One of the questions I get asked quite frequently is what fabrics, colors, and patterns would be appropriate for a period or a particular sewing pattern. Well, here’s a little peek at a few catalog images from 1933. When looking at fabrics it’s always best to go to original source material, and color catalogs are a fantastic way to get a description of fabrics available, fibre content, colorways, and prints. Click the images for a larger version. Enjoy these images from 1933!
Wow- I kind of fell off of the face of the planet this week! I didn’t realize I haven’t posted in quite a bit. Oops? To make up for it, here’s a few pretty pictures of hats from the National Bella Hess Fall and Winter catalog of 1939-1940. I’ve been an an exceptional vintage hat kick lately, and making my mental wish list of hats I’d love to own someday. Hmm… a mustard yellow one, and a sporty little red straw breton, and one with loud feathers and a jaunty brim… the list goes on…. and all from around the same era as these scans, preferably! 1939 and 1940 were exceptional years for hats, in my opinion.
I know I posted this recently on my Facebook page, but I wanted to give you all a heads up that I’ve got a TON (probably about 200) vintage knitting magazines that date from the late 40s until the 1970s that will be making their way up to my Etsy store. Most date from the mid 50′s through mid 60′s. Keep an eye out if you like vintage knitting, and keep checking back ’cause it will take me a while to get through them all!
I started making a 1910s corset this weekend using Jen of Festive Attyre’s pattern she took from an original corset and very graciously posted for free on her website. In case you were not aware, Bridges on the Body is doing a 1910s corset sew-a-long right now as well. Since I’ve been madly patterning away here for the first 1910s patterns for Wearing History I figured it was high time I made myself a corset to wear underneath the samples I’ll be making soon :) Still a way to go before you get a sneak peak, but I’m sooo excited!
In fitting my corset and deciding on length and such, I flipped through my old Gimbel Brothers catalog from 1912-1913 and found two pages of lovely corset images. I hope you enjoy, too! Click on the images for a larger version.
My thoughts have been turning to cold weather 1940′s clothing as of late. Tops of my list is a great casual overcoat that is stylish and warm. Now, if only I could send away for it from the images below. “Hollywood” is tops on my list! These are all from the Fall and Winter 1939-1940 National Bellas Hess catalog. Click on any image for a larger version. Enjoy!
Here’s some beautiful inspiration images for you from the nineteen teens. These images come from an undated National Bella Hess catalog, but the styles put them around 1915-1917, I’m guessing. The pages advertise “Each Waist in a Christmas Box.” What a glorious gift these would be! I’d love to find one waiting for me under the Christmas tree!
I must say, I cannot WAIT for Wearing History to delve into 1910s patterns this year! I know you probably are tired of hearing me say it in every post of this type, but the Edwardian-1910s are truly my favorite era.
Hope you’re having a lovely week, and hope your holiday festivities are much blessed, whatever holiday you’re celebrating :)
Ah, it seems colder weather is upon us! It went overnight from a hot California summer to a somewhat cooler Autumn. And of course, being the time traveling scatterbrained seamstress that I am, I’m jumping all over the board in terms of inspiration and/or things I’d love to see in my closet. Sometimes, you know, the desire to have said items in my closet does not always equal the motivation to start or finish projects ;) Autumn and approaching winter have me dreaming of wools. Wool suits, wool dresses, wool felt hats… anything snuggly, tailored, and warm. Here’s a few inspiring images from the Fall/Winter 1939-1940 Bella Hess catalog. Click on any of the images for a larger version. Enjoy!
Continuing on with the odd novelties, and in the vein of “trick or treat” for Halloween, here’s a few more little tidbits from a 1900 catalog. You can see the prior post here. I’m trying to screen these old ads for things that might be socially unacceptable or offensive today, but an occasional thing might slip in that I missed.
Things that go “BANG” in the night (or day)
And for a different kind of spark…
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I had a lucky find of a huge lot of old catalogs a year or two ago, and this week pulled some out to revisit the “treasures.” Apparently, I had glazed over this one and not even opened the cover, so the contents were a complete surprise (or terror?) and I think are perfect to start the Halloween season. My husband and I believe this catalog was from 1900, as that date was mentioned in a few advertising descriptions. I’m posting some individual ads here, as many were not in the best of taste and quite socially unacceptable today, but a few might sneak in that aren’t quite as p.c. as today dictates. So, were those really the good old days? If these were today some of these gadgets would most likely end in lawsuits! Make sure you read the descriptions.
1) As opposed to this. Mmm… Asbestos. This one was so important it got a separate larger leaflet inside tucked inside the catalog.
2- Frighten the tramp or burglar! Or your wife and children… seriously, who thought this was a good idea?
3- And you thought these were styled after Groucho Marx.
First off, so many thanks for your sweet comments about our Queen Mary pictures a bit ago! Thanks so much :)
I finally got around to scanning in the last of the Stern Bros catalog, so here’s the final post! It was kind of tricky to get this all scanned in- it opens up quite large (well, larger than my scanner, anyways) so it took a bit of fiddling to piece it together. Not perfect, but you get the general idea. If you missed the prior posts you can see them here and here.
I know I’ve said it before, but I *love* this era. It’s so silly and fun. Stripeys! Swimsuits! Funny hats! Love it. Here’s a few of my favorites from this big open page.
Swimsuits with stripeys or sailor style, complete with silly bathing hats. Fun!
Yummy stripey sweater with big buttons and BIG tassels, dainty insertion lace on the blouses, a fun oversize jacket, a stripey parasol, and the clever use of stripes and pocket construction on one of these skirts. LOVE.