Saturday, February 28, 2009

St. Patricks Day Party Apron Pattern - 1962

Are you having a St. Patricks Day Party? This clipping from the ? Someplace Journal Star is dated 1962 and was found inside a pattern. (I love the things you find in patterns!) My favorite part of this is the suggestion at the end..."If the party you are planning is not for St. Patricks Day, you may want to use more delicate colors for your apron. Indeed!

In the gowning of the little maid...1906 Gabrielle Dress

Friday, February 27, 2009

In Step - Terrific 1937 Dresses!

I just love all of these, but maybe that highest one has my vote. Which one speaks to you?

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Skip the Gym - Still be in Style!

Shapes without Shape. These were top-notch Paris fashion choices in 1957. I think there is good reason to bring these back!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

...adding to the happiness and efficiency of 1,100,000 women each month

Found on the back of a McCall Kaumagraph Transfer pattern #425 - Script Alphabet. Do you wish to save money, keep in style and be happy? Pretty good deal for 50¢ a year!

With slightly mad accomplices....

"...with slightly mad accomplices - beads, bracelets, scarfs, saucy hats and wayward veils - they'll keep you chipper 'til spring!"

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Young 1957 Dance Dresses - Lovely!

These are from 1957, but they could have walked down this weeks Red Carpet!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Movie Star Mary Carlisle picks these...and she should know!

I admit, I'd never heard of Mary Carlisle, but you can learn more here. And here and here are a whole bunch of photos of the child star turned famous movie blond...with great fashion sense!

Sunday, February 22, 2009


What won't long black gloves improve? Especially with bling bracelets on top of the just know she's serious!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Another look at the Seventies, this time with Vogue!

These are a big improvement over the Simplicity styles we just looked at...maybe it's because it's Vogue, maybe it's because 1975 was closer to the hippy days that Simplicity's 1977. Whatever the reason these are very cool, timeless pieces. I'd like to see them come back around.

Friday, February 20, 2009

All You Need.

One dress and a HUGE closet of accessories!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Puckerette, Zipster and Hygenized?

All attributes of Ladies Slips of course! At least in the 1940 Bellas Hess catalog.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Let's Mix it up...The Seventies!

Here's some goodies from 1977. Frankly not a very impressive fashion era, but if that is when you were hip then these might speak to you. Especially if you like trims and scarf prints!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Doris and Mary Alice in their Semi-Mades for Spring - 1929

Wonder why they quit making Semi-Mades? Seems like just the thing for todays busy sewist!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Royal Society - Embroidery Transfer Designs for Wearing Apparel

"Royal Society was not a company, it was a trademarked brand name for needlework patterns and supplies owned by the H.E. Verran Company of New York. The company was incorporated in October of 1912, shortly after the silk art embroidery craze fell out of popularity. The company ceased operations in 1930." (Found here.)

Saturday, February 14, 2009

I hope somebody takes you out tonight.

Enjoy it for me...he's working the Fair, so I might get a Corn Dog. ;-)

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Butterick Fashion News 1947 - Beautiful in Blue

Nice shapes, love that skirt with side drape and that lace peplum is removable...must tie on like an apron!

The real me.

At least this is what I THINK I look like. Every time I go shopping I pick out clothes for this gal. Then I try things on and somehow it doesn't work out that way. No wonder I hate shopping.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Master Mixers - Wardrobe advice from 1944

Be ready for anything!

A sad little poem.

But the illustration is lovely.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Nelly Don Dresses from 1954

If you don't know Nelly Don dresses you can learn more here.
"Nell's story is important for many reasons: she is one of the first and most successful self-made women millionaires in American business, she designed and sold more dresses in the 20th century than any other single person in the United States and she challenged the notion that women were best suited for domesticity."

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Household Magazine 1929 - How to remake girls dresses

Well, this looks easy enough...just cut up a small dress, add these inserts and it will fit a larger child. Let me know how it turns out. ;-)

Friday, February 6, 2009

Ladies Shoes from 1940

I am surprised how cool these are. Not a lot of color choices, but some exotic shapes. Which ones do you want in your closet?

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Historic Costume by Lester and Kerr

This is an older book that may not be very accurate...but aren't the pictures pretty?

Fashions for February - Walking and In-Door Dresses

I wonder if there were sitting-still dresses?