Saturday, November 24, 2012


Over these 1930s shoes.  I'm not sure of the specific date, however.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Number, number, who's got the number?

Because if this really IS a 60's Simplicity pattern, I want to know the number.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Semper Fi, This We'll Defend, Honor, Courage, Commitment, and Semper Paratus

It is Veteran's Day today.  This is the day we honor the 10% of Americans who signed a check, payable with their life, for the defense of our country and the people who live here.  This includes my grandfather, great grandfather, and great great grandfather, all of whom graduated from West Point. It includes my great uncle Bruce, who died at West Point from the flu.  He was 19. It includes my Uncle Will, who died in WWII, only a month before V-E Day, also at the age of 19, leaving a whole in his family's heart that never has healed.  It also includes my dad, who had an appointment to West Point, couldn't pass the eye exam, and instead, memorized the eye chart and went into the Air Force.  It includes his brother, my Uncle Roger, an Army vet, my own brother, a Navy vet, his son, who is not only an Army vet, but who served in Iraq AND Afghanistan, and who received a Purple Heart.  I am in awe of him.  And yes, it includes my boo, who served as a Marine for 33 years, including Desert Storm.

No matter your feeling about war, or our involvement in international arenas, we will forever owe a debt to those who are willing to sacrifice themselves so that we can be safe, and I hope that you think of them not only today, but every time you see the flag that they so proudly defend.

I salute you.

Saturday, November 10, 2012


My boo and I went to a wedding tonight.  The bride is a girl I've known since she was very small, and she looked gorgeous.  Of course, she always does, but there's nothing more beautiful than a bride on her wedding day.

I came across this photo in my travels, and thought I'd share it.  Sorry for the poor quality -- my phone wasn't cooperating well.  I'm not sure of the year, but it looks about 1961-62 to me.  Pretty, yes?

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Bar One

Dior's Bar Suit, created in 1947, changed the face of the fashion world.  After years of wartime fabric rationing, he created a suit that required up to 15 yards of fabric just for the skirt.  Critics were brutal, women even picketed, but the nipped waist, padded hips New Look era had begun.

See the suit that changed fashion:

And so, when I came across this pattern, you can understand why I immediately thought of the Bar.

Yes, the collar is different -- I love the contrasting lining and the shape -- but I've also seen a shawl collar version of the Bar Suit, so the notched collar wasn't set in stone.  This is an Advance Import Adaptation pattern, unknown year, but must be late 40s, because of the Bar influence.  It's not really known what the Adaptation part of the name means, but most of us generally think that they were cheaper adaptations of what was seen on the Paris runways.  It would be fun to go through them and see who we thought influenced each one, wouldn't it?

But this one just screams Dior.  Pattern currently available on the website.