Saturday, April 12, 2014


There's nothing that I don't love about this photo.  I would give her all the candy in the world for a hat like that.  It screams Edwardian period, but it's so hard to date children's photos completely accurately.  I feel like an entire children's book series could be written, based on this photo alone.  Her name would be Lilian, and she would carry a special treasure in the muff.  Sadly, she would hate the hat.  And the shoes would pinch.

Photo, courtesy of Cabinet Card Gallery

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The Match Game

I heretofore label these posts "Match Game" because I just think it's so much fun to find a pattern that matches a dress from back in the day, like I did here and here.  This time it's this super sexy Simplicity pattern:

that has met its mate here:
Sexy, oui?  But then you add the jacket and it all goes to pot:
Why anyone would want to cover up that beautiful criss crossed bodice is beyond me.  Maybe the designer was like me -- I was sent to prom in the halter bridesmaid's dress I had worn in my sister's wedding, with strict instructions NOT to remove the sheer capelet that went over it, lest the young Y chromosomes nearby be overwhelmed with my shoulders.  

That sucker was off as soon as I got in my date's car, and I never put it on again the rest of the night.

The pattern, in case you are interested, is for sale in my store -- it's Simplicity 1619.

(Photo, courtesy of 1937 Dry Goods)

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Why I Love Winter

1. Snuggling under blankets.
2. Hot Cocoa.
3. Fireplaces.
4. Beef stew.
5. Coats.

So here's a little coat porn for you.
Montgomery Ward, 1941
Montgomery Ward, 1941
Montgomery Ward, 1941

Montgomery Ward, 1941
Interestingly, the ones from 1941 were probably designed before wartime rationing went into effect -- look at all that extra fabric and trim.  A couple of years later, coats would look very different.  Either way, they are to die for.  I'll take the blue one, and the leopard lined white one, please.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

A Little Warm Up

I am one of those weirdos who just loves winter.  I can't get enough of snow. I love the cold.  I love winter clothes, and hot cocoa, and even driving in snow.  LOVE it.  But for those who prefer the warmer climate, here's a little something to remind you of warmer days.

Pictures, courtesy of Pageant Magazine.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Slipper Loveliness

I always have slippers on my feet.  My daughter bought me some comfy socks last year for Christmas, but it's slippers for me.  Usually I wear my boyfriend's manly slipons when I want to be comfy, but my mom got me some red sequined slippers this year, complete with a bow on the vamp.  All I have to do is click my heels and say "there's no place like home."

Vintage patterns for slippers are more unusual finds, so I was surprised when I came across this one.  I will say, I have handled thousands of patterns over the years, and never before have I ever seen one like this:

Personally, I think it's amazing.  I posted it on the Vintage Fashion Library facebook page, and the question was posed "where do you get the materials to make something like this?"  The answer was rather interesting.  The heels could be made from pre-fashioned cork insoles, which apparently could be bought back in the day.  They could also be made from a 12" x 16" cork placemat.  Interesting.  The sides and heels are constructed from layers of 1/16" cardboard.  I guess it's not something you'd want to get wet, but then again, they're slippers, so you wouldn't wear them out of the house, I guess.

I'm sure that nowadays you could find suitable materials that might work even better, given the vast array of plastics, neoprene, and everything else that is available out there, but with my feet, I suspect I couldn't wear them.  I have feet that are almost a complete half size different from each other, plus I can't wear flats or my back screams for mercy.  Even so, they could be worked into a costume of some sort, I'm sure.  Isn't it a great pattern?  Available here.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!

It's snowing here in Indianapolis, so I thought I would show you a) something for warmer weather and b) another one of my favorites:  a pattern/garment matchup.  This one isn't completely matching (see the back view), but it's close enough to satisfy me.  This is one VERY sexy swimsuit -- from 1956 -- and it's all done without showing a lot of skin.

Amazeballs, yes?

Tuesday, October 22, 2013


You just need to see something pretty.  I've been perusing vintage gloves, because I love them.  I wish that we still wore gloves today, but I guess we'd be hard pressed to convince the pajama-bottom-wearing-in-public young ladies of today that gloves are a necessity.  But wow........there are some pretty ones out there.

So here, for your viewing pleasure, is a really pretty pair of gloves.  I imagine them on Myrna Loy, with a shirtwaist dress with a fancy collar, and a hat perched on the side of her head.

They're available on ebay.  Click here to bid.