The annual “Gatsby Summer Afternoon” (casually known as the Gatsby Picnic) at the Dunsmuir House in Oakland, California, had another lovely event recently! I finally got a chance to wear my original 1930s cotton organza dress and had a great time socializing with an impeccably dressed and fun crowd.
I love how this is a versatile dress! I can change up my look by wearing a different color slip (which is also vintage). My hat is a vintage one that I retrimmed. I am wearing the beautiful Lillian heels from Royal Vintage Shoes.
It was a hot and sunny day, and my sunglasses were definitely needed! (They are not quite right, but close enough for an Amazon find).
Kelsey is divine in 1930s ensemble she sewed using a Wearing History pattern.
Natalie is lovely in a vintage 1930s dress, the navy version of the Lillian, and a hat she crocheted herself!
The event was full of vintage cars, amid the backdrop of the wonderful Dunsmuir House mansion.
In years past we always had too much food and leftovers, so we scaled back the food. You can’t see from the photo, but I think we had more beverages (especially delightful cocktails!) instead of food.
As always, the table was organized by my friend Kim, shown here wearing a handmade dress and waiting patiently in line with David.
I made my boutonniere using some vintage flowers, floral tape, and silk taffeta that I cut into a ribbon.
I made the belt out of a broken half of a buckle, more vintage flowers, and some silk taffeta.
Can you count the number of Lillians in this post? They were definitely the hot new shoe people were sporting at the picnic! I can’t wait until next year!