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?