Last Sunday was the annual Gatsby Picnic, put on by the Art Deco Society of California. For some reason I always find this event exhausting (all the hauling of crap), but also way too much fun. I went with my husband Michael (who took all the pictures, hence why there’s no photographic proof of his existence), plus Trystan and Thomas, Michael and Sarah, Katie, Jen, Bridget, and Diana. We spread out with other GBACG folks near the mansion (a little too far from the music – closer next year!) and had a lovely picnic, lots of drinks and conversation, some dancing, and lots of looking at vintage cars. We even got pics in two different cars, and I got to sit in a rumble seat! Squee! REALLY hard to get in and out of, though. But still! A rumble seat!
Of course, I was cranky that for yet a THIRD year I was wearing the same old thing, so I am now all fired up to make something for next year. I may even make it soon, just so I am ready to go, as summer always gets so busy. I even have the pattern and the accent fabric (just need to find main dress fabric); I’d also like to make a real vintage-style slip and bra.
Michael took lots of gorgeous photos — not only can you see how fabulous we all are, but you also get to enjoy the moment early on when Sarah and I realized that we’d had too many drinks too soon (we eased off after that!). The car photos turned out great, especially this one where it looks like we’re actually driving. And I really like the dancing photos, where we’re doing our totally not period swing moves (someday I must learn to foxtrot!). Yay! Afterwards I slept for literally about 10 hours…
EDITED TO ADD: Right, linking to the pictures = a good thing.
Gatsby is next weekend — I was seriously thinking about not going, because I’m just so dead tired from all that’s been going on the last few months — but enough fabulous people are going that I’ve reconsidered. I was vowing that this year I’d finally have something new to wear — I’ve been wanting to do a c. 1920 blouse & skirt combo for forever, as I love the 1919/1920 natural waistline. I have a vintage blouse that had a stained sleeve (and the sleeves don’t really fit me), so I barely started reworking that (took off the sleeves and put on new ones), but I’m just too beat to really get going on this (plus the fabric I found for the skirt I’m not really thrilled with). So I thought and thought, and decided to wear my perfectly lovely 30s dress that I never wear. I finally realized that it’s mostly the high neckline that I don’t like — I really need a V or other low neckline to not look like my bust is at my knees. So I just spent about an hour redoing the neckline so that it Vs down to where the 2nd button is in those pics.
I’m hoping to pair this with a fabulous 1930s (women’s) fedora that I have. It’s a dark brown, so I’m still trying to decide if it works — I can pair it with these shoes if they get here in time and if they fit. Otherwise, I have an ivory hat and shoes that will work as well, but aren’t as exciting. I’m thinking I’ll use my wave iron to wave my hair, then put it into a chignon — now I have to drag out my Costume College notes to brush up on 30s makeup.
In other random news — finally sat down to watch the DVD version of The Aristocrats, and I wanted to mention that there’s a decent amount of costume info on the behind the scenes stuff. They interview the costumer who talks a lot about the choices he made, and you get to see lots of closeups of the costumes. Worth renting it if you own the VHS!
Also, my husband has been watching the new Ricky Gervais (creator and star of the British version of The Office) show “Extras,” and episode 2 (season 1) takes place on a (fictional) period drama set in the Regency era with some REALLY nice costumes, including a fabulous stripey redingote (if you watch it, pay attention when Maggie is in line for the bathroom!).
As always, a lovely time was had at Gatsby! Wonderful food and drink plus fabulous companions, beautiful environs, and great music always make for a fabulous time. I even made it on a house tour for the first time, and got to see the inside of the lovely Dunsmuir House. Can we do it every month?