1964 Flashback

My grandmother in 1964, age 16.

“Well, shake it up, baby, now (Shake it up, baby). Twist and shout (Twist and shout). C’mon c’mon, c’mon, c’mon, baby, now (Come on baby).  Come on and work it on out (Work it on out)”  Woah…Hey there…how embarrassing….Anyway….Did you know that the number one hit song in 1964 was Twist and Shout by The Beatles?  What a great song!  It is definitely one of those songs you get your hairbrush microphone and sing it at the top of your lungs.  I am sure all of you…most of you…some of you… are wondering why I am talking about 1964…well, the special event I have been mentioning lately has something to do with it…the dress pictured above is the exact same frock I will be wearing to an exclusive MAC event this Saturday in Trussville, Alabama!  Whooo!  Yes, feel the excitement!

My grammy (on left) and my great-grandmother (on right)

After chatting with my grammy, (Yes…I renamed her because as the fourth grandchild…I never got the chance to give her a name of my own *sniff*)… After chatting with my Maw Maw–I mean Grammy, I decided to learn more about 1964.  Another smashing hit (just so you guys know…I said that in a British accent…speaking of  British accents-Sir Sean Connery as James Bond in Goldfinger was quite the hottie…these days…he is positively the cutiest  little old man ever!  I will end this random babble with…”Bond, James Bond.”)  Back to the smashing hit I was telling you about…Oh, Pretty Woman by Roy Orbison…that song is so catchy…(speaking of catchy!  Richard Gere was quite the catch *wink* in the movie Pretty Woman!)…I don’t remember what I was going to say…I’m jamming out to the music of 1964, and I lost my train of thought…

My grammy and her dad…Don’t you just love going through old pictures? I do…

I apologize for my digression…Time to get back on topic! After all my research, the apparel of the 60s was indeed diverse.  There is not enough time today  for me to discuss this topic, but I am almost certain that I will return to it in later blogs!  I wanted to wear my grammy’s dress because of the way the dress poofs out and makes me feel like a 1960s princess…Actually, I thought it would be totally freaking rad!

My grammy was 16 when she first wore the pink dress. well looky there, I am 16! Was this planned… hmmm…we’ll never know…

The custom-made, fabricated by hand frock (no sewing machine was harmed in the making of this dress.) was worn at some relative’s wedding…(I was…checking…my twitter…yes, my twitter…when my grammy was telling me who it was…sorry Maw Maw…) The dress is based on a size 14 pattern, but back then the sizes were different.

V.I.P. Shopping Tip: When shopping for vintage, it is important to know that clothes back in the “good ole’ days” were much smaller than they are today…For example–a size 14 could possibly fit a person who wears a 4/6 today….Don’t focus on the label size; otherwise, you might miss out on a spectacular find!

Once again…there I go…off on another random tanget… I don’t know what’s wrong with me today, but I have the inability to stay focused because I am so excited about wearing a dress from 1964 to the MAC event.

Of course, I will not be wearing it in the exact same way my grammy did…I am going to spice it up a little!  80s meets 60s is what I shall call it!  It is vintage with added pops of color and Jessica Simpson shoes…what girl doesn’t love Jessica Simpson shoes!  This is just a sneak peak…I pinky promise to post pictures of the entire ensemble…because to be honest that dress isn’t the easiest thing to put on in the world…lots of little buttons, zippers, and whatnots…

Next time, I will be sharing with you one of my favorite places to find vintage…or I may just randomly talk about bunnies (yes…bunnies…bunnies in vintage hats!).

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“Pretty woman, don’t walk on by.  Pretty woman, don’t make me cry.  Pretty woman, don’t walk away, hey…okay…………….”


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