I recently posted this pattern, which is illustrated with a model in that fab phenomenon of the 60s, go-go boots! According to Wikipedia, before go-go boots were introduced in the mid-60s, women's boots were utilitarian, not fashion items. Well, go-go boots definitely changed that! And when they were a new and hot item, go-go boots were mid-calf high and white (as shown in view 3 here).
Female dancers on TV shows often wore the boots. Check out the dancers in this clip of the Ronettes.
Nancy Sinatra's pop hit from 1967 "These Boots are Made for Walkin" also helped popularize these boots. You can see the dancers wearing mid-calf boots, and in more colors.
A pattern from the 1940s came with some pieces of still very red fabric, what looks like gabardine or twill (I am not an expert - I could be wrong). It has a good weight to it, in any case, and the color has retained its richness, no fading whatsoever, after 66 years.
The pattern is Butterick 3947, and what a wonderful hat pattern! I wonder what color ribbon she added, or perhaps she added flowers. Or perhaps she gave up on the red, and sewed the hat in a different color. It's fun to imagine!
When I was a young girl, I remember watching the film star, Loretta Young, make a fabulous entrance at the beginning of her TV show. She would come through the door and twirl or swish the full skirts of a fabulous dress. Ah, sigh.
Posted in my shop today is a wonderfully full dress, endorsed by Loretta Young for Advance patterns. Twirl and swirl and look your most charming!