Thursday, December 31, 2009

Join me in my bed for New Years!

Come visit me where I get all my good ideas. I have big plans for this New Year, I hope you are coming along!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Rich In Charm - 1947

That skirt has "forty pleats"...somebody counted!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A very trim and neat silhouette - 1932

I've never found a Britannia and Eve's pattern...I suspect they are all in England, waiting for me to get there.

Monday, December 28, 2009

What the Stars are Wearing Part 2 - 1952


June Allyson, whose latest film is The Girl In White, approves of this dress with big-city ways and it's fake spencer jacket.


Cyd Charisse, M-G-M star, and her son Tony Martin, Jr., wear bathing suits of Fuller Playtone cotton.


Janet Leigh wears a fresh-as-mint print with a squared-off neckline, a full skirt, and new low puffed sleeves.


Nancy Davis, M-G-M player, wears a flared skirt of Pepperell Sanforized chambray stitched in white and a dark-stitched white broadcloth shirt.


Janet Leigh from Scaramouche, models Mrs. Schnurner's one-piece bathing suit.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

What the Stars are Wearing - 1952


Elizabeth Taylor, starring in Ivanhoe, chooses a spectator dress, shadow-striped and tucked, with it's own white wool cardigan bound in dress-matching fabric.


Debbie Reynolds, who dances with Gene Kelly in Singin' In The Rain, heartily approves of this pastel swing-skirted confection of J.P. Stevens Tafco.


Pier Angeli, M-G-M's young Italian discovery, chooses heavenly cloud-white, perfect for graduation or any summer party.


Leslie Caron, M-G-M's recent import from France, models a demurely sophisticated cotton of Wamsutta sheer.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

A Gibson Girl Christmas Message - 1910

From her....and me. I wish you all good things,Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Free Pattern for Double-Soled Slipper-Sandal! 1955

"Sure to delight the most feminine fancy - and please the most practical - a soft slipper-sandal that prettily pampers shop-weary feet. Make it in no time - have friends and family walking on air!"


Sunday, December 20, 2009

The Long, Smooth Look - Butterick Patterns 1955

"Remember the first appearance of the long, smooth look? It seems like just yesterday - and it was! Recall how you admired the newly slendered silhouette and longed to look like the magazine picture. But, of course, the clothes you saw were just a little to chi-chi, a trifle too extreme for your modern busy life.
And then...as if the fashion world could read your mind...the long, smooth, wonderful look was adjusted to your needs (numerous as they might be!).
Now...in new surroundings...here it is! It's lost none of the desirable shapeliness but has acquired a marvelous composure that meets any situation with unique confidence."



Friday, December 18, 2009

6 Guinea Ensembles - Inexpensive Gown Dept. -1932

Lots of good details here, each of these have cool sleeve action going on!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Smart Gifts for Everybody! - 1963

Apparently it was very important to label everything and everybody. You wouldn't want to mix up the Mother and the Daughter, the tea towels needed the Days of the Week on them...even Dad could mix up his robe if it wasn't monogrammed!


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Monday, December 14, 2009

Friday, December 11, 2009

"Bright Star For Her Christmas Tree" - Charm Magazine 1944

I tried to find out more about this illustrator, Wilena. All I found were some other ads with her distinctive style, but nothing about the artist herself. Do you have more information?

Thursday, December 10, 2009

"Where will you follow the sun...?" Bazaar 1967

I know you are all deciding what to pack for your trip to the Cote d'Azur. I'm just here to help.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Holiday Suggestions for "Our Boys Over There" - A. Sulka And Company

This is a packet of cards inside a paper folder, about the size of postcards. They are from the A. Sulka & Company store, which you can read more about here. This includes a suggestion that you can place orders with their Paris outlet if you need gifts for "our boys Over There".









Monday, December 7, 2009

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Saturday, December 5, 2009

The Original Christmas Sweaters - Jantzen 1944

Don't miss the names. "Mountain" and "Foxie Boxie". (???)

Friday, December 4, 2009

Kestos Brassiere Vest -"...supplies the discreet restraint that every dancer needs." - 1932

"...the result would be perfection."

Kestos Creates and Reveals Beauty

That Kestos have given full scope to their ingenuity is apparent in this skilful association of their incomparable contour-enhancing brassiere with an exquisite locknit detachable vest which clings closely to the figure and supplies the discreet restraint that every dancer needs. Imagine this foundation garment under one of the fashionable evening gowns - not a line of it's sculpturesque grace would be disturbed - the result would be perfection.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Maybe there's still time to order.

...for that "with-it" gift.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

"Once she was the only woman in the world allowed to wear this..."

This is just a lovely picture of Audrey Hepburn.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

"Romance Midriff" - Charm Magazine 1944

Really...you were to sleep in this?

Monday, November 30, 2009

Christmas Girls - Bazaar Magazine 1967


The hour of the Christmas girl:
time to chime with the sudden merriment in the
air, to plunge into a Nutcracker wealth
of fantasy and wit, become the most irresistible
treat under the tree. A blow of organdy, a confetti
whirl of lace. Dress, wrapped and ribboned
to the waist by a lemon leather strip. By Mollie
Parnis, in McConnell lace. At Saks Fifth Avenue; Halle
Brothers, Cleveland; Swanson's, Kansas City. Jack Gilbert
rarrings. Round-the-Clock tights. Delman pumps.


Knickerbocker holiday.
Nervy little uprising knickers, pale gray, spilled
thigh-high around the cuffs; hugged to
the waist by a rose crepe belt beneath a deep-slashed,
ruffled white shirt. By Mr. Mort, in Bloomsburg
crepe of Estron acetate and rayon. About $55.
At Miss Bergdorf of Bergdorf Goodman;
Julius Garfinckel, Washington; Jordan Marsh,
Florida. Kenneth Lane ring. Hanes tights. Protege
pumps. Cover Girl Near-Neon Flashers lipstick.


Aurora's wedding.
Ultra-daring leap into a storybook daze
of lace. Slip of a dress in slithery, white silk crepe,
veiled by a froth coat that buttons with
jewels, flies to width with ice-white stripes and
snow-rose scallops. By Bill Blass for Maurice Rentner.
At Saks Fifth Avenue; Gidding-Jenny, Cincinnati;
Neiman-Marcus. Margaret Jerrold shoes. Tried and True
Hair Color in Dark Ash Blonde by Max Factor.


Christmas on a dazzle current. Pale, electric blue crepe,
kicking up in dinner culottes; charged with the sparks
of silver-splashed bands, zipped up in front
and circuited around the waist by a slender sash.
By Malcolm Starr, in Bloomsburg crepe of Estron
acetate and rayon. At Saks Fifth Avenue; Hutzler's,
Baltimore; L. S, Ayres, lndianapolis. Kenneth Lane
earrings. Adlib shoes. Both pages: Hanes tights.


Winging in feathers.
Christmas mille-feuille: a wild drift of white
plumes caught around the figure,
crushed to the waist by a wide, white calfskin belt
buckled with glisteners. A gay, gumptiony,
bare shoulder dress of evening, to send a
girl dancing with Pavlova's grace. By
Teal Traina. At Lord and Taylor; Stix, Baer and
Fuller, St. Louis; l. Magnin. Cameo tights. l. Miller
pumps. Shoe clip by Kenneth Lane.


Prancing in pink.
A revel suit of velvet and satin, merry to the
moment as holly berries and evergreen.
Claret velvet tunic, U-scooped and close hugged over
a baby shirt and mini-trousers of festive rosy
satin. By Geoffrey Beene. To order at
Lord and Taylor. Hanes tights.
Evins shoes. Star-clip on shoes by Mimi
di N. Cutex Frosted lces nail polish. These pages:
Coiffures and wigs by Elio of L'Equipe.