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The Etiquette of Good Grooming, 1940.

Today I’ve got a great page from the August 1940 issue of The Woman’s Home Companion.  This page gives a good peek back at etiquette of yesterday, complete with darling illustrations..  Today’s ladies might do well to keep it in mind, too, though I’m sure most of us are guilty of some of them!

Click on the image below to be taken to my Flickr stream for a larger image you can read.



Outfit Post: New 1940s Plaid Suit!

I’m so, so excited!  My Christmas present from my husband got here, and it has to be one of my very favorite vintage things I’ve ever owned.  He said I could pick out a couple things on Etsy for my gift, and I jumped on this suit from Raleigh Vintage.  It’s an early 1940s lovely wool suit- kind of like a tweed, with a thick weave in a bold red, white, gray, and black.  So yummy!!  I’ve always admired vintage suits, especially the “man-tailored” or “collegiate” style ones, so I’m very excited this lovely suit is now gracing my closet :)

I love how I can wear the suit open or closed- both look really authentic to the sporty look of the early 1940s,

My felt “envelope” hat is also new.  I bought it recently from Frock You Vintage in San Diego.

And a silly little close up.  I felt very “film noir” detective girl in this suit!

Now on my wish list, I would love to find a red tweedy wool jacket so I can mix and match a 1940s wardrobe, and a gray or red overcoat.  Someday!  For now, I’m just much too thrilled with my new to me vintage suit :)

Finished Project- The “You Were Never Lovelier” Fringey Dress

Thanks to my good friend, Beth, I have pictures to share of this project!

This was another dress I made for Costume College this year.  The theme of the evening on Thursday night was “Carmen Miranda,” but when I was watching You Were Never Lovelier a month or so before Costume College I knew I needed the fringey dress that his lead singer of Xavier Cugat’s band wore in one of the opening numbers.  It just so happens to be on YouTube, so here it is (and now the song will be stuck in my head all day).

The dress and strap were made of fabrics in the stash.  The fringe was bought on Etsy.  I had an interesting time coming up with the pattern- it actually started life as two seperate patterns (one mid 1930s, one mid 1940), which were combined, draped, and completely altered to make it work to be similar to this design.

Here’s Beth and I at the party.

And, of course, since it was Carmen Miranda themed, I needed to add a turban!  Stephanie posted a great image of Carmen Miranda with a butterfly turban, so I knew I needed one!  It was made by draping swimwear fabric on a foam head block, then creating rings of quilt batting and covering them with the same fabric.  The pointy bits were sewn to that shape then I added millinery wire to make them stand up. The glittery butterflies came from Ebay.

That wraps up all the projects I made for this year’s Costume College :)  Many thanks again to Beth for the pictures!

Catalog Inspiration: In Fashion Headlines with Hats- 1939-1940

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!

Hope you’re having a great week so far!

Catalog Inspiration: Fall and Winter Coats- 1939-1940

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!