Thursday, December 22, 2011

Regency Stays Part 2

My Mantua Maker stays are nearly done (finally! I did most of the work last spring, then left them unfinished for months!), and they're good enough to post about now.

Overall, I like this pattern - I recommend it with only slight reservations. It fits well and goes together easily, and has thorough instructions. My version is a new printing, so it's even been updated to increase the size of the back (a common complaint on internet reviews). Originally I was going to leave the length, but I did end up reducing it 1" because I'm shortwaisted.

But - the shoulder strap placement drove me NUTS. It's so wide in the back that they dug into the back of my arms, and constantly fell off. I scoured the internet for pics of these stays made up, and every picture I saw has the same issue, so I decided to just go with it - no one else seems to complain, so maybe I should just shut up and deal.

Then I went to see the Fabulous! exhibit at FIDM, and they had a pair of regency stays on display. The straps on these stays were much closer together in the back, but still sat wide at the shoulder and at the front. The shape reminded me of a racer-back tank, though less severe.

I did more internet research of extant stays, and over and over I kept seeing the same thing -
the way these stays from the MFA are displayed show this concept - see how they're narrow in the back and wrap around the shoulder to be wide in the front? Seemed like it would solve the strap-falling-off problem.

So even though my stays were all but finished, I just wouldn't be happy if I didn't try to fix them.
Here's how I tried my new racer-back concept - remember, my stays were basically finished, so I had to get a little creative to attach the new straps. I had even done the binding at the top and had to remove that. ARGHH!!! :)

I put the stays on Beatrice, and tossed last year's Jane Austen Evening dress on top and marked the neckline with pins to use as a guide for how wide to set the straps. 
I kept the shoulder strap on grain, and wrapped it from back to front. It's basically just a rectangle with a little flare at the back seam. The angle of the strap at the seam is the important part to get right.

Shoulder strap trimmed down.

This side view shows how the original strap placement in the Mantua Maker pattern is under my armpit. No wonder they're so uncomfortable!

New strap placement.

Here's the finished version, on my properly padded form - they are much more comfortable, don't fall off as easily, and hopefully are still wide enough for a nice evening neckline! My new straps are slightly too long now because the stays were sitting too low on Beatrice when I "draped" the strap, but oh well. Adding another hole won't make a big difference to these frankensteined straps!

(As previously mentioned, I did choose to do cross-lacing instead of the period-correct spiral lacing at the back. Without a maid, it's just too hard to lace up a spiral-back-lacing corset!)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Getting a little Christmas spirit...

Last weekend we headed out to Chris's office party, and I decided to wear the sparkly white lace dress I recently got from Banana Republic (part of their "Mad Men" line, but it's only vaguely 60's...but I liked it, so moving on.) It's pretty but rather plain in solid white, so I decided to make a bow belt to dress it up. I wanted to look like a present, all wrapped up! I think it worked. :)

I used Tilly's Bow Belt Tutorial to make this - the only change I made was to fold the corners of the belt so that the ends were skinnier behind the bow. If I make another one, I'll miter the corners before sewing, because folding them back is a bit too thick. I was planning to make a hair bow at the same time, but the bow was a little to large for my pin-head. Just need to scale it down a little! So I wore a poinsettia in my hair, instead.

Chris wore a 1930's 3-piece suit to the party - he wears a modern suit every day for work, so he wanted to dress up extra so that the party felt special. I was expecting him to be heckled for wearing weird old clothes ;) but I'm not sure anyone even realized it wasn't modern. Classic styles last forever!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Sense and Sensibility Chemise

Today is the end of the long Thanksgiving weekend here in the US, and I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it! We visited with family on Wednesday and Thursday, and on Friday Chris and I met up with friends to go see the Debbie Reynolds costume auction preview in Beverly Hills. (other) Chris from wacky tacky and Lauren from Wearing History did write-ups of our visit, so pop over to check those out!

In other news, I've been buckling down and starting to work on some Regency wear in earnest - the annual Jane Austen Evening is at the end of January, so it's time to get going!

This week I made a chemise from the Sense and Sensibility Underthings pattern. It was nice to work on such an easy-going garment - I tend to get wrapped up in fitting, make 3 mockups, and then burn out before getting to the real thing! I'm usually of the tank-top-is-good-enough opinion when it comes to undergarments that won't be seen, but someday I want to make a nice sheer white gown, so having a proper chemise is important. It was very easy to put together, and I even did the flat felled seams. Loose fit and cotton? I might have to make more clothing like that...

I only have 2 comments regarding this pattern:

1) Even though I technically fall into the Medium size category, I made the Small chemise. It's plenty big enough! On the next one I might even remove some of the fullness - I'd rather have a slimmer chemise and add more fullness with a petticoat, if necessary.

2) For the bias casing around the neckline, the instructions say to stitch the bias tape to the neck, then fold back 1/4" on the other side of the bias tape. That's insanely hard! Press back the 1/4" BEFORE you stitch the bias tape to the neckline and you'll be much happier.

Here some photos of Beatrice wearing my chemise over the Mantua Maker stays...the stays are basically done, but I'm not entirely happy with them and still want to tweak them. But that's for another post!

Blurry Photo - whoops! :o) I shortened the chemise hem length only about an inch, and probably shouldn't have even done that. It rides up a little with the stays on.

I really like the drawstring at the neckline - it's adjustable so you can raise or lower the neckline depending on your gown. The strings are on the inside, and you tie it at the front.

Obviously, the back neckline is adjustable too. :) (Re: the stays, yes I did cross-lacing instead of spiral. I think it would be nearly impossible to get dressed in rear opening spiral laced stays without a maid!) 

Side View illustrating how the stays only come halfway up the breast, and the chemise holds in the top - here's a great post about the proper fit of stays on the Oregon Regency Society blog.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

And the Winner Is...

Today's the drawing for the Campus Five album giveaway! Thanks to all who participated - it's fun having you play along, and I appreciate your feedback! Turns out everyone who entered is a sewist, so perhaps a pattern giveaway would be good for the future - maybe for the 1 year anniversary of this blog, which is next month!

And without further adieu...

the Winner is...

I'll be contacting you via Facebook, since you didn't leave your email (*ahem*)

Congrats and thanks for playing!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Dale Simons - Performing Live!

In an example of Great Minds Think Alike, last week my aunt Laurie and cousin Lauren edited a couple videos of grandpa's band, and my new Ebay purchase has already been put to great use. :) 

So here we present for your listening pleasure, Dale Simons and His Blue Denim Boys.


"Hi Diddle Di" - wedding song

And don't forget to enter my giveaway for a copy of a Jonathan Stout and His Campus Five album!

100 Followers...and a Musical Giveaway!

My blog has reached 100 followers on Blogger! And more than that on Google Reader/RSS feeds. Wowza! I want to give a big thank you to all my readers - due to other time-consuming but un-blog-worthy things happening lately I haven't been able to devote as much time to sewing, dancing and blogging as I'd like, so I really appreciate all of you that follow me. :)

To celebrate my readers, I'm holding a giveaway! Originally I considered giving away a vintage pattern or jewelry, but I didn't want to deal with international shipping. Plus, I have some awesome readers who don't sew etc. and it's hard to figure out a prize that appeals to different groups.

Then I thought about what I really love about this hobby of getting dressed up in funny clothes and going out. One of the things that makes the Los Angeles swing/vintage/historical scene really special and unique is the amount of LIVE MUSIC we have at events. Whether it's at a bar on a weeknight or a fancy ball, live music is featured frequently, and we have some a-MAZ-ing musicans in town. The traffic may be bad and the cost of living is high, but I love living in LA and getting to dance to awesome bands like Jonathan Stout, Dean Mora, The Lucky Stars, and Bonebrake Syncopators, just to name a few.

So to celebrate, I'm going to give away a digital download of an album from one of my favorite local bands, Jonathan Stout and his Campus Five, featuring Hilary Alexander. Together, Jonathan and Hilary run one of the premier swing bands, and are both swing dancers themselves. They have 3 albums, all available for purchase through their website or through iTunes:

That's pretty cool right? Cause who doesn't like good music. And it means I don't have to go to the post office at all! ;)

How to Enter:
1. Leave a comment on this post and let me know which topics you enjoy on my blog or what you want to read more of. It would be swell if you left your email address or another way to contact you, too.
2. For additional entries, post a link to this giveaway on Facebook, Twitter or your blog, then leave another comment letting me know (up to 4 entries total per person).
3. The giveaway closes on Friday, 11/18/11 at 10pm PST. The winner will be selected by random drawing and announced on Sunday 11/20/11.

Rules for the Giveaway:
1. Prize is for one (1) digital download of a Campus Five album through iTunes, album to be chosen by winner.
2. Winner must have a valid email address.
3. Winner must have a valid iTunes accounts and device to download album.
4. Giveaway is open to everyone, including my mother. You do not have to be a follower of my blog, but it would be nice. :)

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Dale Simons and His Blue Denim Boys

I arrived home tonight to find an exciting package in the mail today - it contained the below advertising card for "Dale Simons and His Blue Denim Boys". Why was this so exciting? Dale Simons was my grandfather!

I've been haunting ebay for months, hoping to find some sort of memorabilia from my grandpa's band. He had a dance band in the late 30's to the early 50's in the midwest (though interrupted by the war, which took the family to Washington state where my dad was born). They toured through many midwestern states, playing polkas and other dance tunes. My grandpa played cornet and sang. I think this postcard is probably post-WWII, because the family lived in Winona, Minnesota and operated a dance hall there until dance clubs became unprofitable in the mid-50's.

In this picture the band is wearing their signature overalls with a tie hanging out. There's a better quality version of this image hanging in my parents' hallway, and I remember looking at the row of funny smoking men on the bandstands a lot when I grew up.


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

HEIDI ROSENAU: vintage dancer, in 13 acts

Over the past week or so, my friend and fellow swing dancer Heidi Rosenau in New York has been the subject of a 13-day blog feature at She dresses in exquisite head-to-toe vintage daily, and shares some of her favorite outfits and the stories behind them. It's fascinating and inspirational! 

Here are a couple of my favorite outfits so far, click over to the blog for more info and to see the rest. I can't wait to see what she has lined up for the rest of the week!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Hal's Roll

Last Saturday night we went out to Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association's annual Harvest Moon Swingout. Due to other conflicts we only made it to the Saturday night dance, but we had a blast! It was packed. And sweaty. ;) Stompy Jones from San Francisco played, and they always draw a crowd.

I nabbed this photo of us during a jam from Facebook (thanks Steve Hwan!). Right here we're doing the move we call "Hal's Roll" - named for its inventor, the amazing Hal Takier. Hal doesn't call it "Hal's Roll" of course. :) He just calls it the "Roll".
(I'm spinning when Chris jumps, so I'm always impressed
when I see later how much height he gets!)
What makes this move really exciting and stand out compared to most LA swing/bal-swing movements is the "pop" of energy on beat 2 (captured beautifully in Steve's photo above) - most bal-swing turns happen on beats three and four, but the Roll pushes it forward and the lead pushes the follow to reverse the direction of her turn on beat 2. This unique timing requires practice (and it helps if the follow is familiar with the move), but it's a real crowd-pleaser.

I don't think anyone's found footage of Hal doing the Roll in the 30's or 40's, but there is 70's footage of it. Maybe he didn't invent it until later? But even in his earlier days, Hal frequently used beat 2 to jump into his flashy moves, and that's part of why he looks so much more energetic than other dancers.

There's no sound in this clip unfortunately, but you can see Hal and Marge do the Roll, starting at 1:22.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Los Angeles Union Station

1940's Mother of Pearl Sweetheart pin
My jacket isn't dirty, I was trying to be clever and "age" the photo!
Last weekend we attended a wedding at the downtown Los Angeles Union Station. This vintage train station is one of my favorite Golden Era venues, so it was a treat to attend an event there! The train station opened in 1939, and was one of the last large train stations built – commercial air travel was fast becoming the transportation mode of choice, and airports were being built instead of train stations. The LA Union Station still gets quite a bit of use though – it’s the hub for several local train lines, Metrolink and Amtrak. We were quite surprised at how busy it was on a Saturday afternoon!
Los Angeles Union Station
Image Source: Wikipedia
Waiting Room in Union Station
Image Source: Wikipedia

We tried to arrive a little early to snap some photos before the ceremony, but darn LA traffic got the better of us and only had time for a few photos. (Yes, we did drive to the train station. We don’t live near a train stop!)

I wore one of my Make and Mend projects – this dress needed some repairs and the hem was long and uneven. On Chris’s suggestion I took the extra fabric from the hem and made a belt, since the original was missing. I did some dancing in this dress, and did rip the sleeve (yikes!) but it was on the seamline and is easily fixed. Back into the mending pile it goes!

If you want to learn more about the history of Union Station and want access to some of the areas usually closed off to the public, I highly recommend the walking tours run by the Los Angeles Conservancy. I’ve been on several of their tours, and even though they are all volunteer-led, the docents are highly knowledgeable and have a real passion for the architecture. I’d go on any of the tours a second or third time!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Duchie Award

I won another blog award! Lauren over at Wearing History passed along the Duchie Award for Excellence in Historical Costuming and Bloggery. It's a huge honor to be included in this group! This is a dual award for V is for Vintage and my other blog, Fashioning Beau Brummell.

“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”
Five Things I Love About Historical Costuming/Wearing Vintage Clothing
1) Social history is one of my lifelong passions, and I love looking at history through the eyes of fashion. Like how those of us in this hobby usually distinguish between Historical Clothing as pre-WWI and Vintage as post-WWI, as there was such a huge shift in societal roles and behaviors as we hurtled into the modern world.
It requires something like a World War to take us from this:

c. 1912
to this:
in fewer than 15 years.

2) Day-to-day, I'm a pretty boring/conservative dresser, but I love hunting out, creating and wearing clothes for special events. I'm usually more self-conscious about trying out modern trends than dressing completely vintage from head-to-toe! Playing with vintage and historical fashions is where I really express myself fashion-wise.

3) I love going to period events where the setting is just right and everyone involved makes an effort. I'm not a stickler for perfect accuracy, but I prefer events that revolve around a common theme/period, and when everyone gets involved. Luckily, I live in an area with a vibrant community of reenactors and vintage lovers!

4) Patternmaking and fitting are fascinating. I'd rather work on a pattern than sit at the sewing machine. I guess that's why most of my projects average 2-3 mockups (and take so darned long to finish!).

5) Not least, I love all the costume blogs I read! It's so inspiring to see what everyone is working on, and I learn a lot from the fabulous blogs in my reader. And the community is so supportive - I think most people in this hobby push themselves to do great work, but aren't competitive with other people.

**I didn't list shopping, but that's obviously a favorite part of the hobby, right? ;)

Now I get to pass on the award! Since last time I picked vintage-focused blogs, this time I want to share some of my favorite historical costume blogs:

1) Romantic History - Sarah's might be the first historical sewing blog I discovered, and it's still one of my favorites. She works in a huge range of eras (Civil War, Regency, Medieval, 20th C. etc...) and does them all well! She does a great job of showing her process of creating costumes, which is helpful to me when I'm trying something similar. Plus her whole family goes to reenacting events (and she makes clothes for everyone!!), and her sons are just the Cutest. Ever.

2) Lady of Portland House - When I started doing research for Chris's Regency ensemble, this is blog I kept checking for references. Lauren does exquiste and amazingly authentic reproductions primarily from the late 18th Century. Though I love her occasion forays into the 1940's! If I lived nearby, I'd definitely invite myself over for a candlelight dinner - her cookery skills look amazing, too.

3) Isis' Wardrobe - I'm not playing favorites, I swear - Isis just has fabulous blogs! I awarded her other blog, Fashionable Forties, previously, but Isis' Wardrobe is at least as good, and has even poufier skirts!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Film to Reveal Origin of Jitterbug

I was playing with Google News Reader again, and came across this writeup from The Pittsburgh Press, Dec 23, 1943.

Film to Reveal Origin of Jitterbug
HOLLYWOOD -- Filming of "Jitterbugs," Pete Smith Speciality designed to show how the art of "jitterbugging" developed, will get under way soon, with Will Jason directing.
The short subject boasts a cast of five women and three men, including Arthur Walsh and Jean Phelps, Lennie [sic] and Kay Smith; Charles Saggau and Irene Thomas; and Dorothy Ford and Betty Lou Walker.

Groovie Movie (1944)

I've never heard of Dorothy Ford & Betty Lou Walker before (I'm guessing Dorothy Ford is this gal?). I wonder what their roles were supposed to be?

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Arthur Murray: How to Shag

As a follow up to yesterday's Arthur Murray post, here's a clip of the man himself teaching and demonstrating shag. Boy, do those kiddos learn fast or what?

If you want to see more fun how-to instruction (or stripey socks!), check out - on the Photos page, Morgan has Arthur Murray's Shag and Big Apple instructions from the 1938 edition. Totally bummed that this info was removed by 1942!

(And since I mentioned Morgan, did you all see his AWESOME Super Mario dance routine that went viral this summer? He danced with one of my besties, Emily, and I lost my voice for a week from cheering for them!)

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Arthur Murray: How to Become a Good Dancer

Here are some scans from Arthur Murray's book "How to Become a Good Dancer". Originally published in 1938, Arthur Murray's book illustrates the popular ballroom dance steps using the footprint diagrams he developed for his mail order dance instruction booklets in the 20's.

My edition is from 1942, and the 200+ page book covers general dance technique, Fox Trot, Waltz, Tango, Rumba, La Conga, Samba, and finally, on four piddly little pages at the end, has the Jitterbug and Lindy Hop.

Interestingly, the steps as illustrated are not what you'd learn today in a jitterbug/swing dance class. There are some similarities, but the names of the dances/moves and even where to place beat 1 are different! This is a good reminder that we often view the past through our own experiences, or oversimplify it by thinking that one person's experiences represents everyone. But this way of thinking about "how things used to be" isn't usually accurate. If you danced at the Savoy Ballroom you would have one idea of Lindy Hop, but if you took a class from Arthur Murray you'd have a completely different understanding of the dance - both things you could have done in New York in 1938. Is one right and the other one wrong?

All swing dances used to be called the Jitterbug - 
today we distinguish and separate the various forms much more. 
Here, Shag is called a variation on the Jitterbug.

The photograph referenced in the above instructions.

This version of the Lindy Hop starts on the triple step (our modern beat 3) and 
removes the rotation of the partners. 

This version replaces the triple steps with a tap-step, but it's still an 8-count basic.

"Sugars" are what we call swivels today.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Pinterest, and a Blog Award!

It's time to deal with a couple housekeeping items around here!

First of all, if you click through to my blog here you may have noticed a new little red button on my sidebar - Follow Me on Pinterest. Have you heard about Pinterest yet? It's like a virtual bulletin board where you can "pin" images you find on the internet, and categorize them however you want. It's fabulous for collecting and sharing inspiration! You can selectively follow people too - so if you want, you can easily follow my Balboa board but not my Edwardian fashion board, for example. And yes, you can pin YouTube videos!

Secondly, Mr. Tiny over at wacky tacky awarded me the Irresistably Sweet Blog Award! I'm honored to receive the award from someone so talented - not only does he have one of the funniest blogs around, but he also has some amazing creations over at his SouthSideMarket. He also listed me first in his awards, which I like to think means he likes me best. (a girl can dream, right?)

I guess now I'm supposed to tell you 7 little-known facts about myself. Though I feel as if we're all intimate friends already, I guess I can dig way back and find something new to share.

1) I first started playing dress up in Jr. High, going to Renaissance Faires. By high school I was much cooler and found swing dancing. Ha.

2) I marched in the Pasadena New Year's Day Rose Parade 5 times, playing trumpet in a marching band. See above RE: how cool I am.

3) My favorite day of the year is October 1st - to me it represents the start of Harvest and Holiday time. This year we'll be in wine country for a wedding on October 1st, which should be lovely.

4) I love Jack Benny, but I ADORE Gracie Allen.

5) When we go out all dressed up, I play a Look-Alike game: Do I get more "You look like Judy Garland!" comments or does Chris get more "Fred Astaires".  I *always* lose.

6) I hate pepper on eggs. Blech.

7) Doing laundry is my favorite household chore. It's like shopping without the expense, and you know that everything already fits.

And now the best part - I get to give this award to other bloggers! Here are just a few of my favorites - go check them out!

By Gum, By Golly! - Tasha is one of the cutest gals around! Check out her wedding this summer and the amazing knit-along she recently led. This girl has serious vintage crafting skills.
Fashionable Forties - Inspired by a 40's wardrobe planning book, Isis shows us how to build a vintage wardrobe.
Lindy Shopper - Laura trolls the internet looking for vintage and retro clothes for swing dancers. Props to her for helping to bring fashion back to the dance floor.
Blitz Diary - Charlotte, the mastermind at Tuppence Ha'penny Vintage, posts the daily daily diary entry from a 19-year-old girl living in London during the Blitz. I'm fascinated by homefront life during the war!
Jazz It Up With Jo - If you only read one Lindy Hop blog, Jo's is the one to pick. She travels the world teaching and performing, and shares her thoughts on local dance scenes and her own dancing.
This Old Life - Nabby does amazing knitwear and hat revamps. Truly inspiring!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Queen Mary Art Deco Festival 2011

Has it really been 3 weeks since my last post? As much as I enjoyed my little blogging break, I'm glad to be back! As I mentioned in my last post, this past weekend we attended the 7th Annual Queen Mary Art Deco Festival, hosted by the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles. In addition to being an incredible time, the Festival is a fundraiser for restoration projects on the Queen Mary. It's amazing that we have this treasure here available to the public, and the recent work done on the ship has been great - I think she looks better and better every time I go! 
With Lauren of Wearing History

The Festival runs from Friday through Sunday, and there are package options for the whole weekend or a la cart - very neat if you can only go on one day or want to try out the experience without making a big commitment. We attended the whole weekend, but as we live locally we drove back and forth from home. Someday we'll have to get a catsitter and stay on the ship. :)

Friday Night Reception at the Veranda Grill, with Chris and Sharlene, a member of the ASDLA board.
Music provided by Jim Ziegler and the Swingsations.

One of the highlights of the weekend was getting to meet Jill from Tea with the Vintage Baroness. Her Schiaparelli-inspired bow dress was one of my favorites from the whole weekend - it sparkled like crazy with rhinestones on black velvet. My dress is my first actual vintage evening gown ever, only just acquired this summer. It's wool crepe, so it's sturdy enough for dancing - and that long skirt made me feel like Ginger Rogers!

After the cocktail reception was the Pajama Party - we didn't have pj's, but we went for tea and cookies anyway. Based on a Horse Racing game played on the Queen Mary when she sailed, we played a (fundraiser) betting game where 6 wooden horses race to the finish, fueled by the roll of a die. I got to jockey horse #3 in the first race. I didn't win, but it was a photo finish!

(This is my personal favorite photo from the weekend! :)
On Saturday we went back to the ship during the day and after doing some damage at the Marketplace Bazaar, we met up with friends and walked around the boat. There were also tours and art deco lectures during the day, open to the public.

With Lauren and Jill

You've seen this outfit before, but I made a 30's fedora-style hat to go with it for this event (pattern available from Wearing History). I'm not much of a hat-wearer so I was nervous about it, but when a couple of dealers in the marketplace asked me where I found the matching ensemble, I decided it must have turned out okay!

Art Deco Ball - Saturday Night

We ran home, and after slapping on some fresh lipstick and fluffing my hair, we headed back in the evening for the Ball. It was a formal dinner in the Grand Salon, with music by Dean Mora and His Modern Rhythmists. We stayed there until our toes gave out, but if you wanted more dancing you could head up to the Observation Bar for Jonathan Stout and His Campus Five.

With Sharlene and Dean Mora, the bandleader of Mora's Modern Rhythmists

With Lauren and Jill - aren't they stunning? Everyone looked exquisite!

On Sunday we took it easy, and just relaxed and only attended the Tea Dance. I had big plans to make a 30's chiffon gown, but obviously that didn't happen. ;) So I pulled out a favorite Loco Lindo dress, and realized that this white nautical jacket went with it - perfect for a day on a boat! Chris loaned me a pocket square, and we were off! There were loads of amazing chiffon gowns at the tea dance, so I got my fix anyway.

Chris wore a striking 3-piece beltback suit, I thought he looked fantastic! It had a couple little moth bites, so he did some darning and repair work on it himself. Made me proud. :)

Obligatory dance shots. Can't resist. :)


Big thanks to the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles and the Queen Mary for hosting this event, 
and to Lauren and Sharlene for sharing their photos with me.
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