Sunday, March 16, 2014

Killer 1940s Suits

I'm constantly saving images of historical and vintage clothing. Today I have some absolutely killer 1940s suits to share. 

This first one is a real treat for sure. I love the little grapes - or are they cherries? - on the jacket. Pictures of this suit are definitely being saved for a future project.

1940s Green and White Suit - Source Ebay
1940s Green and White Suit - Source Ebay
1940s Green and White Suit - Source Ebay
This one has a nice western feel don't you think? It isn't my style but I thought it was a neat piece. I believe it's linen and the one above is either wool or rayon.

1940s Brown and Pink Suit - Source Ebay
1940s Brown and Pink Suit - Source Ebay
This Lilli Ann suit offered by The Cats Pajamas was available back around Christmas time, not sure if it's still for sale. I love the diamond pattern.

Vintage Ladies Wool Gab Suit 1940s Lilli Ann Gray/ Black Diamond Peplum
Be sure to check out these killer beaded suits on Etsy too! Swoon! The first one for sale by Fab Gabs is making the rounds on Facebook. No beads but the little red accents are great!

Vintage 1940s Suit - Grey Pinstripe Suit with Velvet Bows - Carefree
Vintage 1940s Suit - Grey Pinstripe Suit with Velvet Bows - Source Fab Gabs on Etsy
Source Etsy
Beaded Burgundy Jacket and Skirt Wool  - Source Etsy

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

This is What He Does on Weekends

Those of you who have been following my blog for awhile now will recognize Cori and will know that he enjoys dressing up as much as I do. We often attend living history events and reenactments together which is more fun then going on my own. It's not all that unusual to come home and find him wearing some part of one of his uniforms. Cori loves his navy Dixie cup hat and dungarees, although lately he has been wearing his reproduction WWI British service dress cap around the house. He just ordered a full reproduction uniform, complete with boots and all the gear, for a WWI portrayal. Because, clearly, we need another time period to reenact ....

Anyway, we have been working on putting together a WWII era navy shore patrol uniform. There are still a couple things missing; the black and white SP (shore patrol) armband for example. These are some photos we took last fall when it was still nice and warm outside.

Research is key!
Playing dress up Navy style
We wanted to try and duplicate some WWII era recruiting posters. The first is a poster from 1939 illustrated by McClelland Barclay. The second was illustrated by C. Carleton. I couldn't find any additional information.

And here are the results. Not too bad but I'd like to redo the democracy one at some point in the future.

Here's a peak at some of his uniforms. The plastic tote is not ideal at all for textile storage but works for right now. Some time I will twist Cori's arm into writing a guest post or two. He could tell you way more about his uniform collection then I can. There are pieces that date from WWI up to the 1970s.

Uniforms in storage.
Non-regulation "Liberty" uniform. I think this one is 1950s, not sure.
And a few more pictures just for fun. :)

This one is one of my favorites from the group. The sea bag is a reproduction but the uniform is all original 1940s vintage.

Ready for shore leave!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Vogue Patterns, March 1944

Today I have for you some colorful pattern inspirations from a Vogue catalog dated March 1944. This pattern book sold on Ebay awhile back. I wish the pictures were a little better but they still give you a pretty good idea. Which one is your favorite?

Sunday, March 2, 2014

And the Winner Is ....

First of all I want to thank everyone for their comments about my aprons and to everyone who entered my giveaway. These were a really fun spur of the moment project. All the materials came from my stash so they cost nothing to make. The aprons only took a few hours to make and I was able to enjoy some old Hollywood movies while I worked. What could be better? There were so many great giveaways, tutorials, and sharing of resources and sewing projects as part of Sew Grateful Week, I hope you all had a chance to check them out.

So, without further ado, the winner of my apron giveaway is ....

Jessica of Chronically Vintage! Congratulations Jessica!
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