Friday, June 24, 2016

McCall Fashion Pattern Book - Summer 1938

While trolling the web I found some more pretty pictures! Check out the lovely patterns available in this summer 1938 pattern catalog from McCall. One thing that stood out to me are all the neat prints used for contrast on some of the dresses. Also the pointed or V shaped waist detail for dresses seems to be the "in" thing for 1938.



And some lovely evening styles, can't forget about those! Where can I find a pattern for that green Hollywood goddess dress? Drool!


I REALLLLLY like these styles below! The dresses with matching jackets are just too awesome for words!! Number 9615 in the bottom right is especially nice this the stripes and matching sash!

I do wish that some of the ladies I see at reenactment/living history events would pay more attention to illustrations like these. With some exceptions of course, most women don't have that "put together" look of the 1930s and 1940s. So often there is something lacking. I like details and pay attention to them, but that's just me. I'm a geek when it comes to historical clothing. :)



So, any favorites? Are you inspired to sew something? I'd love to hear your thoughts!!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Drowning in Silk Taffeta

If you have been following me on Facebook and Instagram you will have seen the STACK of silk taffeta!! LAAAA! There is a small fabric store in my area that sometimes has closeout fabrics from other stores. It's hit or miss, much like going to a thrift store. This time I hit the silk jackpot!



These are perfect for 18th century and 19th century gowns and lots of other historical costume projects. Several of the pieces are 10 yards or more in length which is plenty for a 1760s/1770s saquec back gown and matching petticoat with ALL the trimmings!

Red and ivory stripe - on etsy 


These 100% silks are 55 inches wide and originally retailed for $35 a yard but sold at the local shop for far less. I'm excited to be adding these beautiful silks to my Etsy shop and to pass the saving on to you! I've listed the first ones and will be adding more over the next week. If you are looking for a particular color let me know.



Sunday, June 5, 2016

Sunday Shoe Spectacle - Notes on Evening Shoes

Today's post in my Sunday Shoe Spectacle series .... Notes on 1930s evening shoes.

Source - Etsy
The last word on evening shoes is that they must be dyed in brilliant colors of contrast with the evening gown you are wearing. The shoes themselves are sandalized and open. The platform is the thing because of the height it lends when you go formal, every last one of us wanting to be of regal stature then.  

If you are wearing a black formal, spice it with evening slippers dyed cyclamen. Bright green evening shoes will make a white evening dress doubly enthralling. An if it is a print you are wearing, choose the very brightest color in it and have your shoes dyed that shade.

Source - The Dallas Morning News, February 13, 1939

Vintage 1930s Shoes | Silver Silk Ankle Strap High Heels with Cut Outs | size 7 1/2
Source - Etsy

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Sunday Shoe Spectacle - Green 40s Wedges

I debated saving these pictures for another time but seeing how I missed last week's Sunday Shoe Spectacle  post, I figured why not share them now!


I had the chance to visit the historic Park McCullough House again. It's where Cori and I had our wedding. They site was having their annual open house and we thought it would be a great chance to tour the house again. When we were looking at the site as our wedding location we did tour the house and grounds but we didn't take many pictures beyond what we needed to plan our big day. It was really wonderful to be able to view everything again. On this trip I did take LOTS of pictures, but you will have to wait for another post to see them. :)

My dress some of you may remeber as my birthday dress from 2014. It's made from a combination of two vintage sewing patterns. You can read my sewing post about the dress here.



But now the shoes! I've been wearing my green Kiki wedges by B.A.I.T. from Royal Vintage Shoes just about everyday now that it's warm outside. These are one of the nicest pairs of 1940s inspired wedges I've found.

Here is what they look like right out of the box. You also get a peak at the fabric I used to make a late 1930s dress. (It's a reproduction print too!)



The Kiki style have a nice 2" wedge, which as the desription reads, are very practical and comfortable. I can wear these all day with out any issues. The straps are also adjustable. Did I mention they also come in mustard yellow?? Be still my heart! Yes, I have a pair on my wish list! Ha! Wedges were very popular in the 1940s. These look really great with my 30s/40s clothing but are cute with jeans and other modern clothing too. I think they go really well with my violets dress. :)




I think the color of these shoes should be called "grass green." What do you think? :) Don't forget to have a look through my Etsy shop. Everything is 20% off until May 31st with the code "BIRTHDAYSALE." I'm also hosting a vintage goodies prize package giveaway. Get the details here!


Outfit Details
Dress - Made by Me
Belt and Cardigan - Thrifted

Friday, May 27, 2016

My Latest Sewing Project

The last couple weeks have been very busy! Lots of sorting, sewing and packing to get ready for some big events. Most of my sewing has been mending or little projects like adding buttons to an otherwise finished blouse and adding removable suspenders to my blue linen skirt.


One of the things I have been working on is this late 1930s dress. I'm using Du Barry 2413B one of my very first vintage patterns which I made up once before (see the dress here). The first time I used the pattern I made View A so this time I thought I would make it a little different. The pleats in the skirt are pretty much lost in the print but I'm happy with the fit of the skirt. I also decided to leave the collar off and alter the neckline a bit. The cute V pockets really make this dress so those will be added as well.


Here are the pockets with the cotton lace ready to be added.


The fabric is a late 1930s reproduction print in 100% cotton. I also have this print in a lavender colorway. :) It sort of reminds me of tiny balloons.


Of course, no sewing project of mine would ever be complete without the proper kitty "help." Miss Rita likes to help whenever there are large amounts of fabric involved. More then once I've had things side off the table as I'm working only to discover her fluffy butt rolled up in the fabric under the table.

Due to time restraints I'm cheating and using snaps to close the front of the dress but will be adding buttons that match the dark colored belt. Because the print is so bright and busy these will help break it up some.

That's all for now! What's on your sewing table?
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