Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Spotted in a Shop Window - Brooks Brothers Separates

I seem to be in "blouse" mode. :) I spotted these fine separates in the shop window of Brooks Brothers in downtown Seattle. I love the neutral colors (very big this fall), and the classic, simple lines of the blouses and skirts. All items can be found on the Brooks Brothers website. Not to mention the patterns for them might also be found in your nearest online vintage pattern shop (ahem!). :)

What's not to love about this simply gray pencil skirt and the soft colors of the lovely silk floral blouse with a unique twisted collar?

This wonderful cotton skirt is pleated around the hips that release into soft, full folds. The simple design of the, dare I say it, foulard blouse tops the skirt perfectly.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

One Pattern, Many Blouses - Inspired 1940s Style!

I recently posted Simplicity 1093 (below) in my shop. While I love detailed blouses with lots of tailored qualities, I also love simpler blouses styles that are designed to let the fabric be the star. And that is just what is provided by this popular pattern from the 1940s. It was so popular, that Simplicity reproduced it for its 85th anniversary, as retro pattern number 1692.

In this post, I feature two fashion bloggers and sewists who made multiple versions of this wonderful pattern. Prepare to be inspired! Note that each link for each blouse version is to the original blog posting by the sewist, so be sure to follow the links to read all about their sewing experience and see more pictures!

Here is a version of each blouse style:

View 1: Jacquard fawn silk version by Tulle and Tweed

View 2: Floral cotton lawn version by Tulle and Tweed

View 3: Glamorous velveteen version by Flashback Summer

View 4: Perfect summer floral print version from Flashback Summer

Tulle and Tweed also sewed a version that combines style 3 and style 4. Check it out here!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Home Sewing Tips from the 1920s - Add a Detachable Collar and Matching Tie

Make a detachable Chelsea collar and matching tie with this great tip from Ruth Wyeth Spears and the 1920s! In this tip, Ruth refers to foulard, a lightweight fabric (often of silk) and usually with a small printed design of various colors.

This collar and tie has such a jaunty air. :)  Quick to sew and a great way to use a remnant, don't you think?

Friday, September 26, 2014

Originator Sketch - Spring 1946 - Fan-shaped Tucks & Pleats

Fan pleats and fan tucks are such an elegant method for releasing fabric softly, I'm surprised they aren't used more often. It's a treat when I find them in vintage patterns, typically for blouses and dresses, and most often at the neckline or shoulders. This sketch provides true inspiration!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

1950s Couture Dress from Givenchy with Artful Curves

This slim dress in the sketch below was designed by Givenchy in 1955. It is loosely fitted with a high bust band that curves and swings to a back, low-placed button. Short sleeves and a collarless neckline. Note the tea length. Such intriguing fashion!

Here is the dress as developed by manufacturers for the American market. I'd love to see what that matching jacket looks like!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Miss Lillian's Postcards from the 1900s - Vintage Tweets from Los Angeles, California

Postcard 019

Sender: Joni
Addressee: Miss Lillian Maguire,  (Luyties) Vandeventer + Laclede, St. Louis, Mo
Postmark: Los Angeles, CAL
Date: October 2, 1907
Image: In Westlake Park, Los Angeles, California
with best love from Joni

Westlake Park, which opened in 1890, was one of the first parks developed in Los Angeles. Select the link to view the history of its creation and to see more pictures and postcards from the same era as this postcard. You'll see men and women that provide a sense of the fashion of the day. :)

Joni (or could it be Jane?) is sending an affectionate hello to Miss Lillian at her work address (rather than at home), all the way from Los Angeles, California! Such an exotic destination in that era, I would think. It is a fairly "girlish" penmanship, if I may call it that, so I think this is clearly from a female friend or family member.

I think this post card is the equivalent of sending a heart icon in a tweet or FB post. Don't you? Maybe two or three hearts - this is "with best love" after all. :)

Gown from 1907

Monday, September 22, 2014

Before and After: 1940s Pants Add Class to Work Wardrobe

If you are not familiar with the blog Flashback Summer (of vintage fashion aficionado Emileigh), you need to check it out and follow it! In a recent post, Emileigh kindly described her experience sewing a pair of 1940s slacks using a pattern that she purchased from my shop.

The Pattern: Simplicity 4362

The Result: Doesn't Emileigh look superb in these sophisticated slacks? A flattering fit for work, the slacks look both stylish and comfortable. And not difficult to sew! For all the details and more pictures, check out  Flashback Summer.