Sunday, June 26, 2016

Two of a Kind or Mother and Daughter Shoes

Welcome to another Sunday Shoe Spectacle! Today's post features two pairs of very similar shoes in my personal collection. I've had both pairs for a few years now. You may remember the pair with the bows from this post when I wore them with my Sew For Victory dress. I don't wear them all that often as I have a hard time keeping sling backs on my feet. They other pair are far too tiny for my feet! But they are a great example of a pair of stylish shoes for a young teen.



To give you an idea of the size difference the pair on the right with the bows are about a US 6 1/2. But they look huge in comparison! They are marked "Air Step, Magic Sole." The tiny pair are marked "Magic Stride by Gregory & Read." It is rather magical that these shoes are so similar, don't you think? (If anyone has tiny feet, they are listed for sale in my Etsy shop.)



It's a shame this pair doesn't fit me! But that's OK, they look nice on the shelf in my sewing room. :)

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!

silk taffeta for sale

silk taffeta for sale

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!

silk taffeta for sale
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
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