Start your week with a peek with this beautiful number: Modes Royale 1014, a slinky asymmetrical 1940s dress. The skirt is, of course, the first thing that catches my eye, but I also love the collar detailing.
You can find it on eBay right now for the admittedly steep price of $50. If you buy it and make it, send pics! (Just follow the link above to go to the listing.)
I've been getting a lot of new visitors from my recent post on Gertie's blog: welcome! Thanks for stopping by!
For old and new readers alike, I've been doing a bit of blog maintenance...I've finally set up a Facebook page since Google Friend Connect no longer works on non-Blogger blogs. You can also follow the blog on Twitter here, but I really only use that to notify followers of new blog posts. Interacting and discussing things on FB makes more sense to me: when I try to read a Twitter feed, I feel like I'm looking at lines of code in THE MATRIX.
Happy Valentine's Day! For those of you in the mood for romance, I have a guest post up over at Gertie's blog on heart pockets. (Want even more heart-shaped pockets? Check out my earlier post on them, or take a look at the category in the Vintage Wiki.)
But for those of you feeling grumpy this Valentine's Day, I present Aunt Martha's 9351, "Kittens -- Tell of Romance." Check out the unintentionally brilliant note scrawled on the envelope: "used up."
Usually back views are relegated to the background, but they're the main attraction in Vogue 348:
Not that there's anything wrong with the front -- I'd say it's pretty sharp. Still, I'd find a reason to walk backwards into rooms if I were wearing this. Having to look over your shouler while talking would cramp your neck, sure, but I think it'd be worth it.
It's been stressful times in Pattern Junkie land for the past couple of months. I was working away this morning, in need of something cheery, when I decided to take a break and head on over to the Vintage Sewing Pattern Wiki. I hadn't been there in ages. I clicked on the new photos page to see what wonders had been added.
I sighed. "Wow," I thought. "Wouldn't it be great to put on that dress and feel like skipping?"
I kept looking.
Oh, Vintage Wiki. You know just what I need. Because in the very next row, you presented me with the glory that is Vogue 6731:
YES! That's a bra just FLOATING in mid-air! Is there a strip-tease going on just outside the edges of the pattern envelope? Is a torrid orgy underway? Or is it a magic bra floating of its own accord, much like the cartoon mini-helper of Advance pattern fame? I don't know, but that floating bra just fills me with delight.
But that's not all the Vintage Pattern Wiki had to offer today. Oh, no. It gets better. Just take a look at Vogue 8898:
That's OK. Look again. Take a deep breath or two. I needed a moment when I saw it for the first time.
Stuffed animals. ON SLEDS AND SKIS! Whizzing down a mountain! (In case you're wondering, the brown lumps on the left are supposed to be hedgehogs.)
Who decided that the way to model stuffed hedgehogs, rabbits and possums was to put them in a toboggan race in a fake mountain diorama? (Whoever you are, thank you!) What were the alternate ideas? Animals betting on horse races? Pumping gas? Hot tubbing?
I think I feel like picking up my skirts and skipping.
The Vintage Wiki listing describes it as a housecoat, but I vote for wearing it out and about whenever possible. Look at that princess seaming! The extended shoulders with a double layer of ruffles! The ruffles manage to look elegant instead of girly-girly (not that there's anything wrong with girly ruffles, of course.) I love the long-sleeved view -- it manages to be sexy and elegant without showing skin.
Sadly, the Vintage Wiki doesn't have the back view or even a pattern description. Does anyone out there have this beauty? Have you made it? And will you send it to me?