Thursday, April 24, 2014

A Salute to Boating Season!

The first Saturday of May is coming up soon and it's the official First Day of Boating. Port cities (like Seattle) usually have a parade of boats all tricked out with banners and pennants to celebrate the occasion. In honor of this annual event, I am beginning to post nautical-styled patterns in my shop. Here are just a few patterns for ladies and children, from the 1940s to the 1970s, to pique your interest:

Aye, aye, mates! Enjoy some timelessly great nautical fashion!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

1938 Summer Fashion - A Fresh Spectator Frock

Oh boy, love those sunglasses - so very 1930s! And love that spectator frock - sporty and fresh, with short sleeves, an inset belt, and flared "action" skirt with a pleat in front.

Such inspiring style from the summer of 1938!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Home Sewing Tips from the 1920s - Easy-to-Make Frock with Pleats and Jabot

Perfect for summer, this frock is a snap to make - Ruth Wyeth Spears will tell you how! Note the  clever but simple jabot and the panel of crisp knife pleats in the skirt front.

You can start with or without a favorite pattern - just how clever do you feel? ;)  Just click on the image to make it larger and easier to read.

Monday, April 21, 2014

1938 Summer Fashion - Tennis, Anyone?

This culotte frock from the summer of 1938 is designed for action, in traditional white with a flash of color in the binding.

I love the crisp details in the wing revers collar and the flutter sleeves of this step-in fashion. I might just even enjoy playing tennis, if I could play it in such a cute frock!

Friday, April 18, 2014

1938 Playdress

Considered a short tennis dress in 1938, this playdress has sporty, yet feminine style. Note the princess seams, chevron breast pockets, and a matching kerchief to discourage the wind. =)

Sweet, sunny fashion!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Home Sewing Tips from the 1920s - Smart Plait Treatments

Accented box pleats are the focus of this excellent tip from Ruth Wyeth Spears and the 1920s. She provides two ideas - top-stitched box pleats with extended points (a very handsome treatment, I think), and pairs of box pleats trimmed with braid (note the use of a low-hung belt over the pleats -a nice extra touch!).

Fine flapper fashion, I think!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Summer Fashion from 1938 - High-Waisted Skirt and Bolero!

A doff of the sun hat to this fabulous high-waisted skirt with front-crossing suspenders - with its matching bolero, it's1938 summer fashion that's yummy!

Notice the shirring on the short gigot sleeves?