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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Vintage Outfit Post-Carefree Dress From Time Machine Vintage

Last Thursday I wrote about one of my favorite old films, the Astaire and Rogers musical comedy Care Free from 1938.

This delightful film features a dress I have dreamed about owning since Junior High when I would watch Fred and Ginger on AMC after school.

The adorable dress is more 40s then 30s in style, but the heart and arrow detailing is just the sort of whimsical touch that draws me to vintage styles.   When I discovered Time Machine Vintage on Etsy last year I thought that maybe the incredibly talented Kim could make my dream dress.  For obvious reasons I was thinking of the dress as a Valentine's dress but due to this years record snow falls the package was some what delayed, not a problem since the best things in life are worth waiting for.   Kim worked with me to make the dress perfect and its exactly what I wanted, I'm afraid my pictures don't do it justice.


I wore the dress with a little 1940s hat from the vintage hat shop on Etsy.  Its a cute hat, but eventually I want a larger brim portrait hat that is more like Ginger's.  The fur wrap was my grandmothers and the Bakelite bangle is one I found in Jersey City, the shoes are from Mod Cloth.  I absolutely love the dress and its got me wanting some more applique dresses, maybe a 1950s full skirted navy number with hearts, or something with dogs on it!  The possibilities are endless.
This dress also taught me a very important lesson about vintage style clothing, certain styles demand certain underthings.  In my quest to expand my vintage wardrobe I had neglected to think about underwear because I was more concerned with what is on the outside.   Plus I worried old style underwear would be extremely uncomfortable and I am active in my clothes: going to work, walking the dogs, I don't wait for special occasions to wear them.  On Kim's advice I ordered a corselette from What Katie Did and I can recommend it more.  Its very comfortable, smooths out lumps and bumps, and lets you wear the seamed stockings that really complete a vintage look.  I'm a complete vintage style shape wear convert now.


  1. Oh my goodness that is such a cute dress!!!! The fur looks lovely with it to!
    Thanks for sharing and thanks for linking up with us!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  2. You look so darn cute in that dress!!!!!!!
    stella rose

  3. Lovely! Kim did a great job re-working the style! It looks very nice!

  4. I loved that dress from the film, and oh my goodness, you've got one! That is really lovely and you look fantastic!!

  5. Wow, how cool is that to have the same dress! You look gorgeous in it.
    Lynne x

  6. Awesome work on the dress! You look so chic wearing it, too.

  7. I love it, it's stunning and you look awesome in it! There is something so flattering about that style of dress. Although I don't think I'd opt for the corset. :-)

  8. That's a fantastic dress. Love it! It is too hot here for stockings. Maybe the peeps should resort to drawing the seam up the leg like during the war. BOL!

    XXXOOO Bella & Roxy

  9. That looks fabulous. We'd never thought that some vintage clothing would need different under garments but we can understand they might do. You always surprise us with your sense of style and fun. Have a fabulous Friday.
    Best wishes Molly

  10. How awesome that WKD underpinning have been on both our minds (and bodies :)) lately, dear Kate. This dress is stop-you-in-your tracks stunning. Seriously. I love it beyond words and think it looks flat out incredible on you!!!

    Tons of hugs & many thanks for wonderfully nice comment on my WKD review post,
    ♥ Jessica

  11. My oh my your outfit is too perfect! I love your vintage obsession!


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