Monday, November 30, 2009

Grace Kelly's Wedding Dress

I recently made a remarkable discovery! Vogue patterns has a pattern that is a very close copy to Grace Kelly's Wedding dress. How exciting is that?!? I have loved Grace Kelly's dress ever since I first saw it on a paper doll we have. :D

Another plus about this dress is that it has sleeves! And it is modest. You just need to change the front to be higher like Grace Kelly's. ;)

May I also recommend that you check out, Grace Kelly: Icon of Style to Royal Bride. It has some lovely pictures and diagrams of her wedding dress. Plus, it has quite a few pictures of her other dresses, all of which are lovely!

Side news: If any of my readers will be in London between April 17th and September 26th in 2010, you may be interested in seeing a display at the V&A on Grace Kelly.

Here is what the V&A website has to say about the exhibition.

The spectacular wardrobe of Grace Kelly will be on display at the V&A. Tracing the evolution of her style from her days as one of Hollywood's most popular actresses in the 1950s and as Princess Grace of Monaco, the display will present over 50 of Grace Kelly's outfits together with hats, jewelery and the original Herm├Ęs Kelly bag. Dresses from her films, including High Society, will be shown as well as the gown she wore to accept her Oscar award in 1955. These will be accompanied by film clips and posters, photographs and her Oscar statuette. The display will also include the lace ensemble worn by Grace Kelly for her civil marriage ceremony to Prince Rainier in 1956 and 35 haute couture gowns from the 1960s and 70s by her favorite couturiers Dior, Balenciaga, Givenchy, and Yves St Laurent.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

I just want to wish you all a....

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you all have a wonderful day! :)

 "Come, let us sing to the Lord!
      Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.
  Let us come to him with thanksgiving.
      Let us sing psalms of praise to him.
  For the Lord is a great God,
      a great King above all gods.
  He holds in his hands the depths of the earth
      and the mightiest mountains.
  The sea belongs to him, for he made it.
      His hands formed the dry land, too.
  Come, let us worship and bow down.
      Let us kneel before the Lord our maker,
     for he is our God.
   We are the people he watches over,
      the flock under his care...." (Psalm 95: 1-7)

Saturday, November 21, 2009

1910s - Some links I forgot... :-)

Ladies' Travelling Ulster (Overcoat), 1910

1912 Frocks for Christmas (Evening Dress) - Part Two

1912 - 14 Custom drafted skirt in 3, 5 and 7 Gores

Two Edwardian Blouses, c.1910

A New Coiffure from 1917 - A 1917 hairstyle.

Gowns for a 1917 Bride and Bridesmaid

Ladies Handkerchief Camisoles 1912 & 1908

Sewing Stitches, From The Dressmaker, Butterick 1911

The Ladies Tailor, Vol. XXVII. No. 3 March 1911, London - shows patterns of assorted hobble skirts, and Titanic era suits.

Anne Shirley's Wedding Dress pattern

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A Girls Guide to Home Life has been tagged!

Thanks to Elizabeth J. at "Modest Blends", I've been tagged! Yippee! So, I am to say seven things that no ones knows about me. :-) Here we go....

1. We use to have a yellow lab named Braveheart, after William Wallace.
2. My all-time favorite movie is the Sound of Music. At one point I had memorized all the songs in the movie. I have the Broadway version of the scrip for school plays. I have read Marie Von Trapp's books. And have music sheets from both the Broadway and movie versions of the songs. :-)
3. I have over 300 patterns! :O These were collected over a spanned of almost 4 years (in March).
4. I enjoy shopping on Black Friday to find great deals. :P
5.I taught myself to dance tap, ballet, ballroom, and Contra by watching movies.
6. Decoding codes and solving mysteries are one of my favorite things to do! 
7. My favorite book series is probably The Five Little Peppers.

The five people I tag are....

Anna Kristine of "The Art of Clothes" - I love all the inspiration she shares on her blog and upcoming movie news.  

Shannon of "Thoughts and Thimbles" - She is always sewing up lovely projects that inspire me.

Emme of "Songs I Sing" - For her love of old Hollywood movies.

Beth Ann of "Genuine Beauty" - For her fun fashion-y tips and advice.

Rebecca of "icebluechick" - Just because I love reading her blog.


1910s - Patterns and Images

There are quite a few patterns and image sites out there for you to create a 1910s assemble. Here is a list resources that I know of for sewing patterns and images for inspiration. :-)

Marquise - Patterns of the 1910s, 20s and 30s - A marvelous site were you can download patterns for free from original sources. - Vintage images 1900-1919  - One of the first sites I discovered in my beginnings of costuming.  This is one of my favorite sites to visit. - Titanic Era Patterns 1911-1914 - My favorite pattern company. 

Hint of History - 1910s Collection - Vintage-inspired patterns for today.

Past Patterns - 1900 - 1919s - A wide assortment of patterns for everyone in the family.

Dressmaking Research - 1910s Dress -  You can find original sources here, including Delineator dressmaking lesson 1915 and McCall's dressmaking lesson 1917. - Vintage Sewing Books in the Public Domain - There are two books on this site that are from the 1910s.   Tailored Skirts, Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts & Sciences, by Mary Brooks Picken (1916) and American Dressmaking Step by Step, A complete, simplified method of sewing, dressmaking and tailoring, by Mme. Lydia Trattles Coates (1917).

Out-of-Print Butterick Patterns - 1914 Blouse pattern and 1914 Skirt pattern (I'm in the process of making this skirt right now. So far this is the only 1910s pattern I have used personally.)

Do you know of any sources that are not on my list? If you know of more, just leave a comment to let us all know of that website, pattern, book, etc. Or, have you ever made something from the 1910s, or inspired from the era. I would love to see it!


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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Poll Results

I was curious on what all of your favorite eras were for clothing. That way I would know what my dear readers would enjoy seeing. :-) Within the coming weeks you will posts on each winner with 4 or more votes,  may that be on fashion, book reviews, scans of old books or magazines. Sound like fun? Here are your winners:

1. The 1950s with 11 votes
2. 1900s with 9 votes
3. 1940s with 8 votes
4. 17th Century and earlier with 7 votes
5. 1790s with 7 votes
6. 1930s with 7 votes
7. 1800s with 6 votes
8. 1920s with 5 votes
9. 1780s with 4 votes
10. 1810s with 4 votes
11. 1820s with 4 votes
12. 1860s with 4 votes
13. 1890s with 4 votes
14. 1910s with 4 votes

I'll be working backwards through the list, leaving the best for last. :)

Up First: 1910s (one of my favorites).

Sunday, November 8, 2009

The Need of the Hour

The Need of the Hour
Ella Wheeler Wilcox

What does our country need? Not armies standing
With sabers gleaming ready for the fight;
Not increased navies, skillful and commanding;
To bound the waters with an iron might;
Not haughty men with glutted purses trying
To purchase souls, and keep the power of the place;
Not jeweled dolls with one another vying
For palms of beauty, elegance, and grace.

But we want women, strong of soul, yet lowly
With that rare meekness, born of gentleness;
Women whose lives are pure and clean and holy,
The women whom all little children bless;
Brave, earnest women, helpful to each other,
With finest scorn for all things low and mean;
Women who hold the names of wife and mother
Far nobler than the title of a queen.

Oh! These are they who mold the men of story,
These mothers, ofttime shorn of grace and youth,
Who, worn and weary, ask no greater glory
Than making some young soul the home of truth;
Who sow in hearts all fallow for the sowing
The seeds of virtue and of scorn for sin,
And, patient, watch the beauteous harvest growing
And weed out tares which crafty hands cast in.

Women who do not hold the gift of beauty
As some rare treasure to be bought and sold,
But guard it as a precious aid to duty—
The outer framing of the inner gold;
Women who, low above their cradles bending,
Let flattery's voice go by, and give no heed,
While their pure prayers like incense are ascending
These are our country's pride, our country's need.

Charles Perugini Painting from Era's of Elegance.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Your High Calling

Mother, who ever you may be,
You may think long and earnestly
Of your high calling. Pondering
The undreamed honor of the thing;
Learning how God, through you, would plan
To be well know to every man.
And through your arms would gather fast
The whole world to His heart at last.

by: Fay Inchfawn
"Motherhood" painting by: Charles Schweninger from Eras of Elegance.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

In Such an Hour

     Sometimes, when everything goes wrong:
     When days are short, and nights are long;
     When wash-day brings so dull a sky
     That not a single thing will dry.
     And when the kitchen chimney smokes,
     And when there's naught so "queer" as folks!
     When friends deplore my faded youth,
     And when the baby cuts a tooth.
     While John, the baby last but one,
     Clings round my skirts till day is done;
     When fat, good-tempered Jane is glum,
     And butcher's man forgets to come.

     Sometimes, I say, on days like these,
     I get a sudden gleam of bliss.
     "Not on some sunny day of ease,
     He'll come . . but on a day like this!"
     And, in the twinkling of an eye,
     These tiresome things will all go by!

     And, 'tis a curious thing, but Jane
     Is sure, just then, to smile again;
     Or, out the truant sun will peep,
     And both the babies fall asleep.
     The fire burns up with roar sublime,
     And butcher's man is just in time.
     And oh! My feeble faith grows strong
     Sometimes, when everything goes wrong!
by: Fay Inchfawn

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Cocoa Continental

Cocoa Continental
4 servings

Blend in saucepan:
2 tablespoons of cocoa
3 tablespoons of sugar
1/8 teaspoon of salt

Then stir in 1/2 cup of hot water.

Bring to boil over low heat and boil 2 minutes, stirring constantly.

Then add and heat, but do not boil:
2 cups of milk.

Drop a marshmallow into each cup and pour hot cocoa over it.

From: Betty Crocker's Cook Book for Boys and Girls (1957)


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