Thursday, September 18, 2014

1950s Robe Re-fashion - From Princess to Double-Breasted

Ready for another robe re-fashion from the 1950s? In this re-fashion, the robe (in the small inset in this image below) was too tight and too short, but with plenty of fabric that made it worth a re-fashion. The original is princess style, and the re-fashion changes it into a double-breasted robe that is longer and wider.

What was done? The sleeves, collar, and center front panels were removed. The pattern in the diagram below was used to create new front panels by tracing around the old ones, adding one inch to each side, and four inches to the length. The diagram shows how the top of the new panels were shaped to form a notched lapel collar. Two yards of rayon faille were used to create the new front panels, which are faced. The rest of the robe was lengthened with a four-inch faille band. The robe was also trimmed with six faille-covered buttons. Each sleeve was widened by inserting a two-inch wide strip cut from the old panel under the arm, altering the armhole to fit. Narrow faille cuffs were added.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

1940s Originator Sketch - Eye-Catching Blouse Details

Here is another page of inspiring fashion from the 1940s, this time details for blouses! And I have to admit that 1940s (and 1950s) produced some of the best blouse designs ever. This collection demonstrates artful use of pin tucks, soft inverted pleats, and eye-catching use of reverse darts accented with fixed bows. Superb!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Miss Lillian's Postcards - Vintage Tweets: Wauwatosa Wisconsin

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Sender: Unknown
Addressee: Miss Lillian Maguire,  c/o Luyties Homo. Phar., Co., St. Louis, Mo
Postmark: Milwaukee, WIS
Date: September 3, 1907
Image: Public Library, Wauwatosa, WIS

The Public Library in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin in the early 1900s - today it is housed in a much larger, very modern facility.

Who sent Miss Lillian this postal with no message? And to her work address no less. Could be from a co-worker, perhaps a traveling salesman? Friend or acquaintance? Your guess is good as mine, unless we can match the handwriting to a postcard with the sender's signature. At least we know that Lillian still has her job!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Sew It Yourself - Junior Skirt and Shawl

In my recent post of high school back-to-school fashion from the late 1940s was this lovely skirt and matching shawl or stole.

While you can't travel back in time to purchase this, you can sew this fashion trend of the late '40s using this pattern from Junior Vogue and 1948, which is currently in my shop:

I love the plaid version - now if only I were a junior size.... ;)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Home Sewing Tips from the 1920s - Making a Smart and Becoming House Dress Without a Pattern - in an Hour!

Be amazed! In this tip from Ruth Wyeth Spears for her 1920s audience, she provides instructions for making the simplest dress ever, without a pattern! She describes not only how to fit the fabric to your shape, but also how to add godets to add flare. It need only take an hour, she says!

So, the previous year's house dresses looked like plain aprons, did they? I can only imagine. :)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

1955 Givenchy Suit - American Style

This suit by Givenchy from 1955 has a back-dipping silhouette, with a distinctive semi-detached band that hangs free from the jacket at center back.

The American adaptation, in linen-like silk, modifies the jacket's back belt dip (you can see it, just look for that small gap) and shortens the sleeves to 3/4 length.

Slim and chic!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

1930s - Another Lovely Frock

I love the artful design of the bodice in this lovely dress from the 1930s - gathers at a contoured high waist, with cute little tie belts at the natural waistline that tie in back. Drawn with sheer fabric, it is simply a delight.