Saturday, May 17, 2008

RetroRama - a celebration of '50s Suburbia

The ladies relax with a martini in the living room after a hard day of cooking, cleaning and chatting.

Linda, wearing an apron from her mother's estate over her vintage inspired shirt dress, just finished putting the pot roast in for Sunday's dinner. The black velvet square purse sits on the table right where she left it after church. This purse is also from her mother's estate.

Sharon said she donned her vintage black cotton dress - adorned with white dogs and polka dots as well as pink pom-poms - to take the dogs out for walk, but secretly she wanted to show off her new dress to the neighbors. She hoped the poodle wouldn't notice that the dogs on her dress were Scottie dogs and not poodles. (Note: this is the dress I sewed using Simplicity 3509, c. 1951.)

Beth, after trying on multiple dresses from her vast wardrobe, settled on a vintage inspired silk house dress with large brown and black polka dots. She mixed up a batch of martinis to offer to the head of the household when he arrives home after a long day of work. However, she just couldn't resist sampling a few herself, but if you asked her she would say it was only one!

As you can tell, we had a blast. We had our photos taken and were asked if we'd be willing to take part in the audience participation portion of the fashion show (that took about a second to say yes). The stories above are what we came up with to describe our outfits as we walked down the runway.

We played retro bingo, saw a demo of '50s era appetizers and cocktails, looked at vintage furniture, made a souvenir placemat ("a first step toward better home accessorizing!"), and of course enjoyed watching the fashion show as well as the many others wearing vintage attire.

This was number three in a series, and at only $15 it was a bargain. Oh, how I do hope they continue with this series.

More photos are posted on my flickr account - there's too many to upload to the blog, so you'll need to click here to view them. Pin It

11 comments:

  1. It sounds like it was a blast!

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  2. How fun and you all look FABULOUS! Mary

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  3. This sounds like so much fun.

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  4. Very, very fun! You all looked great!

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  5. That sounds so fun, you look great in your outfit.

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  6. Glad you had a wonderful day!

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  7. That looks like so much FUN!!!

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  8. this looks like fun! you are so cute!

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  9. I love this pic & the story!!! Very fun!!

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  10. I'm so jealous! Sounds like such a fun event. Fantastic photo. Ya'll look adorable. Did I mention that I'm jealous???? :)

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  11. Back in the 1950`s all the older ladies in my family had a black or navy blue dress with polka dots! It was almost a uniform. Thanks for the fun read!

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