2704: Blouses are all important in a warm weather wardrobe, especially when they can be both day and night beauties - like this one that flips a pretty peplum. There's the new influence of scallops too - scallops that scoot around the low neck, cap sleeves and button front.
2221: For your dress rehearsal - a datetime frock that launches the new longer body lines and swings a fuller skirt, making it one of the freshest, brightest eyefuls on the summer scene. All this - and an authoritive shoulder yoke with comfortable cap sleeves too.
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
In London native cabaret girls are plentiful & cheap but, to pick up the imported U.S. article, choosy Englishmen must drop in at Mayfair's two new topnotch hotels, Dorchester House & Grosvenor House.
So long as sporting Major Oliver Stanley, younger son of King George's sporting friend the Earl of Derby, remained Minister of Labor there was no interference with this strange monopoly. The new Minister of Labor is bourgeois, Bible-quoting Ernest ("Bashan") Brown, the loudest and fastest talker in the House of Commons. Very quietly last week good Mr. Brown did his duty as he saw it. Grosvenor House and Dorchester House were given two weeks to get rid of their 26 U. S. dancing girls, and a Minister of Labor spokesman explained nothing by frostily explaining: "It has been a general policy not to give working permits to foreign cabaret artists. Heretofore, we have been making an exception in these two cases." "Before these American girls came over here the Dorchester was losing money hand over fist!" said Manager Clifford Whitley of its "Leroy Printz Hollywood Beauties." Chimed in Manager Felix Ferry of Grosvenor's "Monte Carlo Follies," "If England is going to turn our girls out, I think our Government ought to do something about English chorines now cashing in back home." In Manhattan next day correspondents, if they expected to find President Frank Gillmore of the Actors Equity Association up in arms, were in for a disappointment. "We don't have any competition in this country from English chorus girls," sniffed Mr. Gillmore. "I regard the action of the British Ministry as a ban on cheap labor. Such chorus girls as leave this country to appear in London go at extremely low wages. Often they are inexperienced, without professional standing, and their work comes under the class of labor rather than art. Generally this is true of American girls performing in night clubs of other countries. They do not present a burning problem to our organization."
This led to a rely from Le Roy Printz;
Sirs: In your issue of July 29, regarding an article you had entitled "Coolie Chorines," I would like to correct you to this extent. At the Dorchester House under the management of Clifford Whitley, I have a troupe of girls called the "LeRoy Prinz Hollywood Beauties." These girls were picked out of 600 of Hollywood's leading dancers, and are all what we call specialty girls —each one a soloist, and capable of doubling into a dancing line. The majority of these girls have also played good bits in various pictures.
I have only one idea in writing you this letter, and that is primarily because I want to be fair to these girls, and because Mr. Frank Gillmore of the Actors' Equity Association is apparently very misinformed.
These girls were given a contract, starting in Hollywood, for six months in London. They were given first class transportation from Hollywood to London. Each girl was in a lower and had two to a cabin, first class passage on the boat. Their return transportation was put up in the bank here, and the contracts agreed to, witnessed, etc. by the British Consul. These girls received a salary of $85 a week minimum, and several are getting $125 a week. As you know, there is a British taxation of 25% on American theatrical artists, and in addition to a salary of $85 to $125 per week these girls are having their British income tax paid. The Equity salary of American chorus girls is $35 a week, and until recently they were required to take four weeks of rehearsals gratis to the producer. The LeRoy Prinz Hollywood girls were paid $25 a week during rehearsals, and are all very lovely, very intelligent and very refined American young ladies. I sincerely resent their being referred to as "Coolie Chorines" and would be glad to send you a copy of the contracts that these young ladies have, proving how far you have been misled by the statement of Mr. Frank Gillmore of the Actors' Equity Association. . . .
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Tomorrow we'll meet the Starlets and learn about some scandal!
Saturday, February 20, 2010
I'm wondering how thrilled a teen gal would be to have a feed sack dress...but maybe it was a great thing!
Friday, February 19, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
"Though your husband has been buying farm commodities in cotton bags and you have been sewing with them for years, it's possible that neither of you has realized what a bargain you are getting....And cotton bag fabrics this year are more beautiful than ever. There are smart plaids, florals, stripes, checks, modern designs, polka dots and conversational prints adaptable to a host of sewing needs...Dress print fertilizer bags have joined the fashion parade. And do you realize that with a ton of fertilizer, cotton containers bring you more than 20 yards of re-usable fabric?"
These patterns each list how many sacks you'd need to make the outfit. More tomorrow!
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
I just heard from Bill Higgins, who knows a lot about Inga Stevens Pratt. She lead a fascinating life and you can learn more at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inga_Stephens_Pratt_Clark.
Thanks Mr. Higgins!
Monday, February 15, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Perfect day-in-the-city dress in a sophisticated soft sheer with full skirt and sleeves. Simplicity Printed Pattern 3848. Sizes 12 to 20. 35¢. Size 14 requires 5 3/8 yards of 35" fabric. Perfect day-in-the-country dress in neat checks. Simplicity Printed Pattern 3851. Sizes 12 to 20. 35¢. Size 14 requires 4 5/8 yards of 35" checked fabric, 3/8 yard of 35" fabric for trim.
Full-blown skirt and great big, impudent bow. made in the kind of checks you see coming. Simplicity Printed Pattern 3850. Sizes 12 to 20. 35¢. Size 14 requires 5 1/4 yards of 35" fabric. Cool and uncluttered little summer dress. Simplicity Printed Pattern 3857. Sizes 11 to 18. 35¢. Size 13 requires 4 1/4 yards of 35" lengthwise-striped fabric, 1/4 yard of 35" fabric for collar. Horizontal stripes above vertical stripes, Simplicity Printed Pattern 3844. Sizes 12 to 20. 35¢. Size 14 requires 3 3/4 yards of 35" lengthwise-striped fabric, 3/4 yard of 35" fabric for trim.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
Back by popular demand here's another installment from Make and Mend for Victory. The focus is on Vestees, Dickeys, and Collars. Some are just fabric, some are edged with crochet. Have fun...and remember it's all for the War Effort!