Summer Blues

I'm going to start thinking of July as the lost month.  I swear, every year, it FLIES by.  Between the 4th of July, my birthday, hubby's camping trips, and general summery things, I blink and the month is gone, and I enter a state of panic as summer is slipping by and there's still so much I want to do.  


This summer, getting this Shasta Compact on the road has been top priority.  And time is ticking! We actually bought Miss Betty Blue here in fall of 2016 (picture above is from the day we brought her home).  At the time, I thought for sure that we would get it done and be road-worthy summer of 2017.  But then we bought a rental unit, and that took priority.  So, we (and by we, I mean Mike) only worked on it for about a month last summer before we wrapped her back up for the winter.  

But we're back at it and she is looking SO GOOD! I can't wait to share the whole renovation with you. Her inside is almost done and Mike is working on painting the outside right this very moment!


Well, with all of this vintage camper excitement, naturally, I had to start putting together some cute outfits to go along with it.  I started shopping repro and vintage sites, sewing up vintage-inspired patterns, and buying all the cute vintage shoes I could find.  I used to LOVE shopping vintage, but over the years I let it go.  I have been so excited to get back into it. 


Here are the details on this cute outfit: 

Top: Available here
Skirt: Just a basic circle skirt I made from this ponte, available from Boho Fabrics
Shoes: Vintage find
Heart-Shaped Glasses: Available here


All of this fun deserved a new section here on my blog-- Vintage Life.  Here, you're going to find all the details on our camper renovation, my vintage-inspired styles, and our Shasta events (Our first show is in August. . . I'm even participating in my first pin-up contest! Eeek!).

So, welcome to Vintage Life at Middle River Studio! 


I hope you enjoy the new section here at MRS.  This camper has been QUITE the project and I have been loving getting to work on my retro looks to go along with it.  Stay tuned for more <3 




Kate Vintage Tea Dress

New week, new designer, new pattern!

I found Designer Stitch a few weeks ago, because of their awesome Indu Wrap Pants (seriously, check out that pattern!).  I haven't made them yet, but I thought the design was super fun.  Shortly after I joined the group, the designer, Ann, had a tester call for a completely different type of design-- a vintage style tea dress. Gotta hand it to her for the diversity in her designs!  

I've enjoyed being on the Designer Stitch tester team with one exception--Ann is out of Australia so with the massive time difference, I miss so much! The bulk of the fun discussion happens when I'm sleeping, so I feel like I'm always late to the game-- the little sister tagging along, haha. 

The moment I saw the tester call, I knew I wanted this dress.  I loved the vintage flair and I thought it would be a fun dress for some events we have planned this summer. Plus, I had an extra crinoline laying around, waiting for a dress to call home ;) 

Here's the Kate Vintage Tea Dress:


Just add shoes and belt that I found at Goodwill for a hot $4.50! I was so stinkin' excited to fine that belt (what a great match!) and the shoes were the color of the week for an extra 75% off.  Goodwill for the win. 


I made the 3/4 circle skirt version (to accomodate that crinoline!).  I'll admit, the instructions were  not "beginner friendly", but if you have some basic sewing knowledge and know how to Google, you should be fine.  


This pink crepe is from Jo-Ann's.  I thought the pink and red made it a little more vintage-esque.  Mike thought women didn't wear pink all that much yet in the 50s. But as it turns out, Mamie Eisenhower wore pink to her husband's inauguration, and cemented the color in women's fashion in 1953.  So there's a history lesson for you!


This used waaaaaay less yardage than I anticipated, so if you want one, I have enough fabric to send you to make your own. Just throwing it out there in case you want to twin. 


The pattern goes by cup size and makes for a pretty darn good perfect fit. I made a muslin but it was fabulous from the get-go. 


If love it as much as I do, Kate is on sale right now! Cheers to my first pattern test with Designer Stitch! I hope to do more-- I've seen some sneak peeks, and I gotta tell you, they have some amazing things coming down the line. 

And hey, I have to show off this bridge where I took my pictures: 


I've done so many pictures here these past two weeks.  It's at a local state park, Amnicon Falls.  It's hopping with tourists in the summer, so I doubt I'll get to keep taking pictures here, but it's been great for this cold, snowy April. Even in the winter time, I've been caught by joggers a few times here. It's gorgeous in the summer and fall, with waterfalls and hiking trails weaving throughout the park. Definitely worth a stop here in Northern Wisconsin! 

Have a good week!

xo Molly

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