outfit: a silly hat

tshirt: Anne Taylor | skirt: thrifted | hat: vintage, gift | bow: self made | shoes: Remix Vintage | handbag: vintage, estate sale | earrings: gift | charm bracelet: vintage, family heirloom

I think being pregnant is making my brain come up with crazy outfits like this one! We went on a little daytrip to Colonial Williamsburg, and somehow I just had to wear this hat. (SH, in good humor, refers to my vintage hats as “silly hats”–which is entirely the fault of the Thin Man movies.) It was a gift from my sister in law this year and dates to the 1930s. The hat reminds me a bit of the hats in The Women (particularly the beach wear during the fashion show), and of one in particular on the envelope illustration of a 1940s playsuit pattern I own. It was serendipity this one came to live with me!

We had such a lovely time at Williamsburg (I wish I had gotten more photos to share)–our first real “date day” in what seems like ages (but has really only been a couple of very long months). Not only did we enjoy walking around and getting dinner at one of the taverns (my first time), but I ran into two lovely blog readers! Not once, but twice–we kept bumping into each other. It was so lovely to meet them (hello, Rebecca and J. if you’re reading this!), and chat about sewing, mutual schooling experiences, and whatnot. Plus they were wearing gorgeous 18th century gowns while touring Williamsburg–so eyecatching. (And it gave me ideas as I have a 1780s gown that just needs new undergarments to be worn… Perhaps post-baby?)

On the baby front… I felt the Blueberry move for the first time! Fifteen weeks is really early, or so I’ve heard, but not entirely unusual. It was weird to realize that the little “popcorn popping” feelings I kept noticing when I was resting was the baby. So neat! I had a visit with my midwife this week, and not only did I get to hear the baby’s heartbeat, but I seem to be right on track for this pregnancy. It just seems weird to think that this time next month I shall pretty much have arrived at the halfway point–time is beginning to go by so quickly! We’re already at the point of starting to discuss things like a crib and the set-up for the baby after it’s born. Honestly, the months cannot go fast enough for me, since I’m eager to meet this little person!

And now for the winner of the pattern giveaway! Congratulations, Alli! I’ve contacted you via email already. Don’t despair if you didn’t win this time; I still have a few other giveaways for this fall up my sleeve!

| All photos taken by SH. |

October 3, 2012 · 39 lovely thoughts
posted in baby diary,outfits + wardrobe · tags: , , ,

Alli October 3, 2012 at 05:53

Omg Casey!!!! Thank you so much for the giveaway! I’m in shock lol! I’ve sent you an email with my details.
I love your outfit…such a gorgeous mumma. And the hat is adorable!
It is very exciting when you feel your bubs first movements….it makes it all start to feel so much more real doesn’t it :) . Just wait till you see your tummy move when Blueberry gets bigger ….you’ll see feet and elbows! ;)


Kat October 3, 2012 at 07:23

Sadly the last 15 or so go by the slowest with each week being slower than the last. Or so it seemed for me. Enjoy the bump while it lasts. Our Little Soldier is only 10 weeks old and I some days am day dreaming of another Munchkin. I too longed to fit into period gowns now I just need to finish losing the baby weight.


Nora October 3, 2012 at 07:55

OMG you’re so right! It is like the one from The Women! Love it love it! You look so adorable! Glad to see you’re well :)



Dakota October 3, 2012 at 08:05

Oh, that hat is incredible!! It really could be straight out of a late ’30s Hollywood film! You look so charming in it, and I’ve always had a strange hankering to visit Colonial Williamsburg– it sounds so neat.


Rachel October 3, 2012 at 08:29

That is a cool hat – I love 30s hats!
And Colonial Williamsburg- I actually recognised it from the first photo LOL It is a good place for outfit posts (if you can avoid the tourists ;) ).
My favourite time of year there though, is Christmas… we make a trek down there every year at Christmas, so I can look at the decorations! One year we went when it was foggy, and they lit the torchieres, it was a fantastic sight! You’ll have to go again at Christmas ;)


Michelle @ needle and nest October 3, 2012 at 08:38

There is nothing like that first time you actually feel the baby moving inside of you! It only gets better as the baby gets stronger and bigger! :) These days I enjoy watching my belly “dance” as my (big!) baby moves around. :)

And, of course, your outfit is adorable! :)


Ashley October 3, 2012 at 09:07

that hat is too fabulous! one of my favorites that I will probably never sell is a 30s stovepipe straw as well. they’re wonderful!


Rebecca Ann October 3, 2012 at 09:32

Casey it was lovely running into you. ;) I realized it would have been fun to get a picture of all of us together, but alas I did not think of it in the moment. :) I love your bow and the shoes especially and of course the whole outfit is just smashing. Your outfit inspired me to go vintage for our second day in Williamsburg. I will be posting pictures of Ginny and I soon on my blog from Williamsburg as well.

Btw Ginny has a blog as well here-http://retrospectsewing.blogspot.com/

God bless,


Eireann October 3, 2012 at 09:33

That hat looks like a version of ‘traditional’ Welsh ones: http://img3387.imagevenue.com/images/loc563/09848_Bewitching_Welsh_Witch_1_1000_122_563lo_122_563lo.jpg

—although with a wider brim and in straw rather than felt? Interesting. It’s such an unusual shape, it just reminded me of these.


Sheila October 3, 2012 at 10:04

I’m so jealous – I’m at 17 weeks with my baby, and I still haven’t felt it move. :) Congrats on the quickening!


Janice October 3, 2012 at 10:14

Oh Casey, you are just too much, which, for me, is exactly the right amount! Will the baby wear vintage or vintage-inspires also? Because that would be just awesome.


Miss Virginia October 3, 2012 at 10:38

It was wonderful to run into you too Casey! Becca and I were telling each other that as much fun as we had dressing up, meeting you was sort of the capstone! Thanks for making our day. :)



Technicolor Cutie October 3, 2012 at 12:32

So cute! I just had my baby 2 weeks ago. I felt Scarlett around 12 weeks, so 15 is right on track! Just wait, soon you’ll feel swimming and somersaults! I’m so excited for you, enjoy this time! Eat healthy, a get LOTS of rest. Once little Blueberry is out, your time is spent smooching and staying up most of the night – so rest is very little (but sooo worth it).

Also, I have a ton of 50′s maternity patterns (mostly tops and some dresses). I don’t know what size you wear, but I have some smaller ones that I wouldn’t mind sending you. :) Email me if you are interested in them. I can send them in the post.


Also, can I say how jealous I am of your fall leaves? In California, it’s still 100 degrees. The baby and I are stuck in the house! :(


Janet October 3, 2012 at 13:17

I can remember how exciting it was feeling my babies move for the first time. And they’re big grown-up teens now. Their movements are no longer quite so exciting ;) I love your outfit too – the hat rocks!


Victoria / Justice Pirate October 3, 2012 at 14:01

I always thought those hats were pretty odd and wondered about the origin of them but still have yet to learn about it. I hope you had a fun time learning about those colonists!!! hehe. You look beautiful!!! I felt the butterfly flutters while pregnant at about 13 weeks and felt movements a little larger than that at about 17 weeks for both of them.


Jessica October 3, 2012 at 14:46

That hat is fantastic – so full of personality and practical sun protection thanks to the wide brim. You look, as always, completely wonderful, gorgeous mommy-to-be!

♥ Jessica


Sunni October 3, 2012 at 18:52

So cute! I’m loving how October-ish your hat looks. Gosh, you are totally stylish mom-to-be! So refreshing from the sometimes worn out sad looking mom-to-be’s that I normally see – not that I can blame them, but still. Darling outfit!


MissNathalieVintage October 3, 2012 at 19:25

I adore your expression in the first photo. Truly wonderful news about the baby.


Valerie October 3, 2012 at 20:36

Very cute outfit! Oh, it’s so exciting to feel the baby move the first time!! I felt both of mine move “early” like you; those funny little popcorn feelings. I found that my kids personalities were evident even in the womb: my older son was always moving, kicking and punching so hard it actually hurt (he particularly liked liver shots -ouch-), he is still full of energy and a little entertainer, he never holds still; whereas my younger son I felt move regularly as well but much less and his movements were calm and fluid, he is a very observant boy and much more low-key. It’s so amazing to know there is a whole other person growing in you!


Gabreial October 3, 2012 at 21:20

I missed the baby news! Congratulations! You look stunning, so happy for you!


Jen October 4, 2012 at 02:45

Casey, you and your wee bump are so cute :)


maddie October 4, 2012 at 04:28

what a fun hat! It reminds you of the movie The Women but for me, it reminds me of Halloween!


Megan October 4, 2012 at 15:15

Adorable outfit! I’m glad to hear you had a nice outing to Williamsburg. Makes me want to go back, as I haven’t been there since I was a wee one. Also, I bet it’s quite lovely this time of year. :)


Tammy October 4, 2012 at 16:00

Omg, you are too cute! The weekly maternity style posts are inspirational. I found your blog while Googling for some vintage sewing patterns (I think, lol), and have been reading the archives everyday. Your blog is so educational and I’ve learned a lot!


Renata October 4, 2012 at 19:14

I think you look cute in that outfit! The clothes are simple, and the charming hat completes it perfectly!


Sarah (aka OldeSarah) October 5, 2012 at 04:54

So happy to have you “back”!
You look so happy, that’s just wonderful!
Love the hat!
At first it reminded me of a “Salem” hat, but thats probably because I have Halloween on the brain!
Now I have to go look for The Women! great hat!

(aka OldeSarah)


Lindsey October 6, 2012 at 15:19

Awe!!! I remember feeling the “popcorn popping” feeling at 16 weeks! So fun and exciting. I love Williamsburg!


Viola October 7, 2012 at 15:31

Good to hear everything is going well with the baby. What a fun hat to add to your collection!


hillary October 8, 2012 at 00:38

You look darling, silly hat and all. Congratulations on feeling the blueberry! 15 weeks is early for a first time mom but if you’re thinner and your baby is strong and active (I’m guessing boy based on feeling the movement so early!), it can happen! It’s a lot of fun, one of my favorite parts of pregnancy!


Annie Sharkey October 8, 2012 at 14:42

Casey lovely to have you back and looking so happy and so well. Enjoying your baby bump updates.


Melanie October 8, 2012 at 23:06

You have the best maternity style ever! And the hat! Swoon!


Pansy Lane October 10, 2012 at 11:50

Omg, I love that hat on you! I’m one of those can’t-really-wear-hats people so I LOVE seeing them on girls who can totally pull them off. And you felt the baby move, yay!! I was 17 weeks when I first felt it– I never felt the popcorn feeling, for me it was thumping. Wait until you’re further along and can feel an actual FOOT sticking out, it’s crazy!

ALSO kind of OT but I love that you’re giving away vintage patterns– I thrifted tons of them not too long ago but most are too big for me, I hope you don’t mind if I borrow the giveaway idea? :D It makes so much more sense than hoarding them, they’re so pretty and need to be used!


Toile La La October 10, 2012 at 21:11

That hat looks very spiffy on you (yes, I did see you use the word spiffy). The pointy shape of it reminds me of a colonial hat.
I’ve just read one of your 2009 posts about sewing with vintage patterns and thought you had some great tips.
Your commentary would be appreciated at my blog about fashion/art/history/design/sewing.


Marjorie October 11, 2012 at 14:36

AAhhh!!! Where have I been!!?? Tee hee! OH CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I’m SO happy for you!! I know you will be the best Mama ever!! I’m still learning things about myself and my role as Mum now after having my daughter nearly 2 years ago….eeep! I cannot believe she will be 2 in January!! I’m sorry I’ve not been by in ever so long…..busy busy busy keeping up with a hardly ever stopping toddler! tee hee Oh, Casey!! I’m just SO happy for you I could cry!! : ) And you look so lovely in your vintage maternity styles! : )


Laurie October 14, 2012 at 18:18

Congratulations! I hope you and baby are doing well! I’ve loved reading about your sewing plans for baby…so I have an award for you on my blog!


Nathalie October 15, 2012 at 15:18

Aw, that’s my favorite part of pregnancy, when you start feeling those first little stirrings. . . I will miss that, since i’m done having children. . . Plus, you look super adorable in that hat, I don’t think it’s silly, at least not on you!


Kat October 18, 2012 at 03:59

Congrats! i haven’t been reading my favoritte blogs for the last couple of months (internet break). I am happy to see that you are expecting :)
Good luck.


Ashley Westmoreland October 18, 2012 at 13:13

Congrats to you, mama. You make such a purdy pady (pregnant lady). :) Can’t wait to see more lovely maternity outfits. Especially when you get all huge and stuff. Mwahahahaha >:}


ConstantlyAlice October 22, 2012 at 11:22

You are too adorable for words, Casey ;-) What a fantastic hat! xoxo


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