Melanie Garbo Byrnes, owner of Vintage Diversity in Fort Lauderdale, and a long time vintage loving friend of mine, recently gifted me this wonderful 1930s silk velvet hostess gown. Despite it needing some TLC, I knew I could repair this beauty so that I could wear it just in time for some holiday entertaining.
I had to carefully hand stitch a sizable tear by the shoulder seam and a few tears on the skirt. Due to the nap, luster and folds of the fabric, the repairs blend in pretty well. It’s my belief that it’s a tragedy to throw away lovely vintage pieces just because they have condition issues. As they used to say during the WW2 era “Make do and mend.” And now I have a glamorous vintage maxi dress to wear for the holidays!
Back in the day women wore what was know as “at home” wear to entertain.
If you were having company over for a special dinner or cocktail party, this type of outfit is the past’s version of what we now refer to as “dressy casual.” Right up to the 1970s “at home wear” was an integral part of a woman’s wardrobe.
The rich burgundy color definitely called for gold accessories. Luckily I just happened to have a pair of 1930s gold sandals that I had purchased some time ago from Maggie at Denisebrain on Etsy. Check out her shop. She has some fabulous things. Also, a 1980s quilted gold belt that I thought would complement the dress perfectly. I never mind mixing my eras. As far as I’m concerned the more outfit options the better!
The corsage and the hair clip were made by me. You can check out my previous post on how to make vintage inspired Christmas corsages here.
I added some 50s red and clear rhinestone screw back earrings and a vintage garnet bracelet that was my Mom’s. My Dad gave it to her for Christmas many, many years ago. It is her birthstone and happens to be mine as well. Wearing it brought back so many fond memories of the family holidays of my youth.
Wishing a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all. See you in the Roaring 2020s!
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