Monday, October 13, 2014

Miss Lillian's Postcards - Vintage Tweets: Another "Poke" from Nora

Postcard 021

Sender: Nora
Addressee: Miss Lillian Maguire, 3004 Vine Grove Ave, St. Louis, Mo
Postmark: [unmarked]
Date: [undated]
Image: St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Charles, Mo.
[From Nora] (cut-off, on edge of right side)

St. Joseph's Hospital no longer exists in this very handsome building, most likely rather new back in 1907. A search on St. Joseph's Hospital in St. Charles, Missouri shows a very large facility that serves the region with multiple facilities. My, how St. Charles has grown since then. :)

If you compare the handwriting on this postcard to the handwriting on postcard 20, you will see that they are same. Therefore this is another "poke" from Nora. And if you look at the front of postcard 20, the "From Nora" signature is captured on front of this postcard too, but the majority of the signature here is "off the page". :)

 A gorgeous evening coat for the theater - 1907

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Home Sewing Tips from the 1920s - Testing Your Trimming Ideas

In this tip for her 1920s audience, Ruth Wyeth Spears illustrates the importance and the effects of horizontal vs. vertical trims. Do you want to look tall and slender or short and broad?

Don't forget to sketch your ideas first! :)

Thursday, October 9, 2014

1955 Couture - Chinese Influences

It's not exactly a cheongsam. Adapted from Dior's Chinese line, this superbly elegant silk crepe dress features a long slim tunic, Mandarin collar, and a finely pleated underskirt.


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Originator Sketch - 1946 Spring - Accenting with Stitch Embroidery and Tiny Buttons

Adding a bit of a faux quilting effect, this inventive approach to adding some tiny sparkles to a dress or jacket is rather fun! You could substitute the tiny colored buttons with beads, sequins, whatever suits you. Be inspired!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Scraps from the Past - Sunny Gingham Shirtwaist Dress

The Pattern: Mail Order 9225
It's been a while since I've found a fabric scrap in a pattern! And this slim shirtwaist dress has appeal as both a day dress and an afternoon dress. With its slim skirt, peg-top in-set hip pockets, and vertical tucks framing the front button opening, there's plenty of room for inspiration. :)

The Scrap: A small bit of gingham in a bold aqua - not faded a bit! I can picture the dress in this fabric. :D

Monday, October 6, 2014

1930s - A Play Suit to Envy

Quick changes are easy with this 1937 two-piece play suit. Now if only I could order this and sew it in time for the trip to Hawaii! ;) I love the buttons on the shoulders, the side button closing in the bodice, and the separate slim skirt. Note the deep V sun-back. So inspiring!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

1955 Couture Design - Dior Dress and Stole-Jacket

Dior's pale beige cheviot two-piece dress (sketch, below) from 1955 has a high turtle neck and wonderful big stole-jacket that closes with a double row of buttons.

And here it is to in the American adaptation, looking pretty darn similar. I'm not sure what to make of the stole-jacket. What do you think?