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.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Most. Awesome. Ad. Ever.

I have no idea what it says, but I will say this:  he's the living embodiment of a Schmuck, in American terms.

Chasing a bunch of worms around

I was listing this beautiful pattern, McCall's 3100 (from 1954), in the store this morning, and trying to come up with interesting ways to describe it, as it came from the era before descriptions of the garment were written on the pattern envelope.  I came upon the suggested fabrics and paused:  taffeta, polished cotton, crepe, sheer wool, honan, shantung, cotton broadcloth, wool jersey -- and I stopped.

Honan.  What the heck is HONAN?

So I went to dictionary.com and found this description:

a.  a pongee fabric made from the filaments of the wild silkworm.
b.  a lustrous fabric simulating pongee and woven from fibers other than silk.

So I thought, what the heck is PONGEE?  Back to dictionary.com:

a.  silk of a slightly uneven weave made from filaments of wild silk woven in natural tan color.
b.  a cotton or rayon fabric imitating it.  Compare Shantung, tussah.

Tussah, I found, was a tan silk from India.

Personally, I would make this dress in taffeta, because I would want to hear the wonderful rustling, but I went looking for honan, and found that Vogue Fabrics doesn't carry it.  They do, however, carry a lot of pongee, so at least I know what it looks like now.  And though they don't carry honan, they do carry wool and silk tussah, in case you want to do some felting or spinning.

So, there is your lesson for the day.  Though you probably already knew.........