Vintage Inspiration | Sally Victor

What if we lived in a time when a lady’s hat was an everyday accessory. When going without is comparable to leaving the house without earrings. Which I must admit I do quite often.  Just yesterday my sister and I helped my grandma purge a closet in her home. Purge is an understatement mind you… (goodness gracious). Either way, after going through her old patterns, she hands me a Vintage 60’s Vogue Pattern designed by Sally Victor. Who is Sally Victor? All I knew was the turban on the front was too cool to pass up.


According to a 1959 Times article, Sally Victor at one point was one of the biggest fashion hatmakers, with a career spanning the 40’s to 70’s.  I found these beautiful creations by Victor at the Metropolitan Museum online archive.

Once I learn how to work with patterns (*wink) I plan to whip up a turban.

Do you have a favorite hat? At the moment I’m still loving my DIY Wool Fedora.

(images: Metropolitan Museum, Etsy)



Vintage Inspiration | For Young and Exciting Women

Adolph Schuman started Lilli Ann in San Francisco, California in 1934 after his wife Lillian. It is my understanding that he worked for MGM before launching his own line.

Notice the sleeves and cinched waist that make the suits ultra feminine and stylish. These days we often go shorter, tighter, or use less fabric to achieve such a look. The last suit is my favorite and according to the ad it was about $95. Perhaps, if I try hard enough, I can pull off a DIY similar to it.

By the way, did you catch the “For young and exciting women of all ages” in the 3rd image. What if women, of all ages mind you, had at least one piece in their closet similar to these? Would you wear Lilli Ann?

(images: myvintagevogue)