Friday, August 29, 2014

Back to School: High School Fashion from 1949

In an earlier post, we got to see a vintage collection back-to-school fashion from 1949 and Woman's Day magazine. From that same source, today we get to look at the high school back-to-school fashion!

I am totally in love with this ensemble - love the blouse with its pin tucks and long bishop sleeves. And that skirt with the high waist - wow! 

Here it looks all together - tea length skirt with midriff-high waist, bolero, and blouse.

This is a one-piece dress that combines the skirt and blouse, short puff sleeved version.

Here is a "date dress" in corduroy: Jumper with midriff, blouse with puff sleeves. Do her bangs look too short to you?

And here is my favorite position - relaxed and reading a book! She looks so studious. :) This plaid wool skirt and matching stole is perfect with a sweater. Love it!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Originator Sketch - Bows and Cut-Aways

This is a great concept, and one that I see from time to time in vintage patterns from other decades. A jacket has the hemline or neckline cut-away so that the garment underneath (skirt, blouse, or dress) is exposed, with a bow or other detail that appears to be one with the outer garment. It always adds chic sophistication.

I love those extra deep, wide cuffs on the bolero. And while both skirts are cute, I love the one on the left, with its shaped high waist above the bow. Fabulous!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Back to School - College Fashion from 1949

Check out this wonderful back-to-school fashion for the college-bound, straight from 1949 and Woman's Day magazine. This gal is starting the school year with a fine collegiate wardrobe of tea-length skirts, snug jackets with weskit points, and fun boxy toppers.

This boxy topper (with a belt or not) has a wind-breaking collar and useful big pockets.  I love that pose. :)

Perfect for all uses - a suit made of a jacket with weskit points and a trouser-pleated skirt in wool.

Here is the same jacket & skirt in cotton velveteen, making the perfect "date suit". Her college date is wearing a suit too. ;)

This fabulous, sporty jerkin of bright wool felt  is made by leaving the sleeves out of the boxy topper pattern and adding a martingale belt in back. It makes a great warm addition to layer over sweaters and a wool skirt.

This shirtwaist dress in rayon is a "campus classic" for every day. So demure! Note the flash of color with the handkerchief in the breast pocket - nice touch!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Home Sewing Tips from the 1920s - Scalloped Trim for Summer Silks

This very charming frock is trimmed with scalloped edging - a very wonderful tip well illustrated and clearly explained by Ruth Wyeth Spears for her 1920s audience. The contrast fabric make this technique especially distinctive and appealing. Kudos for a great tip, Ruth!

And if you need a template for the scallops, just check this earlier Home Sewing Tips from the 1920s post on adding scalloped trim.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Miss Lillian's Postcards - Vintage Tweets from the 1900s - Boonville MO

Postcard 015

Sender: Gertrude C. Felten
Addressee: Miss Lillian M. Maguire,  3004 Vine Grove Ave., St. Louis, Mi.
Postmark: Boonville, MO
Date: July 11, 1907
Image: Hotel Frederick, Boonville, Mo.
Gertrude C. Felten, Boonville, Mo.

Sent from Booneville, MO, this postcard depicts the Hotel Frederick, built just two years before, in 1905. Considered a significant local landmark, this hotel is still serving guests and drawing great reviews. Just reading about the hotel's restoration and the fine reviews makes me want to visit it!

This postcard to Lillian has no message and is simply signed by Gertrude C. Felten, in Boonville Mo. Note that the address to Miss Lillian M. Maguire is written in a different hand. So one person addressed the postcard, and another signed it. Hmmmmm. I'll have to watch the postcards to see if that handwriting shows up again.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

1930s - Back Wrap Sun Dress

I don't know about you, but I want this sun dress. Make it sleeveless with bows on the shoulders or add cap sleeves and accent the front with buttons. Either way, it looks super to me!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

1960s Mother - Daughter Mod Hats

Here in Seattle, we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles first performance in our city. What fun!! Special exhibits, performances by cover bands that specialize in the Beatles' music, and the like are going on all week.

So in honor of the Fab Four, and the Mod fashions that spread as fast as their music (aka the "British Invasion"), here are two hat patterns that I recently posted in my shop, one for girls and the other for ladies. Looking like Mother-Daughter patterns, they date from 1965 and typify the Mod style of that day. Totally groovy!

Simplicity 6274

Simplicity 6191

And here's a Beatles tune to add a little energy to your day. :)