to Charleston, SC after attending the wedding of one of my nieces. It was held on a boat, as you can see, and it was chilly, which you might not be able to see. I’m wearing a cute 1963ish silk dress which is obliterated by the very necessary white sweater. That was a real shame, but I’m also wearing vintage shoes, and carrying my vintage Gucci bamboo handle bag. (Side note: We looked at the new ones at the Gucci store. Good gracious, what a disaster they are. They are big old over-grown mutations of a sweet, classic handbag. It ought to be illegal.)
In the above photo: Niece Lindsay and her husband Ben, little brother Scott, me and little sis Susan. It was a beautiful venue for a wedding, and it just got better as the evening progressed:
I just returned from my niece’s wedding in lovely Abington, Virginia. I traveled up with my sister and another niece, and much to Niece Amelia’s chagrin, we stopped at every junk and antique shop along the way! Arriving in Abington, we dropped her off at our hotel and proceeded to explore the antique shops of the town, where I got really lucky: an early 1920s linen motoring coat. Of all the small historic Southern towns I’ve visited, Abington is a favorite. The Blue Ridge setting is gorgeous, as is the town itself. Many of the buildings predate the Civil War and they are well preserved. Just walking through the town, which I did this morning before breakfast, is a delight!
The wedding took place at a grand old home that is now a popular venue for such events. It was outside, and was picture perfect. Most of my family was able to attend, and it was just a joy spending this special time with my two brothers and my sister. And here I am with two special nieces:
The above picture is me and niece Lauren Elizabeth, my beautiful namesake (I’m Sharon Elizabeth). She is the sister of Bride Lindsay and was a bridesmaid. Quote, “I’ll never wear purple again!” Silly girl looked great in her dress!
And this is me and niece Amari, also wearing purple, also looking beautiful. Okay, I promise this is the very last time I’m going to show my dress. Please note the sparkly Scotty!
your dress is lovely. I definitely think it looks better on you vs. the hanger. I am going to silver bella this year (paper/arts n’ crafts convention) & we are having a vintage prom. Your dress would fit right in.
Wednesday, July 16th 2008 @ 11:32 AM