Tuesday, July 22, 2014

"Soon The Season of Tailors" - French Style in 1950

It's January, 1950 in France and les Bonnes Soirees magazine says you need a good tailored jacket. So many choices! But if that isn't enough we have some two-tone dresses (don't miss #422) and some designer goodies too. "Soon The Season of Tailors" is a google translation...I'm guessing one of you can do better. Please?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

How to look fabulous in 1951 - go French!

The gal who really wanted to wow them in 1951 could get a cue from this July, 15th les Bonnes Soirees magazine. Some 'Fresh' dresses to sew and then a few separates to travel with on your holiday. But when you are back in town they let you know which designer has the gowns and accessories you need. 

Friday, July 11, 2014

1951 Spring Fashions

Wonderfulness from les Bonnes Soirees magazine, March 11, 1951. Lovely slim dresses with amazing side drapes topped with shaped swing coats. Then just a few designer ensembles and the hats to match. Profitez!

Monday, July 7, 2014

French Fashions to Sew from 1951

From the March 25, 1951 issue of les Bonnes Soirees (Good Evening) magazine, we have a selection of spring outfits that you could make. But it looks like you would have had to been very skilled, these have some serious details. But then you get to look tre belle!
And one for the Petites filles

Saturday, July 5, 2014

French Fashions from 1951

This is a selection from the March 25, 1951 issue of les Bonnes Soirees (Good Evening) magazine. We have New Trends in Paris and then a Flower Plate hat you can make. (I have no French at all, so please chime in)

Friday, July 4, 2014

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Paris Fashions for French Seamstresses - 1953

I just got some French women's magazines, this one les Veillees des Chaumiers which Google translates as Evenings Thatched Cottage. This magazine started in 1898 and continues today aimed at senior citizens. But this issue from March 7, 1953 looks to be read by a young housewife. And a stylish one at that. Here are some patterns you could order for the slim skirt with fabulous pockets, the blouse with amazing scallop bodice or the collection of spring jackets, each one a treasure. 
(I don't speak French at all so if someone can help out it would be appreciated.)

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Be A Continental Sensation!

A few ideas from a Simplicity flyer showing the Summer Scene in 1962. You could be super-feminine in hip-riding pants and a be-ruffled toplet. Or belt a chic beach-dress. Then after you enjoy that day at the seashore you can cover your top and shorts with the skirt so you can go marketing! 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Inspiration For Embroidery - Graphics

Our last look at Inspiration For Embroidery by Constance Howard published in 1966. This group are basic shapes, turned with creativity into works of art. Look around you and try seeing as she does.
"Machine Embroidery: an exercise in the use of pure hues. Sister Marie Louie"
"The square and the rectangle divided as a basis for pattern distribution. This may be done symmetrically or asymmetrically, a circular arrangement may be placed within a square and visa versa. These main divisions may be broken down into smaller ones, according to the scale of the design, after which details are worked out."
"Distribution of pattern within the circle and the semi-circle. These lines and areas give only the main direction of movement on which pattern is built up from the broad basis to the fine detail."
"The square. Increased in width by mathematical proportions. The radius of the diagonal gives the next width. Squares spaced equally and unequally. The square cut into squares and rectangles, also divided into squares and rectangles. Embroidered squares using satin stitch and couching. Stitches formed as squares. Fabric cut diagonally and joined. Other diagrams show ideas for using the square."
"Ideas based on bottles. Man-made objects are a good source of designs for embroidery and give an inexhaustible number of ideas."


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Inspiration For Embroidery - Animals

More wonderfulness from Inspiration For Embroidery by Constance Howard published in 1966. She looks at animals in color and in the line drawings that inspire. Get busy and show us what you create! 
"A hedgehog worked in various metal threads and padded gold kid." By Jane Page
"Various birds, simplified from reality into semi-geometric shapes."
"Decorative fishes based on the drawing of the carp."
"Cats, simplified for design. Horses from Greek pottery in the Louve. Primitive animal on a pot in the Louve."

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Inspiration For Embroidery

I just got a copy of Inspiration For Embroidery by Constance Howard published in 1966. This is an amazing book and I want to show you many, many pictures. Don't think these are limited to embroidery ideas, she shows you how everything you look at is art and can translate to fabric.
This chapter is called "Special Areas of Design" and she says, "Each area has certain limitations which are a challenge to the designer, in ingenuity of planning and in solving the problem within the limitations imposed by the shape and nature of the particular article."

Friday, May 23, 2014

You Need Not Wear Another Single Thing!

 "Bon Ton Lingerie Plastique and your frock - that's all!" 
"...does away with overlapping thickness of vest, girdle, brassiere, pantie or bloomer."
 No boning this must have been pretty daring. And not too popular since I can't find any other references for the name 'Plastique'. But maybe some of that was the cost. $12.50 in 1929 is about $168.00 today, a bit pricey.  
Found in McCall's Magazine, October, 1929.