Monday, September 19, 2011

Going to the Gatsby Summer Afternoon

 Such a fun way to spend a Summer afternoon.  The Dunsmuir house in Oakland, provides and elegant background for this special day brought to us by the Art Deco Society.   Every year folks dress up in Art Deco Attire (circa 1915-1940) and come out for this Event.  Whether you like vintage clothing, vintage cars, a great picnic or croquet, you will be in for a treat.

There were many amazing picnics, but this year it was all about the clothes for me.  My friend Joy Johnson found two fabulous matching dresses for myself and my daughter (see below photo), so we were able to dress up and compliment each other. Such a thrill for a mom personally obsessed with American Girl dolls as well as sewing and times gone by.  We were so lucky that the dresses fit and we fit in beautifully.  I'm already thinking about what we'll wear next year.

Darling table with a lovely setting!

I was watching these two impeccably dresses ladies about all day.  Their dresses were fabulous.  I'm   not sure if they were vintage or if they made them.  In either regard - gorgeous 1930's.

Here are our dresses - Just needing a few minor repairs.
 Also Ella Schwartz above, posing on one of the cars.

 This ensemble was made from a pattern that belonged to the model's grandmother.  So cute!  Love the hat.

Wouldn't it be delightful to have a maid by your side?  And doubly special if her hair was an exact match to her dress. 

Looking forward to my next Gatsby!


  1. what a lovely article thanks for using the picture of me and my frineds in ur article i was the guy on the left in the top picture you and your daughter were soo cute i hope to do that for my niece and my sister some day,

  2. You can do it! Let me know if you need some help.


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