V78: 1950s “Ladies Who Lunch” Outfit

I gave my presentation on hats, 1850-1960, yesterday, and wore something I thought was appropriate for an afternoon luncheon.

Dress: made from vintage Butterick 8154
Hat: vintage mink “caterpillar” toque found in Alameda
Gloves: vintage from Sacramento Antiques market
Shoes: Payless, oh yeah.

I got the amazing opportunity to examine some antique shoes, particularly button boots, and will be sharing a couple photos of those with you soon.

Special thanks to the Churchill County Museum in Fallon, Nevada, for having me for a speaker, and for housing such a wonderful collection of vintage and antique clothing and accessories.


  • Tricia

    March 19, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    Lauren you look Beautiful! You have such a classic look. Friday I was looking up Norge Village advertisements, there is one we had hung in one of our stores back in 1965; I would like to get a copy of. You look just like the models that where in those posters. The Butterick pattern is one that will never grow old.

  • Lovisa

    March 21, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    This is such an inspiring blog, a real treasure! I am very curious to know what you work with since you are so good at sowing and fixing wigs. Also, what is your favourite epoque in costume history?


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